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  1. New Master: Renault Trucks Unveils its Exclusive Red Edition

    Delivering a bold new look, new engines, new interior and new driver-assistance
    systems, the 2019 Renault Trucks Master arrives in the UK with an exclusive launch
    version, the Master Red EDITION, offered throughoutthe Renault Trucks Master diesel
    and electric range.

    Featuring enhanced levels of standard specification, the new
    Renault Trucks Master is available to order through the Renault Trucks UK and Ireland dealer network.
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    A striking new frontage and completely revamped interior, redesigned dashboard and
    steering wheel, together with functional, ergonomic storage spaces will appeal to both drivers
    and operators alike.

    The new Renault Trucks Master also offers new driver-assistancesystems, including active
    braking, side wind assist, permanent rear view, blind spot warning and front and rear parking
    assistance.

    It features six new Euro 6d-temp and Euro VI diesel engines, from 130 hp to 180 hp/400
    Nm, together with an electric 57kW engine. All diesel engines are fitted with Twin-Turbo
    technology, which combines low-end torque with high-power for optimal driving. Fuel
    consumption is therefore reduced up to 1L/100 km and CO2 emissions remain under control.

    Master Red EDITION, the exclusive version from Renault Trucks

    Available in all models – panel van, chassis cab and platform cab – the Renault Trucks Master
    Red EDITION is fitted as standard with either a 150 hp/385 Nm Euro 6d-temp engine (light
    duty) or 145hp/360 Nm Euro 6d engine (heavy duty).

    On the outside, the Master Red EDITION is equipped with a strong, elegant chrome grille that
    perfectly matches the vehicle’s new headlights. Inside, new carbon fabric seat covers,
    chrome inserts on the air conditioning vents and buttons and a new black and chrome gear
    stick enhance the harmony created by sleek, modern lines.

    Additionally, Master Red EDITION features new equipment to improve driver comfort and
    safety, and alongside new functions that include an USB Bluetooth radio and side- wind
    assist system.

    A range of equipment is also available as an option:

    • AEBS active braking.
    • Permanent rear vision: a screen connected to a camera positioned on the rear of the vehicle
      enables drivers to monitor the rear, in addition to the view provided by outside rear-view
      mirrors.
    • Parking assistance: a front radar supplements the rear radar for easy manoeuvring, with a
      camera.
    • A blind spot warning device: a light in the side mirrors warns of the presence of a vehicle in
      the driver’s blind spot.
    • Extra security locks on rear and side doors to increase security in the loading area.
    • A Medianav 4 multimedia system: a 7” multi-touch screen with an Androïd AutoTM and Apple
      CarPlayTM compatible smartphone replication, enabling telephone apps to be used whilst
      driving.

    The Red EDITION launch model strengthens the commitment of Renault Trucks to the light
    vehicle segment. Indeed, the French manufacturer has seen constant growth in its
    performance in this segment, with sales up by over 10% per year over the past four years.

    Renault Trucks provides its heavy-duty expertise and the know-how of its sales advisers and
    workshops for all professionals, from artisans to urban distribution experts.

    Renault Trucks produces a full distribution range of 3.5 t to 26 t diesel and electric vehicles
    (Renault Master, Renault Trucks D and D Wide).

  2. RHCV Drives Forward with New £3.5m Site

    Work has started on a brand CGI of RHCV'S new Nottingham site. Credit. DL Design Studionew £3.5m head office and service site for independent Renault Truck dealership RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV), in Nottingham, as part of its strategic investment plan to enhance its facilities.

    This follows an exciting 12 months for the operation – following its acquisition of Renault Truck Commercials in Northampton last April. Earlier this year, it won Dealer of the Year and Sales Team of the Year at Renault Trucks Dealer Awards for the third year running and last year, won Franchised Dealer of the Year at the Commercial Motor Awards.

