Dongfeng and Nissan have a close cooperation, so close in fact that Nissan is quite comfortable handing its older platforms over to its Chinese partner whilst the same car can be bought over at Nissan dealerships, clearly Nissan sees no competition from Dongfeng. The Dongfeng A60 aired at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November last year, it wasn’t a show stopping car though, many wondered if it could sell at its intended price and could Dongfeng make any money on it? Time will tell. Dongfeng announced the price of the rebranded former Nissan Sylphy yesterday, the A60 will come in at 118,000rmb and rise to 139,800rmb for the top model.
Currently Dongfeng has only launched the 2.0L version with a CVT gearbox (also from Nissan), the company is expected to follow up the launch with a series of 1.6L manual offerings. The A60 will be sold under Dongfeng’s Fengshan brand.