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2015 Renault KWID

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  • Renault KWID
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-3
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual
  • Displacement:
    0.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    12 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    4700 (Est.)
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In a move intended to consolidate its position in India and abroad, French automaker Renault will offer its new Kwid compact crossover as an affordable city car with SUV-like exterior styling, fuel-efficient drivetrain, and segment-beating interior appointments. The Kwid debuts the new CMF-A modular architecture, a joint offering from Renault and Nissan, and promises versatility and tons of features for very little outlay.

The Kwid is the latest step in Renault’s effort to grow its presence in international markets: “With Kwid, Renault continues to pursue its strategy of accessible mobility for all to step up its international growth. Using a new Renault-Nissan Alliance platform and following the trail blazed by the Duster, the Kwid will enable Renault to continue its expansion and address the needs of customers who want a vehicle that is stylish, robust and easy to use,” said Renault chief exec Carlos Ghosn.

Created specifically to meet the needs of the Indian marketplace, the Kwid will join the Fluence, Koleos, Pulse, Duster and Scala as the sixth new model in Renault’s expanding presence in the country. So far, the strategy seems to be working: Renault sold almost 45,000 vehicles in India last year, up from the 1,500 sold in 2011. “In the space of just a few years, Renault has made greater gains in terms of recognition and visibility than rival brands present in India for 10 years,” Renault boasts in a press release.

Read on to find out how the make plans to extend this track record of success.

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Five Indian-Market Cars Fail Horribly During Global NCAP Crash Testing

Five Indian-Market Cars Fail Horribly During Global NCAP Crash Testing

Indian-market vehicles have no airbag requirements and low safety standards

It’s not a secret that the U.S. and Europe of some pretty strict safety regulations for vehicles, but there are other markets that have very low or even non-existent safety regulations for cars. One such market is the Indian market, where new car safety standards are minimal at best, with Global NCAP calling them “Clearly sub-standard” in a recent media release. And that brings me to our conversation today – the five Indian-market vehicles from Renault, Maruti-Suzuki, Mahindra, and Hyundai that recently failed Global NCAP testing.

See, in the Indian Market, airbags aren’t required, and up until October of 2017, front and side impact testing isn’t a requirement for new cars on the market. Talk about driving blind, right? Safety structures that are designed to crumple in certain areas help to eliminate injury to front adult passengers, but that clearly isn’t enough protection – especially for a market where driver’s like to do interesting stunts like drive on two wheels while rotating tires (don’t act like you haven’t seen at least one of those videos that have gone viral in the past.)

These failures in safety aren’t exactly a new problem, as Indian-market cars have been disappointing on that front for a while, but we decided to take a look at all of the videos anyway. Continue reading to the crash test videos for each Indian model that was tested, and be happy that you weren’t the test dummy.

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2016 Renault KWID Climber Concept

2016 Renault KWID Climber Concept

Renault brings an off-road version of the Kwid to the 2016 New Delhi Auto Show

In May of 2015, the Renault unveiled the Kwid, a model that would help strengthen its presence in the Indian Market. The model went on sale a few months later and was a huge success, with Renault selling more than 70,000 models in just two months. The Kwid is just a hair bigger than the Renault Twingo and is underpinned by a platform shared with Nissan.

With the immediate success of the Kwid, Renault saw fit to develop two new concepts for the 2016 New Delhi Auto Show in India. One was called the Renault Kwid Racer, and then there is this one – the Renault Kwid Climber. Built on the same architecture as the Racer Concept, the Kwid Climber is said to have “all the qualities of an off-roader.”

At first glance, we can see that the Kwid Climber is the exact opposite of the Kwid Racer Concept. It sits higher than the road-going Kwid, and has certain modifications to protect it, should things get a rough on the less-beaten path. We’re not sure if the Kwid Climber will ever go into production, but let’s take a deeper look at it anyway and see just what it brings to the table.

Continue reading to learn more about the Renault KWID Climber Concept.

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2016 Renault KWID Racer Concept

2016 Renault KWID Racer Concept

The KWID Racer concept turns the rather bland KWID mini SUV into a hot-looking hatchbach. Will this show car become a production model?

Although its products aren’t available in the U.S., Renault is doing quite well in Europe and Asia. The Clio and Logan (sold as Dacia in Europe) are big hits on the compact market, while the Duster crossover is selling like hotcakes in several countries. More recently, Renault launched an even smaller SUV in India. Dubbed Kwid, it is slightly larger than Renault’s smallest car, the Twingo, and rides on the new CMF-A platform jointly developed by Renault and Nissan.

Introduced in May 2015 and put on sale in September, the Kwid became an instant hit in India, gathering 70,000 orders in only two months (10 percent of effective market shares in its segment). Looking to build on the Kwid’s immediate success, Renault unveiled two new concept cars at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, one of which is Kwid Racer.

As the name suggests, the show car is a sportier version of the standard Kwid. It features an aggressive body kit, a special blue exterior with red accents, bucket seats, and even a roll cage. The Racer was launched alongside the Kwid Climber, a concept showcasing the mini SUV’s off-road skills, but unfortunately none are slated to go into production. Despite that, the Kwid Racer is actually a cool crossover that would attract a lot of attention in Europe should Renault greenlight it for production, which is why we decided to have a closer look at it.

Continue reading to learn more about the Renault KWID Racer Concept.

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2015 Renault KWID

2015 Renault KWID

In a move intended to consolidate its position in India and abroad, French automaker Renault will offer its new Kwid compact crossover as an affordable city car with SUV-like exterior styling, fuel-efficient drivetrain, and segment-beating interior appointments. The Kwid debuts the new CMF-A modular architecture, a joint offering from Renault and Nissan, and promises versatility and tons of features for very little outlay.

The Kwid is the latest step in Renault’s effort to grow its presence in international markets: “With Kwid, Renault continues to pursue its strategy of accessible mobility for all to step up its international growth. Using a new Renault-Nissan Alliance platform and following the trail blazed by the Duster, the Kwid will enable Renault to continue its expansion and address the needs of customers who want a vehicle that is stylish, robust and easy to use,” said Renault chief exec Carlos Ghosn.

Created specifically to meet the needs of the Indian marketplace, the Kwid will join the Fluence, Koleos, Pulse, Duster and Scala as the sixth new model in Renault’s expanding presence in the country. So far, the strategy seems to be working: Renault sold almost 45,000 vehicles in India last year, up from the 1,500 sold in 2011. “In the space of just a few years, Renault has made greater gains in terms of recognition and visibility than rival brands present in India for 10 years,” Renault boasts in a press release.

Read on to find out how the make plans to extend this track record of success.

Continue reading to learn more about the Renault KWID.

Read more