Renault introduces new Pulse hatchback for India

While Renault's RS27 engine was powering Sebastian Vettel's RB7 to yet another victory at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, Renault was also unveiling a new dedicated vehicle for the Indian market.

Called the Pulse, the subcompact hatchback is built upon the same platform as the Nissan Micra at the Renault-Nissan Alliance's assembly plant in Chennai, India. It was also designed at the automaker's design center in Mumbai specifically with the Indian market in mind. Power comes from a 1.5-liter diesel four, also made locally.

Following the introduction of the Fluence sedan and Koleos crossover in India, and with the Dacia Duster and another sedan waiting in the wings, the Pulse is the third of five vehicles planned for introduction this year in India. The order books open at the New Delhi Motor Show in January. Follow the jump for the full press release and take a closer look in the high-res image gallery.
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Renault reveals the third car of its Indian line-up : Pulse takes the beat to India
October 29, 2011

Renault is revealing Pulse, an upscale compact car developed for the Indian market by Renault's Design Center in Mumbai. It is scheduled for release in January 2012.

- The third of five vehicles to be launched in India in just over a year, Pulse is designed to appeal to the broadest customer segment. It follows on Fluence and Koleos launched earlier this year. This rapid rollout highlights Renault's commitment to the Indian market, which is one of the three priorities of the group's international strategy.

- Targeting young, upwardly mobile urban customers, Pulse epitomizes Renault's philosophy of making cars and innovative technology available to all. Pulse comes equipped with the 1.5 dCi engine that ranks best-in-class in terms of fuel consumption and performance. Its fuel efficiency in particular has benefited from advances made by Renault's Formula 1 engineers.

- Both car and engines are built in Chennai in the first dedicated Renault-Nissan vehicle manufacturing plant, inaugurated in 2010 to support the Alliance's ambitions on the Indian market.

On October 29, the eve of the Indian Grand Prix, Carlos Tavares, COO of Renault, will reveal Pulse and a car offering a foretaste of its sports derivative in New Delhi, India. Pulse is the third in line after Fluence and Koleos and it will constitute the core of Renault's product range in India, where four out of five cars sold are compacts. It will be followed in 2012 by Duster and a sedan.

A car for a rapidly growing market

Pulse is designed for young, upwardly mobile professionals in a country that has one of the fastest-growing and youngest working age populations. Its sporty design, dynamic driving experience and advanced features such as the smart access key to open and start the car by just pushing a button or the automatically folding outside mirror, position it at the top of the A-B segment. It is the ideal introduction to the Renault world for entry-segment upgraders looking for a bold, fuel-efficient compact car that is fun to drive both on the open road and in the city. In addition, customers can benefit from a complete service offer that includes a 4-year peace of mind package and the Renault Complete Care offer.

Putting Formula 1 expertise on the road

Pulse will feature the 1.5 dCi diesel engine that has proven highly popular not just in India, but around the world. It ranks among the best in class for daily city driving thanks to record low fuel consumption-essential on the Indian market-that does not come at the expense of driving pleasure. Its fuel efficiency, responsiveness and reliability reflect the qualities of the RS27 engine developed by Renault Sport F1, which has just powered Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel to the double crown of the constructors' and drivers' title in the FIA Formula One World Championship. Renault's objective has always been to carry over the technologies developed and fine-tuned by its F1 engine specialists to the world of production cars. In this case, the research into improving powertrain and fuel efficiency by reducing friction in Formula 1 cars has been applied to the 1.5 dCi engine.

Designed and built in India

Pulse was designed by Renault's Design Center in Mumbai and will be produced in the Alliance's plant in Chennai, which will also manufacture the engine. The plant complies fully with Alliance quality standards and its production management system is based on mutual knowledge-sharing and the best practices of both Renault and Nissan. Products by both companies can be seamlessly combined on the same line. By using the same platform as Nissan's Micra, Renault was able to reduce development costs and lead times. Pulse is thus a prime example of the synergies generated by the Alliance.

The first orders for Pulse will be taken at the New Delhi Motor Show in January 2012.

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