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Renault India recently unveiled the Captur SUV in India to cater to the premium SUV segment. While the French company is launching new vehicles, it has silently discontinued several other cars in India as well.
Renault Pulse hatchback, Scala, and the Fluence sedans, as well as Koleos SUV, have been discontinued in India. Renault India now boasts of four models: Kwid, Lodgy, Duster and the upcoming Captur.
Renault India is yet to announce the discontinuation of the vehicles officially, as per ET Auto, MD and CEO of Renault India Sumit Sawhney said, "Renault started operations in India six years back and now has a portfolio of three cars, Kwid, Duster, and Lodgy and build it step-by-step. We want to expand our portfolio by launching one car each year."
Owing to weak sales, Renault has discontinued the vehicles in India and is looking to trim its offering in India. Since vehicles like Pulse and Scala are re-badged versions of the Nissan Micra and Sunny, parts for the cars should not be a problem for customers/
However, Fluence and Koleos were brought to India through the completely built-up (CBU) units, the availability of spare parts could be a bit of a problem.
Renault India has big plans for the country and has earmarked to launch one car every year. While the Captur will be launched in 2017, we expect the facelifted Duster will arrive in 2018 and a new MPV to be launched in 2019.
Unlike GM who discontinued their entire operations, Renault India has only stopped producing some cars in India. There should not be any problem in the after sales service and spare parts problems, but their resale value will witness drastic reduction.