    Work has already started on the site, which is just seven miles from RHCV’s current home and three miles from the M1. Planning permission for the 1.7-acre site was granted in late 2018, after the East Midlands dealer acquired the former home of TOM Vehicles Rentals’ in the Bulwell area of Nottingham.

    Nigel Baxter, Managing Director at RH Commercial Vehicles said: “RHCV has gone from strength to strength, through the successful delivery of a very clear sales strategy and a determined management team. Our approach has provided a steady increase in new and used truck sales, workshop and parts delivery alongside a strong and flexible truck and van rental offer. We are dedicated to working closely with our customers’ and listening and responding to their needs.”

    RHCV is currently transforming the site with contractors, Samclo Construction and the new Nottingham premises will be fully operational by June 2019.

    The new location will include purpose-built offices, to house RHCV’s growing team, plus a new larger workshop and parts dept, a brand-new ATF lane, paint booth and tacho-rolling bay. To improve the customer experience enhanced washroom facilities will be incorporated for drivers.

    The new site is also part of the team’s strategic plans to enhance its presence along the M1 corridor and make it more accessible. Having acquired a fourth site in Northampton close to J16 of the M1 in early 2018 and with two additional sites in Alfreton and Leicester, the new Nottingham site is just three miles from J26 of the M1.

    Established more than 40 years ago and with 118 employees across four sites, RHCV has doubled in size over the past six years.

    Paul Pearson, Commercial Director at RHCV, added: “This is a very exciting time for RHCV as we continue to improve our first-class service and customer experience.

    “We always strive to go above and beyond to meet the changing requirements from our customers and a new site with enhanced facilities will allow us to do just that. The close proximity to the M1 will also ensure easy accessibility for customers, saving them precious driving hours and money.”

  3. Renault Trucks Master Z.E. Wins Green Van of the Year

    The all-electric Renault Trucks M538874_master-ze---petit-forestier-platform-cabaster Z.E.has won Green Van of the Year 2019 at the inaugural Great BritishFleet Awards held on 24 January at the Novotel London West.

    Created to recognise innovation and talent in the fleet industry, and the products and services which support operators running safer, greener, more cost effective fleets, the awards were judged by Fleet World’s expert panel of editors.

    In presenting Renault Trucks with the Green Van of the Year award, judges praised the Master Z.E’s environmental credentials, and in particular noted the wide range of specialist vehicles in full electric Master Z.E. form, from chilled distribution to minibuses and a cherry picker, available in drive-away options from the manufacturer’s Ready for Business range.

    Kevin Gregory, Publishing Director, Fleet World Group, commented: “Renault is no stranger to the electric market. With Master Z.E. the company has done its own thing, opting for a 3.1-tonne van rather than relying on a rise in permitted weight to make the van a viable proposition. And when driving the van, you would hardly know that you are behind the wheel of an electric vehicle, making it easy for fleets to adopt.”

    Grahame Neagus, Head of LCV at Renault Trucks UK and Ireland, said: “It is a privilege to accept this award on behalf of Renault Trucks, which recognises the importance of electromobility in our sustainable urban transport strategy. The Renault Trucks Master Z.E. is the perfect solution for urban environments, and is not only ideally suited for ‘last-mile’ deliveries, but as the judging panel has also noted, with our pre-bodied Ready for Business range, we are also catering for other applications carrying out essential operations in our towns and cities.”

    The Renault Trucks Master Z.E. belongs to the new family of all-electric commercial vehicle solutions up to 26-tonnes GVW, which also features the Renault Trucks DZ.E and the Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E.

  4. Preparing for the Future: Renault Trucks Announces New £29.5m R&D Centre in Lyon

    Rrhcv2enault Trucks is building a brand new, eco-friendly Research & Development centre in St Priest, Lyon, France. The sustainable development, designed and constructed to the highest environmental standards, will extend over 11,300 sqm and is scheduled to open in the first half of 2021. This major project will further raise the reputation of the Lyon site, the Volvo Group’s second largest R&D centre.

