Renault to Kill Logan Sedan in India

The successful Logan will come to an end in India in mid-2011 when parent manufacturer Renault will launch its own product lineup in the country, thus terminating the licensing deal it has with Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M). This however doesn't mean that the sedan will disappear completely from the local market.

The car will be manufactured and sold by M&M separately, obviously with a number of modifications, while Renault will launch its very own portfolio of products. The French manufacturer might continue to provide the engine and the transmission systems for the rebranded Logan, while the Indian would have the right to implement some changes to the vehicle, Business Standard writes.

“Logan would not be a part of our product portfolio in India. We do not plan to bring the car here again,” said Jerome Stoll, Executive Vice-President, Renault SA.

Furthermore, M&M might also develop a separate project based on the Logan that would be especially addressed to the Indian market and would use design cues from the Renault sedan. The aforementioned source writes, citing sources familiar with the matter, that the Indian manufacturer is also looking into ways to build a shorter version of the Logan, but no official details have been yet released.

It might seem like the main reason for building such a car would be the advantages it would provide to its manufacturer, as a shorter Logan, measuring less than 4 meters in length, would qualify for 10 percent tax incentive, thus allowing the carmaker to reduce the overall price of the vehicle.
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