April 19, 2021

Renault India eyes podium for Kiger SUV, goals to promote as much as 7,000 models a month



MUMBAI: Using on the success of multi-purpose automobile Triber in India, French automobile maker Renault is hoping to interrupt into prime three of the nation’s extremely aggressive sub-compact SUV phase with its new providing Kiger.

With the incremental volumes from the Kiger, Renault hopes to interrupt into the group top-five automobile makers within the nation within the coming two years.

Priced at Rs 5.45 lakh to Rs 9.55 lakh ex-showroom, Kiger will tackle already established gamers

Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon and Nissan Magnite, amongst others.

About 335,000 models of sub-Four metre SUVs have been offered in India in 2020, accounting for 14% of the entire passenger automobile market, in what’s the most fiercely fought phase of the market with about 11 choices.

“It’s the most intensely fought phase, however we expect we’ve got greatest worth and we’re assured of carving out numbers for the model,” Venkatram Mamillapalle, MD of Renault India, advised ET. “Our aspiration is to be among the many top-Three sellers within the area. A minimal 5,000 models is what we are able to promote, however we can be gunning for six,000 to 7,000 models in a month.”

Having damaged into the highest seven markets globally, Renault is assured of crossing 100,000 models in gross sales in India in 2021, Mamillapalle mentioned, including {that a} plan to achieve gross sales of 200,000 models could fructify solely by 2023.

Renault India closed 2020 with gross sales of 80,000 models, rating sixth in quantity and a market share of three.3%. Mamillapalle mentioned he needs to interrupt into the group of top-five automobile makers in India within the coming two years.

Mamillapalle mentioned the corporate is targeted on reaching out to extra variety of consumers and “it needs to go vast in city and deep in rural”.

Renault can be including over 100 shops in 2021; that is after bringing in 120 new shops in 2020. The share of rural gross sales already accounts for over a 3rd of the corporate’s volumes. It’s hoping to speed up the identical within the coming years.

On the continuing semiconductor scarcity, Mamillapalle mentioned the corporate has secured provides for the subsequent couple of weeks and there’s no visibility past that, however the scenario is bettering.

As for the potential affect on Kiger attributable to scarcity, he mentioned, “It’s a brand new mannequin, so it can positively get precedence. However the scenario is sort of dynamic, with provide state of affairs visibility always altering each week. To this point we’re good, what subsequent after two weeks of provides are used up, we’ll solely know in one other week.”

Constructed on the CMF-A + platform of Renault Nissan Alliance, the French carmaker’s sibling Nissan Magnite has already obtained about 50,000 bookings, with the incremental volumes coming from Kiger, Mamillapalle is assured of capability utilisation going up and thereby serving to the corporate convey down the fee per unit by scale profit.

Renault can be exporting the Kiger to South Africa and Indonesia, aside from the Saarc international locations. Mamillapalle mentioned the corporate can also be exploring the opportunity of growing a left-hand drive model of the Kiger.

With a concentrate on decreasing the fee, Renault India is hoping to break-even within the subsequent couple of years.

As for the longer term product pleasure, the pinnacle of Renault India mentioned there can be a collection of facelifts and variants on the prevailing CMF-A and CMF-A+ architectures and already the work on CMF-B platform vehicles is occurring at HQ, which could be shortly introduced into India.

“Earlier than I begin asking for brand spanking new vehicles, I have to ship on income. We’re on a great path; Kiger ought to speed up that additional,” Mamillapalle mentioned.