Renault in India has reportedly sold over 100,000 Kwid units in just about 14 months of presence in the country. A while ago, Renault officials spoke about their expectation to comfortably reach the one hundred thousand sales figure mark before the end of 2016. And with a recent addition in form of a bigger 1.0-litre variant with an optional AMT trim, the Kwid’s demand is bound to touch new heights.
In September this year, Sumit Sawhney, CEO and MD Renault India stated that, in the period between January 2016 to August 2016, the company has sold 87,000 cars out of which 65,000 units were Kwid alone. With the newly introduced AMT option with a 1.0-litre engine, the demand is set to reach a whole new height, more so when exports begin to SAARC countries – Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.
Renault Kwid is available in two engine options – 799cc three-cylinder petrol engine which generates 53bhp of power and 72Nm of torque, while newer one comes with a 999cc three-cylinder petrol engine which generates 67bhp of power and 91Nm of torque. Five-speed manual transmission comes as standard on both the models, but customers can opt for an AMT option in the bigger engine version.
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Renault has already indicated to begin assembling cars in Pakistan by 2018 utilizing Gandhara Nissan’s assembly plant & their negotiations with Gandhara & Al Futtaim group are underway. Renault Kwid’s success across the border, does indicate that Kwid has a huge potential to become a successful car in Pakistan too, should Renault price it well and make sure to provide quality after sales support.
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