Renault commencing night shift to meet Kwid demand, presently Renault Kwid comes with a 7 months of average waiting period
Renault Kwid introduced an exciting design language in Indian automobile market when the French automaker launched it with an SUV like appearance in a compact hatchback body. Since the launch of this car it has gained immense popularity, but the longer waiting period pushed few customers opt for other choices. The popularity of Kwid has been rising although. Now with the booking figure crossed 110000 marks, Renault is planning to reduce the waiting period.
In an attempt to do that, the French automaker has started a night shift this week in one of the assembly line at the Renault-Nissan alliance’s Oragadam plant in Chennai. Renault has a plan to produce 1600 units of the Kwid everyday with the third shift implemented. This way Renault will be able to deliver the Kwid more quickly than before and it will also help them clear the backlog before Datsun launches the redi Go in Indian market. Apart from meeting the local demands, Renault is also commencing exporting to Mauritius and Sri Lanka, with more markets to follow later.
Renault-Nissan’s Orgadam plant celebrated their one hundred unit production in last January and it is presently India’s second largest car exporting facility with more than six lakh units shipped to 106 countries around the globe. This facility is also the largest manufacturing facility for Renault-Nissan alliance in the world. It was built with an investment of Rs. 4500 crore and began operation in March 2010.
Although the Kwid is a hatchback categorically, but it looks more like a SUV in its smallest avatar. It gets higher ground clearance, beefy appearance with side body claddings, muscular front fascia. Initially Kwid was launched with a 0.8 litre BR-8 DOHC petrol engine under the hood, which mated to a five speed manual transmission churns out 54 PS of peak power and 72 Nm of peak torque.
The fuel efficiency for this car is around 25.17 kmpl. Later on, Renault has showcased a 1.0 litre variant of Kwid at the 2016 Auto Expo last month. The Kwid’s price has been increased up to Rs. 11000 in last month. Presently the top variant RXT (O) comes with a price tag of Rs. 364130 (ex-showroom) while the base variant is available at Rs. 259968 ((ex-showroom).