Japanese manufacturer returns to the C-segment with new five-door hatchback due to go on sale in Autumn 2014

Nissan is to reintroduce the Pulsar model name on a new five-door hatchback that will go on sale in the Autumn as a rival for the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus.

The Japanese manufacturer has issued a teaser image of the new Nissan Pulsar, which will be built at Nissan's factory in Barcelona, Spain.

Nissan says the C-segment hatchback has been "designed to meet the specific demands of European car buyers" and will feature "the same high quality, high innovation approach that has come to typify Nissan models". 

It's the first time Nissan has been represented in the C-segment since the Almera was phased out.

The Pulsar name first appeared in 1978 and was widely used for models in Asian and Australasian markets over the course of the last four decades. It also appeared in certain European markets in the early 1990s on the N14 model. 

The new Nissan Pulsar will be officially revealed in full next Tuesday.

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16 May 2014
what is it with car companies these days who only seem to do 5 door hatchbacks, it's really annoying, there are lots of cars I like but being in a wheelchair I need a 3 door as the doors open wider making it easier to get in.

16 May 2014
owenmahamilton wrote:

what is it with car companies these days who only seem to do 5 door hatchbacks, it's really annoying, there are lots of cars I like but being in a wheelchair I need a 3 door as the doors open wider making it easier to get in.

I agree. I have a back problem, and with 5 door versions the B-pillar is too far forward, and causes me problems with climbing around it all the time. Its especially bad in smaller cars, the Clio and forthcoming Twingo, for example. Fortunately, there are still some companies, such as VW, Audi and Seat which give you the choice.

16 May 2014
Considering how many companies sell hatchbacks, that's not much of a choice really, and even some of the ones that do sell a hatchback with the choice of 3 or 5 doors only make the automatic gearbox available in the 5 door version. The VW Golf is a classic example, if I want a 3 door Golf with a DSG gearbox it is the GTI or nothing.

16 May 2014
4WD GTI-R or noone cares.

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16 May 2014
...no Sunny?

16 May 2014
Please please use renaults dual clutch auto and not the CVT.

16 May 2014
Nissan pulled out of this segment. I still don't know. Interestingly though Pulsar may be the first SUV-based sub-compact! Usually it's the other way around.

17 May 2014
I don't understand. The second-generation Tiiiida (STUPID name) is sold as the Pulsar in Australia. Look at the Nissan Australia website to see.

Is this new vehicle just the C12 Tiida rebadged?

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