To offer an exclusive 6 months training to 6 selected post graduates
New Delhi, March 2, 2017: Renault is all geared up to nurture fresh talent in car design with the start of it’s first-ever Renault Design Academy in Chennai. The Design Academy will commence on April 3rd, 2017 and will operate out of the Renault Design Studio in Chennai, India, a brand new facility fully equipped for developing new vehicles.
The Design Academy project in India is organized by Renault Design and developed under the lead of Patrick Lecharpy, VP, Advanced Design and Head of Renault Design India Studios, Luciano Bove, Design Academy Head of Program and Advanced Design Manager, Alain Lonay, New Design Director Mumbai & Chennai studios and Philippe Ponceau, General Manager, Chennai Studio. As part of the programme, an exclusive six months training in car design will be offered to select six design graduates, post which they will get a Professional Internship certificate and the best two candidates will receive a permanent designer job offer from Renault.
According to Patrick Lecharpy VP Advanced Design, Head of Renault Design India studios. “India remains one of the important markets for Groupe Renault. The start of the New Design Academy is a testimony of our strong customer centric approach and long-term vision to strategically developing the skill-set of its workforce. With the Design Academy, we decided to make an extra step to train young talents, select the best and put them together in one of our foreign Design Studio. We will give a project to develop for which they will get the chance they were waiting for to unleash their creative abilities & skills.”
A total of 400 entries were received from various parts of the world including Italy, USA, Russia, India, Brazil, Argentina, Poland, France, Germany, UK, Iran, Korea, Japan and China. The judging panel comprising of Patrick Lecharpy, Luciano Bove, Alain Lonay and Philippe Ponceau selected the six candidates on the basis of their creativity and skills level.
Rohit Dhiman, India (IAAD Design University in Torino Italy)
Smitesh Chavanke, India (ISD RUBIKA Design school Pune)
Nikhil Sorte, India (ISD RUBIKA Design school Pune)
Yimeng Li, China (CCS Detroit Design school USA)
Alireza Salehi, Iran (IAAD Design University in Torino Italy)
Gautam Muthuswamy, India (ISD RUBIKA Design school Pune)
During the six months internship program, these selected 6 candidates will be working on a project given to them, under the watchful eye of a team of 12 Renault designers (from France and India) including the Program Director, Patrick Lecharpy and Design Manager, Luciano Bove. The candidates will have several projects progress meetings and a final presentation to top management. The various training modules that will be provided to the candidates include Exterior & Interior design, C&T & Trends, Digital Modelling, Manual Modelling, French automobile Design, Design Management etc.
Renault Design has a long history of ties with Design Schools worldwide. It has been offering internships to talented students in its design studios across the global design organizationFrance, Korea, Romania, Brazil and India.
Renault India Pvt. Ltd. is a fully owned subsidiary of Renault S.A.S. France. Renault India cars are manufactured in the manufacturing facility located in Oragadam, Chennai, with a capacity of 480,000 units per annum. Currently, Renault India also has a widespread presence of more than 270 sales and 230 service facilities across the country with benchmark sales and service quality.
Renault India’s product line up and services have seen strong recognition among customers and industry experts alike, winning more than 60 titles, including 31 accolades for DUSTER as well as awards for PULSE and SCALA, making Renault India one of the most awarded automotive brands in a single year in India. The Renault KWID has already bagged 32 awards, which include 10 ‘Car of the Year’ Awards.
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The Renault Kwid has made one of the biggest splashes in the Indian automotive scenario in recent times. This entry-level hatchback has captured many a customer’s fancy and wallet with its SUV-inspired styling and accessible pricing, thus becoming a regular on the India’s top ten bestselling vehicles list. In the process, it has attained a large chunk of market share among the entry-level hatchbacks. The sales numbers speak for themselves, with the Kwid selling an average of 8,812 units per month over the 2016 calendar year.
The Kwid has also eaten into the volumes of market leader Maruti Alto which has seen a sales decline from 20,658 units in September 2015 to 17,351 units in December 2016. This seems to be enough impetus for Maruti Suzuki to sit up and take notice; it has begun work on an all-new hatchback which is likely to hit showrooms sometime sometime next year. This new hatchback will be an all-new model and will not be a direct replacement for the Alto, as reported elsewhere.
