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Nissan Pulsar

New Japanese Frontier pushes forward: Nissan Pulsar challenges Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus for their territory

New 2014 Nissan Pulsar #7

These pictures haven’t set our pulse racing just yet but a GTi-R version might! Remember the 1980s Pulsar GTI-R with its 227bhp turbocharged version of the Primera engine? It was pretty hot on the modified car scene! Apparently there’s a 2015 version which will boast sportier looks and a 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine but this is…

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Nissan Pulsar

Only one year has passed since Nissan revived its Datsun brand by introducing the GO hatchback, and the Japanese manufacturer has just confirmed its return to the compact car segment (C-segment in Europe) with a brand-new vehicle.

Dubbed Pulsar, a name previously used for a line of compact cars sold in Asia and Australia since 1978 (not to be confused with the Pulsar NX sports car marketed in the U.S. between 1983 and 1990), the new vehicle is a five-door hatchback aimed at models such as the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus.

Nissan’s recipe for the Pulsar is pretty much simple and includes an instantly recognizable design with styling cues borrowed from the Qashqai, small, turbocharged engine that deliver decent power and return attractive fuel economy, and a price tag that’s likely to put the hatchback below most of its competitors.

A big bet for the Japanese automaker in Europe, the Pulsar is basically insignificant to the U.S. market, with Nissan having no plans to ship it across the ocean. This might very well change depending on vehicle’s success in Europe, but we’re at least a couple of years away from a pertinent verdict. Either way, the Pulsar is a hatchback worth looking at, and that’s what we’re about to do after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Pulsar.

Nissan Pulsar originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:00 EST.

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