Could these be one of the names Datsun’s finalized for the K2?

Posted on: Jul 8, 2013 - 3:28pm IST

Datsun is on the heels of being resurrected and maybe that’s why the car maker adopts the tagline “Rising”! Datsun India has already started teasing its first product from the relaunch.

Datsun K2 teaser

Come July 15, the budget brand owned by Nissan is also set to unveil its first small car that will mark the comeback. Datsun K2 (codename) is a hatchback is based on the Nissan V-Platform that also underpins the Micra.

Now the big question is, what is its name? Well, for a brand that used to fly high in the previous era, the nostalgia is irresistible. We hear that Datsun could go back to their attic and dust off one of the previous monikers for the K2. That led us to travel back in time to bring you a set of possible names.

During its good old times, Datsun had made quite a few highly successful models. The one which comes to the mind almost instantaneously is the Fairlady (forerunner of the Nissan 370Z) but the nameplate was used on a sportscar and one can’t imagine a budget hatchback to inherit it!

Datsun First Car K2 Official Sketch
The Datsun K2 will be revealed to the world on the 15th of July in India

Other Datsun nameplates that tasted success are the Lila, Bluebird, Silvia, Leopard, Auster, Liberty, Liberta, Cedric, Cherry, Violet and Laurel. Interestingly, many of these monickers were simultaneously used by Nissan in some markets.

Bringing back an old name usually brings back fond memories associated with it! So will Datsun revive one of its existing names? If yes, Datsun Bluebird works fine for me! What about you?

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3 thoughts on “Could these be one of the names Datsun’s finalized for the K2?

  1. PC says:

    Out of all those names, only Cherry (for a hatchback) and Violet (for a sedan) make sense for the low budget models. Bluebird is for a midsize car, in fact, the Sentra is called Bluebird Sylphy in Japan.

    Leopard, Cedric or Laurel are bigger models (think Maxima and Teana), and Silvia is a sports coupe.

    The other ones that make sense (Sunny, Pulsar, Almera) are already used in Nissan models. Or they could go alphanumberic, like B110, B210, 120Y or 1200. The Datsun 1200 (Sunny B110) from the 70s has a cult following in Portugal.

  2. Kannan M says:

    I would prefer the Leopard; as to me the Bluebird name is reminding of yesteryear cheap brand cigarettes sold in Indian Rural markets 🙂

  3. Sidd says:

    A name reflects the character of the car too. Datsun mainly had quite a feminine names I think they should adopt a new name or bluebird works fine too


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Nithyanandh K

As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!