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Nissan tried to make a move in the budget-car segment and launched the Datsun brand.

It was the same plan used by Renault with the Romanian brand Dacia. But Nissan chose its former name and a Russian factory.

The Renault-Nissan alliance had a big share in the Russian car-company Avtovaz from Togliatti, where the Lada cars were built. To speed-up the process, Nissan took the Lada Granta model, already in production, and enhanced it with help from the Japanese engineers. On April 4, 2014, the Datsun on-DO was launched in the presence of Carlos Ghosn, the Renault-Nissan Alliance president at that time.

It was hard not to notice that the Datsun on-DO was, in fact, a re-badged Lada Granta. The bodywork was similar. A honeycomb grille and angular headlights brought a fresh design look to the Russian car. Strangely though, the Granta was kept under production. In the back, the on-DO featured corner-mounted taillights, with an angular shape to match the headlights.

Inside, some of its features were carried over from the other budget-car in the Alliance, the Dacia Logan. The on-DO used the same instrument panel and other switches and controls for headlights, HVAC, and gearstick. On top of that, since the car had to be fit for the hard, Russian, winters, it featured electrically heated front seats and windshield. On the options list, Datsun installed parking sensors and an infotainment system with navigation included.

From the technical point of view, the on-DO offered a choice of a 1.2- or a 1.6-liter gasoline engine mated as standard to a 5-speed gearbox.

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DATSUN on-Do 2014 - Present
  4 gasoline engines
  • 1.6L 4AT (87 HP)
  • 1.6L 5MT (106 HP)
  • 1.6L 5MT (82 HP)
  • 1.6L 5MT (87 HP)
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DATSUN on-Do Brochure 2014

DATSUN on-Do 1.6L 4AT (87 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 4AT (87 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1596 cm3
Power
60 KW @ 5100 RPM
82 HP @ 5100 RPM
80 BHP @ 5100 RPM
Torque
97 lb-ft @ 3800 RPM
132 Nm @ 3800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
103 mph (166 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
170.7 in (4336 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Wheelbase
97.5 in (2477 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.9 in (175 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.7 cuFT (530 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2557 lbs (1160 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3439 lbs (1560 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
22.6 mpg US (10.4 L/100Km)
Highway
38.6 mpg US (6.1 L/100Km)
Combined
30.5 mpg US (7.7 L/100Km)

DATSUN on-Do 1.6L 5MT (106 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 5MT (106 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1596 cm3
Power
78 KW @ 5800 RPM
106 HP @ 5800 RPM
105 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
109 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
148 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
114 mph (183 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
170.7 in (4336 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Wheelbase
97.5 in (2477 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.9 in (175 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.7 cuFT (530 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2557 lbs (1160 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3439 lbs (1560 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
26.7 mpg US (8.8 L/100Km)
Highway
42 mpg US (5.6 L/100Km)
Combined
35.6 mpg US (6.6 L/100Km)

DATSUN on-Do 1.6L 5MT (82 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 5MT (82 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1596 cm3
Power
60 KW @ 5100 RPM
82 HP @ 5100 RPM
80 BHP @ 5100 RPM
Torque
97 lb-ft @ 3800 RPM
132 Nm @ 3800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
103 mph (166 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
170.7 in (4336 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Wheelbase
97.5 in (2477 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.9 in (175 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.7 cuFT (530 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2557 lbs (1160 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24.2 mpg US (9.7 L/100Km)
Highway
38.6 mpg US (6.1 L/100Km)
Combined
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)

DATSUN on-Do 1.6L 5MT (87 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 5MT (87 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1596 cm3
Power
64 KW @ 5100 RPM
87 HP @ 5100 RPM
86 BHP @ 5100 RPM
Torque
103 lb-ft @ 3800 RPM
140 Nm @ 3800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
108 mph (174 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
170.7 in (4336 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Wheelbase
97.5 in (2477 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.9 in (175 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.7 cuFT (530 L)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
26.1 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
Highway
40.6 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
Combined
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
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