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Report: Nissan bringing back Datsun

There have long been rumors that Nissan would bring back that Datsun brand and today, those rumors became facts as Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn confirmed that the company is indeed reviving the Datsun brand – just not in the same form as some Japanese sports car enthusiasts in the USA would like to remember.

The Datsun brand is likely best remembered in the US market for low cost, fun to drive models like the famous Z cars but with the return of Datsun, Nissan has little plan to offer sports cars…or to sell any of them in the United States. The new Datsun brand will be used to introduce low cost, highly efficient models to emerging markets including areas like Indonesia, India and Russia. When Datsun returns in 2014 for those rapidly growing markets, consumers will have their pick of compact cars and trucks, all of which should be powered by small displacement engines and the level of amenities expected in those markets.

"It's a green car, affordable car, small displacement, high local content," said CEO Carlos Ghosn. "It's going to be a generous car."

Nissan is already the third largest automaker in Indonesia led by the Grand Livina minivan while the compact Nissan March and Juke were the next two best models in terms of sales volume. The company hopes to improve sales by introducing the Datsun brand with smaller, lower cost models than what is offered by the more popular Nissan brands in order to avoid brand redundancy. This will most likely include a smaller multipurpose vehicle (MPV) and a city car that would compete with the likes of the Tata Nano in other markets.

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