Following its success in the domestic market, the Renault Kwid is getting ready to be exported to several countries where the market conditions and regulations are somewhat similar to those of India. The export operations will initially cover RHD markets closer to home before entering LHD markets across the globe.
Speaking to Economic Times, Sumit Sawhney, MD and CEO of Renault India, revealed that the company will start exporting the Kwid to Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan this month. In all these four countries, the India-made Kwid will be positioned below the Sandero and Clio hatchbacks as the most affordable offering by Renault.
Markets like Brazil, Russia, South America, Iran and Morrocco will be added to the list eventually. The Brazil-spec Renault Kwid will be shipped in the form of CKD kits. Given that Renault has recently invested USD 1 billion in Morocco, the local plant is most likely assembly the Kwid from India-sourced components like in Brazil.
The Brazil-spec Kwid has been specially adapted for the market by Renault Technology Americas (one of Renault’s seven strategic engineering centres across the world). The Latin American version of the low-cost hatchback will adopt flex-fuel engines that can run on ethanol in addition to employing standard safety features for better crash rating.
The India-spec Renault Kwid recently received 0-star safety rating for adult occupant protection in the Global NCAP tests. In the aftermath of the test results, the company released a statement, highlighting its commitment to abide by the upcoming vehicular safety regulations in India.