The availability points inflicting complications for many main carmakers has dramatically shaken up the new-vehicle gross sales charts.
Some manufacturers – Mazda, Ford and Volkswagen, for instance – have been hit laborious by the worldwide challenges, whereas others like MG and GWM are cruising.
There’s one other producer that’s doing remarkably effectively by way of general gross sales this 12 months, and it’s not a Chinese language challenger model.
It’s, in reality, Renault.
The 122-year outdated marque is on the comeback path in Australia, after a dismal few years wallowing among the many area of interest gamers of the native automotive sector.
However new SUV fashions which can be placing a chord with consumers, and a wholesome light-commercial car providing have helped the French model achieve again floor misplaced within the final six years.
The promise of a slew of recent fashions, together with an electrical SUV, can be serving to Renault’s Australian momentum.
To the top of June this 12 months, Renault has offered 5068 items, which represents a forty five.5 per cent improve over the identical interval final 12 months.
Renault’s finest 12 months in Australia was 2015 when it shifted 11,525 items, however since then gross sales have gone backwards. If the corporate can sustain momentum, it may come near that 2015 determine by the top of this 12 months.
Whereas Renault is in no hazard of cracking the highest 10 manufacturers this 12 months, it’s inside placing distance of quite a few mainstream manufacturers, together with GWM (8557 YTD), Honda (7621), LDV (7173) and Volvo (5772).
The gross sales turnaround began final 12 months when Renault Australia transitioned from a factory-backed operation to distribution beneath Ateco Automotive, which already covers a various vary of manufacturers together with Ram, LDV and Maserati.
In a constructive signal for the distributor, each single Renault seller in Australia signed on to transition to Ateco.
A Renault Australia spokesperson wouldn’t be drawn on gross sales targets for 2022, however mentioned that ultimate tally would depend upon provide.
CarsGuide understands that there’s inventory at present in dealerships throughout the Renault vary, but it surely’s unclear if the availability points will influence the approaching new fashions.
The facelifted Trafic mid-size van is predicted early within the fourth quarter of this 12 months and the new-generation Kangoo gentle van will arrive within the first quarter of 2023.
Following that, Renault will launch a brand new electrical car, the Megane E-Tech crossover, someday in 2023. It dropped the costly Zoe electrical hatchback from its line-up in 2020.
The not too long ago revealed Austral SUV – a alternative for the slow-selling Kadjar – remains to be but to be confirmed for Australia.
The one passenger car left in Renault’s native line-up is the Megane RS sizzling hatch, however the remainder of its line-up is a mixture of LCVs and SUVs.
LCVs at present make up 37 per cent of Renault’s gross sales – led by the Grasp massive van on 832 gross sales – with a lot of the relaxation going to SUVs.
The latest additions to Renault’s line-up are proving common with consumers. The not too long ago launched second-generation Captur gentle SUV is up by 215 per cent this 12 months, whereas the Arkana small coupe-style SUV has added 648 items to the tally. The model’s high vendor is the ageing Koleos medium SUV with 1717 gross sales to date.
Additional down the observe, Renault Australia is predicted so as to add Dacia fashions to its line-up too. However reasonably than launch the cut-price Romanian model right here, Ateco will promote them with Renault badges, probably from 2024 on.
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