Showing posts with label india. Show all posts
Showing posts with label india. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Renault Kwid crash test

Think you'd like to buy a Renault Kwid?
Well, first, you can't. Unless you live in India.

Maybe you live in Europe and thought this would make a really cool small Dacia model.
Or here in the US, maybe Nissan could import it and finally make your dream of a $6000 Nissan come true.
None of these will happen.
For your own good.

Here is what happens when the Kwid crashes at 39MPH: you die.

So once again, poor people get screwed. Nobody is asking for a Volvo safety standard here.
But you would think Renault would make this at least as safe as the cars they sell in Europe.
The Kwid actually got a ZERO star rating in theses tests.

So basically, Indian drivers are getting screwed by the car makers, as well as their own government who isn't asking for better safety standards.
( I bet without any regulations we still wouldn't have seat belts here)

Of course, right after the results, Renault has said they have been working on a revised model that will get better results.
Which means they know they are selling death traps.

(To be fair to Renault, other cheap cars were tested and also got a zero star rating.
They are from Suzuki, Hyundai and India's own Mahindra)

Everyone knows there might be problems when you buy something as soon as it came out.
But it looks like being an early adopter in India could actually cost your your life.

This is really sad.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

All new Renault Kwid

The tiny and super cheap Kwid is based on a "new platform common to Renault and Nissan".
So this could become a new cheap Nissan somewhere in the world.

Right now, its market ins mainly India. Where it starts at around $4800 .
I repeat, that's $4800!!!!  (A fancier model starts at $6300)

To put things in perspective, the famous (or infamous) Yugo was $4000 in the US back in 1986.

Considering this, I think it looks amazing.
Sure, the whole interior is probably covered with cheap hard plastics. But... $4800!

And the power comes from a tiny 0.8 Liter engine.
But its only about 4 inches longer than a Fiat 500. (Itself offered in Europe with a 0.9 Liter 3 cylinder engine)

I say why not!!!!