Renault-Nissan to bring in Nano segment car in India

It has been floating for quite sometime in the auto world that Renault- Nissan alliance is planning something big for its Indian market. The rumours were indeed true. The CEO of the Renault Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, has announced that they are indeed preparing to launch A Nano segment car in the country in the year 2015. The team will be using their much hyped CMF-A platform for this.

Renault is a French car maker while Nissan is a Japanese automobile manufacturer. Both the companies formed an alliance in the year 1999 with the perception of a “strategic partnership”. On a global scale, this alliance sells one out of every 10 cars. They together have command over 7 leading brands which are Nissan, Renault, Dacia, Datsun, Renault Samsung Motors, Infiniti and Lada. In the last year, they together manufactured 8.1 million vehicles, making them the 3rd largest manufacturer in the world with respect to volume. As a result of “cross share holding’ Renault has a 44.4% stake ownership in Nissan while Nissan holds a 15% ownership in Renault. Owing to the strategic partnership, both the companies have a say in each other’s financial matters but still retain their brand individuality.

Renault-Nissan to get Nano Segment Car

The much talked about CMF platform stands for ‘Common Module Family’. It consists of 5 segments that can be a part of different applications. The CMF platform has 4 chassis components and a common electrical unit. The 4 component are for the rear underbody, front underbody, the cockpit and engine bay. The very first vehicle to receive this architecture will be the Nissan Rogue which will be launched in 2014. By the year 2020, this platform will be a part of 3 Nissan and 11 Renault vehicles. With the use of this CMF platform, the manufacturing cost will be reduced by 30% and the entry cost of the vehicle will go down by 40% for this alliance. The platform mentioned above, CMF-A stands for Common Module Family-Affordable, designed especially for the Indian market. After its debut in India in 2015, it will head for a global launch.

The CMF-A designed by Renault Nissan Alliance, will be a multi brand platform. This means that it can be used by Renault, Nissan as well as Datsun. The first car is set to enter the market in the year 2015 at a very competitive price. Carlos Ghosn has termed this technology as ” state of the art and most innovative.”

With this platform, this alliance is planning to capture a total of 5% share in the Indian market by the end of this year and wish to take it to 15% in the coming few years. Not worrying about the deadlines for this target, Carlos Ghosn has asked his team to first complete the product correctly.

This alliance holds a manufacturing unit in Chennai which has an annual output of 4 lac units on 4 different platforms. They also plan to establish a research and development centre in the country. Carlos Ghosn has great hopes from India. Elaborating on this he said that “Considering the investment that is being made by the government on infrastructure, and the booming private sector, there is no way anyone in the car industry can be pessimistic about this market.” So far, this alliance has invested a sum of $2.5 billion in the Indian market.

By the year 2016, Nissan will have 10 new models in the country, 3 of which will be Datsun. Nissan has an alliance with Ashok Leyland as well, who will be launching the MPV Stile today.

Renault-Nissan reveals Common Module Family system

The Renault-Nissan coalition will make use of an innovative Common Module Family structure in order to strengthen fourteen models, with more far-flung use aimed by the year 2020.

The innovative engineering structural design will be utilized on 11 Renault cars comprising substitutions for the Laguna, Espace as well as Scenic.

Nissan will make use of the design on forthcoming substitute editions of the X-Trail and Qashqai in addition to the Rogue in the United States.

Rather than being a shared widespread stage like Volkswagen’s MQB, the Common Module Family structure is in its place based around companionable modules, such as the engine cove, cabin, and frontage and back underbody segments, merging to make complete vehicles.

Renault-Nissan reveals Common Module Family system
As a result, vehicles constructed making use of the CMF system can use diverse podiums, permitting for further difference between models and manifold versions. The first vehicles to make use of CMF will reach fabrication by 2013 end.

It’s stated that the sharing of components and modules will lead to long-standing cost savings – around 30% on parts only – for the makers involved.

The coalition said that making use of the CMF could furthermore mean entry costs for its vehicles get decreased by around 40%.

