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Renault Kwid production on halt since May 11

Renault Kwid production on halt since May 11
CarTrade Editorial Team CarTrade Editorial Team Tuesday 17 May 2016, 18:28 PM

Renault India has suspended the production of their entry-level Kwid hatchback from May 11. Not a single Kwid has been produced since then.

Reports suggest that the stoppage in production is due to some engine problems. Vendors and dealers say that 1,500 engines of the Kwid were scrapped by Renault India due to high noise level. However, a company spokesperson said that the suspension in production is only a part of their regular maintenance and it won't affect the Kwid's production. This is contrary to Renault's filings with the Tamil Nadu state government, which shows that the planned shutdown is scheduled from May 21-29 and the Kwid's production was stopped on May 11 itself.

Renault India has still not given out an official word regarding the same. However, if this is the case, the car production stoppage is bound to impact the customer deliveries. The Kwid already has a waiting period of 5-6 months in some places, which is now going be extended further. This problem might also eventually affect the manufacturer's overall sales as this new small hatchback has revived the French carmaker's sales numbers.

Update: Renault India has refuted the claim made by TOI that the production at the facility was suspended or 1,500 engines were scrapped. Here is the official statement from Renault India in this regard, ‘The article claims that 1,500 engines have been scrapped due to high noise levels. This is incorrect and we have had no such concerns at our end.

We recently ramped up production at our Chennai facility by starting third shift operations to cater to market demand. Moreover we are also increasing the speed of our production line. In addition to our maintenance shutdown planned towards the end of May we have decided to slow down production since last week in order to ensure a perfect execution of the ramp up of our production volumes.

We would like to reiterate and reinforce that we remain fully confident in the mid and long-term growth prospects for our business in India. Over the next few years, Renault India will further strengthen its position in the market and be a significant player in India's dynamic auto market.’

This information is incorrect and has been retracted. We regret any inconvenience this might have caused Renault India or our readers.

Source: ETAuto


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