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Old 23rd October 2008, 18:22   #16
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The yet to launch Suzuki A-star will be marketed as 'Nissan PIXO' in other countries. But I think there are some striking differences between 'A-Star' and 'PIXO'. The front end treatment is nice(European Touch) with PIXO but a little too funky in 'A-Star'.
The back bumper is gorgeous in PIXO while its a bit too simple in A-star.
Also, in one of our threads, somebody said that the rear window seems to be Glued (cannnot be rolled down), which can be clearly noticed in PIXO.

Does MSIL really holds a winner or is the same fate of Estillo that waits for A-star?????

Thanks for sharing this pic.

Nice copy this dude.

Apart from few changes in bumper design, Suzuki's copied it all.
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Pavan did you read other posts in this thread ??
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Old 23rd October 2008, 18:36   #18
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Thanks for sharing this pic.

Nice copy this dude.

Apart from few changes in bumper design, Suzuki's copied it all.
Pavan it has not been copied by MSIL, it is Nissan who has made little changes & changed the name to PIXO and selling it.

The above is mentioned in the 4th reply on this same thread by Techno.
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Pavan it has not been copied by MSIL, it is Nissan who has made little changes & changed the name to PIXO and selling it.

The above is mentioned in the 4th reply on this same thread by Techno.
Thats true. MSIL is the Co who has designed and developed Astar and they would be sharing the tech to PIXO.
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PIXA front looks like Nissan Versa(Hatch)/Quest
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I have a question, if the A star is replacing the old alto in Europe why is it that in India its a different altogether??
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I have a question, if the A star is replacing the old alto in Europe why is it that in India its a different altogether??
Because in india things never change. Maruti 800 which was stopped long time back outside india is still selling in india. Same goes with Alto, Santro etc.
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I have a question, if the A star is replacing the old alto in Europe why is it that in India its a different altogether??
I have the same question. India is the only country where they never seem to phase out obsolete designs, even after introducing replacements. Are we really that sentimental?. I think not. There must be some rational reason(s) behind this. I cannot think of any, though. Can anyone enlighten me a bit, if they know?.
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There must be some rational reason(s) behind this. I cannot think of any, though. Can anyone enlighten me a bit, if they know?.
They claim that they cannot make the new one at the same price as the old one and therefore they want to be able to cover both the price brackets.

But in the west, the new one always comes in at the same price as the outgoing one but with newer, more and better features.
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But in the west, the new one always comes in at the same price as the outgoing one but with newer, more and better features.
And making them in India helps them in keeping the prices same in west I believe
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They can't make it at the same price point - in the West, people are willing to pay more for their product, for whatever reasons. The car-maker has an assured number of sales which helps them recover costs as well.
India, on the other hand, has customers which would rather forgo the ABS and save Rs 20,000. We also have less sales volumes compared to Europe. They're simply maximising profits, and you can't blame them for that.
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They can't make it at the same price point - in the West, people are willing to pay more for their product, for whatever reasons. The car-maker has an assured number of sales which helps them recover costs as well.
India, on the other hand, has customers which would rather forgo the ABS and save Rs 20,000. We also have less sales volumes compared to Europe. They're simply maximising profits, and you can't blame them for that.
Not for this class of vehicle. Suzuki sells more hatchbacks in India than in Europe. Or any other foreign market.
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I have a question, if the A star is replacing the old alto in Europe why is it that in India its a different altogether??
They often do that in India. Toyota replaced old corolla with Altis in US where as in India they launched Altis as a new car and still selling the old corolla. Same thing with Hyundai verna. This is a replacement for old Accent in US, but in India they are selling both.
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NEW DELHI: Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) on Friday said it has started exporting the newly-launched compact car, A-Star, Suzuki’s world-strategic model, taking a historic step towards making India an export hub of small cars.
The first consignment of A-star for export has been despatched in specially designed auto-wagon rakes from Gurgaon railway station, located close to its manufacturing facility at Manesar, for Mundra port in Gujarat, from where it would be shipped to Europe.
According to MSIL Managing Executive Officer (Production) M. M. Singh, “The despatch of first consignment of A-Star from Gurgaon is a quantum leap for Maruti Suzuki towards the company’s future as a small car manufacturing hub for Suzuki Japan.”
MSIL has signed a long-term agreement with Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone Limited (MPSEZL) and invested in developing the new port and dedicated car handling facility at Mundra port.
“Majority of the export from India would comprise the newly launched A-Star and sold under Suzuki Alto brand in the European market,” Mr. Singh added.
MSIL had set a target of exporting one lakh units of A-Star annually as part of its programme to export a total of two lakh units by 2010-11. Suzuki has chosen India as an exclusive base for manufacturing and export of A-Star to major European markets.
Taking about the auto-wagons, Mr. Singh said it would add up to Maruti Suzuki’s capacity to handle large-scale transportation of cars.
“We intend to use auto-wagon rakes for transportation of A-star and other models to Mundra port as well as other destinations for the domestic market,” he added.
Indian Railways has developed two auto-wagon rakes, each consisting of 45 wagons.
Each wagon is a double deck covered structure, built on container flat deck carriage and has a capacity of six compact cars. A railway rake, with 45 such bogies, has a total capacity of 270 cars.
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The country's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki India, today said that Japanese auto giant Nissan has placed orders for 35,000 units of its small car A- Star for 2010-11 to sell in the European market. Nissan will source the A-Star's from MSI's Manesar facility and will sell it in the European market by the name 'Pixo'.
"As of now, we have a contract for three years and they (Nissan) have agreed to buy 35,000 units from us annually. It will be 35,000 units which could be revised upward depending on the demand and market situation," said Mr. R C Bhargave, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India.
A senior Nissan official had said during the Geneva Auto Expo earlier this month that it may review the relationship after 2013, on the backdrop of Volkswagen Group picking up a 20 per cent stake in MSI mother company Suzuki. Bhargava said that MSI's export during the next fiscal are likely to be flat due to demand slowdown in Europe. The company is expected to close the current fiscal with an export of 1.5 lakh units.

Source - Nissan orders 35,000 units of A- Star from Maruti Suzuki - Motoroids.com
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