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2015 Nissan Pulsar NISMO Concept

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Looks like Nissan will soon be joining the likes of the Golf GTI and Focus ST in the hot-hatch segment.

Nissan revived the Pulsar nameplate in 2014, in an attempt to join the ever-growing compact hatchback segment with a brand-new vehicle. Nissan is mainly aiming at the European market, a place where compact hatchbacks are selling like hot cakes, and its intentions with the Pulsar are quite simple. The goal is to offer an affordable vehicle powered by small, fuel-efficient engines that will grow on consumers and steal some costumers from the likes of Ford and Volkswagen. With the Pulsar already launched in 2014, Nissan is now focusing on a performance version of the hatch. Naturally, the beefed-up compact will arrive with a Nismo badge.

Showcased as a concept car at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the Pulsar Nismo previews what European buyers will find in showrooms starting 2016. The vehicle carries a traditional Nismo body kit and an updated interior, and although there are no official details surrounding its powerplant, we bet on a turbocharged unit delivering at least 250 horsepower will find a home under its hood. Although the actual details of this Nismo are still a long way off, the concept displayed in Paris is a good indication of what Nissan is currently up to.

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2014 Nissan Pulsar SSS Heritage Edition

2014 Nissan Pulsar SSS Heritage Edition

There are many reasons why our very own Christian handed Nissan the award for "Best Enthusiast Brand", and one of then is that the Japanese manufacturer is racing on more levels than most automakers. From super-fast Formula 1 and Le Mans racing to Australian touring car hooning known as V8 Supercars, Nissan has been revving its engines and showcasing technology at the top of the motorsport realm for years now.

Granted, its V8 Supercar efforts haven’t been particularly successful, but that didn’t stop Nissan from rolling out a special-edition hatchback ahead of the 2014 Bathurst 1000, Australia’s most iconic motorsport event. The vehicle in question, a slightly customized Pulsar SSS, hits Nissan’s Australian dealerships just in time to celebrate 30 years since Nissan’s first Bathurst 1000 pole position, won by George Fury in the Bluebird Turbo in 1984. Read on to find more about this limited-edition hatch.

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2015 Nissan Pulsar NISMO Concept

2015 Nissan Pulsar NISMO Concept

Nissan revived the Pulsar nameplate in 2014, in an attempt to join the ever-growing compact hatchback segment with a brand-new vehicle. Nissan is mainly aiming at the European market, a place where compact hatchbacks are selling like hot cakes, and its intentions with the Pulsar are quite simple. The goal is to offer an affordable vehicle powered by small, fuel-efficient engines that will grow on consumers and steal some costumers from the likes of Ford and Volkswagen. With the Pulsar already launched in 2014, Nissan is now focusing on a performance version of the hatch. Naturally, the beefed-up compact will arrive with a Nismo badge.

Showcased as a concept car at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the Pulsar Nismo previews what European buyers will find in showrooms starting 2016. The vehicle carries a traditional Nismo body kit and an updated interior, and although there are no official details surrounding its powerplant, we bet on a turbocharged unit delivering at least 250 horsepower will find a home under its hood. Although the actual details of this Nismo are still a long way off, the concept displayed in Paris is a good indication of what Nissan is currently up to.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 012 - "A dash of Hellcat and a Lot of Nissan Love"

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 012 - "A dash of Hellcat and a Lot of Nissan Love"

Welcome to the most awesome automotive podcast extravaganza on the internet, the TopSpeed Podcast. We have audio, we have video (after the break), and we have lots of banter about cars!

In this Thursday’s episode we bring you talks of the Nissan 370Z Nismo, the (exciting) Challenger Hellcat and Mark’s NASCAR roadtrip. We even find time to cover the revival of the Nissan Pulsar name and the new/old Jaguar Lightweight E-Type.

We also take a minute to remember F1 legend Sir Jack Brabum.

Our weekly wheels include a discussion about the Acura MDX that Justin got to drive, and the IS 350 F Sport that Mark went to Charlotte in. I am left out of the party again, but I have a new toy to talk about next week.

We have a few questions from the audience including what would make the perfect enthusiast vacation, top tracks to listen to while driving, and we speculate on what old cars need a good dose of carbon in their diet.

As always, we finish things off with Own, Drive, Burn and a trio of McLaren supercars.

Hope you enjoy. As always, you can reach us on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast, through email Podcast@TopSpeed.com and you can leave us a comment below.

Don’t forget that you can leave us a rating at iTunes.

See you next Thursday!

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Acura MDX, Lexus IS 350 F Sport

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2015 Nissan Pulsar

2015 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.

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