Kiwis might see Alaskan in 2017

Kiwis might see Alaskan in 2017

The newly released Renault Alaskan one-tonne pickup is certainly on the radar of the local importer but as yet the French Manufacturer is not confirming production timing for right-hand-drive markets.

Sources close to Renault New Zealand told Auto Media Group they would expect to see the Alaskan releasing into the New Zealand market somewhere around mid to late 2017.

According to Groupe Renault one-tonne pickups account for 17% of the 5 million vehicles annually produced around the globe, and there is a projected market growth of 19% by 2019, of which the manufacturer wants a greater share.

It is first launching the Nissan-Navara derived Alaskan in Latin America where Groupe Renault held 5.1% of market share in the LCV segment in 2015 which was one million vehicles or 17.4% of the total market.

The one-tonne pickup segment represents 45% of the LCV market in Latin America and is expected to grow by 15% in the next three years.

It has been officially launched in Colombia, one of Renaults biggest Latin American markets, though the French manufacturer says it has global intentions for its new one-tonne pickup.

“With the Alaskan, we are on track to take Renault’s Light Commercial Vehicles forward from being a top regional player to a top global player.”
says Renault LCV global head Ashwani Gupta.

Renault is producing the Alaskan in Cuernavaca, Mexico. It will also be manufacturing the vehicle in its plants in Barcelona, Spain, and in Cordoba, Argentina.

Though the company doesn’t say so directly, the newly released Alaskan one-tonne pickup is heavily derived from the Nissan Navara, albeit, with a significantly different front end and the addition of 2.3-litre four cylinder twin-turbo diesel engines which come from the Renault Master van line.

Alaskan buyers will have the option of an 110kW or 120kW version of the Renault engine with a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic transmission in 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrains, as well as double cab or space cab versions depending on market demand.

Other markets will have the option of a 2.5-litre petrol or 2.5-litre diesel engine.

The Alaskan retains the Renault-Nissan Alliance fully boxed frame and five-link rear suspension in the double cab variants as well as a 3.5-tonne towing capacity.

Renault says bigger consumption of half-tonne, one-tonne, and full-size pickups is driving the growth of the global light commercial vehicle market.

It says half tonne pickups account for 3% of the global market, with a growth projection of 35% by 2019.

While, full-size pick-ups make up 18% of the world market, and not surprisingly the segment accounts for more than 90% of sales in the US and Canadian markets.

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