After on-DO its mi-DO: Datsun caught testing new car for Russia
Just like in India, Nissan’s sub-brand, Datsun is going to launch three new cars in Russia. But these are very different cars. For India it is the Go hatchback, Go sedan and Go+ MPV, for Russia it is the on-DO sedan, mi-DO hatchback and (expected) an MPV/crossover based on the same platform.
Unlike India, Russia is yet to get it’s first Datsun car. The first Datsun car for Russia will be a mid segment sedan 4,337 mm in length called on-DO, based on the Lada Granta sedan. Datsun on-DO was officially unveiled in Russia earlier this month by Renault Nissan head, Carlos Ghosn. Datsun will launch on-DO in Russia in June this year, for a price of less than 400,000 Ruble (or Rs 6.84 lakh).
After this, Russia will get the mi-DO hatchback, which you see in the images. Datsun mi-DO was caught testing recently by Russian website wroom. The new mi-DO is based on the Lada Kalina hatchback, which is available in Russia currently for a starting price of about 325,000 Rouble (or Rs 5.55 lakhs). Though based on the Lada Kalina, the Datsun mi-DO hatchback will be priced much cheaper, probably below the Roubles 290,000 (Rs 5 lakhs) range.
Both, Lada Granta and Lada Kalina are built by AvtoVAZ, which is owned (25%) by Renault, and has Carlos Ghosn as its Chairman. It is the largest automotive company in Russia and Eastern Europe. Its name, AvtoVAZ stands for “Avtomobili Volzhskogo Avtomobilnogo Zavoda” (or Cars of Volga Automobile Plant). Their factory has about 140 kms of production lines, and is amongst the biggest in the world.