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Old 7th August 2007, 11:57   #1
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Default Renault Design India to be a full-fledged design centre

Renault's Steppe SUV X-over, based on the Logan platform, was designed in India.



It uses world-leading textiles and fabrics from India's textile industry.

Like Renault's global satellite design centres in Barcelona Spain, Paris France, Bucharest Romania and Kihueng, Korea,
Renault Design India (RDI) will be a full-fledged design centre.

Setting a trend for the future of Indian automobiles, they will actually design cars exclusively for India and South-Asia.

From back of the envelope sketches to mock-up and prototypes, RDI will completely implement the design process.

Renault want to make a Rs. 1 lakh car themselves too!

Renault's famous famous designer and Sr.VP, Patrick le Quément visited RDI recently. Besides designing the Renault Twingo and Megane, he's the creator of Ford's trendsetting jellybean 1982 Ford Sierra.


1982 Ford Sierra

The aero-look independent rear suspension 1982 Ford Sierra was a radical departure from the 1981 Ford Taunus/Cortina it replaced. The Taunus was a boxy live-rear-axle saloon. I once had a 1977 Taunus.



1981 Ford Taunus
So radical and avant garde was the Sierra, that people instantly loved it or hated it intensely! It was the bellwether of Ford's aero-look cars to come.
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Setting a trend for the future of Indian automobiles, they will actually design cars exclusively for India and South-Asia.
Excellent and just reeks of a solid long-term commitment. I remember reading on an interview with Carlos Ghosn where he stated that he just wants to learn more from India. In terms of low-cost design and production. I guess this is just a step toward his interest.

Like Ford, I think its only a matter of time before they part ways with Mahindra too.

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Renault want to make a Rs. 1 lakh car themselves too!
With Bajaj, no less!
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Couldn't get this, Was the whole Logan Steppe designed in India or just the Seat fabrics? Indeed this is a positive outcome, software outsourcing has showed the way for outsourcing on a lot of other engineering domains such as civil, electrical and mechanical, Automobile engineering is just a step away. There plenty of talent (engineering or artistic ) awaiting opportunities that can be used.

However for Sr.VP, Patrick le Quément, as much as I loved the Aero look sierra's and the later scorpio etc, the Megane and twingo are actually quircky and luckily did not set a design trend unlike the Ford.


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If launched in India, it will be a direct compitetion to Chevy Tavera. Since it shares the same platform as the Logan the cost could be competetive making it a VFM product. But Renault should give a more powerfull engine than the Logan. I am sure they would know this.

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Nice to see the utilization of homegrown talent
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Quite right, infact a lot of homegrown talent was being used at other homes, its just that now, they will be used in our own homes.
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Yep the whole Renault Logan Steppe was built here in India by DC.
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Yes dippy ,

i saw in dc website too
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Quite right, infact a lot of homegrown talent was being used at other homes, its just that now, they will be used in our own homes.
The opportunities are increasing significantly for auto-engineers and designers in India. In our industry, we are seeing an overwhelming majority of graduates coming back to India and entering into lucrative positions with the biggies. This includes both; fresh graduates and people with 2 - 5 years of work-ex. Reverse brain drain rocks and I am all for it!

Centers like Renault design India will only add encourage more talent. Fantastic!
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The opportunities are increasing significantly for auto-engineers and designers in India. In our industry, we are seeing an overwhelming majority of graduates coming back to India and entering into lucrative positions with the biggies. This includes both; fresh graduates and people with 2 - 5 years of work-ex. Reverse brain drain rocks and I am all for it!

Centers like Renault design India will only add encourage more talent. Fantastic!
Just a small information on this, there is "tremendous" resistence to this outsourcing engineering to Asia thing, and quite surprisingly the most vocal of those are none but people who have their origins from our own region but have been with these giants for quite sometime. It doesn't occur to them that it actually doesn't affect them.
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A very good move by Renault.
We were a bit skeptical of it's Logan for India decision. But this is a welcome move.

Indians do have some of the best talents in automotive industry and most of it were always used outside the country. Now, with opportunities like this budding up here, It will be great to see that being developed inside our country.
It will also benefit a lot to the local auto industry by grabbing a lot of interest and attention in upcoming young minds.
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