Nissan Stanza

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Description: By 1982, most of Nissan's competition was in the process of abandoning rear wheel drive on their passenger cars. The inaugural front-wheel-drive Toyota Camry was scheduled for introduction that

By 1982, most of Nissan's competition was in the process of abandoning rear wheel drive on their passenger cars. The inaugural front-wheel-drive Toyota Camry was scheduled for introduction that year, for example, and the Honda Accord had been utilizing front wheel drive since 1976. Eager to follow suit, Nissan chose to replace the Datsun 510, its aging mid-level model, with a new front wheel.

By 1982, most of Nissan's competition was in the process of abandoning rear wheel drive on their passenger cars. The inaugural front-wheel-drive Toyota Camry was scheduled for introduction that year, for example, and the Honda Accord had been utilizing front wheel drive since 1976. Eager to follow suit, Nissan chose to replace the Datsun 510, its aging mid-level model, with a new front wheel drive powertrain and an updated body. Since the timing of the new model introduction coincided with Nissan's announcement to retire the Datsun brand, it was decided to give this new model a new name. With that, the Nissan Stanza was born.

Like the Datsun 510, the Nissan Stanza was meant as a well apportioned compact family car. Consequently, it was initially available as both a four door sedan or as a five door hatchback; a two door coupe version would not have fit the desired market. Under the hood, the carbureted Z20 four cylinder engine of the 510 was given fuel injection, which improved horsepower by nearly 15%. Two years later, in 1984, Nissan upgraded the engine again, which improved horsepower by another 15%.

One family-friendly version that was initially missing from the Nissan Sentra's North American lineup, however, was a station wagon. In 1986, coinciding with the introduction of the next generation Stanza, Nissan rectified this glaring omission by introducing the quirky Stanza Wagon. Built on an entirely different chassis from the Stanza sedan, the only similarity between the two was the engine. Unlike the regular Stanza, which was only available with front wheel drive, the Stanza Wagon was also available in four wheel drive. Unlike every other station wagon on the market, the Stanza Wagon came with sliding doors and a taller roofline. Unlike most minivans, meanwhile, the Stanza Wagon was only as wide as a compact passenger car and did not come equipped with a recessed engine compartment.

The second-generation Nissan Stanza, though not as groundbreaking or daring as its Stanza Wagon counterpart, was plenty improved in its own right. Its option list now included high-end items like leather seats, a powered sunroof, power door locks, power windows, and air conditioning. Unfortunately, these features added considerable weight to the small chassis, leaving the car relatively underpowered compared to its more svelte competition. What the car lacked in performance, however, it made up for in reliability and durability. Since reliability and durability, by their very nature, aren't noticed until later in a product run, the second-generation Stanza did not sell as well as Nissan had hoped. This led Nissan to cease exporting the Stanza in most export markets in 1990, save for one – the United States.

The final generation for the Nissan Stanza, introduced in 1990 and retired in 1992, was only available as a four door sedan; the Stanza Wagon was spun off as the Nissan Axxess. The engine was finally upgraded, with a larger 2.4 liter engine replacing the considerably weaker 2.0 liter engine in the earlier models. The body lines were rounded, as was the style of the times. After two years, however, Nissan chose to retire the Stanza, replacing it with the Nissan Altima.



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