Already spotted on test in India, near Renault Nissan Chennai plant, the new Lodgy MPV will be launched in India by January 2015. Production is set to commence at their Chennai plant later this year. Once launched, Lodgy will compete with Maruti Ertiga, Honda Mobilio, Toyota Innova, Nissan Evalia, and Chevrolet Enjoy.
Scorpio SUV, the warhorse from Mahindra and Mahindra stables is India‚Äôs best selling SUV in the segment, that has held its plum position for 12 years. With the introduction of Renault Duster, and Nissan Terrano, Mahindra Scorpio sales were affected at the start, but it has has managed to emerge back as the winner in the segment.
Just as MPV market is further heating up with launch of Honda Mobilio right around the corner, Renault Lodgy MPV was caught testing in Chennai recently. This comes as a sign that Japanese dominated MPV segment will soon see French influence as well, and we know how well Renault pulled off with Duster.
Wef September 1, 2014, Renault Group is changing its international structure. Phase 2 of its medium-term strategic ‚ÄúRenault Drive the Change‚ÄĚ plan, Asia-Pacific region is being split in 2 regions.
Renault India announced price increase on 1st July 2014 due to higher input cost resulting from higher cost of components. Renault car prices were increased by 1%.
While Renault India Pvt Ltd, had seen outstanding results in the past three months with sales of Renault Duster far overshadowing those of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Mahindra and Mahindra‚Äôs Scorpio, the introduction of new and highly successful SUVs coupled with the situation in Iran had cast a blanket over sales of Renault.
Datsun Go entry level hatchback was expected to do big numbers, somehow didn’t put up that big of a show, yet. Now, Nissan along with Renault, will bring a 2+ lakh car to India and place it beneath Go with Datsun badge.
With automakers in India trying everything they can to entice customers back into showrooms, hefty discounts and attractive schemes are now being offered across many segments. Initially only offered on hatchbacks and sedans, automakers have now introduced discounts on SUVs such as the Duster and Terrano. Analysts consider this as the right time to buy a car.