|The new SM3 will offer a diesel option by the end of 2005.|
Renault Chairman Carlos Ghosn announced that Renault Samsung Motors (RSM) will begin to export the compact SM3 model under the Nissan brand beginning in 2006. Ghosn is also the chairman of Nissan.
RSM, of which Renault owns 70%, is Korea’s smallest automaker, and the SM3, originally based on Nissan’s Bluebird Silphy platform, is its entry-level vehicle.
Launched in 2002, the SM3 has sold 99,288 units since then. RSM will begin producing about 30,000 Nissan-branded SM3s annually beginning in 2006, according to Ghosn.
|* (m) manual transmission; (a) automatic transmission|
|Displacement||1,497 cc||1,596 cc|
|Power kW (hp)||73 (98)||78 (105)|
|Torque||135 Nm||146 Nm|
|Fuel consumption* l/100km||6.9(m) / 7.9(a)||6.9(m) / 7.9(a)|
|Fuel economy* mpg US||34(m) / 30(a)||34(m) / 30(a)|
Renault Samsung sold 85,098 cars last year, which accounted for 9.3% of the South Korean auto market. As of October 2005, Renault Samsung has sold about 100,000 cars, marking a 42.9% increase compared with the same period last year.
The SM3 currently offers two gasoline engines, a 1.5-liter and a newer, more efficient 1.6-liter. At the end of 2005, RSM will begin offering the latest-generation Renault 1.5 dCi turbodiesel engine as an option—the first diesel offered by RSM.