This new cross-hatch will be aimed directly at the Renault Kwid. However, details at the moment are scarce, but it would be safe to predict a higher ground clearance along with an upright SUV-like styling. There is also no news of what’s going to be under the hood of this new model. We expect the familiar range of Maruti engines that include the 800cc and 1.0-litre petrol on duty.
Expect Maruti to unveil this new model at the Auto Expo 2018 sometime early next year.
This article is originally published by AutocarIndia. Image source: AutocarIndia.
Maruti Suzuki India’s overall sales in the month of December 2016 stood at 1,06,388 units which is 4% less than the previous December sales. Almost all the portfolio of Maruti except for the latest launches saw a degrowth in sales. Maruti’s entry level car Alto though is the leader of its segment is facing a tough competition from Renault’s Kwid. Alto sales this December stood at 17,351 units as against the December 2015 sales of 22,589 units. Alto’s sales since the last few months are steadily declining and its monopoly is being challenged. Sales of Dzire in December 2016 stood at 14,643 units compared to last December which stood at 16,790 units. Though Dzire is not having tough competition from other cars of its segment, its sales are taking hit due to production crunch at Maruti’s factories. Sales of Swift (14,538 units) remained same compared to the last December sales which stood at 14,548 units. With sales of 14,178 units in December 2016, WagonR saw a marginal decline of 3% compared to December 2015 sales. Even Baleno saw a sales decline of 10% and again this can be attributed to the production crunch problems of Maruti. Otherwise Baleno’s sales can easily cross the ten thousand mark. Baleno sales in December 2016 stood at 9,846 units against 10,572 units in December 2015. Vitara Brezza sales in December 2016 stood at 8,971 units which is 7.7% less than the November 2016 sales. Both Celerio and Ertiga saw a decline of 10% in Year over Year sales. The aging Omni with sales of 4,838 units is still raking in numbers for Maruti. Eeco’s sale in December 2016 stood at 4,386 units which is 12% less than the last December. Ciaz saw a raise in numbers and S-Cross saw a decline of 21%.
Maruti’s sales in India are at its peak with a market share of 46.7%, but a look at its sales chart tells an all together different story. It is the new models like a Vitara Brezza and Baleno that are helping Maruti to maintain its market share and its old portfolio started showing signs of aging. Introduction of Ignis, launch of new generation Alto, launch of new generation Swift & Dzire, strengthening of Nexa network and commencement of the new production facility at Gujarat are the few steps that Maruti is working on to maintain its market share in the year 2017.
Hyundai India sales in the month of December 2016 stood at 40,057 units against 41,861 units in December 2015 that is a 4% decline.With a market share of 17.6% Hyundai stands next to Maruti. Though the gap between 1st and 2nd positions in terms of market share is very high, Hyundai enjoys a premium image compared to Maruti. This is helping Hyundai to sell its products at a premium price with fattier margins than Maruti. For example, Creta is costlier than it should be, but despite high price Hyundai is able sell a good number of Cretas every month which the Maruti cannot do with its products. Sales of Creta in the month of December 2016 stood at 6,563 units which is a good 39% increase over December 2015 sales. Sales of i10 Grand stood at 10,519 units in December 2016 against 12,749 units in December 2015. Hyundai is prepping up to launch new i10 Grand to help maintain the sales momentum. Hyundai is also planning to phase out i10 and re-introduce new Santro in its position to counter Maruti WagonR. Newly introduced Tucson’s sales stood 424 units in December 2016. With a sales of 6,790 units December 2016, Hyundai Eon showed an increase of 3% compared to December 2015 sales(6,563 units). Hyundai Elentra sales stood at 212 units(168% YoY !).
Mahindra’s overall sales in December 2016 declined by 8% YoY, the company’s sales stood at 15,716 units against 17,149 units in last December. The aging Bolero with sales of 5,928 units is the top contributor to Mahindra. Scorpio’s sales stood at 3,556 units. The next three in order of their contribution are KUV-100, TUV-300 & XUV-500. KUV-100 sales may take hit with introduction of Maruti Suzuki Ignis . TUV-300 is already facing heat from Ecosport & Vitara Brezza. XUV-500 had to face heat from the upcoming Tata Hexa. So these Mahindra’s main contributors are bound to take a massive hit due various reasons. Have to see how Mahindra will handle its situation. There isn’t much to talk about the rest of the portfolio. Rexton proved to be a failure, but Mahindra is planning to introduce another product from the SsangYong’s portfolio to challenge Toyota Fortuner. This time under Mahindra’s brand name. It is also prepping up to launch a product to challenge Innova Crysta and the details are still scarce except for few camouflaged appearances.
