autopressnews.com car magazine, homepage banner

autopressnews.com/motiontrends.com
Since 2000
Automotive
Technology
Arabic articles for the press with a flexible payment system, per article or on a monthly basis (easy cancellation), as well as copy writing & translation for the industry. More...
Only samples are provided on this site. Jobs delivered to clients are never published on this site, unless otherwise agreed in advance.
Many more to see...
منذ العام 2000
تكنولوجيا السيارات
مواضيع للصحافة العربية (بالقطعة أو إشتراك، سهولة الشراء والتوقف) وترجمة أو تحرير لصانعي السيارات. لقراءة المزيد...
لا ينشر هذا الموقع إلا نماذج منوعة من مواضيع موشن ترندز منذ العام 2000. يسلّم إنتاجنا مباشرة الى الزبائن، من دون نشره في موقعنا، إلا في حال الإتفاق المسبق.
وهناك المزيد...

An Indian remedy for wealthier nations
Nissan Pixo time: a nimble and frugal style for commuting

2010 Nissan Pixo: front static photo.

2010 Pixo: Nissan family double-deck six-slot grille, a centre U-shaped section housing the Nissan badge and a bold headlamp treatment as in the Note and Qashqai.

APN

06 May 2009.

Bechara Aboul-Nasr

  In brief

  Body

  Engine

  Chassis

  Equipment

  Specifications

 

Who said that history doesn't have its own sense of humour, if not irony?

When rich nations are hit more than the less fortunate ones by large scale economic recessions, mostly due to a larger "appetite" (via oversized credits maybe!) than the "stomach" can process, leading to indigestion and unhealthy "fat" (some might call it unproductive speculation and exploitation of the weaker ones, especially through credits they cannot afford to repay), real solutions cannot come from the same model which generated the crisis.

2010 Nissan Pixo: side driving photo.

From its highest point just ahead of the B-pillar, the roofline sweeps downward towards the rear of the vehicle.

In such times, really lasting solutions can also emerge from leaner cultural and consumption models, where profound, lasting happiness does not conflict with productivity as well as affordable pleasures, as long as these are enjoyed as much as they are earned or rationally borrowed, rather than as addictive, compulsive and irrational needs. The most obvious illustration can be seen on the so many smiling faces in the third world, versus a majority of sincerely and genuinely unsatisfied people who are psychologically suffering in the rich industrial countries, all transmitted on the same TV screens. Isn't it puzzling!

Far from cataloguing East, West, North or South with too easy generalisations, since men and women are not much different here or there (only conditions make some of us different, here and there), one can see in the newly arriving low-cost Nissan Pixo small city-car, from India, just like its sister model, the new Suzuki Alto, both made by Maruti Suzuki, more than a couple of small cars.

2010 Nissan Pixo: rear driving photo.

The beltline rises towards the rear, where it wraps around the rear side window, above the extended wheel arches.

Isn't it symbolic to see one of the most appropriate cars for many people in Europe now, arriving not from rich Japan, North America or Europe itself, but from India? OK, Suzuki and Nissan are Japanese brands, but in this context, the "made in India" label is too rich to be ignored.

Simple, fuel efficient with low emissions, cheap (from 8,000 euros, or 6,000 in the UK) but also decent as a means of transport, the new Nissan Pixo answers first the question of many people: why should I buy more than what I need to make my simple trip from A to B, in a reasonably comfortable and economical car? Why should I pay for more than I can or want to consume?

2010 Nissan Pixo: dashboard with centre stack photo.

Simple dashboard with practical small storage spaces.

Hence, Pixo has a clear mission: low-cost to buy and run. As simple as that. It will be available in Europe from next month with an annual sales objective revised recently from 20,000 to 30,000 units, besides the Suzuki Alto European annual sales target of 60,000 units.

  In brief

Pixo joins other city oriented Nissan cars - the subcompact Micra (March), Note and Cube (in November) - but from the smaller and lower-priced end. It is a five-door hatchback with seats for four in a body that is 3.56 metres long, with a 2.36 metres wheelbase.

2010 Nissan Pixo: simple speedometer.

Simple instrument panel: a circular speedometer with digital read-outs for fuel level plus overall and trip mileages.

To keep it simple and cheap, one engine will be available, with three cylinders displacing 996 cubic centimetres, with twelve valves, delivering 50 kW (67 bhp, 68 hp / PS) and emitting 103 g/km CO2 with the five-speed manual transmission or 128 g/km CO2 with the optional four-speed automatic transmission.

Average  fuel consumption is 4.4 l/100 kms (64.2 UK mpg, 53.4 US mpg, 22.7 km per litre of petrol / gasoline. More details in the Pixo specifications section).

  Body

In body size and category terms, the Pixo is a four-seater belonging to the A-segment, which is normally defined not only by its size, but also by its cheap price and simplicity. Despite its modest exterior size, Pixo manages to have four side doors, one for each of its passengers.