    Part of an ambitious 5-year building programme launched by Renault Trucks and the Volvo Group to drive innovations, the new R&D centre will bring the company’s expertise under one roof; departments working together in a purpose-designed space to develop projects for Renault Trucks and other brands in the Group.

    Proximity, knowledge sharing, fluidity: the pillars of a more competitive organisation
    In order to create synergies, boost innovation, and ensure the success of the next Renault Trucks and Volvo Group product ranges, the new R&D centre will house more than 1,000 experts.

    From offices to open spaces and creative areas, the entire building has been designed to promote innovation and knowledge sharing. Following a completely new organisational approach, engineers and researchers will work alongside purchasing teams in the three-story building. This will facilitate collaboration between colleagues and teams, accelerating validation and realisation of development projects and innovations.

  5. Renault Trucks Euro-6 Step D Compliant Drivelines Deliver Fuel Savings and Lower CO2 Emissions

    Renault Trucks’ latest Euro-6 Step D-compliant drivelines for its Range T and Range D 2019 models deliver a number of improvements that lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to the current generation.

    Range T fuel consumption and emissions both down 3%

    The Renault Trucks Range T and T High version 2019 are fitted with DTI 11 and DTI 13 Euro-6 Step D engines, meeting the legislation due to take effect from 1 September 2019. They feature a new-generation post treatment system, made with new materials for increased durability. An Adblue quality sensor has also been added, whilst the seventh injector has been removed.

    Additionally, the Renault Trucks Range T 2019 is equipped with a new-generation Optivision system. This predictive speed regulator, which uses road topography to optimise gear changes, now stores high definition data directly in the vehicle, maintaining connection even in areas where the GPS provides no information, such as tunnels. The adaptive Eco Cruise Control also features new settings that use less fuel. The combination of these improvements and new equipment enables customers to achieve up to 3% reduction in fuel consumption compared to the current generation.

    Range D fuel savings of up to 7%

    For its efficient Range D and D Wide distribution range, Renault Trucks has upgraded its DTI 5, DTI 8 and DTI 11 engines which meet the legislative demands of the Euro-6 Step D regulation with updated drivelines that use a new generation post-treatment system.

    New for 2019 For 2019, Renault Trucks Range T and T High are available to order with new top-of-therange finishes including black leather seats and harmonised grey headliner, and customisable grille and wing mirrors in a choice of gloss black or anodised orange paint colours.

    Range T fuel consumption and emissions both down 3%

    The Renault Trucks Range T and T High version 2019 are fitted with DTI 11 and DTI 13 Euro-6 Step D engines, meeting the legislation due to take effect from 1 September 2019. They feature a new-generation post treatment system, made with new materials for increased durability. An Adblue quality sensor has also been added, whilst the seventh injector has been removed.

    Additionally, the Renault Trucks Range T 2019 is equipped with a new-generation Optivision system. This predictive speed regulator, which uses road topography to optimise gear changes, now stores high definition data directly in the vehicle, maintaining connection even in areas where the GPS provides no information, such as tunnels. The adaptive Eco Cruise Control also features new settings that use less fuel. The combination of these improvements and new equipment enables customers to achieve up to 3% reduction in fuel consumption compared to the current generation.

    Range D fuel savings of up to 7%

    For its efficient Range D and D Wide distribution range, Renault Trucks has upgraded its DTI 5, DTI 8 and DTI 11 engines which meet the legislative demands of the Euro-6 Step D regulation with updated drivelines that use a new generation post-treatment system.

    To further optimise fuel consumption, the DTI 5 and DTI 8 engines have been fitted with new engine software. The full range of auxiliaries has also been redesigned, with the Renault Trucks Range D and D Wide featuring a new oil cooling system and a low-flow water pump.

