When is a Suzuki not a Suzuki? When it's a Nissan, of course. Say hello to the 2009 Suzuki Equator, Suzuki's new compact truck, which is essentially a rebadged Nissan Frontier, a pickup that bowed in the 2005 model year.

In an effort to lure motorcycle and all terrain- vehicle owners into automotive showrooms, Suzuki deemed it a bright idea to add a truck to its lineup -- not a bad thought, really, considering Suzuki's bike and ATV customers need to haul their toys to the asphalt and dirt playgrounds. And seeing that truck sales aren't exactly hot these days, Nissan had the capacity and means to supply Suzuki with plenty of Frontiers, er, Equators.

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