10 Things You Didn’t Know About…Nissan Pulsar

The Nissan Pulsar has long been a favourite among Australian small car buyers.

Replaced for six years with the unpopular Nissan Tiida, Nissan re-introduced the Pulsar to the Australian market in 2013 and even offered the model once again with the same $19,990 pricing that the previous Pulsar had become famous for.

We thought then that the Pulsar would be a great focus for our latest ’10 Things You Didn’t Know’ entry.

  1. The Pulsar was first sold in Australia in 1978 as the Datsun Pulsar
  2. The Nissan Pulsar shared the Wheels Car of the Year title with the Honda NSX in 1991
  3. For a time the Nissan Pulsar was available from Holden dealerships as a Holden Astra
  4. In the early-90’s Nissan produced a sporty 169kW GTi-R version of the Pulsar (it wasn’t sold here)
  5. In 2000 Nissan dropped the Pulsar name in Japan, replacing it with Bluebird Sylphy
  6. The Nissan Pulsar was built in Melbourne for many years, now it comes from Thailand
  7. A decade ago a Nissan Pulsar cost you from $18,990 and only boasted features like a four-speaker stereo, CD player and power mirrors
  8. Glenn Seton raced a Nissan Pulsar in the Bathurst 1000 of 1984
  9. A Nissan Pulsar ad from 2013 was banned after it was labelled “irresponsible”
  10. The Nissan Pulsar has been offered as a sedan, three-door hatch, five-door hatch and station wagon over the course of its long existence

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About Chris Miller 481 Articles
Chris is a writer, co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast and a self declared car tragic . He is a radio broadcaster by trade and reports traffic for 774 ABC Melbourne, FOX FM and Smooth FM. He also presents a national traffic report on ABC News Radio.

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