The Nissan Violet appeared in Japan in 1973. It was then split into three separate lines in 1977, with the new Nissan Auster and Nissan Stanza added. All three bore the A10 series identifier, and were built in Japan at Hiratsuka and Oppama. The more luxurious Stanza was exclusive to Japanese Nissan dealerships called Nissan Saito Store as a larger companion to the smaller Nissan Sunny. When the Auster triplet was introduced, it was exclusive to Nissan Prince Store locations, and the Violet, later renamed Violet Liberta, was exclusive to Nissan Bluebird Store locations as a smaller companion to the larger Nissan Bluebird. A new third generation front-wheel drive model was launched in 1981, changing the series name again to T11, and shared the platform with the Compact MPV Nissan Prairie/Multi/Stanza Wagon. Final versions were Nissan Bluebirds series U12 rebadged for some international markets. In most export markets the car was originally sold as the Datsun 140J or 160J depending on the engine; this name was then gradually changed to Nissan Stanza in most markets. The Stanza/Auster/Violet were discontinued in 1992. The Stanza was replaced by the Nissan Altima in North America; the Stanza was replaced by the Nissan Bluebird in Japan, and by the Primera in Europe.