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Renault Kwid bookings exceed 1.25 lakh units, threatens Maruti’s dominance

Renault Kwid AMT 1 Liter

With Datsun redi-Go set to join the competition, Maruti needs a sound product plan to prevent its small car market share from being eroded.

The Renault Kwid bookings continue to pile up steadily, making it a cause of concern for the market leader Maruti Suzuki. With an exception of Hyundai, no other manufacturer had managed to establish itself in the Indian sub-4 lakh passenger car segment which accounts for half of the car market. However, with the Kwid, Renault has started eating into Maruti’s market share.

In the first six months from its launch (till March 2016), the SUV-ish budget small car managed to clock sales of 41,2014 units and the bookings have surpassed 1.25 lakh units. Since the company has increased the production capacity at the end of March, we can expect the car’s monthly sales figure to witness a steady rise for many months to come.

Renault-Kwid-1-liter amt india

Introduction of the Kwid 1.0-litre and AMT variants would further pressurize Maruti.

The Kwid is not the only threat to Maruti’s stronghold in the small car space. The recently unveiled Datsun redi-Go, the second product to be based on Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-A platform, has a similar recipe but in an entirely different flavor. It’s safe to assume that the red-Go’s pricing would be just as aggressive as that of the Kwid if not more.

Datsun redi-Go live photos (76)

The redi-Go is all set to be launched in the first week of June.

Maruti’s sub-4 lakh portfolio includes the Alto twins and WagonR. The Hyundai Eon and i10 also play in the same segment. Both manufacturers can’t afford to maintain their status quo if they intend to keep the charging Renault-Nissan Alliance at bay.

Renault Kwid 1.0-litre – Photos

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Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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  • Yuvraj

    Healthy competition is always good.