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Renault India introduces Scala CVT

Jan 22, 2013, DHNS:
Renault India Pvt Ltd, the fully owned subsidiary of Renault SAS, today announced the introduction of the X-tronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) variant of the Scala. With this move, Renault India becomes the first manufacturer to offer the next-generation transmission to the Indian premium sedan segment.

With all new X-tronic transmission system, the Scala CVT promises to offer higher fuel efficiency and performance as well as a lower cost of ownership. Scala CVT combines pioneering composition with flexibility to provide a benchmark-setting alternate option to existing offerings in the segment with a class-leading fuel efficiency of 17.97 kmpl (ARAI figure), which is comparable to premium sedans with manual transmission.

According to Marc Nassif, MD, Renault India: “With more and more cars on the road as well as frequent stop-and-go traffic, India has been seeing an increase in demand for automatic sedans in recent years. However, despite the growing interest for these cars, petrol automatic vehicles are still limited to a 6 per cent share in the premium sedan segment because they deliver lower mileage and higher cost of ownership”.

The Scala X-tronic CVT aims to bridge this gap by offering class-leading fuel efficiency, reliability and performance. With the next-generation X-tronic transmission, customers will be able to experience a new technological benchmark in automatic transmission, which offers a smoother ride, convenience and savings, making the Scala CVT an attractive choice for those opting for an automatic premium sedan.

Launched in September 2012, the Scala has been gaining customer confidence, already reaching 8 per cent market share in the premium sedan segment in December 2012. Scala has also won accolades from industry experts and customers alike, with over 3,000 units sold in 4 months. With the Scala CVT, Renault India aims to extend this success into the automatic sedan space, reiterating Renault’s commitment to India as well as the company’s drive to offer innovative vehicles in this dynamic market.

The X-tronic CVT combines innovative structure and the flexibility of a CVT transmission to offer world-class fuel efficiency and performance. The transmission’s use of an auxiliary gearbox enables the world's highest transmission ratio, even broader than 7-speed automatic transmissions, aimed at achieving light weight, compactness, and fuel efficiency. Currently, conventional CVT transmissions use larger pulleys to achieve higher transmission ratio, but are often constrained by the space limitations of small cars.

The new-generation X-tronic CVT overcomes this obstacle and achieves the widest range of transmission ratio coverage (3.46:1) using a sub planetary gear, allowing smaller pulleys to reach higher transmission ratio. It also achieves reduced oil stirring friction by increasing the distance between surface of transmission oil and pulleys. The X-tronic CVT transmission produces around 30 per cent less friction and is 10 per cent smaller as well as 13 per cent lighter than conventional CVT models. The Scala is priced from Rs 7,10,990 (ex-showroom Bangalore).

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