Friday, February 17, 2012
By Manoj Kumawat
Renault developing luxury car based on Mercedes Benz platform
French car biggie, Renault is developing a car based on Mercedes Benz luxury car platform. With this it is certain that Renault is thinking of building its presence in the luxury car segment across globe. Though the development is in the early stages but a significant progress has been achieved already and it would not be an exaggeration if Renault could bring in the car soon. Notably, Renault is also helping Daimler AG in the development of a smart small car and enroute this project, the French biggie is assessing whether a Mercedes luxury car platform can be used by it. In India Renault is soon to add a SUV Renault Duster and probably a small car Renault Modus as the fifth offering this year. It is rumored that the very car which is being developed on Mercedes platform could make an entry in India.
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Meanwhile Renault is also said to be developing a new generation of its minivan Renault Espace and has scheduled for launch soon. Besides, the car maker is also developing a luxury car. In total Renault is working on three luxury cars in the near future and hopes to build its presence in the luxury car space with a bang.
Renault Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn has reportedly told media personnel in Paris that association with Dailmer is not one way with the latter coming and developing engines and cars at Renault. So, it is the other way around for Renault as well in developing cars based on Mercedes platform. The production of new Mercedes Benz based luxury car will be done in France. It is expected that the new platform based car will be built in a way that it will keep the prices down. In India, the French car maker has made a debut with Renault Fluence after it ceased its association with the SUV maker Mahindra.