The Renault Kwid recently completed 1 year in India and has sold over 1,10,000 units till date.
To celebrate the first anniversary of the Kwid, Renault embarked on a historic drive from Delhi to Paris. During this one of its kind drive, Renault Kwid traveled through 13 countries covering 18,996 kms and passing through extreme climatic conditions. The drive started from India Gate at a temperature of 25 degrees and was driven in areas of stark contrast, going up to -25 degrees, through Myanmar, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Belgium, until it finally entered France.
Through the 45 day drive, the car negotiated a mix of different challenges in the form of snow-clad roads, sub-zero temperatures, monsoons with heavy rains and floods and places without traversable roads. No matter what the terrain, Kwid powered its way through, managing a top speed of 174kph at the autobahns in Germany. The engine powering the Renault Kwid was the recently introduced 1.0-litre motor that develops 67 HP of max power which is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Speaking on this iconic drive, Mr. Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO & Managing Director, Renault India Operations, said, “Today, Renault Kwid is one of the biggest ‘Make in India’ success stories out of India in the small car segment, making Renault one of the fastest growing automotive brands in India. Renault has already started the exports of Renault Kwid to SAARC and African countries, taking the excellence of Indian manufacturing and engineering to the world. The Delhi – Paris drive was conceptualized to celebrate the success of this car and to highlight its superiority and reliability, testing it in the most challenging driving conditions. Such drives are usually done with much bigger and more powerful cars, but the Kwid has once again proven that it truly a game changer and a car of global repute.”