A mid-sized Nissan Pintara was launched for the first time in 1986 by Nissan Australia. It remained in production until 1992.
First Generation (R31; 1986–1990)
The first generation Pintara was introduced in 1986 as a mid-sized family car. It was manufactured by Nissan Australia at Clayton, Victoria assembly plant located in Melbourne. The Pintara shared its platform with Nissan Skyline and was a replacement vehicle for locally assembled Nissan Bluebird (910). The car was powered by a single fuel injected 2.0-L 4-cylinder engine. The vehicle was designed and sold in Australia and had a major competition with the Mitsubishi Magna. It was available in two bodies styling similar to Australian built 6-cylinder R31 Skyline, i.e. sedan and station wagon variants.
There were four different versions of Pintara including: GLi, Executive, GX, and GXE. GX and GXE sedans received a TRX bodykit package that featured a front and rear air dam, rear spoiler, side skirts, grille cover, alloy wheels and low profile tires. However, no mechanical upgrades were offered in this package like the later U12 TRX did.
It was offered with a 2.0-L CA20E inline-4 cylinder engine, delivering 78 kW (105 hp, DIN) at 5200 rpm and torque of 160 Nm (120 lb-ft, DIN) at 3200 rpm. The engine was a Single Overhead Camshaft (SOHC) with multi-point fuel injection equipped with an Electronic Concentrated Control System (ECCS) featuring electronic ignition. The engine also featured two spark plugs per cylinder so as to comply with emissions standards.
Second Generation (U12; 1989–1992)
In 1989, the second generation Pintara was launched. Prior to its launch, it was already revealed through media as ‘Project Matilda’. The second generation Pintara happened to be the first locally assembled front-wheel drive of the Nissan Bluebird (U12) contrary to the rumors that suggested that it would be designed uniquely for Australian market. This model was offered in Australian market as the Nissan Pintara (U12). Another locally made 5-door ‘Superhatch’ version was also introduced. The Superhatch version was also marketed in Japan and New Zealand under Nissan Bluebird name. In 1992, Nissan Australia discontinued its local production after which the U12 model was also discontinued.
Under the agreement of Button car plan that allowed the local automakers to share models, Ford Australia sold a rebadged version of the U12 Pintara sedan and hatchback under Ford Corsair name.
The GLi and Executive trim models came with a 2.0-L CA20E inline-4 cylinder engine capable of generating 83 kW (111 hp, DIN) at 5200 rpm and torque of 168 Nm (124 lb-ft, DIN) at 4000 rpm.
The T, Ti and TRX trim levels came with a 2.4-L KA24E inline-4 cylinder engine. The engine was capable of delivering 96 kW (129, DIN) at 5600 rpm and torque of 189 Nm (139 lb-ft, DIN) at 2800 rpm. The engine was equipped with an Electronic Concentrated Control System (ECCS) to achieve accurate MPI fuel injection. There was an ignition control system with SOHC and 3-valves per cylinder (2 intakes, 1 exhaust) also present.