Maruti restarts Nissan Pixo production
Maruti Suzuki has re-started production of Pixo, Nissan Europe's entry-level hatchback, from its Manesar plant that was locked out for a month due to worker violence.
The Pixo, which is being contract-manufactured by Maruti for Nissan, has been refurbished with a retuned engine that lowers CO2 emissions, helping the vehicle qualify for exemption of road tax and a congestion charge applicable in London, one of the largest markets for small cars in Europe.
"We have added 'stop & start' ignition system to Pixo to make it more fuel-efficient and to also conform to new stringent CO2 emission norms across Europe," said a senior Maruti executive. Besides, Maruti has also improved interiors and added new paint colours.
Maruti is aiming to sell around 10,000 Pixos to Nissan this year; this will help provide a much-needed boost to exports, which had dipped 13% to 53,054 units in the first half of the current fiscal year.