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The $3,000 Datsun

October 2nd, 2012, 11:37 am

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With Nissan's announcement that they intend to resurrect the Datsun marque, can a retro 510 be far off? But at what cost to it's customers? $3,000US doesn't leave a lot to work with.

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Re: The $3,000 Datsun

October 2nd, 2012, 1:34 pm

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One of the first comments under the linked article reads:

"can I get a/c with that?"

This attitude pretty much puts the 3.000$ Datsun to grave
before it hit the roads. It will not work in the western Countries.
In aspiring countries only if there is no sustainable suply of
used Mercedes or Toyota cars.

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Re: The $3,000 Datsun

October 3rd, 2012, 9:26 am

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Didn't Tata already prove there isn't much of a market for this? Developing countries don't have the roads to support cars, and apart from China, they don't have the money to build that infrastructure. From what I've seen in Vietnam at least, it's faster to get around on scooters. If I lived in HCMC and wanted to prove to people how successful I was, I'd buy a nicer house, not a car.

You have to love the commenters on the article who think this is a US-bound product, with airbags, a stereo, AC, etc. Yeah, you can have all that stuff for $3k. But you'll be carrying it around in a duffel bag while you walk.

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October 3rd, 2012, 11:19 am

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Hehe. Great comments.

Just read this from the Economist: "In the rich world, people seem to be driving less than they used to"

http://www.economist.com/node/21563280

Maybe it will soon be the same way in the developing world. Highways aren't the only infrastructure that people are building. High speed rail, light rail and subways too.

As for US bound product...when I was in China, I kept thinking, "you could not sell this junk in the US". The cheap cars are just way too cheap to be acceptable. Not to mention the hit-or-miss product safety.
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October 3rd, 2012, 2:05 pm

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You have to love the commenters on the article who think this is a US-bound product, with airbags, a stereo, AC, etc. Yeah, you can have all that stuff for $3k. But you'll be carrying it around in a duffel bag while you walk.
That picture really cracked me up. When I was a kid on some days I carried all my stuff in a big bag, A/C would have been awesome to have...

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October 3rd, 2012, 3:30 pm

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Thanks for the "MicroCar Auction" notice Ray. Browsing through the photo gallery brought up a 1968 Subaru Sanbar 360 pick-up. We had two of them at Vetter's years ago, they were tiny. We used them for inter-build jaunts for production inventory; the production lines were shut down at noon for weekly maintenance and they were converted to "beer cooler" duties. A different day than now, for sure. I can't think of too many companies that provide iced beer to their production workers. Four guys could easily pick one up.

Bare bones, 360cc air-cooled 2-stroke engine. It's about what I would expect for $3,000 in a developing-country market. One notch above "farm implement".

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Re: The $3,000 Datsun

October 4th, 2012, 8:20 am

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Lew: Just don't get in a bidding war with more of the Subaru, OK? ;)
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October 4th, 2012, 7:02 pm

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I think there might be a market for a $3000 car in western countries. That Subaru reminded me of the Vespa/ Piaggio Ape's you see all throughout Italy and Spain, usually for workmen or deliveries. Cheap and easy to get around narrow streets. You even see them on the autovias, pushing 40km/h, holding up a semi trailer that's had to slam on the brakes to slow down from 120km/h, everyone gesticulating angrily.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piaggio_Ape

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October 4th, 2012, 7:31 pm

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There is a market for $3000 cars here. Used ones.

Here's a $5000 Datsun. Might be able to talk him down to three.
http://www.carsoup.com/details/used/198 ... GU9NTUzNDM~
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Re: The $3,000 Datsun

October 5th, 2012, 8:58 am

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Now that's a Datsun my friend.

You actually give me an idea. I tried to sell my Miata earlier this year, but the market seems dead. Maybe I should offer to trade for a E30 BMW 325 (next car on my want list)?
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