Nissan's Datsun nameplate revival will begin with two models bound for the Indian market. Nissan has released sketches of a five-door hatchback based on the Micra (codenamed K2) and a top-down view of a hood that could potentially be from a sedan.

The company's press release says all will be revealed on July 15 in New Delhi, India. The Datsun lineup will be first offered in 2014 to that country's ride-deprived residents as well as Indonesia and Russia. Later in 2014, South Africa will join the list.

We've heard Nissan plans for Datsuns to share platforms with company-owned Lada. In January, we heard the projected price tag could be around $3,000 USD to compete with Chinese imports. The official press release (which can be read in full below) says nothing about either of these reports, however.

But if a small, super-low-cost Datsun sounds good, you'll be disappointed to hear that North America will most likely never see the brand sold here again.
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Datsun Brand Gives a Glimpse of the First Datsun Model to be Unveiled on July 15th in India

• Datsun reveals the first Datsun model sketches
• Datsun brand world premiere will take place on July 15th in New Delhi, India
• Datsun webpage goes live on July 1st

YOKOHAMA, Japan (July 1, 2013) - Datsun today revealed sketches giving a preview of the first new generation Datsun car, which will be unveiled at a world premiere event in New Delhi, India on July 15th, 2013.

The car will be the first product aimed for the Indian market - and the first of the future Datsun model line-up to be launched from 2014. The premiere event will not only unveil the new model, but also introduce the Datsun brand whose return to the market was announced in March 2012.

It marks a significant milestone and a new chapter in the history of this legendary brand aimed for high-growth markets like India, Indonesia and Russia in 2014 to be followed by South Africa later in the year.

Although Datsun models will be individually developed for different markets, the concept will follow a common inspiration. All future Datsun models will offer up-and-coming customers in high-growth markets an engaging driving experience, peace of mind ownership and accessibility at the right and transparent price with a competitive Total Cost of Ownership. These product values will be supported by Nissan Motor Company's experience as a global car manufacturer and technical expertise for local optimized solutions. The 21st century Datsun will deliver a rewarding brand experience with no compromise in terms of accessibility, reliability and durability – the values deep routed in the Datsun heritage.

"Datsun will bring competitive products and services, modern and aspirational, while at the same time reassuring, providing superior value and specifically developed for the emerging and ambitious new Middle Class in high-growth markets. The Datsun cars will be locally developed with the support of Nissan Motor Company engineers and stylists and will be locally produced", said Vincent Cobee, Head of Datsun.


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      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Versa sedan should be a " Datsun".
      tool0117
      • 1 Year Ago
      $3,000???? Bring it to the USA. A brand new car for 3k? Obviously I'd have to see what you get and the build quality, but on the surface that sounds pretty sweet. Banger/daily brand new on the cheap
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Say what you want but this is all win, $3k brand new car, zero miles some kind of warranty all being built in the local market. I think we take to many things for granted. The "taste" might not be to yours but you do not live in emerging markets where your family might live in a very small shanty village with limited electricity, water and all goods must be rationed daily. Yet they work non stop to provide what little they can for each other. Poor young boy might aspire to own such a car one day once he is older and has a good job.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks pretty good for 3k.
      jf.bouchard
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's fine, the last thing North America needs is another car brand.
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      Perhaps it's for the best Datsun wont be returning to the USA.
      KaBoomBOX
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nissan has a way of taking an interesting sketch and making something incredibly mediocre from it. Oh, and that must be some lazy masking to achieve those square tires.
      zoomy
      • 1 Year Ago
      So they took the Honda Amaze Sedan and put a Datsun logo on.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zoomy
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        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zoomy
        this car is base off the dacia sandero (which is a renault), with the same bulge sides and hatchback design, if it looks like honda amaze, it honda who copy the dacia sandero and put a honda badge on it. Nissan will have the terrano suv base off the dacia duster for india also. http://www.dacia.co.uk/vehicles/sandero/prices-and-specifications/
      DesignWhuuu
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I see one more car with the swooshy dippy crap on the front corners on one more car... It is literally on half the cars in the world right now. From the VW Routan to the Mercedes c class to the Taurus, explorer, the list goes on.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Bill
      • 1 Year Ago
      They are driven.
        Robert Fahey
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill
        Well, that's because nobody demands more from a Datsun than Datsun, you know. And they're driven "a long way" to boot.
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      So there was a Datsun in 2003? Where? What?
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