Last week in Los Angeles Raphael and I tried to buy a $500 Craigslist Nissan Pulsar (non-Sportback, I am afraid) to drive around for the week of the auto show. The seller never got back to us. I want you to know that we tried, though.
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You’ve probably heard a lot about ‘understeer’ — when you turn the wheel and the car just plows forward. Here’s what it looks like.
It feels like a pink burnout kind of day. Here's one for no good reason.
Remember when Nissan made compact cars that were actually quick and fun to drive? Cars like the Pulsar, Sentra SE-R, and 200SX? They've gotten away from stuff like that in recent years, but this debut at the Paris Motor Show makes me think they're ready to get back in the game. Meet the Nissan Pulsar, Nismo-fied.
Oh yes, you're here because there's "Nissan Pulsar" in the headline. Well, as Automatch Tom covered earlier today, it's a nifty compact hatch that we're not getting here. That's too bad, because we're also not going to see ads like these on U.S. TV.
One very 80s automotive phenomenon was the two-seater commuter car. Of all of them, only the Honda CRX had real staying power; the others mostly disappeared. Still, junkyard archeologists sometimes turn up some interesting bones.
Back in 1980s Australia, those shopping for a suit of armor or heading to an 80s-flappers-on-coke costume party knew only one car would do: a GM-rebadged Nissan Pulsar! Yes, the Holden Astra (no relation to the later Opel of the same name), which came with a "long hatch floor" and- amazingly enough- a fuel filler door…