As the Renault Duster has seen increased sales since it was launched in August, Nissan plans to rebadge it.
Renault Duster is the best-selling SUV in India, with sales surpassing 6,300 units in March, outselling rivals such as Mahindra Scorpio, the leader of the segment for the past four years. In what is considered a leaked CAD drawing, one can see the redesigned taillights, headlights, grill and several sheet metal parts with a new design to make the vehicle look like a Nissan. It is expected that the badge engineered Duster will go on sale until the end of this year, as Nissan announced it will launch an unnamed mini SUV during this financial year.
This is not the first time when Renault-Nissan, Renault India or India turn to badge engineering, if we to take into consideration that the Renault Pulse is known as the Nissan Micra, the Renault Scala is known as the Nissan Sunny and the Skoda Rapid is known as the VW Vento. The automakers announced that the Nissan Duster will be the last badge engineering product to come from this partnership.
Kenichiro Yomura, president of Nissan India Operations, said that companies used badge engineering to reach cost competitiveness and that from now on India will see individual products coming from both automakers.