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Renault Fluence India launch on 23th May

     French automaker Renault will launch its luxury sedan Fluence in India on the 23th of May this month with sales starting from June 2011. This will be Renault’s second innings in India after the Logan launch in association with Mahindra. This time Renault has decided to go alone and would like to create a brand image for its cars.

     The Fluence is expected to be priced between Rs. 12 – 14 lakh and will compete with VW Jetta and Skoda Laura in Indian market.

     Two engine options is likely to be available. A 2 liter petrol engine, delivers 137 Bhp and the same Logan’s 1.5 liter dCi diesel produces 105 Bhp will find the place under the Fluence’s hood. The company claims 21.84 Kmpl from the diesel engine.

     Suspension will be tuned for Indian conditions. The ride and comfort is expected to be class leading. The Fluence will sport loads of equipment such as Keyless Start, Bluetooth conectivigy, Dual zone climate contral, Four airbags etc.

     The Fluence will be imported as CKD units from Renault’s Turkey plant and assemble in India at Chennai. The car will be available at 14 dealerships across 12 major cities in India. Renault plans to expand its dealerships to 40 by December this year and then to 100 in 55 cities by the next year.

     Hope Renault don’t slip off its track this time in India.

Stephen Norman, Sr. Vice-President, Renault -
Renault has officially confirmed that the Fluence saloon will be competitively priced "below its Western European rivals. The Fluence saloon is targeted at customers who want great value in a stylish and innovative package and don't need the snob value of a Volkswagen ".

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