Renault Kwid
Renault KwidIBTimes India/ Ken Sunny

It looks like the Kwid hatchback has become the bread and butter model for Renault India within months of its launch. The company sold 10,292 cars in India during December 2015, 160% more than the 3,956 units that the company sold in December 2014, which makes it evident that the Kwid single handedly turned around the sales figures for the French manufacturer.

Adding another feather to its cap, the Kwid booking has now crossed 85,000 units according to Colin Macdonald, managing director at the Renault Nissan Alliance reports The Economic Times. The hatchback currently commands over 8 months of waiting period and that didn't stop the customers from booking the vehicle. 

With 98% percent localisation, the Kwid made headlines even before its launch on 24 September. The company launched the hatchback at a starting price of Rs 2.56 lakh which was beyond the estimation. The competitive price tag along with segment first features including Medianav system that has navigation Bluetooth audio streaming, hands-free telephony, USB and aux–input ports, and speed sensing volume control, set the sales chart of Renault rolling in the coming months.

During November 2015, the bookings breached the 50,000 units mark that prompted the company to increase the production of Kwid. The Kwid got in to the top 10 high selling cars list with 6,888 units in December, which earned it the ninth place in the list.

Now, the Kwid has become costlier by up to Rs 11,000. The top-end RXT Driver Airbag (O), which was selling at Rs 3,53,131 in 2015 is now priced is Rs 3,64,130 with a hike of Rs 10,999. The entry-level standard model that was sold at Rs 2,56,968 in 2015 is now priced Rs 2,59,968 with a difference of Rs 3,000.

Offered in six variants, the Kwid is powered by a 799cc 3-cylinder petrol motor, which is tuned to churn out 53bhp and a peak torque of 72Nm with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Kwid is the first car built on the CMF-A platform and offers the best-in-class ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 25.17kmpl.

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