Renault bats at Volvo crease
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.