TOI Auto bought a possibility to verify the alliance plant out with the important thing agenda being how the Nissan Magnite involves life and the way precisely will the present manufacturing capability assist the Japanese automaker sort out a excessive supply interval and the excessive demand, particularly when the Kiger has now been rolled out available in the market too. And on the sidelines, we ended up seeing how the automakers work in concord to create their multi-branded choices at a very good price, how automation enhances the whole manufacturing and the way a number of export fashions triggered nostalgia and we have been compelled to take our eyes off the Magnites and the Kigers for the moment- maintain studying to seek out extra about this mannequin.
Nissan Magnite: The mollycoddled mannequin on the plant
The Magnite was positively the spotlight of the Renault-Nissan plant at Chennai and was essentially the most seen mannequin aside from Renault’s Kiger and Triber. Sharing the identical CMF-A+ platform, the trio- Magnite, Kiger and Triber – appears to share plenty of time on the meeting line collectively too.
We started our tour within the powertrain store the place we noticed the HRAO 1.0-litre Turbo engine and the B4D 1.0-litre engine of the Nissan Magnite being assembled. The key spotlight of this a part of the tour was how the HRAO engine bought the Mirror Bore Coating which has been borrowed from the long-lasting Nissan GT-R. The mirror bore coating ensures that the power effectivity isn’t dropped because of the friction that arises within the engine.
We moved on to the stamping store the place we truly noticed the automation prowess of the producer as a large urgent machine convert blanks into exact physique panels of the Magnite and the opposite fashions at an unlimited price. Each physique panel that comes out of the press is checked totally after which provided to the physique store. When we moved to the physique store, we noticed the metallic panels being put collectively and the in depth inspection processes every of the Nissan Magnite and different fashions went by way of.
The most enjoyable a part of the plant was positively the Trim and Chassis store the place we got here throughout the ultimate construct of all of the fashions after which they in all probability moved to the PDI bay. The vibrant meeting strains, multi-brand fashions, a lot of Magnites and Kigers saved us on our toes until we ended the not-so-brief tour. The closing stage of the plant tour was the just lately constructed water wading facility the place the Magnite will get examined to verify for any undetectable leakages within the car.
The Alliance’s manufacturing prowess
The Renault Nissan Automotive India Plant in Chennai was the primary alliance plant to be constructed after the 2 automakers joined fingers. Since its inception, the plant has produced round 22 fashions out of which 9 are nonetheless produced so far and the elements and die units are manufactured for 17 fashions in complete. The automakers have saved the rebadging components happening and among the fashions and their elements manufactured within the plant embody Nissan Micra, Renault Pulse, Nissan Sunny, Renault Scala, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Datsun Go, Datsun Go+, Renault Lodgy, Renault Kwid, Datsun Redi-Go, Renault Captur, Nissan Kicks, Renault RBC and the brand new entrants within the market- the Nissan Magnite and the Renault Kiger.
While the dies and elements of many vehicles are manufactured within the facility, it’s simply 10 that make it out of the ultimate meeting line- Duster, Kwid, Triber, Kiger, Kicks, Magnite, Go, Go+, Redi-Go and Nissan Sunny. Looking on the Nissan Sunny was positively a nostalgic expertise because it was one of many most interesting vehicles to run on the Indian roads however it didn’t carry out effectively available in the market regardless of being fairly inexpensive within the phase.
Apart from all this, there have been a number of issues that caught our consideration and made us recognize the automaker’s efforts in all probability a bit extra. The very first thing would positively be the autonomous robots that maintain the whole manufacturing course of going with their well timed provide and the second could be the security requirements adopted by the automaker regardless of pushing for optimum manufacturing.
Magnite’s future available in the market
The Nissan Magnite is a really first rate bundle available in the market at present because it has positioned itself as some of the inexpensive B-SUVs in India. With its sibling and rival, the Kiger, undercutting it by round Rs 4000, the struggle shall be powerful and it’ll all come right down to the seems to be, options and aftersales expertise the automakers provide with their respective fashions.
The Magnite positively has made a reputation for itself available in the market as an easy-going SUV and even throughout our take a look at drives the HRA0 1.0-litre turbo engine and the refined 5-speed Xtronic CVT gearbox managed to impress us essentially the most. Though we have been trying ahead to an alternate powertrain within the B-SUV, the automakers, for now, have cleared that the Magnite is very unlikely to characteristic any alternate powertrain and all of it is dependent upon the demand and the market inclination sooner or later.
(The journalist visited the plant on invitation)