The genesis of the 100NX appeared in 1986 in the shape of the no-nonsense Sunny family hatchback, a range which received a major shot in the arm in 1991 with the introduction of a revised range which featured more modern multi-valve engines and revised styling. Ushered in on the periphery of the Sunny barrage was the 100NX, a neatly-styled little coupe that went head to head with the Mazda MX3 and spawned rivals like the Toyota Paseo, another Oriental underachiever.
While European markets got a 130bhp 2.0-litre model, the car sold in the UK was only offered with the less punchy GA16DS 1.6-litre 16v which was good for 90bhp, revised in 1993 to the GA16DE engine designation which managed 102bhp. Bear in mind that at the same time, Nissan was selling the 227bhp Sunny GTi-R hatch.
The Californian-designed 100NX sold in small numbers over here, shifting around 5,000 units in the four years it was on sale. Its number was up the moment Vauxhall released the Tigra and Ford announced plans for the Puma.