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2014-01-21 13:43

READY FOR ACTION: Renault South Africa's new managing director Niall Lynch is ready to lead the company to new success. Image: Renault

Renault SA new MD, Niall Lynch, has kicked off 2014 firmly seated in the corner office at the automaker’s HQ in Bruma, Gauteng. He'll be hoping to continue the brand's 18% growth graph from 2013.

His appointment follows the successful tenure of Susumu Uchikoshi, who is moving to Egypt in a "global management re-structure position".

NEW BEGINNINGS

Lynch, only son of the late Bill Lynch - the man who made Imperial Holdings one of South Africa’s top industrial companies - previously spent four years with Renault as franchise director until the end of 2007. He becomes MD with insight into South Africa’s challenging retail motoring arena.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Economics and Marketing) through Unisa and a Master of Business Studies through University College, Dublin, Ireland, Back in SA, he was appointed franchise director of Renault’s Retail Operations, a position held until the end of 2007.

He then became franchise director of Imperial Ford & Mazda, Jaguar & Land Rover and Imperial Honda. From 2007-2013.

Lynch told Wheels24: “With my return to Renault and its longstanding association with the Imperial group I’ve come full circle. I’m thrilled to be back; this time in the hot seat."

SALES ON THE RISE

Renault SA's domestic ar sales grew by 18.5% in 2013 (Jan-Dec 2012 1.8%, mostly thanks to the new Clio launched in April 2013. It is heralded as the flagship of Renault’s design renewal with 4000 unit sales in only eight months. The new Renault Duster sold 1300 units in its first three months.

Lynch said: “Renault SA achieved steep growth in 2013 and this will continue thanks to our strong product plan. Our confidence regarding sales going forward, however, should never mitigate our determination to deliver excellent after-sales service.

“Malcom Kinsey’s 2013 report shows that both Sandero and Clio are very well positioned in their segments and I know New Duster SUV parts are nicely priced too. A key focus going forward will be the affordability of parts for all our models in their respective segments.”

Regarding the availability of spare parts, he stresses that Renault is focused on ensuring the quickest possible delivery time to its dealers nationwide. “Our commitment is that 95% of parts ordered must be delivered within 24 hours.

“The tremendous success of our recently launched engines - Clio’s Turbo 66kW and Duster’s 1.5 dCi - shows that, against all odds, most South Africans are very keen on downsized fuel-efficient engines, as long as there is no compromise on performance and reliability. Be ready for a comprehensive roll-out of Renault’s fuel-efficient engines in 2014.”
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