The twisted relationship between Nissan’s Pulsar and Tiida badges continues, with the European-market Pulsar this week picking up a facelift for a launch into the Chinese market.
The Tiida badge’s presence in Australia was only a blink in the eye of the local market, appearing some years after the Pulsar name was retired – only to itself be replaced by a new-generation Pulsar hatch and sedan.
That ‘new’ Pulsar hatch retains the Tiida name overseas, however, while the sedan is known in its homeland as the Sylphy. And, as of last week, the hatch has been booted out of the Australian market.
Leap over to Europe, however, and the Pulsar badge lives on a different model, launched in 2014 with the promise of offering higher-quality trim packages and chassis tunes that would rival the Volkswagen Golf.
That new ‘Pulsar Euro’ has now been given a light makeover for the Chinese market, picking up revised front and rear styling that brings the hatch more in line with the new Maxima and facelifted Altima sedans – which, like the Euro-market Pulsar hatch, are not offered in Australia.
That theme looks set to continue, with Europe’s Pulsar hatch is extremely unlikely to replace the discontinued local hatch – although Nissan has confirmed that a new-generation small car is in the works. The company has revealed little else on that front, however.