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In 1981, Nissan announced that it was retiring the Datsun brand worldwide, with the stated goal of reducing brand confusion, cutting costs on advertising and branding, and simplifying product lines. To address the latter goal, Nissan introduced a series of new models to succeed the old Datsun export models. In 1983, one such replacement led to the retirement of the Datsun 310 and the introduction.

In 1981, Nissan announced that it was retiring the Datsun brand worldwide, with the stated goal of reducing brand confusion, cutting costs on advertising and branding, and simplifying product lines. To address the latter goal, Nissan introduced a series of new models to succeed the old Datsun export models. In 1983, one such replacement led to the retirement of the Datsun 310 and the introduction of the strange and blocky Nissan Pulsar NX.

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The first generation Nissan Pulsar NX was a two door coupe with pop-up headlights and a nearly nonexistent front grille. Under the hood, the Pulsar NX was available with either a 1.6 liter naturally aspirated engine or, curiously enough, a slightly smaller 1.5 liter turbocharged engine. When the Pulsar NX was first exported to North America, Nissan also exported a more pedestrian series of three- and five-door hatchback Pulsars.

However, the Pulsar hatchbacks sold poorly, so were quickly pulled from the market.

After three years on the market, Nissan decided it was time to refresh the Pulsar with the rest of its product lineup. Interestingly, while the rest of the automotive industry was beginning to transition to rounder body types, Nissan chose to take the already boxy and angular Pulsar NX and make it even boxier. Since that alone was not contrary enough, Nissan took it one step further and made the Pulsar NX modular.

Depending on the top put on the car, the Pulsar NX could be converted from hatchback to convertible to coupe, all in about an hour. Not satisfied with stopping there, Nissan chose to turn the weirdness to 11 and added angled stripes on the taillights. This strange state of affairs continued until 1990, when the Pulsar NX was retired and replaced with the jellybean-shaped Nissan NX.

Though the more conservatively styled non-NX Pulsar hatchbacks did not sell well in North America and were quickly pulled, they were sold, with varying levels of success, as captive imports for other brands overseas. In Australia, the Pulsar hatchback was sold as the Holden Astra, where it achieved enough success to continue through six years and two generations.

In Europe, on the other hand, the Nissan Pulsar was sold through an extremely misguided partnership with Alfa Romeo as the Arna. Presaging a similarly misguided partnership between Honda and Britain#39;s Rover Group a few years later, the Nissan-Alfa Romeo partnership was supposed to produce a car with Alfa Romeo driving dynamics and Nissan reliability, thus providing the best of both worlds.

The Alfa Romeo Arna, on the other hand, successfully combined Alfa Romeo#39;s legendarily poor build quality with early 1980#39;s Nissan economy car driving dynamics. Needless to say, it was not well received in the marketplace.

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