2023 Author: Erin Ralphs | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 03:49
With the advent of new Datsun cars on the Russian market, many buyers have questions. How did you manage to set a price of less than 400,000 rubles for a Japanese car? Who will sell this car and, in general, where is the Datsun on-DO assembled? You will find answers to all these questions in this article. We will also consider the advantages of cars of these brands, the main disadvantages and the experience of drivers who have had or have these cars. Below in the photo is a Datsun car. These machines are discussed below.
Where is the Datsun on-DO assembled? Country of origin
Back in 2012, Nissan announced that they intended to revive the Datsun brand. The Japanese automobile giant decided to make budget cars under this brand for the market of underdeveloped countries. The main feature of such cars was their adaptation for each market separately. For example, for the Indian market, where only the price of the car plays a role, a Japanese Datsun of one configuration was created, for the Russian market- another. Given the fact that the Russians have higher requirements even for cheap models, Datsun had to try hard.
In addition, when developing a car, one has to take into account the prevailing climate in Russia and the quality of the road surface. It is also important that the engines and the fuel system perceive domestic gasoline. The Japanese decided that there are already similar cars on the Russian market - these are the Lada Kalina and the Lada Granta. Therefore, they decided not to bother and sign a contract with AvtoVAZ.
Cars "Lada" and "Datsun" have the same platform
After that, it became clear where the "Datsun on-DO" was assembled. These Japanese cars are assembled in Tolyatti at the same factory and on the same production line as the Lada Kalina and Lada Granta cars. Also, the new "Datsun" are made on the same platform that is used in the models of the domestic auto industry. According to the head of the AvtoVAZ company, Dutsun will be an impetus for the development of the concern.
This also means that all improvements in Dutsun will appear very quickly in "Kalina" and "Grants". For example, Datsun on-DO vehicles have reshaped exterior mirrors that significantly reduce wind noise at high speeds. This also helps to reduce mirror contamination. A similar solution will soon appear on Ladakh.
Why Japanese manufacturersdid you choose exactly the platforms of AvtoVAZ vehicles? The fact is that they are cheap and simple, all components for them are produced in Russia. Therefore, the cost of spare parts is low. And so it happened that the new Datsun also have a low price due to the low cost of the platform.
Differences between Dutsun and Lada
Structurally, cars "Datsun" and "Grant" have differences. The main one is the design of the exterior and interior. But as for the technical parameters, the models are identical. Moreover, Lada cars have several engine configurations - with 16 and 8 valves. Also, these cars can be equipped with an automatic or manual transmission. The Datsun car has only an 8-valve engine with a capacity of 87 horsepower and is also equipped with a manual or automatic transmission. There were also statements that a budget version of the Datsun with an engine with a connecting rod and piston group would appear, but there would be few such cars. Photos of cars "Datsun" and "Lada Granta" you can see in this section.
It was also important for Datsun to create advantages over Lada cars. Therefore, the developers have improved the sound insulation of the cabin. As a result, felt fenders appeared on the rear arches, which is why there was much less noise in the area of \u200b\u200bthe rear wheels. More cars received shock absorbers withimproved parameters, other springs and brakes. You can appreciate all the advantages of new Japanese cars thanks to a Datsun on-DO test drive.
A unique feature of these Japanese-Russian cars is a huge trunk of 530 liters, which is 10 liters more than in Granta cars. Perhaps, in this class, it is the Datsun on-DO car that has the largest trunk.
Considering where the Datsun on-DO is assembled, what platform and components are used here, one should not be surprised at the low price. On the official website, there is a promotional price for this car - 342,000 rubles with the participation of the buyer in the Datsun recycling program and when buying a car on credit.
Without discounts, the standard equipment of a car with an 87 horsepower engine will cost 442,000 rubles. The most expensive Dream II equipment of this car with a 4-speed automatic transmission will cost 617,000 rubles. You can test drive "Datsun on-DO" in the company's branded car dealerships, which are in many cities of Russia.
Note that even the basic version of this model has a driver's airbag, heated seats and mirrors. The top configuration includes multimedia with a USB interface, a navigation system with Citiguide software, 4 airbags, an ESP system, heated windshield.
Problems of Japanese-Russian co-production
Given that Japanese cars are made at Russian factories where Ladas are produced with some problems, aren't Japanese manufacturers afraid that AvtoVAZ will spoil the attitude of buyers towards the Japanese brand? After all, the problem of Russian cars is by no means in the design. The quality of assembly work and weak components are the main shortcomings of domestic cars.
Consequently, when preparing a project for joint work with AvtoVAZ, Datsun paid attention to the modernization of production. In 2013, Nissan reviewed the assembly line and made about 40 recommendations for improving the production line. Comments were made in various areas, from quality control to recommendations for the manufacture of new containers for transporting parts. Today, the AvtoVAZ plant employs many foreigners who supervise and train.
Car Flaws and Outboard Engine Scandal
In recent months, there has been a lot of information on the Internet that engines are falling out in Datsun cars. That is, the motor mount breaks, and the engine literally sags under the hood, and sometimes even clings to the ground. This applies not only to On-Do models, but also to other cars from the line. In this case, the case is not isolated. Many owners of these machines complain about this design flaw.
Similar problems also arose on Lada Granta cars, but in the latter casethe owner managed to sue about 900 thousand rubles from the company. Therefore, there was such a precedent. However, the owners of Datsun cars are unsuccessfully trying to win the court. The fact is that the examination appointed by the court ruled that the engine falls out as a result of damage to the suspension and destruction of the engine mount brackets. This, according to Datsun, is due to non-compliance with operating rules, namely due to shock inertial loads on the engine brackets. Such loads result from driving a car over bumps in the road.
It is worth noting that the examination does not reveal any manufacturing defects that would affect the strength characteristics of the motor brackets. This means that such supports are provided for in the design of the suspension, and are not an isolated case resulting from a defect or manufacturing defect. At the same time, Datsun does not compensate its customers and does not make repairs in accordance with the warranty, since the warranty book states that the service does not cover defects and breakdowns that arose as a result of non-compliance with the rules for using the car.
This suggests that cars of this brand are completely unsuitable for use on Russian roads. And in general, there is a technically incorrect calculation of the loads that are perceived by the brackets as a result of the operation of the car. And no matter how hard Datsun tries to attribute such shortcomings to improper operation of cars, the problem exists.
Also on variousInternet portals and forums, users complain that in the official Datsun group of the VKontakte social network, group leaders tritely block users who complain and ask uncomfortable questions about falling out motors.
And everything started well with these cars. The wonderful Japanese concern Nissan, which is trusted in Japan and around the world, has come to the Russian market to sell reliable cars of Japanese quality. Expectations were very good, and the cars, with their good performance, turned out to be worthy, until the well-known scandal with motors happened. Most likely, the Datsun company itself has nothing to do with it, since the cars of this brand use the Lada car platform, and, as you know, there were similar precedents with the Grant.
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