Honsan Ciline Tur E S-Type
If the name Honsan Ciline sounds unfamiliar you are correct: it is a combination of the Honda City and the Nissan Skyline. Both cars were brilliant in design and combining the two into one is a stroke of genius!
The front section is taken from the Honda City and the rear section is taken from the Nissan Skyline.
The fusion of these two cars was born out of the necessity to cut costs and both manufacturers combined forces, combining the best of both cars into this new Honsan Ciline.
Honda and Nissan deemeed it a good idea to combine the front of a compact hatchback and the rear of a coupe, making it the ideal city tourer! It does have the compactness of the City while retaining the Gran Tourismo functionality of the Skyline coupe! It might not be the most practical car though: the Skyline coupe lacks a hatchback, so no easy access to your groceries in this little city dweller!
The Honsan Ciline combines the late showa and early 70s. Thanks to it’s pop-art style Madness infested ads and brochures the City Turbo quickly gained popularity under the Japanese 80s youth.
The merger of Nissan and the Prince Motor Company proved to be very successful. Not only did their combined effords made the new company stronger than the two individually, but also the racing pedigree of Prince was successfully carried over to Nissan. The Nissan Skyline became the 50 consecutive victories winning machine and by 1972 it began to look old and aging. To replace the Skyline C10, Nissan created the handsome Skyline C110 which mimiced the late 60s American musclecar looks to the perfection. Due to the oil crisis the successor of the Nissan Skyline GT-R never raced, but it still got sold in a low volume. One notch below the GT-R was the Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX-E, featuring a 2 litre L-series engine with triple carburettors. It was always overshadowed by the GT-R that got canned, but it surely does earn it’s place in history as well!
The Honsan Ciline has 2 doors and the total length of the car is 4103mm.
The weight of the car also changed from 690 kilograms (Honda City) and 1145 kilograms (Nissan Skyline) to 994 kilograms (2193 pounds).
|Number of doors||2|
|Front suspension||Independent strut suspension|
|Rear suspension||Semi trailing arms|
Engine and drivetrain
The Ciline features the ER-T engine up front. This engine delivers 99 horsepower. Apparently there has been a literal power struggle between Honda and Nissan over the choice of engines. Honda clearly won, hence the choice for the ER-T engine.
With the weight of the car being 994 kilograms, this alters the power to weight ratio to 22.11 lb/hp (13.44 kg/kW)
|Bore x Stroke||66 x 90|
|Power||99 hp (74 kW)|
|Torque||147 Nm (108 lb.ft)|
|Gearbox||5 speed manual|
The small 1.2 litre CVCC ER engine was only used in the Honda City. The Turbo and Turbo II models featured a lowered compression ratio and a turbocharger, which boosted the output from 45hp of the single carburetor to 110hp for the intercooled Turbo II.
Tur E S-Type trim level
The Tur E S-Type mixes the best out of the Honda City Turbo and the Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX-E S-Type.
The dashboard featured a digital speedometer and boost gauge. The remainder of the gauge cluster remained analogue, including the gigantic tachometer that filled up most of the space.
The GTX-E featured a rear wiper to wipe that almost horizontal rear window clean while driving in the rain. Back in the early 70s this was a luxury that was unheard of.
The small transverse mounted engine and tallness of the body allowed the front end of the car to be extra short, this to make the car more suitable for parking in small and tight city parking spots.
The huge C-pilar creates a big blindspot in this car and therefore fender mounted mirrors are a neccessity. It’s not as bad as the huge C-pilar of the Nissan Cherry coupe or the Nissan Skyline van VC110.
The original front: Honda City
This particular model of the Honda City was sold in 1982. The body style is a door hatchback.
The Honda City was designed as a small city car aimed at the youth that wanted a bigger car than kei-dimensions and had money to spare. The Honda City Turbo was initiated by Honda’s Formula One director Sakurai Shoshito, however this was shortly before Honda rentered Formula One as engine supplier for Williams in 1983. The Honda City platform featured innovative products like the foldable Motocompo bike in the bootspace, the Manhattan HiFi boombox car and obviously also the Turbo and Turbo II models featuring a widebody version of the car with an incredible powerful turbo charged engine. The Honda City is widely considered to be the most daring product by Honda ever.
