Renault India scrapped over 1,500 engines due to raised noise levels, but also stopped the Kwid’s production since May 11, 2016.
The Renault Kwid hatchback’s production has been halted temporarily due to some engine-related issues. Speaking to ET, dealers and vendors revealed that the issues is related to engine noise levels going really high. Therefore, the company not only scrapped over 1,500 engines due to raised noise levels, but also stopped the car’s production since May 11, 2016.
One must note that the temporary production halt will increase the waiting period of the Kwid. Currently, the hatchback commands a waiting period of around 5-6 months.
Renault India said that the Kwid’s production suspension was due to regular maintenance of the plant, and it has no impact on deliveries. However, the report further states that the maintenance activities are scheduled only from May 21-29 whereas production of the Kwid is on halt since May 11.
Currently the Renault Kwid is the top-selling product for the company that helped it become the fourth largest carmaker in April 2016. Banking on the success of Renault Kwid, the carmaker aims to acquire 5 per cent market share in India by 2017. The carmaker is also planning to launch two new variant of the hatchback – Kwid AMT and Kwid 1000cc. The Renault Kwid has garnered over 1.25 lakh bookings since its launch in September 2015.
Based on Renault-Nissan’s CMF-A platform, the Kwid is powered by a 799cc, 3-cylinder DOHC petrol engine that is good enough for 53.2bhp and 72Nm of torque. This ‘super compact powertrain’, with a 5-speed manual transmission, delivers a class-leading mileage of 25.17kmpl. Besides impressive mileage figures, the hatchback offers best-in-class headroom, legroom and shoulder room for occupants. It also comes equipped with multiple segment-first features.