By on December 15, 2014

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If you’re like me, a dose of 90s Japanese automotive nostalgia is about as good as Prozac. Friend of TTAC Michael Banovsky unearthed this gem – a still intact website from 1995 highlighting Nissan’s home market offerings at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Coming on the tail end of Japan’s golden age of automobiles, the development cycles planned at the height of Japan’s economic bubble were coming to an end. For Nissan, this was a few years before the Carlos Ghson-era, and the rationalization of product and platforms had not yet begun. Vehicles like the Cima, Cedric and Gloria were sold side-by-side despite marginal differences in styling and content, while the aging 180SX was sold alongside the much more modern S14 Silvia.

My pick of the lineup is the Rasheen (above), a Pulsar-based CUV that coupled the slab-sided styling of a Hummer with the packaging of a Dacia Sandero-like front-drive CUV that was meant to be rugged and spartan, rather than a RAV4-like cute-ute.

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20 Comments on “Monday Fun: Nissan Parties Like It’s 1995...”


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    The descriptions for each model remind me of those nutrition labels on my box of French Toast Crunch.

    Alas, that website is no Space Jam.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    “If you’re luck me”

    Not sure I’m “luck” you, but *like* you I find the design of the Nissan Rasheen to be honest and purposeful to the concept of the compact CUV/SUV and not unlike the BOF XTerra that although long in the tooth still attractive in it’s utilitarian form

  • avatar
    energetik9

    To me it looks very close to a Honda Pilot. Or maybe I should say the Honda Pilot looks very much like this car.

  • avatar
    turf3

    “It’s 1995”, not “Its 1995”.

    Editor! Editor! Over here!

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I love the Gloria with the Bentley-style front, and BirdView Navigation (very impressive for 1995).

    My Cefiro (I30) was a good car as well, though I like that navy better than my pearl white.

    Also, I always thought the Cima and President were the same car, just trim differences – but the 3M won difference in price says otherwise. 8,890,000 is nearly $75000 in today’s money.

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    CoreyDL

    Here’s a page for an EV concept from back then, which looks like it ended up being the Micra.
    http://www.nissan.co.jp/ms95/future/concept/fev-2/fev-2.html

    And a sporty four-seat convertible.
    http://www.nissan.co.jp/ms95/future/concept/aa-x/aa-x.html

    And the Nissan version of the Impreza Outback.
    http://www.nissan.co.jp/ms95/catalog/common/reference/srv/srv.html

    This page has images you can print and make little paper 3-D cars.
    http://www.nissan.co.jp/ms95/report/olreport/olreport16.html

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    Looking through the prices is fun. You could almost get two GT-Rs for the cost of a President (aka Q45).

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    Looking around that link there is an interesting parallel between the Rasheen, Juke, and web design.

    Vintage sites, as simple and cheap as they look, load swiftly and are easy to figure out. As simple as the tastfully practical and boxy Rasheen.

    The Nissan Juke is modern web design, clunky, useless, and it needlessly complicated.

    We need more Rasheens, we need more sites with TTACs purposefully simple layout.

  • avatar
    Mattel

    Love the Wartbug type headlights. The Rasheen is 4wd as well. and could be had with a small space saver spare wheel cover on the back just like a ‘big’ 4wd. They were all over Hokkaido, Japan when I was there in the mid 2000’s. I have seen one in Australia and asked the owner to buy it (his Japanese wifes car) he couldn’t work out why anyone would want it – but then they went to the trouble of importing it.

  • avatar
    wstarvingteacher

    Well I like it but anyone who knows me knows I would prefer to drive a box. This is, indeed, a box.

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