The body is 3565 mm long, 1470 mm tall, 1600 mm wide and sits on a wheelbase of 2360 mm, all weighing around 855 kg (depending on specification). The trunk volume (129 litres) can be expanded to 367 litres when the back seat is folded (photos below).

Pixo has a number of Nissan design elements to differenciate it, just like Suzuki did for the Alto. It has the Nissan family double-deck six-slot grille either side of a centre U-shaped section (photo) housing the Nissan roundel, a bold headlamp treatment as in the Note and Qashqai. Like the Micra and Note, the top of the tall triangular-shaped headlamps are slightly raised so they can be easily seen from the driving seat to help the driver position the car when parking.

2010 Nissan Pixo: rear side glass with hinges.

The rear side glass is hinged at its leading edge.

The beltline rises towards the rear, where it wraps around the upswept rear side window, above the extended wheel arches (photo), underlining the cars footprint and its relatively long wheelbase (compared to the body length).

From its highest point just ahead of the B-pillar, the roofline sweeps downward (photo) towards the rear of the vehicle.

While the front windows open conventionally, the rear side glass is hinged at its leading edge (see photo right above). It only allows each rear passenger extra ventilation when required.

2010 Nissan Pixo: sentre stack with storage and ventilation controls.

Illuminated storage space above the heating/ventilation controls.

The split-spoke wheel covers on the standard 14 inch wheels are designed to look like alloy (alloy wheels are optional).

Inside, the instrument panel is simple in its layout. A single dial faces the driver and incorporates a conventional circular speedometer with digital read-outs for fuel level plus overall and trip mileages.

The dashboard incorporates a centre stack with an integrated audio, heating and ventilation (HVAC) controls. Air conditioning is optional (with pollen filter).

Storage space is available in an upper box ahead of the front seat passenger and a box and cup holder in the centre of the console ahead of the gear lever, in addition to another illuminated space above the HVAC controls.

2010 Nissan Pixo: boot / trunk with rear parcel shelf.

2010 Nissan Pixo: boot / trunk with a piece of luggage.

2010 Nissan Pixo: boot / trunk with the rear seat backs folded down.

The basic Visia includes a standard rear parcel shelf. The Acenta adds the split folding rear seats.

  Chassis

The chassis adopts a MacPherson strut layout for the front suspension with a three link rigid axle at the rear. Nissan says that the front suspension has been strengthened around the strut mounting areas, and the Suzuki developed rear suspension layout has been adapted for the Pixo.

Power assisted rack and pinion steering is standard, with a turning diameter of 9.0 metres.

The braking system has front discs and rear drums with standard ABS and optionally available Electronic stability control (ESP).

  Engine

The engine is a compact 1.0-litre, three-cylinder all-alloy 12-valve petrol unit developing 68 PS (50 kW, 67bhp) at 6,000rpm and 90 Nm at 3,400rpm.

The Euro 5 compliant engine consumes, with the five-speed manual gearbox, 4.4 l/100km (64.2 UK mpg) on the combined cycle, 3.8 l/100km (74.3 UK mpg) on the extra urban cycle and 5.5 l/100km (UK 51.3 mpg) on the urban cycle.

Fuel autonomy with the 35-litre tank can reach up to 795 km (494 miles) in the combined cycle, 636 km (395 miles) in the urban cycle and 921 km (572 miles) in the extra urban one.

2010 Nissan Pixo: storage space in an upper box ahead of the front seat passenger.

2010 Nissan Pixo: a box and cup holder in the centre of the console ahead of the gear lever.

Storage in an upper box ahead of the front passenger, plus another box and a cup holder ahead of the gear lever.

With the optional, 4-speed automatic transmission, urban consumption is the same as with the manual transmission. In the extra urban cycle, it consumes 4.7 litre/100 km (60.1 UK mpg).

Fuel autonomy with the same 35-litre tank can reach up to 700 km (432 miles) in the combined cycle, 636 km and 744 km (462 miles) in the extra urban one.

CO2 emissions are 103 g/km. Other figures (including the automatic) can be seen in the Pixo specifications section.

  Equipment

Pixo comes in two versions: Visia and Acenta. The basic Visia includes standard power steering, tilt adjustable steering column, anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger airbags (one frontal airbag for each), ISOFIX child seat fixings, a rear wiper, a rear parcel shelf and four cup holders, two in the front and two in the rear.

Acenta's standard equipment adds keyless entry with power locking, an MP3 compatible CD player, electric front windows, split folding rear seats, front fog lamps, body coloured door handles and mirrors and side airbags (for the driver and the front passenger).

Options include electronic stability control (ESP), manual air conditioning, curtain airbags, alloy wheels and metallic or pearlescent paint.

Nissan covers its cars in Europe by a three year warranty.

Reproduction of any part of this site is prohibited for any kind of publications: see our copyrights page.