The Datsun redi-Go and Renault Kwid, the two CMF-A platform-based products which were engineered primarily in India, struck a pose together for the first time. The occasion was the visit of the Ambassador of Japan to India, Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu at the Renault-Nissan Alliance plant at Oragadam near Chennai last week.
As you can see, though the two cars share a lot of components, they look completely different from each other. The Kwid has a boxy appearance while the redi-Go is noticeably taller and caters to audience with different tastes. The disparity in the looks and characters between the siblings, both inside and outside, will help Renault-Nissan Alliance avoid cannibalization to a good extent.
Coming back to the Ambassador’s visit, he was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Patricia Clara Aguado Hiramatsu. The Ambassador’s entourage which comprises several dignitaries was given a tour of the facility. In a gesture to support the environment, Mr. and Mrs. Hiramatsu planted saplings within the premises.
The production of Datsu redi-Go has already commenced at the Oragadam plant. Pre-bookings have also been commenced and the budget small car is slated to go on sale in the first week of June. Apart from competing with the Renault Kwid, the hatchback will also take on the Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon.