Datsun 200B/200B SSS
The Datsun 200B was a midsize car by the Japanese automaker Nissan, which was offered from 1977 to 1981 in Australia as the successor to the Datsun 180B. First of all, as a 4-door sedan, 5-door station wagon and two-door hardtop coupe was introduced available cars Japanese design completely from Japan. The coupe was known as SSS. As of January 1978, the sedan was manufactured in Australia, the station wagon followed a little later. The sedan was in the GL trim levels and GX available, the coupe only as a hardtop, but – unlike their predecessors – with a round window in the C-pillar. In 1979, the delivery of the coupe was discontinued after Australia.
Almost immediately after the introduction of the 200B was Australia’s best-selling four-cylinder car, and remained so until the appearance of the Mitsubishi Sigma. Also, the car remained popular during his entire production period, especially fathers appreciated the large interior space and good standard equipment. Perhaps the 200B looked a little conservative, but Nissan made sure that he was reliable and durable, qualities that more Australian buyers estimated as an advanced design.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder in-line engine of the 200B was a larger displacement version of the engine that was installed in the 180B and called L20B. The 1952cc, engine was good for 112hp (82 kW).
Only the early, fully imported from Japan, sedans and coupes retained the rear independent suspension the 180B. The products made in Australia 200B received instead of coil springs and trailing arms, while the station wagon had a live axle with leaf springs. This technical change was viewed as a major step backwards, had its cause but not in cost savings, but in need, 85% of the parts from Australian manufacturing to use so that Nissan was according to the rules of the then government as an Australian manufacturer. But especially the rear axle, which was developed in Australia, proved to be beneficial for the handling of the cars.
The biggest drawback of the 200B was his high noise level. The 2.0-liter ohc engine was running in the upper rpm range very loud and came to considerable vibration from the drive. The complaints here about resulted in a revision of the exhaust tract by the Japanese manufacturer, as the later models were running a little quieter.
A sporty version of the sedan was released in June 1978. The new SX had a revised grille, a front spoiler, aluminum wheels, a revised interior (striped fabric inserts in the seats) and a tachometer. The chassis was modified to achieve better handling characteristics. The new model was in the paint colors blue, red or white and there was only a four-speed manual transmission with floor shift. The SX was only in Australia-made model and marked the move away from the pure assembly in Japan engineered cars. This led in turn to ensure that future Datsun-Nissan and later models were reviewed in their construction site to be better tailored to the Australian market. Many components of these cars were purchased from Australian suppliers, a tradition that Nissan used up to the task of Australian manufacturing facility in 1991.
In October 1979, a revised 200B with new grille, bumpers, exterior and dashboard appeared. The seats were a purely Australian construction and were also built in the country. This facelift was performed by Paul Beranger, a former Holden designer. In 2006 he designed the Toyota Aurion.
In 1980, a special model 200B Aspen GL sedan in particular, covered paint colors – green, blue and gray – out. Both the 180B and the 200B were very popular with Australian drivers, although today hardly one of these models can be seen on the road. Soon, these vehicles will be much sought after by enthusiasts, but there are hardly any.
The production of the 200B was discontinued in May 1981. His successor was the Datsun Bluebird 910
The Australian comedy band Tripod wrote a song entitled 200B on this car.
This model came out in 1977 in New Zealand and was built there CKD sets as a 4-door sedan and 5-door station wagon. Even a 2-door coupe that was fully imported from Japan, was available. Unlike in Australia, the sedans had independent rear suspension like the Japanese versions.
In the first months of production the car had still the 1.8 liter engine and, therefore, were also called 180B.
In the course of 1978 some changes to this model were appropriate, especially on a 2.0 liter engine enlarged (which led to the model number 200B) and a small facelift with a new grille and rectangular headlights. To the New Zealand preference to accommodate for weaker motorized cars they brought out a model with 1.6 liter engine, which was offered as 160B.
The production of the New Zealand 160 B/200 B was continued until the end of 1980; then replaced the Datsun Bluebird910 these cars.
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