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Renault plans made-in-India hatchback launch by early 2012
Published on 5 Jun. 2011 12:25 AM IST
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Renault, France’s second-largest car maker, is conducting feasibility studies for building a car that would be fully developed in India using expertise from its fledgling research and development and design centre in the country.
While the road map for this year and the next involves launching nearly half a dozen passenger vehicles in the local market, the new locally developed cars could come in the next phase of expansion that would begin in 2015, stated Business Standard.
The French company will, most likely, look to build a small hatchback to start with, which could complement a premium new small car due for launch early next year. However, company officials said it would not be possible to share details, as the study had just begun.
The concept of a made-in-India car is, however, not new. Market leader Maruti Suzuki was first off the block when it announced similar plans three years ago. It, too, is expanding its engineering footprint in the country mainly to assist Suzuki’s home country Japan, is a hub in developing compact cars.
The R&D centre’s (known as Renault Nissan Engineering), primary objective is to fine-tune all those models which are to be launched in India to suit the driving conditions here. They also work on international projects such as Asia and Europe, stated Curran. The company also has an auto design centre in Mumbai. As announced earlier, Renault will launch four more passenger vehicles by the end of 2012.
After its break-up with Mumbai-based Mahindra & Mahindra, where it jointly made the Logan sedan from Nashik, Renault hopes to go full throttle over its plans involving additional investment that would also go into setting up an engine and transmission plant.

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