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Sports bar on ST and after market tray on DX shown are optional accessories at additional costs. Offer available to approved applicants of Nissan
Financial Services only and excludes all lease and some fleet purchasers. Units must be registered in April and May 2015 to qualify for the special finance offer.
The 1.9% Finance offer applies to the new Nissan vehicles only. The 1.9% p.a . interest rate is available with zero deposit and 48 months term. Additional finance
related fees, charges, and terms and conditions apply. Additional fees and on-road charges apply. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers and
must end May 31st 2015 whilst stocks last.
*Terms and Conditions: Leather seats may contain synthetic materials. Pulsar ST sedan and Pulsar SSS hatchback shown.
The special prices shown are for Pulsar ST and SSS with the $5,000 discount applied (original price: Pulsar ST at $29,990+orc
and Pulsar SSS at $39,990+orc). Additional fees and on-road charges apply. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any
other offers and must end May 31st 2015 whilst stocks last.
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AT A GLANCE
mounted, front-drive, three-
cylinder petrol and four-cylinder
diesel with turbocharging and
five-speed manual and six-speed
Outputs: Diesel – 1 .6 -litre, max
68kW at 3750rpm, 230Nm at
1750rpm, 3.6L/100km, 94g/km
CO2. Petrol – 1.2 -litre, max 81kW at
6250rpm, 205Nm at 1750rpm,
4.7L/100km, 107g/km CO2.
Performance: Diesel –Max
182kmh, zero – 100kmh 11.4
seconds. Petrol – Max 188kmh,
zero – 100kmh 9.3 seconds.
Safety: Front (roof-mounted) side
and curtain airbags, ABS, EBA,
EBFD, ESC, hill start assist,
programmable cruise control with
Bluetooth hands-free and media
streaming, colour reversing
camera, rear parking sensors.
Dimensions: L 4157mm, H
1480mm, W 1729mm, W/base
2595mm, F/Track 1479mm,
R/Track 1480mm, Weight
1020-1055kg, Fuel 50L.
Pricing: Diesel turbo e-HDI 92
$35,990, Petrol turbo Puretech
110 S&S $35,990.
Hot: Originality; packaging; space;
chassis; clever detailing;
outstanding value for money;
Not: One-piece rear seat;
transmission requires and
rewards patience; no C-pillar glass;
load lip; too quirky for some.
Verdict: Citroen has regained its
mojo with the Cactus; which
means it will charm some and
offend others, just like the old
days. We were charmed!
From the rear, not a common or garden succulent.
despite it being finished in its
least flattering colour
combination of white with black
Nine other colours can be had
for the body, with names like
Sport Red, Hello Yellow and our
favourite: Blue Lagoon, while the
airbumps have four colourways,
with Grey, Chocolate and Dune
offered as well as black.
The car’s upholstery, too,
offers colour choices, with purple,
black, coffee and stone on offer in
cloth and extra cost part-leather.
As well as airbumps and other
detailing to set it apart, the Cactus
also packs has what Citroen calls
‘‘Magic Wash’’ and a roof
mounted airbag. The Magic Wash
works by having windscreen-
washer jets fitted in the tips of the
car’s wipers to provide a bead of
liquid rather than a spray. It
results in no loss of visibility
during washing, while removing
overspray and reducing
consumption of washer fluid by
half, thus solving a problem many
of us didn’t know we had. The
roof-mounted rather than dash-
mounted front airbags help
maximise storage space, allowing
for an 8.5-litre stowage box in the
dash which is also cleaner and
simpler over all.
For $1000, each New Zealand
Cactus model can have
Panoramic glass roof with
advanced heat protection which
filters incoming light and heat to
such an extent that a sunblind is
not needed. I was cynical about
this, but using the test car on up
to 30 degree heat, it’s possible to
say that it works. Another
advantage is that without a
sunblind the car weighs less, what
weight there is contributes to a
lower centre of gravity and
headroom is totally unaffected.
It’s also cheaper without all those
The first version of the Cactus
to reach our shores is the Cactus
e-HDI 92, which uses a new 1560cc
turbodiesel engine, a Euro 5 unit
which according to the new more
stringent EU economy ratings can
achieve 3.6l/100km combined fuel
consumption with a CO2
emissions figure of 94g/km. It
drives through what Citroen calls
an ETG6 ‘‘Piloted Manual’’
transmission with stop/start
The transmission is effectively
a manual with all the clutchwork
taken care of electronically, but
most drivers are likely to drive it
like a conventional automatic,
which really doesn’t do it justice.
More about that later.
In another month or so, the
Cactus Puretech 110 S&S will
arrive, a 1199cc 5 speed manual
three-cylinder turbopetrol car.
The numbers mean horsepower of
course, with diesel’s 92hp
meaning 68kW and the petrol
car’s 110hp meaning 81kW. The
petrol power unit’s figures of
4.7L/100km and 107g CO2 are not
to be sneezed at either – hybrids
don’t do much better. We’ll be
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