The upcoming Renault Kiger emphasises a few automotive facts:
The time gap between concept and production model is shrinking. The market is moving too fast and the competition is too fierce to allow the luxury of a concept percolating for a few years before morphing into production. Any manufacturer that tried that now will soon be playing catch-up.
We all know and love the budget-friendly, fully-loaded Renault Kwid but now, this little hatchback has been modified into a hybrid-electric vehicle.
First launched in 2015, the entry-level Renault Kwid got a welcome face-lift last year and is currently available in South Africa with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. Abroad, the automaker has also produced a 799 cc three-cylinder petrol engine which has now been modified into a hybrid-electric vehicle.
The Renault Kwid Climber has a lot in common with a braaibroodjie – it’s tasty-looking, affordable and (most importantly) everybody loves it. Even people who say they don’t, kinda do. All kidding aside, the Kwid Climber has been making major inroads in the entry-level segment since it’s South African release in the first quarter of 2018, and it’s easy to see why.
The bestselling Renault just got a whole lot better. The revamped Renault Kwid has just landed on our shores and it is a significant step up from the first one.
The French automaker has made its impact in South Africa and around the world for some time. Their small budget cars have taken centre stage with the likes of the Renault Kwid, Renault Sandero and even the Renault Clio.
Now, they’ve even gone one step further with their #GetCloser initiative and we take a closer look at what that means for Renault drivers. At the same time, we wanted to highlight some of the features to remind everyone just how good the Renault Kwid, Renault Sandero and Renault Clio are.
Sometimes major events start with a bang, sometimes they are almost silent. Quiet, like an electric car.
This major event was the launch of the electric Renault City K-ZE in China. It is based on the super affordable Renault Kwid first launched in the Indian market. The City K-ZE could well be the most important car of this century thus far.
The Renault Kwid is the latest model to join India’s burgeoning car subscription market. Car subscription is like leasing on steroids.
India has the fifth- or fourth-biggest car market in the world, depending on who’s counting and what they are counting. It is around the 3 300 000 mark with Germany, about a million units less than Japan and two million less than the USA. China is the enormous outlier at around 25 million. India, like China, Japan and much of the
European Union, is feeling the chilly breeze of a cooling global economy and car sales have dropped dramatically.
Toward the latter part of 2018, there were several reports of a facelifted Renault Kwid heading to South Africa. That rumour has been confirmed as an updated version will be on sale in October.
The Renault Kwid first launched in India as far back as September 2015 and reached our shores in November 2016. Since then, the Renault Kwid has become a popular choice for many taking 3rd place overall of South Africa’s top 10 best-selling passenger cars in February 2019 with 1 069 units. On top of that, they have sold over 20 000 vehicles since its November 2016 debut.
The secret is out as the French automaker tests the new Renault Kwid 7-Seater MPV in Chennai. It appears as if Renault is targeting a much lower price bracket with the new 7-Seater Kwid MPV, also known as RBC. The aim is to supplement the brand’s aspirations with the smaller Kwid hatchback and it is likely to fall under the Renault Duster SUV within the group’s lineup.