Back in December 1998, Renault opened its first plant in Brazil. Ever since, Renault Group has developed its industrial presence here. Today’s production figure reflects the success of Renault vehicles in Brazil with development being positive here these past few years. After France, Brazil is Renault’s 2nd biggest market, behind France. Renault Group aims for 8% market share in 2016.
Through a Mahindra and Renault collaboration, Logan was launched in India in April 2007 to help Renault reduce costs by 15%. The first RHD Logan was sold in India. In time, both automakers parted ways but Mahindra still sells Logan here with tech support from Renault. Mahindra did rename Logan as Verito.
While Mahindra Renault Logan was introduced with great pomp, the sedan didn’t sell as expected. In April 2010, M&M bought out Renault’s 49% in the Mahindra Renault JV giving Mahindra incraesed flexibility in engineering the car to suit the Indian market.
The Mahindra-Renault logo was in use till March 2011 end. The JV dissolution saw Mahindra retain rights to produce and sell Logan under its the Mahindra Verito name. The front fascia here has been altered but Renault’s petrol and diesel engines are in use. In 2013 June, Mahindra introduced a notchback version, Verito Vibe.