Renault unveils new range
Stacked full of features and style
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.
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.