Nissan Stanza

The Stanza was first launched in the 1977 model year as a mere rebadged Japanese-market Nissan Violet. It was known around the world under a host of names. For one, in Australia, it was called the Datsun Stanza, and in the United States it was known as the Datsun 510. This was a purposeful attempt to recall images of the previous Datsun 510. The Stanza came powered by the 2.0 L, I4 Z20 series of engines. This compact car was a badge-engineered brother that carrier the same A10 codename as its cohorts. It was built in Hiratsuka, Japan and Oppama, Japan as a front wheel drive model by 1982. Even later versions of the car would be rebadged themselves as Nissan Bluebirds. Production also took place outside of Japan in Australia from 1978 until 1982. There it was made as a 4-door 1.6L sedan, mostly to fill a gap between the Sunny and 200B. The trims that were offered included the 'GL', the 'GX' and the sporty 'SSS'. After 1982, Nissan tried to homogenize the Stanza name in its export markets. In the United States, the T11 Stanza with the same Z20E engine replaced the 510 for the 1982 model year. Further, the Nissan Prairie was sold as part of the range, as the Stanza Wagon. Later again, in 1984, Nissan changed the engine in the Stanza from the Z20E to the 2.0 L, straight-4 CA20E. Thankfully, to end all the confusion with the name, the Stanza line was not seen in most export markets after the 1986 model year. However, did still live on in the United States, as a sedan in the form of the Nissan Maxima. A slightly modified version was created that was unusually heavy for its class, and stupidly contained a quite small engine. Thus, the model was underpowered.