The Nissan Pulsar

The Nissan Pulsar could be considered as one of Nissan’s more popular cars that rolled out from the Nissan production lines between 1978 and 2000 before giving way to the Nissan Bluebird in Japan.

However, the name has lived on in certain quarters of the auto-mobile industry as the name “Pulsar” has not seen its demise in Australia and as recently as 2014 the Pulsar name made a comeback specifically for the European market.

The original Pulsar was modelled after the Nissan Sunny Sedan that saw the Pulsar maintaining the rack-and-pinion steering of the then popular Nissan Cherry, and the suspension mechanisms initially which was a fad due to the coil-over struts attached to the facade and coil-sprung trailing arms at the back.

The entire name changing and the re-badging of the Pulsar did not affect the constructs of its bodywork that came with either the 1.2L (52 PS-38 kW)) or 1.4L engine and optionally a 1.0L engine option (45 PS-33 kW).

The pulsar also had variations and one variation that took off well in the market was the Nissan Langley, which was exclusively sold at Nissan’s Prince Store outlets. The Langley was a unique derivative of the Pulsar and the car was considered to be the mini ‘skyline’ due to the A14 and E15 engines that were coupled with multi-point fuel injection for the 3door hatch-back.

The N10 Pulsar series that had lower engine trims however was made available as 5 – door hatchbacks and a quickly discontinued 4-door fastback sedan.

The Pulsar has had a long history that spans decades and although most of the global market did not see it under the Pulsar badge, the Pulsar engine was released as ‘Cherry Sedans attached to the fuel injected 1.4L engine and in Africa as the Nissan Sabre.

Being older cars, there are free factory service / workshop manual for the Nissan Pulsar available online.

The Australian versions of the Pulsar had much more punch in them as they came attached to Australian manufactured 1.6 and 1.8 L SOHC engines whereas in New Zealand, the Pulsar was re-branded as Nissan Sentra.

It seems that the Pulsar is poised to make a comeback in a big way into the global market and Nissan is keeping the Pulsar as yet another ace up their sleeves.

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