• Feb 15, 2010
Nissan got turned out of the Chrysler house after Fiat bought the Pentastar, which ended Nissan's hopes for a jointly developed replacement for the Nissan Titan. while it's busy doing the O Solo Mio routine on the coming 2014 Titan, another potential blow to the Japanese brand is coming at the other end of the market: superminis.

Suzuki provides its Indian-market Alto for Nissan to sell in Europe as the Pixo. But with Volkwsagen recently taking a majority stake in Suzuki, many are wondering if the Pixo spigot will be turned off. The Pixo competes with Volkswagen Lupo, seemingly giving the German firm a bit of motivation to end the deal, but nevertheless, no one at Suzuki or VW has spoken on the matter.

Nissan knows it can't give up the shallow end of the market, especially with the supermini segment getting more crowded and more popular with buyers. However, Nissan already receives fewer Altos than it wants, and with VW already considering 35 joint projects with Suzuki – and Nissan certain to benefit from none of them – now could be a good day to start looking for a new small car partner regardless of the Pixo decision.

[Source: BusinessWeek]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This article makes no sense.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Link is broken
      • 4 Years Ago
      This makes little sense. They already have the Renault Twingo. Is that not enough?

        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly, it should be. Also, despite my personal distaste for Renaults, I would say the Twingo looks far better made than this thing. They're both extremely simple vehicles, but the Twingo just fits better in this decade, while the Pixo has a cheaper, 90's look.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The Pixo competes with the Volkswagen Lupo..."

      No.... it *really* doesn't. And it doesn't even compare well to the VW Fox, which is about the same size. The Alto/Pixo is a tinny, cheap little bastard of a car. As a hasty, GM-style rebadge it may have made Nissan a few bucks, but they'd be better off investing in their brand equity and sticking with the Twingo platform.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "O solo mio"? Feh. It's "O sole mio" where sole = sun, not only or alone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How can an automaker that was founded in Asia not be able to make small cars? Designing A and B segment cars can't be rocket science, downsize the Versa, and voila, it's done.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @fs

      You're right, it should be the Fox and not the Lupo that the Pixo competes in the same segment with.

      That said, Nissan will probably collaborate with Renault to fill the mini-car segment just as it did with the Nissan Note in the compact-MPV segment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still need a car that can take on mountain driving and still get the gas and proformance that I need of and economy car. I drive the Ocoee River gorge a lot and never have found a car since the VW Rabbit that had the mileage that I needed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just don't see why Nissan just uses Renault small cars? I agree that the Twingo is a good car to have a basis for a micro/small Nissan car. Nissan should use the resources from Renault to make good micro/small cars. Plus, the Twingo is a good car!