French car-maker Renault has started exporting its small car Kwid to the island country Mauritius, suggest latest reports. Mauritius is the first country to import the Kwid from India.
The Kwid, the game-changer of Renault, had phenomenal success in the Indian market since its launch last September. A report in Auto Car India says the company has shipped a total of 37 units of the Kwid to Mauritius Feb. 5 from the Chennai port.
It was reported earlier the Kwid would also be exported Sri Lanka and other SAARC countries soon. Renault India also has plans to export the Kwid to Brazil and other parts of Latin America. Export to Africa is also scheduled this year. The Kwid will be exported to the SAARC countries as Complete Built Units (CBU) and to Latin America and African markets as Completely Knocked-Down (CKD) units.
Based on the CMF-A platform co-developed by alliance partner Nissan, the Kwid is manufactured with 98 percent localisation. The hatchback, which rivals Maruti Alto and Datsun Go, is powered by a 799cc three-cylinder petrol motor, which is tuned to churn out 53bhp at 5,678rpm and a peak torque of 72Nm at 4,386rpm, and mated a five-speed manual gearbox. The car also returns ARAI-claimed fuel efficiency of 25.17kmpl, which makes it the most fuel-efficient petrol car in the country.