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Sporty small hatch comparison : Mazda 3 v Ford Focus v Holden Cruze v Hyundai i30 v Nissan Pulsar

Almost anyone can throw on a pair of gym shorts and runners and look reasonably sporting in the checkout line at Coles, and the same is true with cars – the addition of alloy wheels, a spoiler and foglights can suddenly make your small hatchback look at least a bit athletic...

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Nissan Pulsar SSS Heritage Edition emerges in classic brand Bathurst livery
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Nissan Pulsar SSS Heritage Edition emerges in classic brand Bathurst livery

Only a few days before the annual Bathurst 1000 race in the V8 Supercars calendar, the Nissan Pulsar SSS Heritage Edition has emerged to commemorate 30 years since the Japanese brand took pole position at the iconic western New South Wales race track...


Nissan Altima, Pulsar sedans to receive Murano-inspired facelift
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Nissan Altima, Pulsar sedans to receive Murano-inspired facelift

Nissan's design chief has gone on the record stating that the facelifted and next-generation versions of both the Altima and Pulsar sedans will have a sportier aesthetic. At the Paris motor show, The Car Connection spoke to Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura about what he has in store for the Pulsar sedan (known as the Sentra in the US), Altima and the next-generation US market Maxima — a front-wheel drive "sports sedan" that sits above the Altima...


Nissan Pulsar Nismo concept debuts in Paris
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Nissan Pulsar Nismo concept debuts in Paris

The covers have been pulled off the European Nissan Pulsar Nismo concept car at the Paris motor show. Nissan has yet to comment on which motor lurks underneath the Pulsar Nismo's bonnet. We do know, though, that the show car features a six-speed manual transmission and has a redline that's been set just shy of 6500rpm, although there's no boost or temperature gauge either in the instrument cluster or atop the dash...


Nissan Pulsar SSS Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Nissan Pulsar SSS Review

The return of the Nissan Pulsar SSS nameplate has been met with mixed success. The SSS warm-hatch returned to the Australian market just over 12 months ago following a 13-year hiatus. The SSS variant has accounted for about eight per cent of total Pulsar sales since its July 2013 launch, and Nissan Australia says that while Pulsar sales have been skewed towards lower specification models, the figures for SSS are not far off its initial expectations...

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$29,790

Nissan Pulsar Nismo hot-hatch likely to take on FWD Nurburgring record
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Nissan Pulsar Nismo hot-hatch likely to take on FWD Nurburgring record

The record-setting Renault Megane RS275 hot-hatch could soon be targeted from an enemy within, with a new Nissan Pulsar Nismo model expected to tackle the recent Nurburgring record. Just a few weeks ago a specially developed, road-legal Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R set a new front-wheel-drive record time of 7:54...


Nissan Pulsar : local boss admits styling issues, Euro hatch now on the cards for Oz
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Nissan Pulsar : local boss admits styling issues, Euro hatch now on the cards for Oz

Despite initially stating the European-market, all-new Nissan Pulsar would not make it to Australia, local executives are heading to Japan next month to assess the viability of the fresh model. Richard Emery, who has been the managing director and CEO of Nissan Australia for the last four months following on from a six-year stint as Mercedes-Benz Australia general manager of sales, first admitted the current Pulsar’s styling is letting it down...


Nissan Pulsar Nismo a chance for new European-market hatch - report
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Nissan Pulsar Nismo a chance for new European-market hatch - report

The all-new European-market Nissan Pulsar could spawn a high-performance Nismo hot-hatch, according to one of the brand’s top executives. Nissan general manager and chief marketing manager for C-segment and crossover vehicles Ponz Pandikuthira told Dutch publication Autovisie the Japanese car maker was weighing the business case for the Pulsar Nismo...


Euro-market Nissan Pulsar unveiled, set to take on Volkswagen Golf
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Euro-market Nissan Pulsar unveiled, set to take on Volkswagen Golf

Nissan has unveiled a new hatchback bearing the Pulsar name, but, as we reported earlier, it will be a Europe-only model for now. The Euro Pulsar is designed to be more upmarket in order to go toe-to-toe with the Volkswagen Golf, Opel Astra, Renault Megane and Peugeot 308...