The Honda City ad campaign
The initial ad campain hired the British ska band Madness, featuring the ‘In the City’ song which while performing their ‘Nutty Train’ walk. This song is also better known for it’s catchy Honda-honda-honda chorus and the band later released a 3 minute version of the song on the b-side of ‘Cardiac Arrest’. The ad campain was an instant success and the Honda City broke many sales records. Upon the release of the Turbo model the ‘Driving In My Car’ song was used, where the members of the band were dressed up as samurai while performing, once again, their ‘Nutty Train’ walk.
The Honda City in popular media
The Motocompo became immensely popular thanks to an episode of Mighty Car Mods, where Marty and Moog race each other with a red and a yellow Motocompo bike. This renewed the interest in the Honda City and since the prices soared. Often the first generation Honda Today is mistaken for the Honda City: both featured the same styling but the Today is a genuine Kei car, while the City isn’t.
Spotted: A pair of Pocket Rockets! Suzuki Alto Works / Honda City Turbo II by Wasabi Cars
The original rear: Nissan Skyline
This particular model of the Nissan Skyline was sold in 1975. The body style is a door coupe.
The second generation of the Nissan Skyline was actually the fifth generation of the Skyline. After the Nissan – Prince Motor Company merger the Hakosuka Skyline was branded as a Nissan product with the chassis code C10, and the successor the the Hakosuka became the C110. Just like the Hakosuka, the C110 quickly got a nickname as well: Kenmeri Skyline. The reason for this name originated from the ad campaign by Nissan where the protagonists are a fictional young couple named Ken (Japanese) and Mary (American) and this symbolized the car and the whole movement behind it. The two names were concatenated and thus the car became known as the Kenmeri Skyline. Nissan planned to put, just like with the Hakosuka C10, a GT-R model of the C110 into production and race it successfully. The newly created C110 GT-R race car was basically a rebodied C10 GT-R race car and everything appeared to be fine for this strategy by Nissan, but then the 1973 oil crisis struck and reminded everyone that were are very much reliant on oil and gas guzzling performance models like the GT-R were abandoned quickly. This meant the curtain fell for the GT-R after only 197 cars had been sold and the C110 GT-R race car never competed in any race. Next in line after the GT-R was the Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-X featuring a set of two sidedraft carburetors, which got succeeded in 1975 by the more fuel efficient 2000 GTX-E that featured a fuel injected L20A engine.
The Nissan Skyline ad campaign
The Nissan ad campain of the Skyline C110 was one of the most successful campaigns for Nissan ever. The ads featuring a Japanese young man (Ken) and beautiful American girl (Mary) hit the right tone for the (young) babyboomers and sales skyrocketed. Nissan sold 660,000 cars of the C110 generation in total.
The Nissan Skyline in popular media
The C110 was not a popular car after the late 70s and due to it’s daring design considered an ugly car throughout the 90s and early 2000s. Only after this people started to appreciate the C110 once more and the legendary 197 GT-Rs helped to increase the prices of the lesser models as well. From the early 80s till the late 90s many of the plenyful C110s have been mutulated by youth that was into kaido racers / zokusha: back in those days the C110 was cheap and offered a nice platform to work with. Keiichi Tsuchiya confessed in one of the Best Motoring Hot Version videos that his very first drift car was a Nissan Skyline C110 sedan: it was cheap, powerful enough and easy to tune.
Brief encounter: KPGC110 Skyline GT-R by Wasabi Cars
The Honsan Ciline certainly is a daring product by combining two cars from two different manufacturers. It really took guts from Honda and Nissan to come to this consensus and that’s certainly something to be remembered for. It may not be 100% up to the tastes of typical buyers from Honda or Nissan, but the car being sold under the brand could potentially attract new customers that they normally wouldn’t have had.
Keep in mind that this is an automatically generated artist impression what could be a possible mashup between the Honda City and the Nissan Skyline. This is not meant to offend any person nor mock a specific car or car brand as all cars and car brands in our database are mashed up randomly. The gods of randomization feel that this was the proper hommage to both cars and highlighting their strong and weak points. In the end, just imagine this newly created car was a real thing and existed out of cost saving necessity. This isn’t the first time such a thing happened, hence we now have to live with the Toyoscionbaru BRZFR-SGT86 and soon with the ToyoBMW Z4Supra.
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