Nissan Pulsar

The Nissan Pulsar is a compact car family car that was produced by the Japanese automaker Nissan starting in 1978. It was originally designed as a replacement for Nissan's first front-wheel drive platform, which was the Nissan Cherry series. Thus, making the Pulsar the third-generation FF layout Nissan. All of the Pulsar models were manufactured in a front-wheel drive configuration, though beginning in the 1980s, Nissan offered four-wheel drive models as well. Later, in the early 1990s, the four-wheel drive turbocharged Nissan Pulsar GTi-R was also released. For identification, some may recognize the Pulsar under a host of name. It was exported to Australia as the Datsun Pulsar for one. This model was also known as the Datsun Cherry or Datsun 100-150A in Europe and as the Datsun 310 in the United States. Further, the Nissan Langley was a more luxurious Pulsar. A more angular version was launched in mid-1982, which was to be expected as this model was also built in Italy by Alfa Romeo. Confusingly though, the Italian models were also sold with Nissan badges. At Alfa Romeo, the Arna (one such rebadge) was meant to replace the lesser versions of the popular Alfasud, but never had the Italian car's appeal. The Cherry Europe also failed horribly in its home market because it lacked the build quality and reliability of its Japanese built sister car. This was made worse by body corrosion on the model. By 2000, Nissan had launched the N16 Pulsar, which included a compact Multi Purpose Vehicle version, known as the Nissan Almera Tino or the Nissan Tino. It seems that Nissan had wanted to keep the Bluebird nameplate alive, and so they shifted it to the four-door version of the Pulsar, thus naming it the Nissan Bluebird Sylphy in Japan. Unlike the other Pulsars though, the Bluebird Sylphy has a chrome grille.