Renault has revised its portfolio in India to discontinue two of its poor-selling cars - the Renault Pulse and Renault Scala, says a report from carandbike. The range now consists of the three models: Renault Kwid, Renault Lodgy and Renault Duster. The Renault Captur (Renault Kaptur) will join later this month.
Renault launched the Pulse in February 2012, having unveiled it in late 2011. The rebadged version of the old Nissan Micra was positioned as a relatively more premium product. However, it never achieved success in India. After all, the car it is based on has had little to boast in market presence.
The Renault Scala was another product that emerged from Renault’s partnership with Nissan. It was a Nissan Sunny with aggressive bumpers, lights and Renault badges. Renault introduced the sedan in September 2012 as a more premium product than the Nissan Sunny.
The Renault Pulse and Scala were the last cross-badged Renault vehicles from the Renault-Nissan Alliance in India. Both brands used this strategy to quickly fill up the main segments in the country with minimal investment, but have moved on from this flawed strategy. While Nissan went on to launch Datsun models, Renault is aiming to introduce crossovers in every segment having broken into India with the Duster and Kwid.
The CMF-B platform, which will debut in the 2019 Renault Clio, is unlikely form the basis for the Renault Pulse and Renault Scala successors if they are planned. Renault may go for the sub-derivative of the CMF-A platform called CMF-A+. Nissan will launch the next-gen Nissan Sunny in India next year, followed by the next-gen Nissan Micra in 2019. Both models will ride on CMF-A+. Its French sister concern may launch mechanical twins of these models if it decides to strike a comeback in the hatchback and sedan segment.
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