The new Suzuki Alto is joined by Nissan’s version of the same car – the PIXO. Built in India for Nissan by Suzuki, the PIXO is also a five door, four-seater car producing 103 g/km of CO2, but the Suzuki variant has the funkier front end styling of the two.
The 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol engine delivers 65 PS, 61.4 mpg, and again comes with manual and auto options. The car weighs just 855 kg, helping with its efficiency.
When it’s launched in Europe, the PIXO will wear the newly announced Pure Drive badge, which will help car-buyers to identify the most efficient models in Nissan’s range.
There are two versions of the PIXO available: Visia and Acenta. Power steering, anti-lock brakes and dual front airbags are standard on every model while keyless entry, power front windows, split folding rear seats, side airbags and front fog lamps are standard on Acenta.
Options include manual air conditioning, electronic stability control and curtain airbags, while a four-speed automatic transmission is also available.
PIXO marks Nissan’s first venture into the A-segment of the European market and its arrival coincides with a huge increase in sales. Overall, the European market saw a rise of 30 per cent between 2005 and 2007.