Renault Cars In India

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Latest on Renault: 25 May, 2015

The all-new Renault Kayou (codenamed XBA) will make its world premier today in India. This will be first time when the French automaker will globally unveil its product outside Europe. The company’s officials say that the hatchback will be a sub-Rs. 4 lakh offering, thus making it the most affordable Renault car in India. Powering the Kayou will be a new 800cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

Summary

Renault has 37 cars models available in India out of which 7 are hatchbacks, 9 are sedans, 14 are SUVs and 7 are MUVs/MPVs. Renault has total of 9 petrol cars and 28 diesel cars. There are 3 automatic cars and 34 manual transmission cars to select from. Pulse is the most economical car with an ex-showroom price (Mumbai) of Rs. 4,61,600/- and the most expensive model is Koleos with an ex-showroom price (Mumbai) of Rs. 23,52,530/-. Lodgy is the latest car by Renault launched on 2015-04-09 and priced at Rs. 8,19,000/- (ex-showroom price, Mumbai) - Read Expert Review on Lodgy. Sandero, KWID and Duster are some of the upcoming Renault cars in 2015. Popular Renault cars in May-2015 are Duster, Pulse and Scala. Find details on 82 Renault new car dealers across India.

History

Renault, the French automobile manufacturer, is known for developing cars, trucks and vans around the world. Earlier, the company also offered tractors and autorail vehicles. The French carmaker has a joint venture with the Japanese car manufacturer - Nissan - and the alliance works together on different platforms, cars, engines and designs. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is one of the largest ones in the automobile world.

Renault India Private Limited is a fully owned subsidiary of Renault S.A., France. The company has an alliance with Nissan in India as well, and the alliance shares platforms, cars, engines and designs. In 2008, the alliance signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tamil Nadu Government to set up a manufacturing plant in Oragadam near Chennai. The facility got operational in 2011. Renault India's first car in the Indian car market was Fluence, which was introduced in 2011. Same year, the Renault-Nissan Alliance manufacturing facility rolled out the 100,000th car. Moreover, the company also announced the localization of the Renault K9K Diesel engine. The K9K powered Pulse hatchback was unveiled at the 2011 Indian Grand Prix by Formula 1 drivers Mark Webber and Karun Chandok.

Indian Operations and Executive Managements

Mr. Sumit Sawhney is the CEO and Managing Director for Renault Group Operations in India. The company was previously headed by March Nassif, who was moved to a global assignment within the group. Sawhney took over the entire operations in 2014. He is responsible for managing the entire operations for Renault in India and is reporting to Gilles Normand, Chairman, Asia Pacific Region for Renault.

Renault established its fifth global vehicle design studio in Mumbai in September 2008. This design studio meets global standard of the company, and the engineers are designing various concepts and global products here. The KWID sub-compact crossover is one such example which was designed at this studio. The concept was unveiled at the 2014 Delhi Motor Show, where it received an overwhelming response from visitors and critics. Moreover, it is also the country's first concept which was driven by car reviewers in the concept stage.

In March 2010, Renault and Nissan Alliance opened a manufacturing unit in Chennai. It has a combined annual production capacity of 480,000 vehicles. Moreover, the unit is also producing the K9K diesel engine. The company is also developing a new 800cc petrol engine, which will power the upcoming XBA compact hatchback.

Products & Services

Renault India has been aggressive with its product and dealership plans since its inception in the market in 2011. The company managed to cross 100 dealership mark within 3 years of its arrival. Currently, the maker has around 150 outlets spread across all major cities and semi-urban areas. Moreover, the company is also planning to expand its dealership network in semi-urban and rural areas of the country to boost its sales.

The company's Corporate Social Responsibility program started in 2013, which focuses on education and road safety. It partnered with Linc Pen & Plastics Ltd for SPELLINC. The company also supported the Tour De India 2013, a cycling even held for the first time in 2012 in the country.

Founder & First car

The Renault Corporation was founded in 1899 as Societe Renault Freres. The company was established by Louis Renault and his brothers Marcel and Fernand. Louis was young engineer who had already designed and built various models before announcing the company. While Louis handled design and production, his two brothers headed the management. The Renault Voiturette 1CV was the company's first car, which was sold to a friend of Louis' father after giving him a test ride on 24 December 1898. In 1903, the French automaker started manufacturing its own engines. Its first major sale was in 1905 to the Societe des Automobiles de Place, which included Renault AG1 cars for a fleet of taxis. With the arrival of fuel efficient Renault cars, the company became the largest car manufacturer in France.

Environmental Initiatives

The French automaker is yet to launch green cars in the Indian auto industry, but the company has electric cars in its global portfolio and is working on hybrid technology. Renault has been the leader of electric vehicle sales in the European markets. It has a large range of electric cars including Twizy, Zoe, Fluence and Kangoo. The Fluenze Z.E. is the first zero-emission vehicle with a switchable battery. The maker revealed the Ondelios hybrid concept in 2008, followed by its second hybrid concept ‘Eolab’, in September 2014. The Government of India is taking initiatives to increase the sales of electric or hybrid cars. With added support of Indian government, we believe that Renault could launch electric or hybrid cars in the country in future.

