Renault India Pvt Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Renault S.A., France and currently offers five models in the Indian market: the premium sedan Scala, the SUV Duster, the compact MPV Lodgy, the premium compact car, Pulse and the latest budget car, Kwid. Renault India also exports the Duster to a growing number of right-hand drive markets.
Renault cars are manufactured at the manufacturing facility located in Oragadam, Chennai, with a capacity of 480,000 units pa with 3 shifts per day.
In February 2008, Renault-Nissan Alliance signed Memorandum of Understanding with Government of Tamil Nadu to set up a manufacturing plant in Oragadam near Chennai.Work on the plant began in June later that year and was completed in a record 21 months. Renault Design India, the first vehicle design studio set up by a foreign manufacturer in India, was established in Mumbai in September 2008. The design house is integral to Renault’s success in India as one of its functions is to monitor customer trends and customize global products for India. At the end of 2015, Renault has approximately 200 dealerships across India, from only 14 in 2012.
Renault received more awards in one year than any of its market competitors. Since 2012, the Renault Duster received 29 awards in India and the Renault company 34 awards.
Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY): Duster, Car of the Year
Autocar and Bloomberg TV: Duster, Car of the Year, Viewers’ Choice, and SUV of the Year.
NDTV: Duster, Car of the Year and Compact SUV of the Year; Scala, Creative TV Commercial of the Year; Pulse, Premium Hatch of the Year; and Renault India, Car Manufacturer of the Year
Top Gear: Duster, Compact SUV of the Year and Readers’ Choice for the BBC and Times of India
Car India: Duster, SUV of the Year
Overdrive and CNBC-TV 18: Duster, Compact SUV of the Year
Vicky.in, Motor Vikatan (Chennai) and Team BHP: Duster, Car of the Year
Zigwheels and Economic Times: Duster, Car of the Year, Readers’ Choice and entry-level SUV of the Year
AutoJunction.in: Duster, Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year; Renault Pulse, SuperMini of the Year; Renault Scala, Mid-size Sedan of the Year.
In September 2008, Renault India opened its fifth global vehicle design studio in Mumbai.
In March 2010, Renault India and Nissan India opened a production facility in Chennai. Established with an initial investment of Rs 45 billion (US$990 million), the plant has a combined annual capactity to produce 400,000 vehicles.
As of September 2015, Renault India has 175dealerships in 16 cities across 9 states and 2 Union Territories, targeting 210 outlets at the end of 2015. It fastely expanded to 190 dealerships in December 2015, thanks to the Renault Kwid success. Renault has also developed an innovative approach with some virtual showrooms and some specific phone App.