French car maker Renault has started export of its entry level hatchback Kwid and the popular compact SUV Duster to Nepal from its Indian plant. The company has tied up with Vishal group which is one of the biggest business house of Nepal. Advanced automobiles which is the part of the Vishal group will sell both the Kwid and Duster. According to Renault’s statement the tie up with Vishal group is in sync with the company’s strategy to make its presence felt in all the SAARC countries.
The Renault Duster is one of the most popular compact SUVs in Indian market as of now. It comes in both petrol and diesel engine variants. The petrol variant has a 1.6 liter engine having 104 PS of power and 148 Nm of torque. The diesel engine have two variants, one is of 110 PS which produces 245 Nm of torque and another one produces 85 PS of power and 200 Nm of torque. The Duster comes with number of transmission options like 5 and 6 speed manual and a 6 speed automatic. An all-wheel drive variant of Duster is also available for off-roading purposes.
On the other hand the Renault Kwid is powered by a 799cc petrol engine which produces 54 Bhp and a new 999cc petrol engine which makes decent 70 Bhp. Both the engines are quite brilliant for city driving and occasional highway rides.
According to the company, Renault Kwid, manufactured with 98 percent localisation is an example of ‘Make in India’ ideology and has been a great success in the compact hatchback segment. The French major has sold 12,927 cars in August which is a massive leap forward from 1,527 cars sold last August.
After a huge success of both the Duster and Kwid in India, now the company is expecting to capture the growing market of hatchbacks and SUVs in Nepal which is mainly dominated by Tata, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Subaru etc. With these models Renault is mainly targeting the younger generation which contributes to a major market share of Nepal automobile industry.