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Test drive of Renault Fluence Diesel

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Spacious good ride quality, good legroom, good entry and exit better than Audi utilizing the height of car ,

Canfeel the lack of low end torque, need to slip the clutch on take off ,but Good once on move ,

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Surprisingly; the diesel variant is priced less but its also short on features; Petrol variant gets the most goodies; but sadly the market is now tilting towards diesel-powered vehicles in mostly all segments. 

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When Toyota can plonk in a 1.4 D and put an 'absurd' price tag to top it all, I don't think we can find fault with Renault for doing the same. I feel, all these low capacity diesel mills will suffer from lag and will find it driving it in city traffic, difficult. 

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Putting only one variant for diesel and petrol each, is totally stupid strategy. A stripped down version of Diesel without much frills, will not work for the ppl who are buying the car in the range of 13-15 lakhs. You must have different variants to cater different class of people. Renault feels that diesel is bought by Taxi people only and their focus for fluence-diesel version speaks the same language. Hope they learn the lesson fast and offer more variants, at-least feature reach variant for diesel and a stripped down version for petrol with manual gear box. All the best.

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Renault & Nissan seems to be having totally contrasting stratergies for India.

On the one hand Renault is underestimating Diesel market with under-equipping the Fluence while on the other hand Nissan is trying to play the Premium game by placing Micra above its desired segment.

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Renault sells 250 Fluence cars in first month after launch

Competing with the likes of Chevrolet Cruz, Skoda Laura and Toyota Altis was never going to be easy. And Renault is still in the process of setting up its sales and distribution network in the country (it has only 14 dealerships across the country). In the first month after launch, Renault Fluence sold 250 cars in May, ahead of the Honda Civic.

With Cruz and Laura selling about 650 each and Altis 419 cars, Fluence has some distance to cover before making a mark in this segment, but it is an encouraging start. If Renault sticks to its strategy, it could shake up this market a little, adding to Honda

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