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Renault showcased vast range of van conversions at CV Show

Last year, Renault remarkably maintained its lead In the European light commercial vehicle (LCV) market for a remarkable 17th. successive year, with a 14.2 per cent market share.

And this week Renault really did a great job in showcasing the diversity and versatility of its LCV range at the CV Show 2015, this week in Birmingham.


The Renault pavilion had a total of 17 modified versions of the Master, Trafic, Kangoo and even the Twizy, emphasising the impressive bespoke conversion possibilities the company is able to offer to meet the needs of any customer. And Renault told me that every vehicle on display will be available by July 2015 and comes with Renault’s four-year, 100,000-mile warranty with roadside assistance.

Renault also impressively boasts that it is able to satisfy around 75 per cent of the conversion demands of customers straight from its factories, but it also has a network of 30 UK-based and 8 Irish-based approved converters who are highly skilled in building specialist vehicles on demand to Renault’s high standards.

Converted Renault vans are available from any of the company’s sales and service outlets, but there are 4 Irish (also 38 in the UK) Renault Pro+ dealers who specialise in business sales, including converted vehicles. Renault Ireland expect to double their Pro+ network in the next two years so they will be located throughout the country and should have dedicated business sales and aftersales teams with extended working hours to meet the demands of business customers.

A Renault spokesman commented: “Renault recognises that every business is unique and has specific requirements. We are committed to providing vehicles to fit those needs.

“We try to tailor our range to suit the greatest needs with our factory-built conversions so there is only one invoice and one contact, but for customers who require something more specific to their needs, our network of Approved Converters is skilled in building specialist and bespoke converted vehicles.”

Renault at the 2015 CV Show

Trafic and Master lead the way at the CV Show, with seven conversions of each on display. There are also combustion-engined and EV versions of the Kangoo Van, plus the Twizy Cargo. Most of the Trafic and Master vans highlight the business advantages of Renault’s ENERGY dCi diesel engines.

Renault’s CV Show 2015 line-up is made up of a Welfare Bus and a Ready4Work (made-to-measure shelving) vehicle based on the Master Panel Van; two catering vehicles on the Master Luton Loloader; a horsebox from the Master Platform Cab; a Master Double Cab Tipper; and a Master Chassis Cab grounds keeping vehicle.

From the All-New Trafic range, there are the brand new Sport+ pack, , Campervan and refrigerated vehicles based on the Panel Van; and nine-seater Minibus and Hackney carriage models using the Trafic Passenger platform, plus the first factory-standard Trafic Wheelchair Access Vehicle to be shown in the UK and the first All-New Trafic High Roof vehicle to be shown, and will be fitted with the Ready4Work racking system.

The Kangoo is represented by a Maxi Crew Van and the electric Z.E. Panel Van. Interestingly, two of the models on display – the Kangoo Z.E. Panel Van and Twizy delivery vehicle – demonstrate the adaptability of Renault’s EV range.

The extensive Renault warranty package with roadside assistance carries no mileage limit in the first two years and then adds a further two years of cover up to a maximum of 100,000 miles. Any material or assembly defects will be rectified free of charge. There is also a three-year paintwork warranty and six years’ cover against corrosion.

Roadside Assistance also lasts for four years and is available all day, every day. If the vehicle cannot be repaired at the roadside or outside the owner’s home it will be towed to the nearest dealer. Onward travel with European cover is included for three years.

Two of the Renault conversions on display at the CV Show 2015 were:

Master Panel Van FWD LM35 ENERGY dCi 135 Business+ Welfare Bus

A Quality Welfare Bus designed to ensure workers have everything they need on site. It features five rear crash-tested seats and full mess facilities, including a tea boiler, water heater, microwave oven and sink with washing facilities. A toilet with washing and drying facilities can be accesses through a separate rear door. The model on display is fitted with an optional rear step.

It is powered by the 2.3-litre ENERGY 135 dCi turbodiesel engine and is based on the new front-drive, long-wheelbase Medium Roof Van platform, introduced in 2014. Its overall length is 6,198 mm, while the wheelbase is 4,332 mm. The conversion work on this was completed by O & H Conversions, of Goole, East Yorkshire.

Key standard equipment includes air conditioning, rear parking sensors, a hands-free key, a wide-view mirror, a pivoting seat-back table with a dual-split underseat storage compartment and one-touch electric front windows.

Body and chassis: Master Panel Van, long wheelbase, front-wheel drive
Powertrain: 2.3-litre ENERGY dCi 135 engine, six-speed manual transmission
Power and torque: 135 hp, 340 Nm
Conversion: O & H Conversions, Goole
On sale: Now

6 & 7 Master Luton Loloader FWD LL35 ENERGY dCi 135 Business Catering Vehicles

There are two catering vans on display at the CV Show. They contain almost everything a caterer needs to deliver hot and cold food in virtually any location. There is a griddle, an oven, a commercial-standard refrigerator, full washing and cleaning facilities and a stainless steel counter, and the vehicle side opens out to form a servery.


The vehicles are based on the Master Luton Loloader chassis, which comes as standard with the long (4,332 mm) wheelbase. The power unit is the 2.3-litre ENERGY dCi 135 turbodiesel engine.

Standard equipment includes a DAB radio, Bluetooth, a trip computer, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and electric front windows and door mirrors, plus ESC stability control with Hill Start Assist and Grip Xtend. This is supplemented in the display vehicle with optional air conditioning, rear parking sensors, a wide-view mirror, a CAN interface unit and the Converter Pack 1 of battery interface, B-pillar wiring connection point and long wiring loom.

Body and chassis: Master Luton Loloader, long wheelbase, front-wheel drive
Powertrain: 2.3-litre ENERGY dCi 135 engine, six-speed manual transmission
Power and torque: 135 hp, 340 Nm
Economy and CO2 emissions: to be confirmed
Conversions: Wilkinsons Catering Systems, Darwen
On sale: June

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