French car-maker Renault has said it will start assembling the Kwid hatchback at Renault's Ayrton Senna Industrial Complex in Curitiba, Brazil. The Brazilian version of the Kwid has been given more local flavours adapted by Renault Technology Americas, which is one of the seven Renault strategic engineering centres across the world.
The new Kwid has has reportedly taken design cues from Renault Design Latin America (RDLA) in Sao Paulo, a company statement said. They apparently worked on the interior and exterior design of the Brazil-spec Kwid. The Kwid has been spotted with camouflage a couple of times this year on Brazilian roads. Its launch is expected soon the Latin American country. Its market launch can reportedly be expected at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show in November.
The Kwid is only manufactured in India at present. Renault India CEO and MD Sumit Sawhney had revealed in February the plans to export the Kwid to Brazil as SKDs (semi-knocked-down units). These units will be assembled at the Brazil plant. The Ayrton Senna Complex opened in 1998, one year after Renault do Brasil, the Brazilian subsidiary of Renault, was founded. The plant reportedly manufactures or assembles models such as Logan, Sandero, Duster, Duster Oroch and Master as well.
In India, the Kwid has been a stellar success for Renault. The company has sold over 50,000 units of the car in the seven months since its launch, and flaunts bookings of over 1.25 lakh. Riding on the sales of the Kwid, Renault India saw its monthly sales reaching a record high of 12,426 in April 2016. It represented a growth of 211 percent over cars sold in April 2015.