Renault India would start a third shift at the Chennai production facility to increase Kwid's production in the country. The French automaker aims to develop 10,000 units of the Kwid hatchback per month at Chennai plant. It is being done to meet the rising demand and cut down the waiting period, which has gone upto 6 months. Just so you know, the company has registered over 1.25 Lakh bookings for the hatch, while delivering nearly 50,000 units since the launch last year.
Renault is also looking forward to commence the exports of Kwid to the SAARC countries as well as the South American markets. Currently, the Renault-Nissan Alliance plant in Chennai is closed due to routine maintenance and would reopen on May 30, 2016. Though, as we told you before, the maintenance process wouldn't have any effect on the deliveries of Kwid. For those asking, the Datsun redi-GO - launching next month - would also be manufactured at the Chennai plant, alongside the Kwid. The company is also gearing up to launch two new variants - the Kwid 1.0L and the Kwid AMT - of the hatch in the Indian market in next couple of months.
Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India has already confirmed that one of the new Kwid variants would be launched in June 2016. It is believed that 1.0L variant of Kwid would be introduced next month, while the AMT variant would go on sale at a later stage. Renault recently presented the Duster facelift with AMT, and it fetched good numbers for the compact SUV. Now, the company is expecting similar response for the AMT version of Kwid. It would lock horns with Maruti Alto K10 AMT, while the Kwid 1.0L would be up against Hyundai Eon 1.0L.