Coincidences happen and don’t mean anything. Still, they add a touch of poetic interest to our otherwise unstructured and meaningless lives. Here’s one that actually happened to me!
About a week ago I was walking home from the supermarket. I think I’d bought some onions and some sliced bread (I like toast in the morning sometimes). Exactly as I passed the doorway of the rather good hamburger joint on the street, my subconscious mind notified my conscious mind that I could notremember the name of the Nissan Pulsar. Nissan what? White. Long-wheelbase. Can’t recall the moniker…
I had even been to see one at a dealer when they first came out and I noticed the impressive rear legroom. And the car got good notices for its lush ride quality too. None of those things helped me to recall the name of the car though.
Now the coincidence. Just as I needed to remember the name of the car it appeared in the news, Automotive News Europe to be exactly precise. The Pulsar is leaving Europe alongside the Almera saloon.
Driventowrite is not just a source of trenchant views and informed wisdom founded on a collective half century of automotive study. It is also something of a web-blog of record so I feel I must record the Pulsar’s passing. That’s all I want to to do today. The day’s actual article follows later.
Automotive News’ own fine pen-smiths summed up the situation as follows: “The Pulsar was launched in 2014 to give Nissan a competitor to cars such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, and fill a gap in Nissan’s range in Europe that had existed since the automaker ended production of the original Almera compact in 2006. Nissan predicted European annual sales of 64,000 for the Pulsar but last year the model sold just 25,221, according to figures from market researchers JATO Dynamics. The car was produced in Nissan’s plant in Barcelona, Spain.”
Here is a link to the Nissan Europe Newsroom which has a Press Pack for the Pulsar. Goodness knows how long that will remain up and accessible.
These bullet points outline the defining characteristics of the Pulsar:
• Pulsar five-door hatchback brings Nissan innovation to an even bigger audience.
• Redefining expectations in the C-segment with award winning technology.
• Advanced features include Nissan Safety Shield and Around View Monitor.
• Sector-best wheelbase, rear leg space and boot capacity.
• Powerful but frugal all-turbocharged engine range.
• Designed and engineered for Europe, built at Nissan’s Barcelona factory.
• Four trim grades: Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna.
• High equipment levels – Bluetooth and cruise control on all models.
Here is another slab of Nissan PR text. It describes quite a reasonable stab at the C-segment.
“Nissan’s passion for innovation and technology has seen it transform the family car landscape over the course of the last seven years. Now, using the same design approach and original thinking that produced its range of crossovers, Nissan is expanding its product portfolio once again with an exciting, all-new family hatchback challenger – the Pulsar.
Combining bold design, technical innovations and class leading interior space, the all-new Nissan Pulsar brings a fresh dimension to the C-segment, offering all the familiar Nissan qualities in a stylish new package.
The Pulsar’s introduction highlights Nissan’s bold ambition and desire to deliver intelligent design and technical innovation to the widest possible audience. Designed to appeal to a broad range of buyers, from D-segment downsizers to family motorists who have outgrown their B-segment cars, the Pulsar showcases Nissan’s design skills and introduces an array of in-car technologies – some of which are brand new to the sector. With exceptional material and build quality, the Pulsar offers buyers a premium ownership and driving experience without having to pay premium prices.
Instantly recognisable thanks to its trademark Nissan V-motion grille, boomerang signature headlamp characteristics and bold, muscular curves, the Pulsar was designed and engineered for Europe and will be built at Nissan’s Barcelona production facility.
Embedded with the same design DNA that gives the Qashqai and X-Trail such powerful road presence, the Pulsar combines strong lines with immaculate detailing to create an elegant, athletic form. Like its crossover stablemates, the Pulsar is characterised by strong wheel volumes, a tapered waistline and a flowing profile.
The confident, premium approach continues inside, where high quality materials and clear design are perfectly integrated with Pulsar’s impressively high equipment levels.
Thanks to the longest wheelbase in the class (2,700mm) and clever packaging, the Pulsar offers considerably more rear legroom and shoulder room than its sector rivals. Indeed, with 692mm of leg space – the Pulsar has in fact more rear kneeroom than the average D-segment offering. Yet despite this, it retains a compact footprint (length 4,385mm), making it easy to park in tight urban environments.”
The boot capacity was 395 litres.