Renault Kwid waiting period to go down, 10K units per month production from March 2016
The widely used phrase ‘Acche Din’ seems to be true for Renault India these days. Renault’s Duster has been the undisputed king of the compact SUV segment in the Indian car market and with the launch of Kwid, the French automaker continues to write its success story. Kwid ventured into the A-segment crossover space in October 2015, and has found a place in the top 10 list of best-selling cars in December 2015 in India. In the very first two months, an impressive sale of 10,600 units was registered. This small car from Renault is expected to garner a market share of 5% by the end of 2017, but it already touched the 4.5% mark in February.
Now since the kwid hatchback commands a six to seven month waiting period, the automaker is gearing up to increase production at its Oragadam facility near Chennai. The company plans to achieve the production target of 10,000 units per month from March 2016, this in turn will reduce the waiting period to three months. Renault Kwid has received an overwhelming response from the Indian customers, maintaining its momentum the Kwid has already received bookings of over 1 lakh in the first four months. This is the reason why Renault is stressing on increasing its production which at present is approximately 6000 units per month.
The A-segment crossover is built on the CMF-A platform offering a mileage of 25.17 kmpl and is 3679 mm long, 1579 mm wide and 1478 mm tall and has a fuel tank capacity of 28-litres. It has a wheelbase of 2422 mm and a ground clearance of 180 mm. Renault Kwid is powered by a three-cylinder 799 cc petrol unit that produces 53 bhp. At the recently concluded Delhi Auto Expo, Renault introduced AMT version of the Duster facelift and also the Kwid 1.0L and Kwid 1.0L AMT. In order to cover 96% of the market, the dealership count will go up from 205 to 240 by the year end. Looks like Renault Kwid has already startled its rivals Hyundai Eon and Maruti Alto 800 with its growing popularity.