Renault goes big…and small at CV Show

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015   |   Author: James Dallas

Renault took a prominent stand in Hall 5 at the CV Show as well as a pavilion outside the NEC to promote its range of bespoke and factory-converted models.

Visitors were able to cast their eyes over everything from a Master horsebox at one extreme to the tiny electric Twizy ambulance at the other.

Renault says every vehicle on display would be available by July 2015 with the brand’s four-year, 100,000 mile warranty.

The manufacturer claims it is able to meet the demands of three-quarters of its conversion customers straight from the factory but it also has a network of 30 Approved Converters to cater for more niche specifications.

Renault makes life easier for its conversion customers with its “one invoice” policy. Buyers of both factory-converted and bespoke models have just one point of contact via the dealership. In the latter case the Approved Converter invoices Renault rather than the end user.

Converted vans are available from the firm’s 151 UK sales and service points but in addition there are 38 Renault Pro+ dealerships, which specialise in business sales.

These offer dedicated sales and aftersales teams and extended working hours to meet the needs of business customers.

These can vary from site to site as Mark Dickens, fleet sales operation manager, explains: “We’ve had extended opening hours for four years, it can mean different things, so it’s not 24 hours – it could be one Saturday a fortnight.”

Master conversions featured at the show included a welfare bus, a Ready-for-Work panel van with made-to-measure shelving, two catering vehicles based on the Master Luton Loloader, a horsebox from the Master platform cab, a double cab tipper and a chassis cab grounds keeping vehicle.

From the Trafic line-up came a campervan and refrigerated vehicles based on the panel van and a nine-seater minibus and Hackney cab versions based on the passenger platform. Also debuted was the first factory-standard Trafic wheelchair access vehicle and the first new generation Trafic high roof fitted with Ready4Work racking.

The Kangoo light van appeared in Maxi crew van and electric ZE panel van guises and the Twizy Cargo Ambulance was also on the stand. The model is designed to reach areas inaccessible to conventional vans and is equipped with ambulance livery, blue lights, siren and life-saving equipment.



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