    Improving airflow, and thus significantly reducing fuel consumption, the aerodynamics of the Renault Trucks Range D and D Wide have also been optimised. For the 2019 models, new lateral deflectors, as well as a new adjustable roof-mounted deflector, can be adapted to suit all types of bodies, thanks to its 12 setting positions. Together, the improvements and new equipment deliver up to 7% reduction in fuel consumption compared to the current generation.

    New for 2019

    For 2019, Renault Trucks Range T and T High are available to order with new top-of-therange finishes including black leather seats and harmonised grey headliner, and customisable grille and wing mirrors in a choice of gloss black or anodised orange paint colours.

  6. RHCV’s strategic growth plans sees duo promoted

    Steve Astill and James Daykin (Landscape)Nottingham-based Renault Trucks Dealer, RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV), has promoted two of its longest-serving employees into brand new roles as Group Managers, as part of its strategic growth plan.

    With a head office on Lenton Lane in Nottingham, RHCV specialises in sales, parts and servicing for heavy and light commercial vehicles.

    James Daykin and Steve Astill, who both joined the RHCV team in 2006, previously headed up the Nottingham and Leicester RHCV dealerships, but following a significant period of growth for the company, Steve was promoted to Group Aftermarket Manager and James to Group Parts Manager.

    Steve first started as a Parts Advisor in Nottingham but transferred when the dealer opened in Leicester in 2010, and was instrumental in growing the site. After moving back to Nottingham in 2015, Steve increased the revenue of the site significantly, while managing to reduce costs as Nottingham’s Dealer Point Manager.

    James also began working at RHCV’s Nottingham site as a Parts Apprentice, before he was promoted to Dealer Point Manager for the Leicester site in 2015. It was during this time, that James managed the site and team though a tremendous period of growth, increasing revenue by 50% on the previous year.

    In their new roles, both James and Steve will oversee the aftermarket department across all of RHCV’s sites. The duo will work closely with the Dealer Point Managers at all four sites, supporting customer and supplier relationships, while enabling growth and expansion plans.

    James said: “My new role as Group Parts Manager will see me working closely with Steve, while also being responsible for all aspects of the parts business. Our first challenge will be to bring all four sites together, to ensure consistency across the group.”

    Steve added: “It’s a challenging role, with plenty of variation and problems to solve. My responsibilities will include overseeing all warranty and contract management for the group, health and safety and compliance, group sales and revenue, as well as HR and group training. I am excited to get fully stuck into the role now.”

    Nigel Baxter, Manging Director at RHCV added: “RHCV has gone from strength to strength in the last year, and the promotion of Steve and James will ensure we are pushing ahead with our ambitious growth plans in 2019.

    “James and Steve have worked for 12 years each at RHCV and their experience and dedication to the role will ensure that we continue to drive sales and meet customer demand efficiently.”

  7. Our Christmas Opening Hours

    Nottingham:

    Christmas Eve: 6am – 3pm

    Christmas Day: Closed

    Boxing Day: Closed

    Thursday 27th Dec: 6am – 00am

    Friday 28th Dec: 6am – 00am

    Saturday 29th Dec: 6am – 3pm

    Sunday 30th Dec: Closed

    New Year’s Eve: 6am – 3pm

    New Year’s Day: Closed

    Wednesday 2nd Jan: Open as normal

     

    Leicester:

    Christmas Eve: 8am – 3pm

    Christmas Day: Closed

    Boxing Day: Closed

    Thursday 27th Dec: 8am – 10pm

    Friday 28th Dec: 8am – 6pm

    Saturday 29th Dec: 8am – 12pm

    Sunday 30th Dec: Closed

    New Year’s Eve: 8am – 3pm

    New Year’s Day: Closed

    Wednesday 2nd Jan: Open as normal

     

    Alfreton:

