Datsun On-Do: a largish sedan for Russia only with a silly name

Datsun has unveiled a Lada-based sedan for Russia, which has been oddly christened On-Do.

Larger in every way than the Go hatch and wagon that debuted last year, word has it that the new On-Do is based on the Lada Granta sedan. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise the Renault-Nissan Alliance owns just under 75 percent of AutoVaz, Lada’s parent company.

Both the Datsun On-Do and Lada Granta feature a 65kW 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine hooked up to a 5-speed manual transmission. The two cars sport oh-so-similar, yet-different-enough exteriors and interiors.

Inside the On-Do can be had with electric windows all round, heated seats, and a stereo unit with an SD card slot and USB port.

The new Datsun On-Do will go on sale during the northern summer for around 400,000 roubles (A$12,000).


Length: 4,337mm
Width: 1,700mm
Height: 1,500mm
Boot space: 530L

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]