The CMF method is likely to be utilized in the building of about 1.6 million cars per year firstly, in the compact as well as big vehicle sections, with it being flourished to comprise other models in the makers’ ranges in the years to 2020.

Because vehicles making use of the CMF will be sold throughout the world, the coalition said that the new module scheme will provide it superior economies of scale as compared to the existing B stage that underpins cars such as Clio and Micra.

Jean-Michel Billig, manufacturing, superiority and information technology Director, Renault, stated, “With Common Module Family structure, the investments in vehicle architecture and non-visible parts get mutualised, leading to noteworthy cost diminutions that permit us to introduce our improvement plan in terms of surroundings, security and innovative technologies for all our clients.”

Renault-Nissan analyzing to source Bajaj RE60

Renault-Nissan announced their plans to develop an ultra low cost car in partnership with Bajaj Auto. The duo made this announcement at the Geneva Motor Show, and further added that there is a lot of analyzing yet to be done of the Indian automaker.

The Indian automaker was appointed in 2009 to design and develop an ultra low cost car, that the duo would sell under their badging. In response, Bajaj introduced the RE60 at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi; an ultra light-weight, low cost, small capacity four-wheeler that would go out to replace the three-wheeler ricks in India. Powered by a small capacity 200 cc engine, the RE60 was introduced for the commercial sector only.

Renault-Nissan is currently analyzing the Bajaj RE60 and says its very cautious as it’s a new market for the alliance. Bajaj had first unveiled the ultra low cost car in January 2008 with an expected price tag of $3000. However, the differences crept in with Bajaj wanting to reduce the overall cost of ownership.

Renault-Nissan analyzing to source Bajaj RE60

The agreement was made between Bajaj and Renault-Nissan to go ahead with the development of the ultra low cost project in 2010. However, the duo is still analyzing the RE60 and has not given any word if they will go ahead with it for the Indian and international markets. Renault-Nissan said that the Indian market is new for them, and the previous joint venture of Renault and Mahindra did not flourish, so they are taking baby steps now.

Renault-Nissan analyzing to source Bajaj RE60

Bajaj Auto Axes ULC Small Car Project for Renault-Nissan

Bajaj Auto has reportedly axed their small car project that it was developing for Renault-Nissan, as it was not a commercially viable option. The company’s MD Rajiv Bajaj, was quoted as saying that they are not planning to enter into the low cost passenger car business.

They will instead launch a commercial vehicle with low cost by January. Bajaj Auto had signed a MOU along with Renault-Nissan, last year for developing an ULC car project in India as well as other emerging markets, which was planned to hit markets by next year.

The ULC car was supposed to compete with Tata’s Nano, touted as the cheapest car in the world. The sourcing, manufacturing and designing for this car was to be carried out by Bajaj Auto, while Renault-Nissan would be handling the marketing of the car in overseas and Indian markets, following their agreement.

A spokesperson for Nissan, Simon Sproule, said that the partners would face some milestones when it came to deciding about the project in upcoming weeks, however the company did not have any further details to offer on this situation.

Meanwhile, there were no comments from either Renault or Bajaj Auto.

Renault-Nissan, India Appoints Kou Kimura as NEW CEO & MD

Renault-Nissan Automotive India Private Ltd. recently announced that Kou Kimura was appointed as the new Managing Director and CEO for their Oragadam manufacturing facility located near Chennai. Kimura was promoted to the position of MD & CEO, from his earlier SVP – Plant Operations of Oragadam Facility position, which he had held from 2008 onwards. Kou Kimura will be replacing Akira Sakurai who had successfully steered the operations at RNAIPL during their first production phase. After spending two years as the RNAIPL MD & CEO, Sakurai has been appointed as the SVP of Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing division at the company’s Japanese Corporate Headquarters.

According to the company, Kimura has a graduate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Touhoku University of Japan. He began his career in Nissan’s Oppama Plant based in Japan in 1977. Before coming to India, Kimura held many positions at the headquarters of Nissan in Japan as well as the UK. The company also said that Marc Nassif who is Renault’s Managing Director and Country General Manager in India,will continue his role of RNAIPL Deputy CEO.