Nissan Pulsar: Euro-spec model not for Australia
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Nissan Pulsar: Euro-spec model not for Australia

The all-new European-specification Nissan Pulsar won’t replace or join the current Thailand-sourced small car range in Australia. Teased over the weekend ahead of tomorrow’s official unveiling, Nissan’s new ‘C-segment’ five-door hatchback will go on sale in Europe in the third quarter of the year, but isn’t headed for local showrooms...


Nissan Pulsar range may be challenged by new C-segment hatch for Europe
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Nissan Pulsar range may be challenged by new C-segment hatch for Europe

Nissan will reveal an all-new C-segment hatchback for Europe later in 2014, and it could cause a headache for the brand's Australian arm and its revived Pulsar line. Nissan global chief planning officer Andy Palmer suggested to CarAdvice at the 2014 New York auto show that the as-yet-unnamed C-segment model could lead to a strategic rethink of the Aussie arm's small car range...


Nissan Pulsar airbag recall affects 12,800 hatches, sedans in Australia
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Nissan Pulsar airbag recall affects 12,800 hatches, sedans in Australia

The Nissan Pulsar has been recalled to address two safety issues, including a curtain airbag defect that affects every new-generation car imported to Australia to date. Affecting 12,000 Nissan Pulsar hatches and 800 Pulsar sedans, the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) product safety recalls website explains the B-pillar-mounted curtain airbag's satellite sensor may not have been installed correctly and in "extremely rare cases" may deploy "incorrectly"...


Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan won't dilute the badge, says CEO
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Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan won't dilute the badge, says CEO

The Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan will strengthen rather than dilute the traditional sports hatch badge, insists the company’s local boss. Nissan Australia managing director and CEO Peter Jones insists the higher-performance version of the Pulsar sedan - due in showrooms in the second quarter of 2014 - deserves to wear the SSS badge, and says there is demand for the new model...


Nissan Pulsar SSS ad banned for a second time
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Nissan Pulsar SSS ad banned for a second time

A local Nissan Pulsar television commercial has been banned twice in two months by the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) for depicting unsafe driving. Spruiking the new Nissan Pulsar SSS, the ad shows a man driving through the streets as his seemingly pregnant wife is in the passenger seat appearing to be in labor...


Nissan Pulsar hatch spied preparing for European launch
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Nissan Pulsar hatch spied preparing for European launch

A prototype of the Nissan Pulsar hatch has been spotted testing in Europe, supporting suggestions the car will be sold across the continent from 2014. In April 2012, Nissan announced plans to produce an "all-new hatchback" at its Sunderland plant in the UK from next year, but is yet to officially confirm what that model will be...


Nissan Pulsar ST Hatch Video Review
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Nissan Pulsar ST Hatch Video Review

Testing the entry-level five-door Pulsar that delivers comfort, practicality and value in spades.


Nissan Pulsar SSS Video Review
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Nissan Pulsar SSS Video Review

the SSS badge returns for a sportier, turbocharged take on the Pulsar hatch. CarAdvice heads to the track to find out how it shapes up.


Nissan Pulsar engine stalling issue prompts service campaign, not recall
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Nissan Pulsar engine stalling issue prompts service campaign, not recall

More than 9000 Nissan Pulsar sedans have been affected by a defect that can cause their engines to stall, though none of the cars are subject to an official recall. In a statement, Nissan Australia says the fault "does not warrant a safety recall", and has instead initiated a voluntary service campaign to repair the 9272 affected Pulsar sedans...


Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan on the radar
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Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan on the radar

A turbocharged Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan is a good chance to join its warm-hatch sibling in the Japanese manufacturer's local line-up. Nissan Australia corporate communications general manager Peter Fadeyev told CarAdvice at the launch of the Pulsar SSS hatch that the company is investigating the potential of a sporty halo for the four-door Pulsar range...