Toyota India sales in the month of December 2016 stood at 12,747 units against 10,446 units in December 2015. Innova Crysta , Etios Series & Fortuner together make up 98.6% of the company’s total sales in India! Innova Crsyta itself contributed a whopping 51.4% to the total sales. And the Fortuner’s sales in the month of December 2016 stood at 1,780 units which is an increase of 174% of December 2015 sales(649 units).
Renault India sold 11,244 units in the month of December 2016 against 10,292 units in December 2015. Kwid, Duster & Lodgy are the top three contributors whose combined contribution stood at 98% of the total sales. Renault’s sales are bound to grow further as the company is prepping up to launch new products based on Kwid’s platform.
Tata Motors India sales in the month of December 2016 stood at 10,846 units against 8,068 units in the December 2015. Sales of Tiago stood at 4,013 units and its contribution to total sales is 37% of total sales. Looks like Tiago’s success is having a positive rub-off effect on the other products of Tata. Sales of Zest increased by 26% from 1,084 units in December 2015 to 2,279 units in December 2016. Nano is not flying off the shelves as the company expected it to happen. Guenter Butschek as the CEO of Tata Motors is bringing in an upturn in the company’s sales chart. Upcoming models sub 4 meter sedan Kite5(name not yet fixed), SUV Hexa & compact SUV Nexon are expected to further boost the company’s sales.
Sales of Honda cars declined by 19% from 12,379 units December 2016 to 10,071 units in December 2015. Introduction of BR-V(1,601 units sold) didn’t help much, it cannibalized the sales of Mobilio. Honda’s main bread winner, City is having a tough time due to Maruti Ciaz. Upcoming City’s facelift might help the matters. There is nothing to write home about Amaze or even the rest of the pack .
Looks like Ameo can be another consistent seller for Volkswagen in India apart from Polo. Volkswagen India sold 4,348 units in India in December 2016 against 2,577 units in December 2015. Though the Volkswagen India’s domestic sales are very minuscule, the company is managing to run its factory at optimal utility by making vehicles for exports.
Nissan India & Datsun India’s combined sales stood at 3,715 units against 3,066 units in the same period last year. Nissan India is not exploiting its portfolio to its full potential. Sunny & Micra with few feature additions at par with their competitors and proper promotion can bring in good numbers to Nissan. Redi-GO isn’t doing as good as Kwid is doing to Renault. Redi-GO sales in the month of December 2016 stood at 1,548 units. Though the Renault Nissan Alliance can make great strides in India, Nissan as a separate entity had to prove yet.
Except for the Enjoy’s upturn in sales, there is nothing to write home about Chevrolet India. Chevrolet India’s sales grew by 20% from 2,515 units in December 2015 to 3,020 units in December 2016.
Skoda India’s and Fiat India’s sales declined by 28% and 51% respectively. Even the luxury players Mercedes-Benz, Audi & BMW are selling well than Skoda & Fiat.
In an interview with TOI, Kenichi Ayukawa, MD & CEO of Maruti Suzuki, admitted that the company needs to upgrade Alto. He also said that the company is planning to introduce a new-generation of Alto. He didn’t mention about the time-frame or what we can expect in the new gen Alto.
Though Alto is the top selling car in its segment(overall top seller too), numbers are constantly declining these days. If the trend continues further it may lose its top position. Maruti nowadays started concentrating on premium segment, but by paying no heed to Alto’s decline, cannot afford to lose its throne to Renault’s Kwid. Kwid aside, Datsun introduced redi-GO and competition in the segment is becoming intense day by day. Entry level segment is a tough nut to crack but then came the Renault Kwid with a superb design which is changing the segment dynamics like never before in India.
“Originally entry cars had big volumes, but now people expect a little more premium cars. We have to prepare and respond to all these expectations,” Ayukawa told TOI . “The Indian customer is upgrading and expecting more premium vehicles.”
Though he didn’t mention about what we can expect in the new gen Alto, we can safely expect the new version to be more premium than the present model.Expect the engines and other mechanicals to remain same, the changes to expect are interiors, exteriors & features. We can expect a much stronger structure to meet the proposed Bharat New Car Assessment Program standards.
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