Renault has discontinued the Pulse hatchback and Scala sedan reportedly to make space for its upcoming crossover Kaptur
Renault India has silently discontinued two of its cars from the domestic market. These are the Pulse small hatchback and the Scala sedan. The company mentions prices of its cars on the respective pages of its official website, but both these models are listed there without any price. The decision of discontinuation has been reportedly made to make space for the upcoming crossover Kaptur.
Apart from the removal of price tags, monthly sales reports also suggests that the French auto manufacturer has not dispatched the Scala sedan since March 2017 and the Pulse hatchback is also not sold since June 2017. This clearly indicates that the auto manufacturer has discontinued both the models in the country.
Therefore, the Pulse hatchback and Scala sedan will be sold across the country only till the stocks left in the dealerships. The discontinuation could be driven the poor sales of these two models. While the Renault Duster SUV and the Kwid hatchback fetch the maximum number of sales for the French brand, the two discontinued cars have been selling in very small numbers.
Interestingly, the Scala and the Pulse models were nothing but re-engineered versions of the Nissan Sunny and Micra. Currently, Renault is preparing to launch its much awaited crossover Kaptur here. This crossover will be unveiled in the country in August 2017 and deliveries will begin from October this year. It is clear that the crossover comes inspired by the success of two models in the country that are the Renault Duster and the hatchback with SUV stance, the Kwid.
The Renault Kaptur has been designed keeping the markets like Brazil, India and Russia in focus. High demand for the SUVs and crossovers in domestic market could prove to be benefitting for the upcoming crossover, if Renault keeps the pricing aggressive. It could be priced between Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 15 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Source: Autosite India