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Old 12th July 2017, 12:47   #1
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The Renault Nissan Alliance has decided to limit all their future models in India to just two platforms. This has been done to enhance the economies of scale and ease production complexity.

As per this decision, all future Renault and Nissan cars in the small and mid-size segment in India will be based on the CMF-A and CMF-A+ platforms. The CMF-A currently underpins budget hatchbacks like the Kwid and Redi-GO. The CMF-A+ is a slightly larger and wider version of the CMF-A platform, which has been designed for the compact SUV, compact sedan and premium hatchback segments.

Meanwhile, larger products in the Renault and Nissan range will be based on the M0 platform, which currently underpins the Renault Duster, Lodgy and Nissan Terrano. The upcoming Nissan Kicks and Renault Kaptur will be sharing this M0 platform in India.

However, Nissan's budget-oriented arm - Datsun, will continue to introduce products on the low-cost V minus platform, which underpins the Go hatchback and Go+ MPV. The company is said to be working on the Go Cross crossover, which will be the next product to be launched under the Datsun brand in India.

Source: Autocar India

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Default Re: Renault & Nissan to limit Indian portfolio to two platforms

So the future is -

1. CMF-A

Renault Kwid, Datsun Redi-Go

2. V -

Datsun Go, Go + , Go Cross.

3. M0

Upcoming Kaptor, Nissan Kicks. (Global Kicks seem to be based on the V platform)

Doesn't look like an interesting future ahead for the company. Kaptor and Kicks have a tougher future in the (now) crowded compact SUV space which the Duster once established. They need to be very competitive this time around.
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Default Re: Renault & Nissan to limit Indian portfolio to two platforms

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Doesn't look like an interesting future ahead for the company.
That was my first thought too but when I looked at the larger landscape, aren't most manufacturers doing this.

For cost and capacity optimizations, they're consolidating platforms.

I remember a similar news about Maruti:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...ml#post3903480 (Maruti to reduce product platforms)

What matters more is, how well they can bring unique and well-tailored products to cater to a particular segment. But, for reasons best known to them, the Nissan-Renault alliance isn't looking at India aggressively.
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Aren't most manufacturers doing this.

I remember a similar news about Maruti:

What matters more is, how well they can bring unique and well-tailored products to cater to a particular segment.
Absolutely.

Duster was a unique and well positioned product for its time. Kaptur seems to have lost the edge already IMO with the crossover design. Similarly, Kicks in all too similar to the Creta.

The success of Kwid shows that the Renault brand has potential in India. Hope they put more effort and pull it off.
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So the future is -
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Doesn't look like an interesting future ahead for the company. Kaptor and Kicks have a tougher future in the (now) crowded compact SUV space which the Duster once established. They need to be very competitive this time around.
So, let me say what has been unsaid here: Does this mean the end of the road for Nissan Micra and Sunny (Renault Pulse and Scala) in India? I knew that they were not going to bring in the next-gen Micra to India, but closing down the Micra? Although it doesn't sell much, it is kind of an iconic car for Nissan. It is sad to see it go.
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