All of us already know that the entry level car segment is the biggest contributor of the Indian car market. The total sales of this segment occupies 40 – 45 percent of the total car sales in India; and this is one of the major reasons why Maruti Suzuki is the No. 1 manufacturer in India. Later on, Hyundai and Chevrolet made their debut in the segment but they’re still catching up. Now, it’s Renault, the French Auto maker who is all set to enter the segment.
According to Economic Times, Renault is working on a smaller car than the Pulse to take on the competitors of the entry level segment. The car is codenamed as “A Entry”. This “A Entry” is a global product and is being developed keeping emerging markets in mind.
The company is also working on a 800 cc engine that will possibly power up the new small car. The engine is code named as “B4A” and is likely to be used in Renault‘s global portfolio. This new engine is expected to deliver an average of 20 kmpl. “The internal target is to get the ARAI rating of 24-26 km per litre, with the car delivering at least 20 km per litre in city driving conditions”, a source close to the development said. This new car could be launched in 2014 – 2015 and is supposed to be manufactured at the Renault Nissan Alliance Plant in Chennai.
Renault would share this car with their partner Nissan and it may come under the low-cost Datsun brand that Nissan has plans to launch in 2014 in India.
News Source: Economic Times