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    Renault pulls plug on 4 models in India to concentrate on new models

    by contentdeveloper on Wednesday, Oct 18 2017

    French car maker Renault is practically known to offer only 3 models currently in the Indian car market, namely – the Duster SUV, the Lodgy MPV and the Kwid entry-level hatchback, while the other models have been discontinued. It was reported earlier that the Renault Pulse and Scala models have not been actually discontinued in the domestic India market, and were available as per order, as they are not really volume drawers. However, Renault India boss has confirmed to the media in a recent interview that the company has discontinued the Pulse and the Scala along with the previously discontinued Fluence and Koleos models. All these four car models from the house of the French automaker have been pulled out of the Indian car market owing to poor market performance.

     

    French car maker Renault is practically known to offer only 3 models currently in the Indian car market, namely – the Duster SUV, the Lodgy MPV and the Kwid entry-level hatchback, while the other models have been discontinued. It was reported earlier that the Renault Pulse and Scala models have not been actually discontinued in the domestic India market, and were available as per order, as they are not really volume drawers. However, Renault India boss has confirmed to the media in a recent interview that the company has discontinued the Pulse and the Scala along with the previously discontinued Fluence and Koleos models. All these four car models from the house of the French automaker have been pulled out of the Indian car market owing to poor market performance.

     

    Thus, Renault India’s current lineup actually comprises of the earlier mentioned just three vehicles. However, Renault will soon expand its Indian portfolio to four models with the launch of the new Captur SUV. The new Renault Capture premium compact SUV has been already unveiled in India, and is slated to be launched later in this month. As per the company head, Renault India would be gradually increasing its portfolio in order to consistently grow in this highly potential car market.

     

    While revealing that the company has actually discontinued four models in India, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Renault India, Sumit Sawhney said that Renault commenced its operations in the country 6 years ago and currently has a portfolio of three car models - Kwid, Duster and Lodgy. He said that the company will be building its portfolio step by step, and wishes to expand the car range by launching one new model every year.

     

    During the unveil ceremony of the new Renault Captur SUV, Sawhney had said that within just 6 years, Renault India has become the seventh car maker in thecountry with an annual sales of one lakh units and a market share of 4 percent. Currently, Renault’s highest selling model is the Kwid which fights in the small car segment in India with the country’s top selling car Maruti Suzuki Alto and the likes.

    Sawhney also added by saying that the price of the Captur premium SUV will be decided later, while it is expected to be launched in the market by the end of this current month of October.

     

    Meanwhile, Renault India is also aggressively expanding its dealership network across India in order to reach out to more buyers and boost sales. He also said that in this market, 70 percent of the sales come from the sub-four metre car models, while the fastest growing segment in the Indian auto industry is the SUV segment.

    Sawhney further said that the company will be exploring more opportunities in the sub-4 metre segments in the country. He also said that Renault is waiting for the right policy decision to bring in its electric car models in the car market of India.


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