Renault is reportedly inspired by the success of the Nissan Juke NISMO, and is planning performance versions of the Captur and Kadjar crossovers, which could go on sale in the near future, suggests a new report from Autocar. The company’s performance arm Renaultsport generated £500 million turnover from production of 35,000 cars in 2014 and its CEO, Patrice Ratti, says that the company is investigating this idea.
According to the report, there are three areas that need to be investigated by the performance division – a) feasibility of building performance crossovers in the same plant where the standard versions are built, b) possibility of making performance changes within a reasonable budget and c) customer appeal for such models.
Introduced in 2002, Renaultsport has accelerated sales growth from 5,000 to 35,000 units in the last five years, and finds its two major challenges to be staying on top in Europe and expanding outside Europe, says the report. The performance division aims to sell 50,000 cars by the 2020, and plans to sell 50% of this expected volume in emerging markets such as China, adds the report.