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The Nissan Bluebird is a compact- to medium-sized car launched in 1957. The nameplate still exists today on the Nissan Pulsar-based Nissan Bluebird Sylphy in Japan.
Export versions were sold variously as the Datsun 510, Datsun 180B (with 160B and 200B versions) and the Datsun Bluebird. In Australia from 1981-1985, the Datsun 910 was sold as the Bluebird, only to be replaced in 1986 by the Nissan Pintara. In the United States, the Bluebird was eventually sold as the Nissan Stanza. In 1992, the Stanza became the Nissan Altima. Currently, the Bluebird is not sold in North America; in 2002, the Altima was completely redesigned, becoming a model unique to the North American market.
The Bluebird sold in Europe between 1984 and 1990 was in fact a rebadged Nissan Auster - this was replaced by the Primera in Nissan's European line-up in 1990.
A six-cylinder version called the Maxima was released in the 1980s and became a separate model.
Several variants include an All Wheel Drive version (ATTESSA) proprietary drive system incorporated in the Australian version.
The Australian delivered U13 Bluebird was released in late 1993 and terminated in 1997. The US delivered U13 (Altima) was released in 1993 and was similar to the Australian U13. Series 1 ran from 1993 until 1995 while Series 2 ran from 1995 to 1997. Series 2 saw the addition of a driver's airbag, revised grille styling, and a seat belt warning light. The Series 1 LX model came equipped with cruise control standard but strangely it was an option on the Series 2. The Australian U13 Bluebirds were available in three different models, LX - the base model but very well equipped, Ti - the luxury model, and the SSS - the sports model. Compared to the LX, the Ti had climate control, a sunroof, woodgrain styling, and gear selector display on the instrument cluster (automatic models only). while comparing the LX to the SSS, the SSS had a HUD (Heads Up Display - digital speedo on windscreen), climate control, foglights, ski-port, woodgrain styling, and gear selector display on the instrument cluster (automatic models only). Despite there being a sports model (SSS), the LX was the fastest of the models due to having the least weight. The engine used in the Australian and US U13 models was the KA24DE - 112kw, 210nm of torque.