Nissan Brought Stuff to the Moscow Motor Show and Nobody Got Whipped
In Soviet Russia, auto show…yeah, okay, so we’ve all heard that joke more than enough times. In their recent trip to the Moscow Motor Show, Nissan revealed the Russian-manufactured Pathfinder and Sentra while debuting the JUKE and GT-R NISMO in the country for the first time. We’d make another joke here about how it’s like Nissan is invading Moscow, but then that might undermine the fact that Russia’s corrupt government is actually invading Ukraine, which is not amusing in the least.
Whoops! Back to the cars!
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So, yeah, the Pathfinder is the first petrol-electric hybrid ever manufactured in Russia, which will only help boost Nissan’s presence in what has become its fifth-biggest global market. The Pathfinder is being built at the Nissan St. Petersburg plant where the Teana, Murano, and X-Trail are built. The Sentra will be built at Renault-Nissan Alliance partner AvtoVAZ’s Izhevsk plant.
Russia is also the only market that currently sells all three brands under the Nissan umbrella—Nissan, Infiniti, and the recently-relaunched Datsun brand. Nissan launched the Datsun on-DO for Russia back in April, and their Moscow Motor Show appearance heralded the arrival of the Datsun mi-DO hatchback.
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It was also announced that deliveries of the on-DO will begin next month. Mikhail, an IT specialist from Omsk City who so happened to be among the first to order a Datsun, was handed the key for his pre-ordered on-DO in a symbolic gesture.
“The Datsun concept of offering a new car from a foreign maker at a highly affordable price has struck a chord with Russian car buyers. Datsun might be a new name on the Russian market, but its impact will be felt for years to come. Rest assured we are totally committed to the Russian market: Our debut at MIAS marks just the beginning of the story,” said Vincent Cobee, Global Head of Datsun, in a statement.
All told, not a bad showing from Nissan at the Moscow Motor Show. And not a bad showing from Russia, either! Great job on not allowing wild dogs to roam through the show floor or suppressing protests against horribly homophobic laws with whippings from silly-suited Cossacks!