Nissan EXA

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The Nissan EXA is two-door coupé manufactured and marketed by Nissan Motor Company from 1986 to 1990. Internally designated as the N13 series, it replaced the earlier Nissan Pulsar EXA and Nissan Langley EXA (N12) sold between 1982 and 1986. The Japanese version was sold at Nissan Cherry Store locations as the Pulsar EXA, and at Nissan Prince Store locations as the Langley EXA.

Both generations of the EXA were marketed in North America under the name Nissan Pulsar NX.

First generation (N12; 1982–1986)[edit]

1986 Nissan Pulsar NX.JPG
Nissan Pulsar NX (US)
Also called Nissan Langley EXA
Nissan Pulsar NX
Production 1982–1986
Assembly Japan
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupé
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive
Related Nissan Sunny
Nissan Pulsar (N12)
Engine 1270 cc E13 I4
1488 cc E15 I4
1488 cc E15ET turbo I4
1597 cc E16 I4
Wheelbase 2,420 mm (95.28 in)
Length 3,970 mm (156.30 in)
Width 1,630 mm (64.17 in)
Height 1,400 mm (55.12 in)
Curb weight 863 kg (1,903 lb)

The Pulsar EXA was known in North America as the Pulsar NX and shared many of its parts with the Nissan Pulsar. This version of the Pulsar NX was available from 1983 to 1986 and came with either the fuel injected turbocharged E15ET engine or the carburetted naturally aspirated E16S engine. The Pulsar EXA followed a successful strategy Nissan used in Japan of offering the economical Nissan Sunny in an affordable, youth-oriented two-door coupe, demonstrated by the Nissan Sunny Coupe fastback, which was offered since the Sunny's introduction in 1966. As the Pulsar was a companion to the Nissan Sunny, but offered at a different Japanese Nissan dealership called Nissan Cherry Store, the Pulsar EXA followed in the tradition of the Sunny Coupe.

In Japan, the Pulsar EXA convertible was a limited edition model was designed to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Nissan Cherry Japanese dealership chain, and sold as a companion to the Nissan Pulsar. It appeared in Japan the same year as the Honda CR-X in the same marketing segment, replacing the Nissan Pulsar N10 series coupe. It was launched in May 1985, and just 100 vehicles were made available for the whole of Japan. The vehicle sports numerous special accessories, including a soft top made from a special insulating material to keep out the rain and heat, and a rear window made from organic glass to ensure high visibility. In September 1983, Nissan Australia released the two-door Pulsar EXA coupe with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.

Nissan Pulsar EXA convertible (Japan) 

Second generation (N13; 1986–1990)[edit]

1988-1991 Nissan EXA (N13) coupe (2011-11-08) 01.jpg
1988–1990 Nissan EXA coupe (Australia)
Also called Nissan Pulsar NX
Production 1986–1990
Assembly Japan
Designer Koichiro Kawamura
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupé
2-door convertible
3-door hatchback
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine CA16DE DOHC I4
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,430 mm (96 in)
Length 4,230 mm (167 in)
Width 1,680 mm (66 in)
Height 1,295 mm (51 in)
Curb weight 1,070 kg (2,359 lb)
Successor Nissan NX (B14)

Marketed in Japan as the EXA and in North America as the Pulsar NX, the N13 offered a flexible hatchback design that could accommodate two distinct hatchbacks: a coupé hatch door or a hatchback more akin to station wagon or shooting brake, marketed as the Sportbak. The EXA/Pulsar could also be driven without either rear hatch as well. The design was conceived largely at the Nissan Design Institute in North America and shared styling cues (prominently, the rear side window angle) with the contemporary two-door Nissan Pathfinder/Terrano (WD21) SUV. The EXA/Pulsar NX featured the CA16DE engine.

Nissan EXA Sportbak (Japan)

In Australia, the Series 1 EXA (1986–1987) came with the CA16DE, vinyl rear seats, front vented disk with rear drum brakes, and power steering. The Series 2 EXA (1988–1989) featured the CA18DE and cloth rear seats. There were also two GP versions of the S2 EXA made. 45 white GP edition vehicles were specially made for the celebrity race at the Adelaide Grand Prix in 1988. They had all the features of the Series 2, but also had Pulsar SSS wheels, build numbers on a badge in the dash and a factory roll cage which was removed after the race. The 1989 GP featured all the same features of the Series 2 EXA. They also had the Pulsar SSS wheels, a more aggressive front bumper, and build numbers on a badge in the dash. All 200 89 GPs made were red. The Series 3 (1990–91) EXA added rear disc brakes, improved seats and optional power windows.

1988–1990 Nissan EXA coupe (Australia)

The Nissan EXA Solair was a luxury version of the base model that featured power windows, five-spoke alloy wheels, and a different front bumper. In 1991, Kodak had a competition for five fully optioned Series 3 Nissan EXAs. The Kodak EXAs featured an exclusive pearlescent yellow paint scheme. In 1988, a 1986 EXA was offered in a competition to win that had been used on stage for a Kylie Minogue concert, it was original a grey/white colour but was painted pink for the competition, this EXA still exists and lives in Queensland registered today.

The North American Pulsar NX was offered in two trim levels: the XE (1.6-liter E16i in 1987–1988 and 1.6-liter GA16i in 1989–1990) and the twin-cam, SE (1.6-liter CA16DE in 1987 and 1.8-liter CA18DE in 1988–1989).

The EXA/Pulsar NX was replaced in 1991 with the Nissan NX coupé.

Engines offered in the Pulsar NX:


  • 1.6 L E16i, 1,597 cc, single point TBI, SOHC
  • 1.6 L CA16DE, 1,597 cc, multi point EFI, DOHC


  • 1.6 L E16i, 1,597 cc, single point TBI, SOHC
  • 1.8 L CA18DE, 1,809 cc, multi point EFI, DOHC


  • 1.6 L GA16i, 1,597 cc, single point TBI, SOHC
  • 1.8 L CA18DE, 1,809 cc, multi point EFI, DOHC


  • 1.6 L GA16i, 1,597 cc, single point TBI, SOHC