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Renault Samsung adds QM6 gasoline model to domestic lineup

2017/09/07 11:26

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INCHEON, Sept. 7 (Yonhap) -- Renault Samsung Motors Corp., the South Korean unit of French carmaker Renault S.A., has added the gasoline version of its flagship QM6 SUV to its domestic lineup, a move to boost sales, the company said Thursday.

The 2.0-liter gasoline-powered QM6 went on sale in the domestic market Friday, with the same model mated with a 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter mills already available in overseas markets, such as Europe, Australia, Russia and the Middle East, since May last year, a company spokesman said.

The QM6 gasoline model is being sold here for 26 million won (US$23,000).

"Local customers prefer gasoline-powered sedans as they are quiet compared to diesels. These days, the demand for gasoline-powered SUVs is on the rise," he said.

Honda Motor Co.'s CR-V and Toyota Motor Corp.'s RAV4 are all gasoline models, but they sell well globally, the spokesman said.

In the January-August period, the carmaker sold 178,659 vehicles, up 13 percent from 157,654 units a year earlier.

The increase was helped by robust exports of the QM6. In August, QM6 shipments jumped to 3,683 from a mere 348 a year earlier, the company said.

The company's lineup also includes the SM3 compact, the all-electric SM3 Z.E. sedan, the QM3 subcompact SUV, and the SM7, SM6 and SM5 sedans.

Renault S.A. owns an 80 percent stake in Renault Samsung.

Renault Samsung Motors' gasoline-powered QM6 SUV (Yonhap) Renault Samsung Motors' gasoline-powered QM6 SUV (Yonhap)