2013 Nissan Pulsar SSS Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2013 Nissan Pulsar SSS Review

For over 13 years the much-loved Nissan Pulsar SSS has been conspicuously absent from Australia's burgeoning hot hatch market. But the iconic badge has finally made its comeback, knocking out the old 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine and replacing it with a punchier 1.6-litre turbo...

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$29,240 to $31,740

2013 Nissan Pulsar Hatch Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2013 Nissan Pulsar Hatch Review

Nissan’s launch of the Pulsar sedan earlier this year may have revived the badge, but its resurrection of the much-loved Nissan Pulsar Hatch was always the hot-ticket item. Nissan is now hoping the all-new Pulsar hatch will gain fast traction in the highly competitive small car segment, thanks to Australia’s ongoing affection for five-door hatches...

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$18,990 to $31,740

Nissan offers end of financial year deals across four models
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Nissan offers end of financial year deals across four models

Nissan Australia has announced a range of end of financial year deals across four of its most popular models, including the Pulsar sedan, Dualis, X-Trail and Navara, until the end of June. The 96kW/174Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder Nissan Pulsar sedan ST manual is available now for $49 per week with a 2...


Nissan Pulsar hatch: pricing and specifications
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Nissan Pulsar hatch: pricing and specifications

The Nissan Pulsar hatch will undercut its mainstream small-car rivals when it launches next month with an $18,990 starting price. The five-door hatchback arrives to complement the Pulsar sedan that arrived in January, and will better it by $1000 in entry-level Pulsar ST manual form...


Nissan Pulsar SSS: hot-hatch returns for under $30,000
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Nissan Pulsar SSS: hot-hatch returns for under $30,000

The Nissan Pulsar SSS is back, returning to Australia's hot-hatch scene after a 13-year hiatus. The iconic Pulsar SSS sits at the top of Nissan Australia's new-generation small-car range, just as it did when it was last available in 2000 in N15 S2 form...


Nissan Pulsar ST Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Nissan Pulsar ST Review

The Nissan Pulsar ST is the base grade in the reborn small-car range, yet it is by far the most convincing model overall. Priced from $19,990 (and at the moment driveaway), the six-speed manual, 1.8-litre entry-level sedan is simple and basic, light and hugely spacious, economical and reasonably punchy...

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$19,990 to $21,990

Nissan Pulsar ST price cut to $19,990 driveaway
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Nissan Pulsar ST price cut to $19,990 driveaway

The all-new Nissan Pulsar is now available from $19,990 driveaway, increasing the appeal of the Japanese brand's recently relaunched small sedan. The special driveaway pricing applies to the entry-level Nissan Pulsar ST manual, which is normally priced from $19,990 before on-road costs or $22,390 driveaway, saving customers $2400...


Nissan Pulsar Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Nissan Pulsar Review

The Nissan Pulsar is back. Plenty of Australians have missed the badge – which still has a 71 per cent recognition rate in Australia despite the nameplate taking a seven-year sabbatical from the market. The Nissan Pulsar replaces the Tiida that has 56 per cent recognition and has cost Nissan some popularity in the small-car market, and would find itself in the Handbook of What Not to Do in Automotive Marketing (Chapter: Changing popular car names)...

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$19,990 to $28,990

Nissan Pulsar aims for return to small-car sales success
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Nissan Pulsar aims for return to small-car sales success

Nissan is targeting a minimum four-fold increase in its Australian small car sales after introducing a new-generation Nissan Pulsar. The Pulsar had been part of Nissan’s local line-up since 1978, and built here in the early 1980s, but the badge has been absent since it was replaced by the Tiida in 2006...


Pulsar name a huge asset, admits Nissan
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Pulsar name a huge asset, admits Nissan

Nissan Australia has admitted the Nissan Pulsar name is a huge asset and an important comeback for the company’s small car aspirations. A new-generation Nissan Pulsar has launched this week, seven years after it was replaced by the Tiida that proved to be a far less popular model...


Nissan Pulsar Ti Video Review
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Nissan Pulsar Ti Video Review

Behind the wheel of the flagship variant of Japan’s new small sedan.