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‘Made in India’ Renault Kwid unveiled in Brazil

| Brazil, Renault | August 7, 2016

'Made in India' Renault Kwid unveiled in Brazil

The ‘Made in India’ 1.0 litre Renault Kwid has gone official in Brazil.

The car was launched in Brazil on Wednesday (3-Aug) by Renault Global CEO Carlos Ghosn who said that the series car will be manufactured in the country too, at Renault’s Ayrton Senna Industrial Complex in Curitiba, later this year. Till then, the car will be imported from Renault’s Chennai facility while it will be assembled at its Sao Jose dos Pinhais plant.

The car will reportedly be launched at the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show in Brazil.

Renault Kwid has garnered a lot of positive response in India which it is aiming to duplicate in the Latin American market too. With its 800cc motor, Renault has been much appreciated in India, so much so, that it has jumped to the third position in the passenger-car sales segment, closely following Maruti Alto and Hyundai Eon, respectively.

Ghosn said at Curitiba that the company is aiming at an 8 per cent market share with the new offering, where presently it boasts of around 6.7 per cent. He believes that there is potential to grow to 10 per cent in the coming years in South America.

Renault’s market share in Brazil grew strongly from below 4 per cent in 2009 as it launched popular new models such as the Duster, a compact SUV, to compete with Ford Motor Co’s EcoSport. Having said that, Brazil’s auto sales have seen a drastic fall since 2012, following the worst economic slowdown that the country has witnessed in the recent times.

It’s been reported that the Brazilian Kwid will be sturdier and safer as compared to the Indian version, to meet the strict safety norms of the Latin NCAP. Renault Technologies Americas will calibrate the Kwid to meet local requirements. A reinforced chassis along with dual front and side airbags will reinforce the vehicle, while adding a good 130kg to the model. The overall styling, however, remains largely similar with the exception of the alloy wheels and a few other minor changes which are being brought about in the model by Renault Design Latin America.

The Brazilian variant will also feature better quality interiors and NVH level refinements which are going to add to the price of the car. Although, the final pricing is yet to be announced, but given the modifications in this variant, the Brazilian Kwid will be costlier as compared to its Indian counterpart.

In terms of the engine, the three cylinder unit powered by a 1.0-litre motor will come with a 5-speed manual and an optional AMT transmission in the Brazilian market which will run on petrol and ethanol. The engine, coupled with a low power to weight ratio, is expected to produce around 75PS of power. The company will also offer a lower powered 800cc variant of the model in Brazil.

The power output on both the engine variants are expected to be better in comparison to the Indian model. With Kwid, Renault is primarily aiming at its competitor in the Latin American market, the Fiat Mobi, which is more popular in the local market there.

(Source: IndiaTimes.com)