Renault Trucks – new range with great ambitions
On June 11, 2013, Renault Trucks will be unveiling all the vehicles in its totally renewed range. With this new range and the support of the Volvo Group, Renault Trucks has everything it needs to win new customers and increase its market share.
The new trucks, with their efficient design and Euro VI engines, have been undergoing development for the past seven years – including radical and exhaustive quality testing. Now, after all the computer assisted simulation, test benches, track trials, pilot customers and the installation of new manufacturing resources, these vehicles are ready for delivery – their sole purpose being to help customers control their costs.
The design of the new Renault Trucks range of vehicles is dedicated to achieving efficiency. The manufacturer’s designers have chosen to focus on the truck’s role as a tool serving hauliers – a tool enabling them to carry out their assignments as efficiently as possible. The new vehicles fully assume this status. The objective of saving fuel has been a major component of the truck’s design from the outset, resulting in the vehicle’s aerodynamics being modelled to obtain the highest possible air penetration performance.
Millions of kilometres covered to test quality
As part of the development process for its new vehicles, Renault Trucks carried out the most stringent quality tests in its history. From 2008 onwards, these consisted of 300 vehicles covering 10 million km in quality trials and undergoing 5 million hours more on test benches – in temperatures ranging from -40° to +60°.
Renault Trucks also decided to work in close association with its customers. This led to fifty international customers being invited to test the vehicles and provide feedback that would enable the manufacturer to make the right choices – in an ongoing process stretching from defining initial specifications to testing vehicles under actual operating conditions. By the end of the trial period, these pilot customers had covered 2 million km of on-road tests.
Manufacturing resources renewed
Renault Trucks’ manufacturing resources were largely renewed in order to produce the new range of vehicles. This has led to a line of very large presses being installed in Lyon to manufacture the parts for the new cabs. At Blainville-sur-Orne, a new body in white line and a cab trim line have been set up. At Bourg-en-Bresse, the development line, used for the new vehicles, has been operational for the past three years.
The Volvo Group has significantly invested in this new range and the production resources required. Its new organisation will enable Renault Trucks to expand its geographical coverage, by increasing the number of its sales and service outlets by 30 to 40% on certain markets. With this new range of vehicles and the backing of a global Group, Renault Trucks is fully equipped to win new customers and increase its market share.
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