Renault expects to now do exceptionally well in the global passenger-car segment after having launched the all-new Talisman midsize car and the Kadjar compact SUV. Its new-generation Megane is also slated to arrive this September at the Frankfurt auto show. The company has been struggling in this segment but it has regained some confidence after embarking on this new product offensive.
Last Monday, Ghosn had introduced the Talisman – the replacement for the Laguna and Latitude models. He said that Renault is one of the few car companies that didn’t reduce investments or put off the launch of products while the crisis was going on. He added that the automaker won’t make compromises and as it is a “generalist,” it will soon present new SUVs, sedans, and crossovers.
In the first six months of the year, Renault sold nearly 1.38 million units worldwide, a 0.7% increase. Despite the 10% increase in sales of its budget brand Dacia to 289,610 units and the 7.8% increase in its light commercial vehicles division worldwide with sales of 163,661 units, the company’s passenger-car volume still declined by 3% to 885,324 units.
Ghosn said that half of the product offensive had already been completed. The campaign began with the launch of the fast-selling Captur subcompact crossover in 2014. By 2016, there will be a total of 10 new models. Models that have yet to be released are the new-generation Espace large minivan, the Kadjar compact crossover, the Kwid minicar for the Indian market, and the Duster Oroch pickup meant for Latin America.
The automaker also announced that the Frankfurt show is the venue of the launch of the new-generation Megane compact, which will go against the Volkswagen Golf. It arrives early next year. The five-door hatchback version of the Megane will come first.
There won’t be replacements for the poor-selling three-door coupe and convertible versions of the Megane, which will make the shift to the CMF C/D platform that is also used by alliance partner Nissan.
In addition, Renault’s Kadjar and Talisman use the CMF C/D platform. Meanwhile, it is also used on Nissan’s Qashqai and X-Trail SUVs. For 2016, the company will be launching the new-generation Scenic compact minivan and a vehicle that replaces the slow-selling South Korea-made Koleos SUV.