    Christmas Eve: 8am – 3pm

    Christmas Day: Closed

    Boxing Day: Closed

    Thursday 27th Dec:  8am – 10pm

    Friday 28th Dec:  8am – 8pm

    Saturday 29th Dec: 8am – 12am

    Sunday 30th Dec: Closed

    New Year’s Eve: 8am – 3pm

    New Year’s Day: Closed

    Wednesday 2nd Jan: Open as normaL

     

    Northampton:

    Christmas Eve: 6am – 3pm

    Christmas Day: Closed

    Boxing Day: Closed

    Thursday 27th Dec: 6am – 10pm

    Friday 28th Dec: 6am – 9pm

    Saturday 29th Dec: 8am – 12pm

    Sunday 30th Dec: Closed

    New Year’s Eve: 6am – 3pm

    New Year’s Day: Closed

    Wednesday 2nd Jan: Open as normal

  8. RHCV Speeds Ahead with Success

    Nigel Baxter, Managing Director at RHCV (centre left) and Paul Pearson, Commercial Director at RHCV (centre right)RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) is celebrating after being recognised as an industry leader and scooping the prestigious Franchised Dealer of the Year Award, at the national Commercial Motor Awards 2018.

    Following a year of excellent success and growth, the East Midlands Renault trucks dealer beat numerous other commercial vehicle dealers from across the UK, to take home the much-sought after award and was also highly commended in the Sales Team of the Year category.

    20 staff from RHCV attended the annual Commercial Vehicle Awards, which took place at The Vox Centre in Birmingham. Celebrating the best in new and used commercial vehicle sales and aftersales, the event saw 400 people and more than 30 dealers pack out the centre last Thursday (16th November 2018).

    This was the second time RHCV had entered the awards and saw the team recognised in two of the most competitive categories for its dedicated approach to going the extra mile for customers and exceeding national target averages.

    The success tops off an incredible year for RHCV. The team, earlier this year, won a hat-trick of awards, including Dealer of the Year, at the annual Renault Trucks Dealer Awards for a second year running. RHCV also expanded its business along the M1 corridor, acquiring a fourth site in Northampton in order to meet customer demands and requirements.

    Nigel Baxter, Managing Director at RHCV said: “It has been a truly spectacular year for RHCV and to be recognised in the Commercial Motor Awards as an industry leader on a national level, has been the perfect way to top off a brilliant 2018.

    “The growth and success of RHCV is a result of the hard work and dedication of our fantastic staff. I would like to thank each one of them for their continued support.

    Christopher Walton, Editor-in-Chief at Commercial Motor, said: “In winning Commercial Motor’s Franchised Dealer of the Year, RH Commercial Vehicles demonstrated an exceptional relationship with Renault; produced impressive customer testimonials and showed evidence of a loyal customer base.

    “Being judged against all dealerships across the country, they proved that the marque can be worthy of pole position. Our panel of independent judges were also impressed that the business continues to invest in people, creating a good work atmosphere. They are clearly good at what they do!”

    RHCV has been selling, leasing servicing and repairing heavy (HGV) and light commercial (LCV) vehicles across the East Midlands for four decades. The company employs 90 staff across its three sites in the East Midlands – in Nottingham, Northampton, Cossington and Alfreton (Derby).

  9. Reynolds Drives Growth with Significant Truck Investment

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    Reynolds Recruitment has invested in the UK’s largest fleet of Renault Trucks’ new flat floor T520, as part of a large expansion and upgrading programme.

    Based in Nottingham, Reynolds employs 140 staff and has been providing recruitment, logistics and training solutions to blue chip organisations and SMEs across the UK and Europe, for more than 30 years.

    Purchasing 16 brand-new trucks to meet increased customer demand, Reynolds was keen to improve welfare and facilities for its staff during long-haul journeys as part of the investment.

    The state-of-the-art 6×2 mid lift trucks provided a larger, more comfortable space for the driver as well as modern facilities such as duro bright alloy wheels, including tyre pressure monitors, adaptive cruise control, heated leather seat trim, air suspended cab and FORS Silver – a left turn warning for cyclists.