USP

Renault India is gaining good momentum in the country. Its Duster compact SUV is its best-selling product and is doing great business. The SUV is known for its high fuel efficiency, performance, styling and spacious interiors. More fuel efficient Renault cars are also in pipeline including XBA A-entry level car and Lodgy MPV, which are likely to do great business for the maker. The company is also expanding its dealership network, which will also help in high sales for Renault cars in India. Though almost all the Renault cars are known for offering high mileage, the most fuel efficient Renault Cars are - Pulse, Lodgy and Scala.

Resale Value

Well, Renault is relatively a new brand for Indian buyers. However, Renault car models have been receiving good response in the market. The first Renault car launched in our market was Fluence in 2011, while its compact cars were launched in 2012-13. The resale value of Renault cars in India is decent, but not equivalent to Maruti Suzuki India and Hyundai India.

Competition

Renault India is currently gaining positive momentum in the Indian market; however, it will still take time to compete well against the likes of Hyundai, Maruti Suzuki and Honda Cars India. The company is planning to launch various new cars and is expanding its dealership network to increase its market share.

Renault Car Models

Renault Duster
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Rs. 8.27 - Rs. 13.55 lakhs
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Renault Duster

Renault, the French auto giant launched its much-awaited SUV, Renault Duster, in India on 4th July, 2012. Post its launch in the country, the model won 'The Autobest 2011' award for the best car available on the market in 2010 and was also voted as 'Car of the Year' in Romania. The SUV earned great fame in a short time because of its classy features. Renault Duster is the first entry-level compact SUV in the Indian automobile market and is expected to sweep off all its competitors with its appealing appearance, elegant interiors and competitive pricing.

Renault Fluence
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Rs. 14.73 - Rs. 16.32 lakhs
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Renault Fluence

The Fluence is an excellent car to drive home. The vehicle scores high when it comes to looks, ride and handling as well as performance. However, when it comes to interior it misses out on some features and gizmos which its competitors have. Its high fuel economy of around 20kmpl and its performance makes it a good product. The sedan also comes equipped with several advanced safety features such as ABS, EBD and ESP to keep the car and its passengers safe.

Renault Koleos
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3.74 from 140 submission(s)
Rs. 23.53 - Rs. 27.82 lakhs
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Renault Koleos

The premium sports utility vehicle (SUV), Renault Koleos, is one of the most contrasting additions to the SUV segment in India during recent times. After flagship sedan Renault Fluence in India, Renault Koleos is the second offering by the carmaker in India, who is aiming to gain considerable market share in Indian automotive industry.

Renault Lodgy
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3.25 from 16 submission(s)
Rs. 8.19 - Rs. 11.79 lakhs
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Renault Lodgy

Renault, the French automaker, launched its first ever MPV - the Lodgy - in India on 9th April 2015. The MPV is sold under Renault-owned Dacia brand in international markets; however, in India it is sold as the Renault Lodgy. This model shares its underpinning with other Renault car models available in the Indian market. The MPV has conventional and plain design. It features detailed grille with lots of chrome, large headlamps, day time running lights, integrated fog lamps, 15-inches alloys, thick chrome strip and other styling elements.

Renault Pulse
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3.55 from 324 submission(s)
Rs. 4.62 - Rs. 7.08 lakhs
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Renault Pulse

Renault Pulse, launched in 2012, is the rebadged Nissan Micra, which received quite a few interior updates in 2015. The new model features automatic headlamps along with the conventional large grille, wider air dam and bulged front bumper. The updated interior gets a new centre console with a piano black finish, a dual tone dashboard and steering mounted controls. Features like a 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in connectivity, crash sensors, ABS+ EBD and dual airbags are carried forward from the old model.

Renault Scala
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Rs. 7.73 - Rs. 10.78 lakhs
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Renault Scala

The Renault Scala is a well-equipped sedan for families. The premium interior with ample legroom and a large boot space for its price are worthwhile. The frugal and highly-efficient engine performs so well on urban roads as well as on highways. The handling is predictable, and driving dynamics is excellent. What adds more to its driving pleasure are the well-controlled NVH levels and body roll. Available at Rs. 7.17 lakh – Rs. 9.97 lakh, the Scala proves to be a slightly expensive affair compared to the Nissan, but commands a higher premium level.

Upcoming Renault Cars in India

Renault Sandero Images
French car maker Renault is planning to roll-out its popular Sandero in the Indian market by the end of year 2011. The Sandero model will be shelved in the B+ segment of cars ...more on Renault Sandero
Expected: Mid 2016, 0 comments.
Renault KWID Images
The compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment of the Indian automotive industry is not new to the country's prospective buyers. This segment has gradually gained ...more on Renault KWID
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Upcoming Car Renault Duster Facelift Renault India started its India innings with the premium SUV Koleos and luxury sedan Fluence, both of which couldn’t establish ...more on Renault Duster
Expected: End 2015, 0 comments.

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Renault, the ones who originally introduced the MPV type, is here with a brand new offering - The Lodgy. They are not directly targeting the Big Daddy of MPVs, Toyota Innova, but are sure to create a minor dent in its sales. It is the Honda Mobilio and Ma.

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