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.
Looking at the budget segment in motoring, very few cars can compete with the Renault Kwid. Now, the French automaker has expanded their range offering a new automated manual transmission (AMT) variant but how does it compare to the old one and what is it like to drive?
The entry-level vehicle segment in South Africa is exceptionally competitive, with many of the major car brands having something to offer. With Renault it is the Kwid that competes in this field, but now this simple yet stylish car has unveiled a secret weapon – A Limited Edition Renault Kwid Climber Model! And when we say limited we mean it, as there are just 200 units being made available in South Africa at this time. Pricing includes Comprehensive 1 year Insurance and starts at R148 900.
When people think of an entry level car they often picture a box on wheels that offers little in the way of comfort or safety features. That’s all about to change however, just as soon as you take your first drive in a Renault KWID! This young at heart crossover was designed from the outset to provide comfort and safety (and not to mention style) by the bucket loads.
Hot on the heels of the successful launch of the Renault Kwid last year, the French motor giants have released the Kwid Climber. This is an incredible crossover that not only manoeuvres around the city streets with style and aplomb but hits the open road with ease. Designed to explore off the beaten track, where the road is a bit more rugged, the tough little Climber looks set to take the lead in its sector.
It looks like Renault’s unique approach to building entry-level cars is paying off in South Africa, as the 2016 Renault Kwid has made it to the November’s top sellers list in the very month that the car was officially launched in the South African press.