    Reynolds purchased the trucks from East Midlands Renault trucks dealer, RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV), of which they have worked closely with for more than three years. Expanding the fleet to 67, Reynolds has always favoured the comfort and reliability of Renault Trucks, with a third of its fleet now being Renault.

    Ros Harris, Director at Reynolds Recruitment, said: “Having acquired a significant new customer, we needed to invest in a number of new trucks to meet this demand but we were also aware that the welfare of our drivers was just as important, so we wanted more comfortable and modern facilities.

    “RHCV has always been considered an extension of our team, showing both excitement and support when we see excellent business success. The team listened closely to our needs and the requirements of our drivers on long-haul journeys. The new trucks we purchased from them ticked all our boxes, and look fantastic when out on road.”

    The deal with Reynolds Recruitment follows a successful year for RHCV. As well as winning a hat-trick of awards including Dealer of the Year at the annual Renault Trucks Dealer Awards for a second year running, RHCV expanded its business along the M1 corridor, acquiring a fourth site in Northampton.

    Paul Pearson, Commercial Director at RHCV said: “Over the past three years, we have been delighted to build such a fantastic relationship with Reynolds Recruitment, working closely with the team, to enable growth.

    “The T Range is ideal for improving the welfare of drivers and through providing these trucks to Reynolds, the business can ensure their staff are happy and satisfied on longer journeys. We look forward to working with them again in the future.”

    RHCV has been selling, leasing servicing and repairing heavy (HGV) and light commercial (LCV) vehicles across the East Midlands for four decades.  The company employs 110 staff across its four sites in the East Midlands – in Nottingham, Cossington, Northampton and Alfreton (Derbys).

  10. Renault Trucks’ ‘Team Thunderfalls’ Saddles up for cycle Zambia

    TransaidRenault Trucks has announced that its ‘Team Thunderfalls’ will be saddling up for Transaid’s ‘Cycle Zambia’ challenge from 23rd-30th September. The quartet, comprising of Tony Owen, (Transport Solutions Manager), Aniko Meszaros (Service Programmes Co-ordinator), Jared Davies (Commercial Aftersales and Retail Business Co-ordinator) and Nigel Base (SMMT’s Commercial Vehicle Manager) will take on the gruelling 490 kilometre (300 mile) cycle ride across Zambia, hoping to raise over £20,000 for Transaid in the process.

    Team Thunderfalls’ Captain Tony Owen explains why they are getting involved: “We are delighted to take part and raise money for such a fantastic organisation as Transaid, helping with their mission to solve transport challenges in economically developing countries.”
    Tony continues: “It’s also a great opportunity to really sample and explore a country that I wouldn’t have considered visiting and, riding as a group, getting to spend time with people with a common interest, but from different demographics including Company Owners, Transport Managers and Traffic Commissioners.”

    Two members of Team Thunderfalls are no strangers to the Transaid cycling challenges – last year Tony took part in South Africa and in 2014 Jared Davies was in Madagascar.

    “Last year was tough, with hot sun, rain and strong winds most days and Jared had a great experience, despite the bikes being rather basic!” says Tony.

    The 2018 ride from Lusaka to the Victoria Falls will see the keen cyclists take on some challenging terrain including dirt tracks and undulating ground as well as open bush and then finishing at the breath-taking Victoria Falls.

    “We’ve already had a bit of a team setback as Jared recently broke his shoulder during training! However he is determined to be fit and well by the time we travel to Zambia. Aniko is a newcomer to cycling, but is focused on her training and really enjoying it. Perhaps one of our biggest challenges will be the tracks with long sections of sand, which is a pig to cycle through!” notes Tony.

    Commenting on exceeding their target of £20,000, Tony explains: “Our dealer network has generously donated the majority of our sponsorship to date and for this we are extremely grateful. We are now focusing our last fundraising push with colleagues, friends and family. All donations, large and small will be much appreciated.”