Re­nault un­veils new range

Stacked full of fea­tures and style

Big Rigs - - SPECIAL REPORT - Gra­ham Harsant

WE CAME across Lyn­don Healey, the LCV model line man­ager of Re­nault Aus­tralia at the show, with all his “wag­ons in a cir­cle”.

Well, the wag­ons were in fact a range of the Re­nault light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle prod­uct and, we must con­fess, it was a good-look­ing range with some handy at­tributes.

As we know Re­nault has been in and out of the Aus­tralian mar­ket over many decades but the cur­rent push by the com­pany, par­tic­u­larly in this seg­ment, is re­turn­ing good div­i­dends to the busi­ness by dint of rea­son­able pric­ing and nice-look­ing ve­hi­cles to­gether with a de­cent amount of lat­eral think­ing with some of their prod­ucts.

One such ve­hi­cle is the Trafic Crew, which I would de­scribe as a king cab ute with­out the ute bit.

Ac­tu­ally a bet­ter de­scrip­tion would be a king cab ute with a canopy on the back as part of the ac­tual body.

Can’t un­der­stand that? Have a look at the pic­tures.

Here we have a five or six-seater, con­sid­er­ably wider than your stan­dard ute, al­low­ing three across in com­fort.

Leg and foot room in the back is ex­cel­lent and some mod­els have the abil­ity for the squab to slide for­ward, al­low­ing a de­gree of re­clin­ing in the rear, un­heard of in any other prod­uct of this type of de­sign.

The cab is walled and glassed off from the rear com­part­ment as in the ute.

The “tray” area is long enough for an av­er­age-size per­son to kip down in and wide enough to com­fort­ably take a pal­let.

Height-wise, a pal­let could prob­a­bly be loaded high enough to make a cube.

While not built for the off-road­ing that some ute fa­nat­ics are into, this truck will haul two tonnes and still re­turn less than 10 litres per 100km.

Just up from the Trafic is a de­cent-sized, good-look­ing ve­hi­cle, unimag­i­na­tively if aptly named Bus.

This driver plus 11-pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle with enough head­room for all but the tallest to walk with­out bend­ing is de­serv­ing of a bet­ter name.

We think it could at least be called the Limo Bus. In­deed the com­pany is hav­ing a deal of suc­cess sell­ing the prod­uct to com­pa­nies in the air­port and ho­tel trans­fer busi­ness.

These two prod­ucts were joined by a range from the util­i­tar­ian on up.

Re­nault’s suc­cess in the LCV mar­ket is eas­ily seen by the quite com­mon­place ap­pear­ance of their ve­hi­cles on any street in al­most any town.

In part two of Me­gatrans in the next is­sue of Big Rigs we talk to more ex­hibitors at the show, giv­ing you an in­sight into the lat­est tech­nol­ogy aimed at the trans­port in­dus­try, along with prod­uct show­cases from Isuzu, Re­nault, Hino and a trailer man­u­fac­turer or three.

We’ll show you what’s avail­able in telem­at­ics, where the com­pe­ti­tion is grow­ing daily – and which should trans­late into lower prices for those of you want­ing the ben­e­fits of this tech­nol­ogy.

We’ve come across a truck wash that seems too good to be true and a num­ber of prod­ucts to keep you en­ter­tained.

There’s also a good-look­ing Mack Su­per­liner and an in­cred­i­ble scale-model Peter­bilt, pow­ered by one of FoMoCo’s most iconic mo­tors.

PHO­TOS: GRA­HAM HARSANT

LIMO STYLING: LCV model line man­ager Lyn­don Healey and events man­ager Sally Mor­ris with the snazzy new Re­nault van.

The Re­nault looks like a sports car rather than a 12-seater.

This good-lookin’ dude has plenty of leg room all around.

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