Nissan Pulsar is First Produced

The Nissan Pulsar was a compact car/small family car produced by the Japanese automaker Nissan from 1978, when it debuted as a subcompact car, to 2007, when it was replaced in all markets by the Nissan Tiida (or Nissan Versa). It was originally conceived as a replacement for Nissan's first front-wheel drive platform, the Nissan Cherry family (models E10 and F10). Although Pulsar models were mainly in front-wheel drive configuration, Nissan did offer four-wheel drive models during the 1980s to early 1990s, ultimately ending with the four-wheel drive turbocharged Nissan Pulsar GTI-R. Some models were sold as Nissan Sunny and Nissan Almera.

The Pulsar was first released in 1978 and was a subcompact car as was the Nissan Cherry it replaced. The N10 series Pulsar was exported to Australia with the Datsun Pulsar name. This model was known as the Datsun Cherry or Datsun 100A/120A/130A/140A/150A in Europe and the Datsun 310 in the U.S.. In Canada, the Datsun 310 was available with "Pulsar" striping on the rear quarters. The Nissan Langley, from 1980, was a more upmarket Pulsar.

The Pulsar was available as a three or five-door hatchback, four-door sedan, a two or four-door van or station wagon, a two-door fastback with wraparound rear window, and a short-lived four-door fastback.

A mid-term facelift brought new E-series engines for 1981 and 1982.

Word of mouth is a strange thing. Certain products can, with little or no promotion from their manufacturers, rapidly build into items of cult status. Credibility counts here, and in the case of the Nissan Pulsar GTi-R, this is a car with credibility oozing from every bulge, scoop and intake. Following in the footsteps of Nissan’s Skyline GT-R, the Pulsar – or Sunny as UK cars were incongruously dubbed – GTi-R shared the Skyline’s hardcore all-wheel drive and turbocharged ethos. In many ways it’s the ultimate in function over form, and GTi-R owners tend to be a pragmatic bunch. No it’s not pretty, nor does it wear a sexy badge, but that’s all part of the appeal. Call it inverse snobbery if you will, but the Pulsar GTi-R is refreshingly unpretentious. BMWs and Audis that can show this little Nissan a clean pair of heels are few and far between.Used examples are relatively easy to come by if you look in the right places and most of them will be Pulsar models imported from Japan rather than the slightly less powerful Sunny GTi-R cars that were imported to this country between 1992 and 1994. Don’t let that put you off. Do some research, buy from a reliable outlet and you should land a performance bargain.

When the Nissan Pulsar SSS was designed, they made sure to make it sporty, but maintain the practical nature of the car. Along with this, they loaded they vehicle with tons of great features to help it compete with other cars of this style. Once you enter the vehicle you will immediately notice a few interior improvements such as the leather steering wheel, leather gear knob, and sports bucket seats. As you sit in the bucket seats you will see that you are sitting pretty close to the ground, which is to be expected in any car that has this type of seating. With the steering wheel being adjustable and a well aligned setup, this is very easy to get used to. From this view you will notice the white gauges, which are a nice addition and compliment the sporty feel of the car. Some of the other features included are the Antilock Brake System (ABS), Tilt adjustable steering wheel, CD player, keyless entry, power steering, power windows, disc brakes, and of course air conditioning.

The Nissan Pulsar SSS, at first glance, is a nice change from the usual pulsar series that you would normally see. When Nissan made this model, it's obvious that they were going for a nice sporty look for this popular 4 cylinder vehicle. As always the racks on the roof of the car are optional, which is nice since many do not need this feature. Some of the more noticeable cosmetic changes from the outside are the 15 inch alloy wheels, body colored bumpers, chrome tipped exhaust, and the spoiler. You probably wouldn't expect to see a Pulsar with these features, but it actually turned out looking good. The overall look of the exterior is impressive, although the rear end could have used a few more minor improvements.

Inside of the Pulsar SSS you will see that it has a monochrome color scheme. While this may seem plain, it actually blends very well with the leather and other features of the interior. You won't be disappointed once you see it. The car is quite roomy and can seat up to 5 adult passengers, without any problems. Also, the seats in the back can be completely folded down to provide optimal space for storage. This feature accompanied with the fact that this car is a hatchback can be very convenient when hauling larger things.