Re­nault bats at Volvo crease

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - BIG WHEELS WHEELS -

RE­NAULT Trucks has re­vealed its boldly styled new mod­els at a launch in France. The medium and heavy duty trucks stand out among their Euro­pean ri­vals thanks to dis­tinc­tive front end de­signs.

As strange as it may seem, Re­nault does not own the Re­nault Trucks brand. It is owned by Volvo Trucks, which makes sense if you look closely at the cab of the heavy-duty rig (pic­tured) — the Re­naults are based on Volvo’s FH or FM se­ries and share en­gines and trans­mis­sions.

Unique front end de­signs mean they are not likely to be con­fused on the road but some of the creases down the side of the Re­nault cabs give an idea of which Volvos they are based on.

Volvo says it has spent $2 bil­lion over­haul­ing the Re­nault line-up. New en­gines meet the Euro VI emis­sion stan­dard, which is manda­tory from next year in Europe.

Re­nault will have a full suite of trucks butt hey are not likely to be sold in Aus­tralia.

Medium duty mod­els use 5.0 and 8.0-litre en­gines and the heavy haulers use the 11.0 and 13.0-litre in-line six­cylin­der en­gines — straight off the shelf at Volvo.

Volvo says it has been work­ing on the new Re­nault Truck range since 2008, with 300 mules cov­er­ing 10 mil­lion km in qual­ity tests held in con­di­tions rang­ing from -40C to 60C.

The Long Dis­tance model, based on the new gen­er­a­tion FH, has a 2.5m wide cab, Re­caro seats and a 7-inch colour screen cen­tred in the dash­board.

Press a but­ton in some of the new Re­naults and ser­vice tech­ni­cians can lo­cate the truck us­ing GPS, col­lect data from the engine’s com­puter and swiftly di­ag­nose any prob­lems.

James Stan­ford

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