Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Seeking Pulse in Small Market; Grant Edwards Joins the Comeback Celebration of an Old Aussie Favourite in Melbourne

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Seeking Pulse in Small Market; Grant Edwards Joins the Comeback Celebration of an Old Aussie Favourite in Melbourne

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What matters most

The good stuff: Comfortable and quiet ride, large boot and full size spare, great name.

What wead like to see: Bluetooth audio streaming across the range (only on Ti), split-fold rear seats.

Servicing and warranty: Three years/100,000km with 24 hour roadside assistance. Servicing is every six months or 10,000km. Capped price servicing for up to six years/120,000kms (whichever comes first). Average price over 12 services is $297.18.

The lowdown

Sitting at the price sensitive end of the market, Nissan has put together a good value proposition with the Pulsar.

But most importantly, Australians know and trust the name. What the heck was a Tiida anyway?

Nissan has not delivered a game breaker, but it has produced a good car for Australian conditions that is quiet on the road with comfortable suspension settings a those wanting performance best wait 90 days for the SSS hatch.

VITAL STATISTICS

Model: Nissan Pulsar.

Details: Four-door front-wheel drive small sedan.

Engine: 1.8-litre in-line four-cylinder petrol generating maximum power of 96kW @ 6000rpm and peak torque of 174Nm @ 4800rpm.

Transmission: Six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic.

Consumption: 7.2 litres/ 100km (m); 6.7L/100km (a).

CO2: 169g/km (m); 160g/km (a).

Bottom line: ST $19,990 (m), ST $22,240 (a), ST-L $23,650 (m), ST-L $25,900 (a), Ti $28,990 (a). Plus on-roads.

WHATaS in a name? Plenty if you ask Nissan. In fact, the Pulsar moniker is worth at least four times more than Tiida.

Nissan has plans to quadruple sales of its new small car which revives the Pulsar brand and says ta-ta to Tiida.

Pulsar has been missing from showrooms for seven years but research shows itas still more widely known than the model it replaces.

Even the marketing is winding back the clock. The Pulsar still starts from $19,990, as it did back in 1996 when air conditioning and central locking were top-notch luxuries.

Yet this new Thailand-built offering has much more bang for its buck compared to its predecessors but is competing in a tougher market.

For now only the sedan is available, but a hatch variant will be on sale by June a including the much loved SSS variant.

Nissan Australia managing director and CEO William Peffer Jr recognised this a akiller segmenta with aa tonne of producta but heas confident they have the value package mix right with the Pulsar.

Comfort

Smart and well-dressed, the Pulsar cabin has widespread appeal which boasts more room than you would expect from a car in this genre.

Hard plastics adorn the entry-level ST console but they donat look downtrodden. The ST-L and Ti models have some groovier finishes which raise the aesthetics bar.

Cloth trim in the ST and ST-L has an upmarket feel and would be easy to live with if you couldnat justify the extra nine grand to get the leather-finished Ti. …

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