Global passenger car sales from Renault are expected to grow and soon turn into a strong ally for the brand according to CEO Carlos Ghosn, as the new product line includes the Talisman midsize model, the Kadjar compact SUV and the new-generation Megane is set to be launched at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September.
“We are one on the few automakers that did not cut investments or delay products during the crisis, so we are not making compromises of either-or, we are a generalist automaker, so we are adding SUVs, crossovers and sedans,” Ghosn announced on Monday while unveiling the Talisman – car model built to replace the Laguna and Latitude model lines.
In the first half of 2015, Renault’s global sales went up 0.7% to almost 1.38 million cars sold. Dacia sales also rose 10% up to 289,610 units and Renault’s light commercial vehicles division saw an increase of 7.8% to 163,661 new car registrations. However, Renault’s passenger-cars declined 3% down to 885,324 units. Ghosn announced that Renault managed to complete half of its battle plan, debuting the fast-selling Captur subcompact crossover in 2014, and planning to launch 10 new models by 2016. The new line includes the new-generation Espace large minivan, the Kadjar compact crossover, the Kwid minicar for India and the Duster Oroch pick-up for Latin America.
Renault has also announced that it will unveil the Volkswagen Golf’s rival, the new-gen Megane compact at Frankfurt and put it on the sale market starting with 2016. Other launches planned by Renault for 2016 include the new-generation Scenic compact minivan and a surprise replacement for the Koleos SUV built in South Korea, which has been doing poorly at sales.
By Gabriela Florea