Almost all cars in today’s automobile industry are based on Platform Sharing, either within the manufacturer’s product line or at the least within the Manufacturer’s parent company group. The Renault-Nissan alliance is one such partnership which is based on platform sharing, and most of their vehicles share are built on a platform named CMF-A, but now Renault is going up, to another level altogether. The French Automobile manufacturer has revealed that they will be launching a couple of new vehicles which will be based on an evolution of the CMF-A platform, which will be called CMF-A+. This platform is designed to underpin bigger and more powerful vehicles than what Renault presently has on sale in India.
At one of the press meetings held earlier, Renault had revealed that they would be launch one new car every year for the next few years in India, and Renault has developed this CMF-A+ platform to deliver that promise. A compact sedan, a compact MPV and a Sub 4-metre SUV are all in the works and will be based on this new platform.
The Compact Sedan which will be based on this platform is currently in the initial stages of development. The Compact Sedan, codenamed ‘LBC’ has been designed to directly take on the Maruti Suzuki Dzire.
The Compact MPV, codenamed ‘RBC’ which is based on this platform is apparently at the stage wherein the design has almost been finalized, and this compact MPV is targeted directly at the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.
The Compact SUV, codenamed ‘HBC’ which is also based on this platform is in the initial stages of development and this is directly targeted at the recently launched Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.
Renault will make sure that the costs of manufacturing are low, which will in turn lower the selling prices of the car, ensuring that sales are high. Many manufacturers have tried to target Maruti Suzuki, but have not succeeded to bring Maruti Suzuki down, but Renault has proved to be a real threat, as Renault Managed to take away an 8% market share from Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai in the entry level small car segment, thanks to the Kwid which is a huge chunk. Now, Renault is trying to repeat the magic with the three upcoming launches.
The Competition definitely is Hot in here.
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Source: ET Auto