Nissan 200SX is First Produced
The SX name refers to several models of automobile sold by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
around the world. Beginning in 1974, the "200SX" badging was utilized until 2002.
The history of the "200SX" begins in the Nissan Silvia line, which started in 1964 with the CSP311 2-seat coupe (last produced in 1968). When the Silvia was revived in the 1970s as a two-plus-two coupe to compete with the Toyota Celica, it was introduced in some countries as the "200SX". This references the displacement in the engine: 2.0 litres. Other similar Nissan badging also refers to engine displacement, most notably the Datsun 240Z (2.4L) and its successive car line, all the way to the present incarnation — the Nissan 370Z.
The 200SX was a small, affordable, sporty coupe that was sold in the US from 1974 through 1998, with a brief hiatus from 1990 to 1994. It was meant to compete with the Toyota Celica, but it also went up against the Honda Civic.
The 200SX started life as a separate model under the Datsun brand. In the mid-'80s it was rebranded as a Nissan. After its early-'90s break, it returned as the coupe version of the Sentra.
The 200SX earned a reputation as a car that looked boring on paper but performed much better than expected. Many drivers found it fun to drive, despite its small engine and bland styling.
The 200SX was discontinued after 1998 due to slow sales, a problem that plagued all sporty coupes.
Since 1974, the Nissan Motor Company branded a line of automobiles "SX", made available throughout the world. Up until 2002, the "200SX" brand was used.
The first line branded with the "200SX" name was the Nissan Silvia in 1964. This badging was in reference to the engine displacement of 2.0 liters. The CSP311 2-seat coupe model of the Silvia was manufactured and available until 1968.
A "200SX" two-plus-two coupe model was manufactured in 1970. This revival was brought about as competition to the Toyota Celica. It was later redesigned to fit the Nissan B platform and was named the S10. The mundane design made the S10 marginally unpopular compared to the competing models from Mazda and Toyota. The “200SX” nameplate was reintroduced in 1995 in North America in branding a Nissan Sentra 2 door coupe and the Nissan NX. In all markets, the "200SX" was to refer to cars built on the Nissan S platform. In Mexico, though, a “200SX” car was introduced - Nissan Lucino, with 2 versions – GSE and GSR models.