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|12th March 2010, 08:43||#31|
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i feel suzuki should make the pixo design standard on the A-star in the coming few years so as to increase sales.
|12th March 2010, 09:14||#32|
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It cant be done FX45. Ive heard that Nissan and Suzuki have a non-compete clause meaning Suzuki cant sell the A-Star in markets where the Pixo is sold and vice-versa. Moreover, the Pixo's styling is by Nissan to differentiate it from the A-star. Moreover, there is a possibility that Suzuki will stop supplying Pixo to Nissan after VW's 20% takeover.
Japan’s third largest car manufacturer, Nissan has revealed that it will be looking for a partner to manufacture small cars for the European market. Presently, Nissan’s smallest car is the Micra followed by the highly acclaimed Note. However, look closely and there is a gap under the all new Micra which is presently occupied by the Pixo. The Pixo is actually Maruti Suzuki’s A-star (Alto to the rest of the world) with a different nose. With VW taking a majority stake in Suzuki, the duo might just stop the supply of Pixos to Nissan. This will mean searching for a new partner but this is what we ask Nissan – Is it really necessary?
After the comment, this is what Colin Dodge, Executive Vice President of Nissan had to say. “We don’t know yet whether that strategy is still good with Suzuki joining Volkswagen,.A lot of people believe not, and we’re thinking about it.”
The absence of Pixo will leave Nissan without a competitor in the hottest selling small car segment in Europe. Nissan has met with success with the Pixo after the scrappage scheme which meant many chose to trade-in their old cars for fuel efficient smaller ones. This meant an immediate surge of sales for the Pixo, so much that Nissan increased its orders from Maruti. In Europe, the Pixo competes against the likes of Fiat SpA’s Panda and Volkswagen’s Lupo. One more blow for Nissan came after Chrysler backed out of a deal to supply Nissan with cars and pick-ups. The reason being Fiat’s takeover of Chrysler. So this leaves Nissan with a hole in its line-up, a hole that we feel can easily be filled up.
Volkswagen, Europe’s largest carmaker, had no comment on whether the German manufacturer would try to cancel the Suzuki-Nissan partnership, according to spokesman Michael Brendel. Yokohama-based Nissan hopes the supply deal will continue and doesn’t have the volume or vehicle designs to make European city cars profitably itself, Dodge said.
Nissan is unlikely to abandon the city-car category if the Suzuki supply ends, Dodge said in the Feb. 10 interview. “Affordable entry-level cars are going to become more relevant, and no big car company can afford to ignore that.”
Wolfsburg, Germany-based Volkswagen plans to make use of Suzuki’s small-car designs for its own future models and has drawn up 35 cooperative projects. Nissan currently buys 30,000 Pixos a year Nissan spokesman Gilles Gautherot said.
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|19th March 2010, 16:15||#33|
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Just posting these pictures below to confirm the confirmed. Saw this sealed up (literally) Pixo at local Nissan dealer..
BTW, the Nissan Pixo and Suzuki Alto are both the same car sold here in UK with a different face.
|16th July 2010, 15:13||#34|
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^^ and hence the similarities between the Micra and A-star!
Ok, well, they are different! but there can only be so many shapes!
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|16th July 2010, 16:26||#35|
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Micra is a car a segment higher over A-* & Pixo (in UK).
Micra to Pixo is like to Swift to A-*.
It is not just matter of shape, but the overall car dimension & specs are also different.
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Re: Maruti Suzuki A-star, is that really the same as Nissan PIXO?
Nissan officially kills the Pixo.
Nissan has decided to discontinue the Pixo in order to better concentrate on its other small models.
The Nissan Pixo uses just about the same underpinnings as the Suzuki Alto, but the latter will live on and production will continue at the same Indian factory where the Pixo was made.
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