The Nissan Stanza started out in Japan as the Nissan Violet in 1973, and then was split into two other models in 1977 called the second generation Nissan Auster and Nissan Violet . All three bore the A10 codename, and were built in Japan at Hiratsuka and Oppama, Incidently, the codename A10 is also used by Toyota for the first generation Toyota Carina. A new third generation front-wheel drive model was launched in 1981 and shared the platform with the Compact MPV Nissan Prairie/Multi/Stanza Wagon. Final versions were Nissan Bluebirds series U12 rebadged for some international markets.
The Stanza/Auster/Violet were discontinued in 1990. The Stanza was replaced by the Nissan Altima in North America; the Auster in Japan was replaced by the Nissan Cefiro and the Stanza was replaced by the Nissan Primera in Japan, and the Violet was replaced by the established Nissan Pulsar in Japan.
The Stanza, as it was known in some markets, was first introduced in the 1977 model year as a rebadged Japanese-market Nissan Violet A10 and a companion to the (Japanese: Nissan Violet Auster), which was sold at a different Nissan Japan dealership network. The Stanza, which is Italian for "room" or "apartment", was introduced as an affordable family car one level below the Nissan Laurel, with the companion Nissan Auster as a similar vehicle below the Nissan Skyline sedan, with the Stanza sold at Nissan Japan dealerships that sold the top level car Cedric.
According to the companion article at Japanese Wikipedia, "Auster" is derived from "Worster" which means "south wind". The Stanza was sold at dealerships that sold the Cedric and Laurel; the Auster was sold at dealerships that sold the Gloria and Skyline. The Violet was sold at dealerships that sold the Nissan Sunny and Nissan Bluebird.
In Australia, it was called the Datsun Stanza, and in the United States the Datsun 510, a name which was recalled a previous Datsun 510. It was powered (in 1978 models) by the 2.0 L I4 L20B an...