VW deal means Nissan will look for a new supermini partner for its Pixo replacement
21 April 2010

Volkswagen’s tie-in with Suzuki means that the joint project on the Suzuki Alto/Nissan Pixo will come to an end at the end of the current car’s life cycle.

But Nissan is committed to replacing the Pixo, either through another tie-in or by developing its own model. “The Pixo has done too well for us to walk away from that segment,” said a source.

Nissan has also begun a long-term project to produce a VW Golf rival, as part of its plans to enter new sectors of the car market and regain ground once occupied by the Nissan Almera.

VW Group chief Martin Winterkorn previosuly said that the recent buy-in to Japanese firm Suzuki is of "paramount significance" to both manufacturers.

VW took a 20 per cent stake in Suzuki late last year - with VW chief Ferdinand Piech saying that he'd been attracted by "cutting-edge supermini technology, better presence in emerging markets - and motorbikes".

The latter comment has sparked speculation that the VW Group could be considering building two-wheeled vehicles to accompany its burgeoning range of cars, vans and trucks.

Winterkorn said that VW and Suzuki are planning to work on joint projects. "We have set up a joint project office in Wolfsburg to coordinate cooperation," he said. "Work on concrete ideas and vehicle projects will begin in the coming weeks."

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21 April 2010

[quote Autocar]Volkswagen’s tie-in with Suzuki means that the joint project on the Suzuki Alto/Nissan Pixo will come to an end at the end of the current car’s life cycle.

But Nissan is committed to replacing the Pixo, either through another tie-in or by developing its own model. “The Pixo has done too well for us to walk away from that segment,” said a source.

Nissan has also begun a long-term project to produce a VW Golf rival, as part of its plans to enter new sectors of the car market and rega...Read the full article[/quote]

Hopefully they'll also start work on a Primera replacement: the old early-90s one may have been a bit of a fuddy-duddy's car (my grandparents replaced their Bluebird with one, for pity's sake!), but it drove rather well. The last Primera really lost the way and then it got killed, leaving the Mondeo as the only fun repmobile short of the RWD Germans.

21 April 2010

[quote Autocar]“The Pixo has done too well for us to walk away from that segment,” said a source.
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i've yet to see one on the road! surely its not that successful

4 April 2014
Based on what I've read the present Quattroporte Sport GT S and Granturismo are far from average drives.

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