Commercial vehicles are now getting more lucrative day by day, as the new entrants hitting hard with their offerings from Indian point of view. Though the game is now heated up as Scania and many other launched their one of its kind product just for our fraternity.
Clearing some history before getting with Renault HCVs, it is learnt that in 2001 Volvo had taken over the French’s division of military trucks but due to some uncertainties, it dropped down the plan of launching them in 2004 for Indian shores, as was slated in its previous announcement. No to disappointment, in present scenario sources have said that Volvo is doing research for working out possibilities to roll out those heavy mean machines here soon. This was all started when the Renault’s representatives visited Bangalore by end of 2012 for chalking out blue prints, but since then no confirmations had been reported yet.
Renault will not invest any more investments in India but would use Volvo’s Bangalore facility for the same. Expectations are there for Renault Magnum and Renault Premium in heavy duty segment, while for medium range it will be 18-26 tonne Premium Distribution and Midlium. The bespoken heavy duties are able to equip with 44 tonnes weight of and that too for a long distance. Recently, LCVs of 2.5-3.5 tonnes variant had received a good response from our region, so Renault is not going to mark those segments in exception brackets. However, Mahindra Navistar and Tata Prima are the ones to be affected by big grunters, but to an involvement Navistar is still on a rough patch dwindling with those unacceptable figures flowed from the loss making venture. We expect Mahindra’s takeover may soon get healed because there lays a good long road ahead.
Getting back to the competition, Volvo is for the niche, as we all know, despite of any segment it is being launched it does appeals only to few, unlikely to masses like that of Renault. So making the point over here is, Swedish brand could have saved a lot of cost if dwelled in the avatar of French but what matters is the brand image and that Volvo will not sacrifice at any cost, overall much of Indians do not prefer heavy costing in HCV segment too.
Concluding at the point, there is an indication that we had received from some of our sources which says, niche HCV market is going to increase by incredible figures in the soon coming couple of years. Let’s see what good can it would do to our country as well as automobile fraternity!