TC Euro Cars director and CEO Kuan Kim Luen revealed to members of the press today that another Renault model is set to be locally assembled (CKD), and that it could surface as early as next year.
While no mention was made of the model in question, nor its segment, it’s expected to be a volume model, in line with Renault Malaysia’s foray into mainstream vehicle segments, led by the introduction of the Fluence this morning.
If we consider the burgeoning B-segment, the likely candidates are the standard fourth-gen Clio (Clio RS was launched in March) and the Captur crossover. Is there room in our market for a small French hatch, or are the Peugeot 2008, plus upcoming Ford EcoSport and Honda HR-V/Vezel SUVs, set to be Captur-ed?
On a separate note, Renault group Asia-Pacific chairman Gilles Normand said that Malaysia becoming a base for exports of Renault vehicles to the ASEAN region was a “possibility.”
For the Fluence, Renault Malaysia is targeting initial sales of 100 units a month, moving forward to 1,000 per annum. The company aims to expand its network to 25 dealers and 17 service centres nationwide by 2016.