Friday Challenge

As I trawled through my vast database of photos I found this image.

Can any of our readers say which car it came from?

Here is the rest of the car:

Nissan Almera saloon.

And the front:

Nissan Almera saloon

And finally:

The end

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

17 thoughts on “Friday Challenge”

    1. Why not? It is, more than any other site I know, a thoughtful celebration of what others might dismiss as mundane.

    2. More good answers. I will have to come clean soon.
      I will reveal later than Olly and Kris both provided the right answer. I am assuming neither is using a fiendish picture-match programme.

    3. It’s an interesting car in my home (New Zealand) market. It was marketed as a Nissan Pulsar Euro Series, presumably to denote it’s British manufacture as opposed to the Japanese made saloon and wagon Pulsars (JDM Bluebird Sylphy) sold simultaneously!

    4. It’s the saloon version: is that UK-made? I’ve been dwelling on this car for a week. The saloon had a useful size and is carefully styled. Or “boring”. It’s like a 406: neat, professional and quiet. I will avoid further discussions so I keep my tinder dry.

    5. It seems intetesting that ‘British made’ could serve as a sales argument if the alternative is Japanese. At least in our area, the latter is about equivalent to ‘trouble free’.

  1. I drove quite a few as hire cars provided by the company I worked for at the time … whatever the looks (and I agree it was well designed), it was a really uninspiring drive, with a rough engine, notchy gear-change, dull steering and heavy under-steer biased handling. The Focus and Astra of the day (the latter had its chassis breathed-on by Lotus, if my memory serves me well) left it for dead in that respect.

    1. That’s damning. In which case I refuse to waste pixels on this. The handsome looks promise unobtrusive competence. The Focus, Astra and Golf offer different blends of this plus competent and often rather attractive styling. So, can anyone offer an explanation of why Nissan fielded a car with such dreary characteristics? We like also-rans at DTW but not because they bad but because something good has been overlooked: Trevi and 604 are my best example.

  2. The saloon version of thin car is news to me. I don’t think it was ever sold in Switzerland. It’s the kind of small saloon I find especially unappealing, however competently it may be designed. Being dreadful to drive doesn’t exactly improve the situation, does it?

  3. There is a bigger story to tell here, about the nature of relational design within a broader context. When I saw the photo on the homepage, my instant gut response was ‘Nissan’ even if the exact model eluded my memory bank. What does this tell us?

    1) Most importantly, I really need to get out more often.

    2) I may be reading too much into it, but I really do believe my instinctive response was the result of successful conditioning on the part of other contemporary models within Nissan’s range – specifically, the Bluebird:

    …and Maxima:

    Both of these had quite a quite distinctive ellipsoidal theme that is also reflected in the Almera’s handle. Put enough of these small touches together and you have a coherent range-defining theme, I suppose.

    Notwithstanding that, this generation of Almera does nothing for me whatsoever. The previous generation, with its barrel-shaped flanks and wilfully-odd DLO on five-door versions, had the merest hint of charmingly ugly Datsuns of the mid-1970s like the 100A. I hated them when they were new but have found them more interesting as their numbers thin out. The Pulsar before that was a genuinely good car (and another proponent of oval doorhandles, I should note), as was its predecessor. But these? Meh. They are archetypal ‘Japanese recession retrenchment’ car – nothing about it, in theme or detailing, lived up to the heights set by the models that came before it.

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