Renault India Pvt. Ltd. has exported the first batch of its popular SUV- the Duster to United Kingdom and Ireland. Renault India Pvt. Ltd, the fully owned subsidiary of Renault S.A.S, was introduced in India in 2010 and launched its first product, the Fluence in June 2011. Since then, five more products have been added in its portfolio.
The export of 350 Dusters, from the Ennore port in Chennai, depicts its first invasion in the right hand drive markets throughout the world. At present, the manufacturing facility of Renault at Oragadam, near Chennai, is the only facility to produce the right hand drive Duster globally. This makes India a designated hub for right-hand drive market.
While addressing this occasion, Marc NASSIF - MD, Renault India Pvt. Ltd. said, "We created a whole new segment in the Indian automotive market with the Duster launch in July this year and demonstrated Renault's commitment to the Indian market with the introduction of a reliable, efficient and innovative vehicle. India is an important market for Renault globally, with the country set to become one of the top ten markets for the company worldwide by 2013 and to sustain this ambition an unprecedented five models have been launched in the Indian market along with setting up of 75 dealerships in less than 18 month which is the fastest ramp up in the Indian market. We will continue to focus on meeting domestic demand in India, while also exploring new opportunities in exports and in making India the global hub for right-hand drive vehicles."
The Duster, launched in July 2012 in the domestic market, has been sold successfully crossing the milestone of 19,000 units in the span from July 2012 to November 2012. The Dusters which were exported will be available in both 4 x 2 and 4 x 4 variants. There have been some modifications done as per the individual market regulations.