Renault Kwid
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French carmaker Renault has managed to keep the momentum going with its entry-level hatchback the Kwid in the month of June. A report of CarandBike notes that the carmaker has sold 9,459 units of the Kwid in June 2016.

The Kwid, which made its market debut in September 2015, has been registering tremendous sales in the market since then and has also bagged over 1.5 lakh bookings in the country so far. The best of Kwid sales was in April 2016 when the company sold 9,795 units in a month. The Kwid has also helped the company to lift its market share from 2.3 to 3.8 percent.

The small car, which rivals segment leader Maruti Suzuki Alto, currently commands a waiting period of up to four months in India. The company has recently also increased the production of the Kwid at its factory near Oragadam, Chennai, to meet the scaling demand across the country and currently targeting production capacity to 10,000 units.

In India, the Kwid 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, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. It boasts fuel efficiency of 25.17kmpl.

Not keen to rest on its laurels, Renault is expected to roll out the new variants of the Kwid in India during the festive season of this year. The company will launch the 1.0 litre variant of the Kwid and the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). The 1,000cc petrol unit is expected to develop over 65bhp mated to five-speed manual transmission.