Report – Renault’s Maruti Alto 800 rival to launch next year, will also be made in Brazil

Posted on: Mar 31, 2014 - 2:12pm IST

Renault is working on a new small car that will rival the Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon. Based on Renault-Nissan’s new CMF-A platform, the small car is being developed in India.

Renault Nissan CMF
The small car will be based on the alliance’s CMF-A platform.

Speaking to the Economic Times newspaper, Jerome Stoll, executive vice-president and sales head of Renault, confirmed that the small car has been designed in India and will be launched here next year. Stoll said that manufacturing of the car will take place in India (at Renault-Nissan’s Oragadam facility) and Brazil (where vehicles have flex-fuel compatibility).

Using the same underpinnings, a Datsun version of the car will be launched as well. The Datsun Redi-Go, a concept previewing the baby Datsun, was showcased at the Auto Expo last month. The twins are said to be different top hats sharing the core components.

Datsun Redi-Go at Auto Expo 2014
The Datsun Redi-Go, the third Datsun product for India, will use the same CMF-A platform as the Renault small car.

The new Renault small car is described as having “attractive” design and “good usability” by Stoll. Catering to the lower end of the segment, Renault expects it to be a high volume product.

The small car will likely be powered by an 800 – 900 cc petrol engine matched to a five-speed manual transmission. Given the sudden emergence of automated manual transmission (AMT), Renault would want to use this feature to appeal to the new car buyer.

[Source – Economic Times]

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4 thoughts on “Report – Renault’s Maruti Alto 800 rival to launch next year, will also be made in Brazil

  1. Tony says:

    Is there option of climate control at least on top-end variant ???? Interested to know more…..

    1. Hello Tony, its too early to predict anything. This car is still a while away from the market.

  2. Pavan Joshi says:

    That’s exactly what the military industrial complex says about it’s vehicles too + stealth technology.

    So does Renault-Datsun do ‘stealth’ too. Off-the-shealf, VTOL -Vertical Take Off & Landing, Mid-air re-fuelling?

    How about a simple car.

  3. Dr. Nayak says:

    Good news for the Indian auto designers and Auto industry. Wake up TATA and start designing the Jag/Rover in India to reduce your exorbitant cost of development that you claim in UK!! Good times are not going to last forever.


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