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Sunday, August 23, 2009
Nissan Pixo - 2010
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Nissan Pixo - Nissan's High Value - Fuel Efficiency Car

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - In Europe, it is one of Nissan's answers to high fuel efficiency and automotive value, and it is called the Nissan Pixo. theirEarth photographed a Pixo earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. The Nissan Pixo seats four adults and is manufactured in Delhi, India in a joint partnership arrangement with Suzuki. The Pixo shares mechanical components with the Suzuki Alto and gets exceptional fuel economy, producing CO2 emissions of just 103 g/km in the 5-speed manual configuration. 

The Pixo comes in three Nissan trim levels - VISIA (base model), ACENTA, and TEKNA. There are two transmission types offered - a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic, with the automatic transmission only available on the ACENTA and TEKNA trim levels. The Nissan Pixo has a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder gasoline (petrol) engine that produces a maximum of 68 hp. In the 5-speed manual transmission configuration, the PIXO fuel consumption is 5.5 L/100 km (42.8 U.S. MPG / 51.4 Imp MPG) in the city, 3.8 L/100 km (61.9 U.S. MPG / 74.3 Imp MPG) on the highway, with a combined fuel efficiency of 4.4 L/100 km(53.5 U.S. MPG / 64.2 Imp MPG). 

The Nissan Pixo is designed for people who want value transportation and low operational driving costs. The standard equipment features on all Nissan Pixo's is power steering, dual front air bags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), ISOfix childseat anchor points, and four headrests. From a performance perspective, the Pixo accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.5 mph) in 14 seconds, and it is engineered to achieve high fuel economy and provide excellent transportation for people who live in cities. The top speed of the 5-speed manual Pixo is 154 km/h (96 mph), and for the 4-speed automatic version the top speed is 149 km/h (93 mph).

Upgrading the Nissan Pixo from the base VISIA trim to the ACENTA package allows the purchase of the optional 4-speed auto transmission, and the ACENTA package adds keyless entry, power locks, power front windows, 50/50 split rear seat, front fog lamps, body coloured door handles and mirrors, and the addition of standard side air bags. The top-of-the-line TEKNA trim level additionally adds manual air conditioning (with pollen filter), curtain air bags, and ESP stability control.

The Pixo's suspension is McPherson strut in the front, with 3-link rigid axle in the rear, and Nissan says that they have tuned the Pixo's suspension for European driving conditions. The standard wheels are 14-inch steel type with full wheel covers, and alloy wheels are available as an optional accessory. Storage capacity is 129 litres with the rear seats up, and when folded down the storage capacity increases to 367 litres.

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