Renault may raise output of Captur to 120,000 units in 2014

Article by Anita Panait, on December 4, 2013

Renault may increase the output of its Captur subcompact crossover by a third next year to cope with the rising demand for small sports utility vehicles in Europe. Rochelle Chimenes, a spokeswoman for Renault, told Automotive News Europe that they expect to build 120,000 Capturs by the end of 2013, and possibly 160,000 units next year if needed.

IHS Automotive expects annual sales of subcompact SUV/crossovers to reach 582,790 units in Europe by 2016 from 307,300 this year. According to data from market researchers JATO Dynamics, segment sales surged 38 percent to 213,804 vehicles in the first half.

Captur was launched in April and it joined other newcomers in this segment in Europe like the Peugeot 2008, Chevrolet Trax and Opel/Vauxhall Mokka.

Renault Captur took advantage of increasing consumer appetite for small SUVs and crossovers, selling 60,887 units in the first 10 months of 2013, JATO figures show. It was the third best-selling model in a European small SUV segment dominated by the Nissan Juke (91,713) and the Dacia Duster (73,491). Trailing behind the Captur is the Mokka, with sales of 58,813 units.

To keep up with the demand, GM will shift some Mokka output from its Bupyeong site in South Korea, to Opel's Zaragoza site in Spain, in the second half of 2014. At fifth place is the Peugeot 2008, with deliveries of 39,663 units during the period. Renault builds the Captur at its Valladolid site in Spain. The subcompact crossover replaced the slow-selling Modus subcompact minivan.

Captur is Renault’s newest urban crossover that blends the designs and functions of a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), a sports utility vehicle (SUV) and a hatchback. This can be seen through its characteristic proportions, large wheels, wide tracks and raked, forward-set windscreen as well as its generous ground clearance.

Moreover, the new Renault Captur could be personalized extensively. Renault is offering an array of options for its two-tone bodywork, interior trims and wheel colors, as well as upholstery fabrics and graphic motifs, allowing the new crossover to appeal to more people.

In designing the new Captur, Renault has given its designers ample creative freedom, and this can be seen on the features and generous interior space of the new crossover from France. While the Captur is essentially compact, it is nonetheless spacious, with the sliding rear bench seat allows it to accommodate passengers and their luggage alike. In fact, the new Captur, could carry up to 455 cubic decimeters up to the baggage cover. The passenger compartment of the Captur is provided with a large easy-to-reach drawer-type glove box that could hold up to 11 liters and the available removable seat covers that can be unzipped and refitted.

The new Renault Captur is also provided with in-dash Renault R-Link multimedia tablet that comes with a number of dedicated motoring applications. Customers would love that fact that Captur boasts of a raised driving position, excelling road-holing capability, superior braking performance and an array of passive safety features. Moreover, the new Captur also offers a comfortable ride, thanks to the B platform.

Customers could choose from a lineup of dynamic yet fuel efficient turbo engines. Two petrol engines are available: the three-cylinder 898cc Energy TCe 90 and the four-cylinder 1,198cc TCe 120 EDC powerplants.

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