Production of the Renault Pulse B+ segment hatchback and the Scala C-Segment sedan has been temporarily suspended at the Renault-Nissan joint manufacturing facility at Oragadam, near Chennai. Both cars are badge engineered versions, with the Pulse deriving its underpinnings from the Nissan Micra, while the Scala is based on the Nissan Sunny. It must be noted that there has been no disruption in the production of the Micra and the Sunny. Renault’s move to stop producing the Pulse and Scala, albeit temporarily, is on the back of poor demand on these cars.
The French automaker has been dangling attractive carrots to push sales of both cars. For instance, the diesel powered variants of the Pulse and the Scala are available at prices of the cars’ respective petrol variants, making them attractive buys indeed. However, should you go ahead and buy these Renault cars, despite production being curtailed? Here are some answers. If you’re a deal hunter looking at getting an attractive bargain, both the Pulse and Scala make for compelling options, especially with the chunky discounts that now accompany both cars.
However, two apprehensions will weigh on the minds of prospective buyers.
1. With production of these cars now halted, will spare parts be available?
The answer to this question is straight forward. Given the fact that the Nissan Micra and the Sunny are still in production, access to spares are a straight forward affair. Also, Nissan India does not have any plans to replace the Micra and the Sunny in the next couple of years, which should give the Pulse and Scala a decent five year run, as far as ease of access to spares is concerned.
2. What about the resale value?
Resale value of both cars in question is in the pits, and with both cars being low volume baggers, this scenario is unlikely to change. Buy the Pulse or Scala only if you plan of retaining the car for 5 years. Selling the car early will see you take a hit as both cars depreciate rather quickly.
3. Rumours say that the facelifted versions of the Pulse and Scala are around the corner.
Both the Nissan Micra and the Sunny have received facelifts. It is high time that Renault does the same for the Pulse and Scala, says the rumour mill. If indeed the facelifted Pulse and Scala are incoming, the chunky discounts that the current versions are trading at makes sense, and so does the lack of production, as the French automaker will be clearing stocks in anticipation of the new models.
The Pulse Diesel, with its 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine in 65 Bhp-160 Nm state of tune, offers the best driveability in its segment. This engine is bomb proof, known to last for 3 lakh kilometers or more in Renault Logan/Mahindra Verito cabs, with little maintenance save for scheduled service. The car is known to be a breezy drive on city streets, what with its small dimensions and good visibility all around.
The Scala, on the other hand, is a great car to be chauffeured in. Based on the Nissan Sunny, the leg room that this sedan offers is massive to say the least. The car is best enjoyed with diesel power, with the 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine pumping out 85 Bhp-200 Nm. The Scala is also a better looker than the Sunny, with more aggressive styling to boot.