The French carmaker, Renault India has increased prices of its Duster sports utility vehicle by up to Rs 40,000, effective from 1st October, 2012. The company had launched the Duster in July at an introductory price of Rs 7.19 lakh for the entry-level petrol variant and Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the diesel variant.
The company that has received over 20,000 bookings for its compact SUV has increased the price of its 1.6-litre petrol variant by Rs 30,000 while the 1.5-litre diesel models have seen a rise of Rs 40,000. Renault India claims that all bookings made before the said date will continue to be honoured at the original price.
Meanwhile, Renault India has increased the number of shifts for the Duster assembly line from two to three to meet the increased demand and reduce the waiting period. The vehicle is assembled at Renault-Nissan Alliance’s plant at Oragadam in Chennai.
Renault is not the first carmaker to have increased car prices in recent days. Maruti Suzuki, Honda, General Motors and most recently Audi have announced price hikes of their cars ranging from 1% to 2% affective from 1st October.
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