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Renault Kwid EV Plugs Into The Digital Realm 1
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, renault, Renault Kwid, Renderings on 12 1st, 2017


Renault’s head honcho Carlos Ghosn has already confirmed that the French automaker will introduce a zero-emission version of the Kwid, and here’s a take on how it might look like.

Penned by Kleber Silva, it sets itself apart from the regular models by getting redesigned headlights, fog lamps and a new front bumper, in addition to the plug port that’s positioned of the brand’s diamond logo.

Of course, the artist should have also removed the fuel filler car, as the electric Kwid won’t have an internal combustion engine. There are, however, new taillights with a clear pattern, new alloys and a special badge to the tailgate to emphasize its zero-emission status.

Τhe Kwid EV will be sold exclusively in China, where prototypes are already being tested, but if everything goes as planned, then it will be launched, at a latter date, into emerging markets such as neighboring India and Brazil.

Apart from the Kwid, Renault is also developing, together with Nissan and Mitsubishi, several zero-emission cars for Western markets as well, which will share the same platform, electric motors, and batteries between them, though each is supposed to have its own identity.

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Carlos Ghosn Confirms Kwid EV For China And Emerging Markets 25
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in china, Electric Vehicles, JAC, renault, Renault Kwid, Reports on 11 25th, 2017


Renault has been mulling with the idea of launching a cheap electric car in China for a few years, and it’s finally happening.

Speaking to Autonews, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance CEO, Carlos Ghosn, confirmed an electric version of the Kwid, admitting that prototypes have already been built.

“In China, we can’t sell the Leaf. Too expensive and too sophisticated. We can’t sell the Renault Fluence. Too expensive. What sells in China? Low-cost electric cars”, said Ghosn. “So we are putting engineers from the alliance to develop a low-cost Kwid EV for China. I just test drove the car in China. It will be a very well engineered car at a very low cost.”

Renault’s head honcho didn’t give any insights into the launch date, power, range or pricing of the Kwid EV, but admitted that it will eventually make its way into emerging markets. “Once it works in China, there’s no reason you’re not going to export the car to India, to Brazil, to the Middle East.”

Carlos Ghosn is looking at the Alliance as a whole when it comes to developing future products, especially electric vehicles, which will eventually help them achieve their objectives: mass marketing and profitability.

“In the beginning, it was Renault going by itself, because they were prototypes, and we didn’t know exactly where we were going. The Nissan Leaf had its own technology. The Renault Zoe has its own technology. Mitsubishi started with its own technology. But now we’re saying: one platform, one set of batteries, one set of motors”, Ghosn added.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi isn’t the only automotive giant that sees China as a market with a huge potential when it comes to affordable EVs, as Volkswagen has a similar approach. However, the Germans won’t use their own brands to breach into this segment, as they have reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding with Jianghuai Automobile Co. (JAC) to develop a cheap EV.

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Renault Kwid Gets Turned Into Art Car, Goes On Display In France 12
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in renault, Renault Kwid, Reports on 12 12th, 2016


BMW is not the only automaker that turns to artists to overhaul some of their cars, as Renault has followed the same trend with the Kwid.
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Dacia Chief On Bringing The Renault Kwid To Europe: “Never Say Never” 29
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in DACIA, renault, Renault Kwid, Reports on 11 29th, 2016


Ever since it was introduced last year in India, and more recently in other emerging markets across Latin America, the Renault Kwid has been subjected to several reports.
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Renault Kwid Outsider Concept Grows Some Cladding For Sao Paulo Show 9
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Brazil, concepts, renault, Renault Concepts, Renault Kwid, Sao Paulo Show on 11 9th, 2016


Renault's extensive vehicle lineup at this year's edition of the Sao Paulo Motor Show included not just the Duster Extreme and Sandero RS Grand Prix concepts, but the Kwid Outsider as well.
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Renault Kwid Still Fails Miserably At Global NCAP Tests Despite Improvements 19
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Global NCAP, honda, Honda Videos, renault, Renault Kwid, Renault Videos, safety, video on 09 19th, 2016


Renault's small pseudo-SUV, the Kwid, continues to disappoint in Global NCAP's crash tests.
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Entry-Level Renault Kwid Is A Tourist In Paris 6
Jun
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in renault, Renault Kwid, Renault Scoops, Scoops on 06 6th, 2016


Launching the Kwid in Europe is still uncertain, but even so another example has been scooped out in the open.
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Renault Responds To Kwid’s 0 Star Rating With ABS, 4 Airbags In Brazil 20
May
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Brazil, renault, Renault Kwid, Reports, South America on 05 20th, 2016


Following the disastrous zero-star safety rating achieved from Global NCAP, Renault is trying to address the issue with the Kwid by adding extra safety features for the Brazilian market.
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India-Made Cars Collapse In Global NCAP’s Tests [w/Video] 17
May
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Global NCAP, Hyundai, Hyundai Eon, India, Mahindra, renault, Renault Kwid, Suzuki, Suzuki Celerio, video on 05 17th, 2016


By no means are all cars made equal, but when it comes to safety, some very serious concerns are raised by a series of crash tests.
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Renault Reveals Kwid Racer And Kwid Climber Studies At Delhi Auto Show 3
Feb
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, India, renault, Renault Concepts, Renault Kwid on 02 3rd, 2016


Two different versions of the Renault Kwid were unveiled at the 2016 Delhi Auto Show.
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Is The Renault Kwid Coming To Europe As A Dacia? 31
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in renault, Renault Kwid, Renault Scoops, Reports, Scoops on 01 31st, 2016


Renault's budget crossover was recently spotted testing in Europe.
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Renault Gets 25,000 Bookings For $4k Kwid In Just Two Weeks 7
Oct
Posted by Dan Mihalascu in India, renault, Renault Kwid, Reports on 10 7th, 2015


The Renault Kwid city car is proving to be quite a hit with Indian buyers, as the automaker has received 25,000 bookings only two weeks since launch.
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Renault Kwid Goes On Sale In India Priced From Just $3,900 25
Sep
Posted by Dan Mihalascu in India, new cars, prices, renault, Renault Kwid, Reports on 09 25th, 2015


Ever since Renault unveiled the Kwid we knew it was going to be one of the cheapest new cars available worldwide, with an estimated starting price of $4,700 at the time of the reveal.
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