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.
- The Pulsar was first sold in Australia in 1978 as the Datsun Pulsar
- The Nissan Pulsar shared the Wheels Car of the Year title with the Honda NSX in 1991
- For a time the Nissan Pulsar was available from Holden dealerships as a Holden Astra
- In the early-90’s Nissan produced a sporty 169kW GTi-R version of the Pulsar (it wasn’t sold here)
- In 2000 Nissan dropped the Pulsar name in Japan, replacing it with Bluebird Sylphy
- The Nissan Pulsar was built in Melbourne for many years, now it comes from Thailand
- 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
- Glenn Seton raced a Nissan Pulsar in the Bathurst 1000 of 1984
- A Nissan Pulsar ad from 2013 was banned after it was labelled “irresponsible”
- 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