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The Nissan Pulsar is a compact car (C-segment in Europe) of the Japanese marque Nissan. In Europe, this was the model that replaced the Nissan Tiida, although the “Pulsar” surname has been used by Nissan in different markets for many years. In fact, as we will see in this article, the Tiida and other Nissan compacts are vehicles renamed from the Nissan Pulsar itself.

The origin of the Nissan Pulsar dates back to 1978. That year the Datsun Pulsar, a utility or subcompact car, was launched in Japan. The second generation, already converted into a compact, came to Europe under the name of Nissan Cherry. Since then, the different generations of the Nissan Pulsar line have had different names depending on the market in which they have been marketed:

  • N12 (1982): Nissan Cherry (Europe)
  • N13 (1986): Nissan Sunny (Europe) / Nissan Cherry (Greece) / Nissan Sentra (Oceania)
  • N14 (1990): Nissan Sunny (Europe) / Nissan Sentra (Oceania)
  • N15 (1995): Nissan Almera (Europe) / Nissan Sentra (Oceania)
  • N16 (2000): Nissan Almera (Europe) / Nissan Pulsar / Nissan Bluebird Sylphy (Japan)
  • B17 (2013): Nissan Sentra (North America) / Nissan Pulsar (Oceania and Asia) / Nissan Sylphy
  • C12 (2013): Nissan Tiida (Europa) / Nissan Pulsar (Thailand, Australia and New Zealand)
  • C13 (2014): Nissan Pulsar / Nissan Tiida (Russia and China)

The model we know in Europe as Nissan Pulsar arrived in 2014. It was the first time the Japanese brand used the surname “Pulsar” in Europe. This model was built on the Renault-Nissan CMF-CD platform, shared with the Renault Megane.

Due to low sales, the Nissan Pulsar C13 stopped being marketed in Europe at the end of 2018. During this time, the vehicle competed with other compacts in its segment, such as the Citroen C4, Ford Focus, Toyota Auris, Seat Leon or Honda Civic, among many others.

nissan pulsar c13

Nissan Pulsar. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all Nissan Pulsar models that have been produced. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all Nissan Pulsar.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Nissan Pulsar – Europe: C13 (2014)


Diesel Engines

  • K9K 1.5 dCi 110 CV (2014)

Petrol Engines

  • HRA2DDT 1.2 DIG-T 116 CV (2014)
  • MR16DDT 1.6 DIG-T 190 CV (2015)

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