The Renault Kwid is a product designed and intended for emerging countries. Its main markets are India, and Latin america, however, Renault had thought that it might launch in other western markets under the seal of Dacia. The problem is that GlobalNCAP conducted relevant tests of shock to this small utility and uncovered their lack of security and protection to its occupants.
After this situation the model has had to improve its endowment of standard equipment including airbags and ABS. In addition, they have had to include the new reinforcements in your chassis and body to improve the results in crash tests. Once you have made these modifications your security has increased somewhat, but the Kwid can’t deny his humble roots.
This lack of security has not prevented has become a real full suspension bikes in India. So far this year have already been sold more than 100,000 units and that’s that still has not been put on sale in markets South America. Your arrival to these markets is planned for early next year and to meet the demand already being built in the plant that has the signature in Brazil.
however, where it seems that will not come is to Europe. According to François Mariotte, director of sales and marketing in Dacia, the Kwid will not be sold in the european markets, nor under the seal of the Renault, or under the Dacia. The reasons given by management are based on the high modifications that would have to be carried to the platform of the car to pass the tests of shock.
This would raise the cost of the vehicle, and therefore your final sale price to the public. Therefore, according to Mariotte, the Kwid will not see european lands beyond those that have been photographed in France but in the future yes it might leave to see a variant very redesigned of this same under the logo Dacia. We will have to wait which are the movements of the French firm.
Source – Renault