Renault has managed to beat the ongoing sales slump in the Indian Automotive Industry, by showing healthy growth in a month-on-month as well as a year-on-year basis.
Renault India has had a good start to the year selling 7,805 units in January, a 34% increase over the previous year. For February, the company has recorded a sale of 8,784 units, an increase of 12.6%. The success of the brand could be primarily accounted to the Triber MPV having struck a chord with the car buyers.
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On a year-on-year basis, Renault has experienced a growth of 40.7%. The carmaker had sold 6,241 units in February 2019. Renault’s success comes in contrast to the general trend in the automotive industry right now. In fact, Honda Cars India Limited, a leading brand in the entry-level-premium market space, has sold only 7,200 cars in February 2020, which is 1,584 units less than Renault. This is quite an achievement for the French carmaker. As for the rest of the Indian automotive industry. the overall sales of passenger cars have declined by 4.4% compared to last month. The only other car manufacturer to record a positive monthly sales growth is Kia Motors.
While the Renault Triber has been the biggest success for the brand, the Kwid facelift has also helped appeal to a lot of buyers, mostly looking for an affordable and comfortable urban commuter. Other than that, the Renault’s India lineup includes two SUVs, the Duster and Captur. While the Duster is expected to regain traction in the market post the introduction of new. BSVI-compliant engines, there are no such expectations from the Captur. In fact, the latter might even be discontinued in India soon.
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In other news, Renault had showcased two new engines at the Auto Expo 2020. First was a 1.0-litre TCe (Turbo Control Efficiency) inline-3 petrol engine. It can generate a maximum power output of 100PS and a peak torque figure of 160Nm. The second one was a 1.3-litre TCE turbocharged petrol motor, capable of generating 156 PS of maximum power and 250 Nm of peak torque. These new engines are expected to make their way under the hood of the Triber and Duster, respectively. Apart from better power figures, these new powerplants will also offer better fuel economy, which would help attract a larger audience towards Renault.