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Mahindra Renault Launches Logan in India

Mahindra Renault, a joint venture between Mahindra & Mahindra and Renault, has launched the low-cost Logan sedan in India. The entry reflects growing demand in India for larger, mid-size sedans.

The Logan, available in 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter gasoline versions and a 1.5-liter diesel version, will roll out from Mahindra’s plant at Nashik, which has been upgraded with an installed capacity to produce 50,000 units annually.

The gasoline models start at 428,000 rupees (US$9,700); the diesel version will start at 547,000 rupees (US$12,400).

The Logan is a milestone for us as it marks our entry into the most competitive segment of the automotive market. The global quality platform of the Logan with its unmatched features makes it a landmark for the Indian car industry. The strengths of Renault and our passion for outperformance and customer centricity have offered a product that will appeal to the evolved Indian customer.

—Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd

Renault conceived of the Logan with international development in mind. More than 420,000 Logans have been sold worldwide since the launch in 2004. The Logan is currently being sold in 51 countries on five continents, and Renault plans to hit 1 million units per year of the Logan and its variants by 2009.

The 4-cylinder engines are mated with a five-speed manual transmission. The 1.4-liter engine develops 75 hp (60 kW), while the 1.6-liter unit delivers 84 hp (62.6 kW). Fuel economy for the gasoline versions range from 10-13 kilometers/liter (23.5-30.5 mpg US or 7.7-10 l/100km).

The 1.5-liter diesel develops 65 hp (48.5 kW) with fuel economy of 14-18 km/liter (32.9-42.3 mpg US or 5.56-7.14  l/100km) and CO2 emissions as low as 125 g/km.

Comments

Bud Johns

OK, somebody educate me. Very low power per litre, plus way low gas mileage? OK, I'm googling the car.............

Brad

With an engine that small how can it be possible to get such bad gas milage??? My 97 hyundai accent has more power and gets better milage. this is quite the step backwards.

Richard

What's this car have to do with GREEN CAR CONGRESS? It isn't green at all! It doesn't even use alternative fuels. Focus people.

Mark A

Mahindra & Mahindra makes some solid, unremarkable farm tractors currently being sold here in the USA. Their original tractor design/offering was from an old US International/Farmall 444/454 design utility tractor from the late 60's, early 70's. Mahindra purchased the tooling for that tractor, and its my guess that these engines are an updated development from that old US tractor diesel engine, from the late 60's. If anyone can educate me better, I will stand corrected.

I guess its a story because of the growing market for a midsize sedan there, and it being a diesel.

William

The Logan will add to the LOGJAM that is that countries clogged rolling parking lots. Its poor transportation infrastructure doesn't need these little 1.4/1.6-liter diesel belchers. The only thing it's going to green is the dashboard and
floor of any closely trailing vehicle. Figures the French
would be aiding and abetting in more particulate air quality problems for the Indian urban centers already besieged by pollutants. Maybe they should call it the "FROGJAM". Preserves
the integrity of this Greenwash article posted to endorse what?

Rafael Seidl

Gents -

please adjust your perspective. Even the emerging Indian middle class cannot afford a luxury automobile. The Dacia may be the runt of the litter in Europe, but it's cheap and better in just about every way (incl. fuel economy and emissions) than the hopelessly antiquated Ambassador from Hindustan Motors. The diesel in particular is sure to be a massive improvement. Given that diesel is much cheaper than gasoline in India, expect that variant to account for most of the sales.

Much that same thing applies to Iran, where Logans are about to be built under license now that the equally antiquated Paykan has finally gone out of production. The twist is that Iran prohibits the use of diesel engines in LDVs due to pollution in Tehran. Thanks to US trade sanctions, Iran's refineries are unable to meet local demand. The country therefore imports a lot of finished gasoline from India at world market prices and then subsidizes it heavily to avoid riots.

In a sane world, Iranians would be driving around exclusively on locally produced CNG but the ayatollahs would rather export it - except that their foreign and security policies mean there is zero chance of any pipeline actually being built (Europe and Pakistan/India would like one each).

AutoXprize - 100MPG challenge

Doesn't sound like a green car.

Where is it made?

Mike

India.

Dan

Is really funny.Hey morrons this car has similar mpg ,in practice, like your toyota prius,especialy if you drive faster than 60mph(I drove both).You read one article and start ranter.Let me put it this way:I also drove both american cars and this car.Drive it first and then start commenting.Dude...this is why american cars are so shetty if you compared them to gas guzzling chevy,dodge or you name it.American cars are jokes.And they cost soo much.Americans buy like crazy cheap japanese cars.I bet if they start producing this car in US they will buy it like crazy.But hey...first you need to go to that stage where you have a washer and dryer in your house ahahah.And no..I'm not a muslim :)

gaurav rai

I THINK THE AVERAGE MUST BE INCREASED FROM 10-12 TO 12-14 BEACUSE THE ONLY WAY TO GET INTO THE INDIAN MARKET ..
BCOS ESTEEM GIVES AVERAGE AROUND 12 TO 14 AND MORE ..
AND THE PARTS SHOULD BE EASLY REPLACEBLE

logan is one of the economic car i had ever seen ,since it gives about 18 km/ltr .In my opinion it will rock India's market.

Vineet Gupta

If tata launchs it's naino then it may creates a movement in the indian market. And if other countries imports this car then as far as I think that it is not good for our india

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