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Archive: 2017


    Inspect workshopRenault Trucks has announced the launch of its new electronic workshop and fleet management system – Optiplanner. This web-based system has been specially designed in conjunction with r2c Online, the market-leading software specialists, to deliver the ultimate in customer satisfaction, optimum compliance and vehicle performance as well as maximising communication through real-time interaction.

    Optiplanner – powered by the r2c Online platform – will be used to service thousands of its vehicles across the UK and will ultimately see all dealers connected to the platform to allow fleet operators easy access to digital documentation.

    The adapted platform marries together time-based event management to meet with Operator Licence standards and vehicle mileage-based events scheduling to comply with Renault Trucks’ manufacturer recommendations, creating a service routine or ‘smart schedule’” that offers the ultimate in compliance and vehicle reliability.

    Derek Leech, Renault Trucks Aftermarket Sales Director comments on the new system: “This is a game-changing platform that lets the dealer plan work more efficiently to ensure maximum uptime for the customer and allows the operator to pre-plan work and allocate resources accordingly. It will also allow visibility to our dealer network for national Renault Trucks UK Central contracts too.”

    Derek Leech continues: “With the mileage inputted, the new system can look up the service criteria for individual vehicles, automatically calculating which service operations are needed and schedule the jobs with the workshops ensuring the vehicle is maintained to the optimum Renault Trucks recommendations. This makes sure vehicles stay on track with service requirements, leading to increased reliability and maximum uptime.”

    Optiplanner captures and holds all documentation digitally, including online vehicle history, for easy access and reduces the need for paperwork, filing and human error. It allows Renault Trucks workshops to schedule events for the lifetime of the vehicle, manage work into the workshop and manage documentation electronically through a touchscreen-driven workflow. This way, workshops can communicate internally with technicians, telling them what work needs doing. There is an in-built quality control system ensuring the standard of paperwork is high and meets both customer service levels as well as compliance with the Operator Licence standards.

    As Derek Leech continues, “Traditionally the service information was stored on spreadsheets and wall charts, with workshops using hard copy booklets with paper copy service sheets posted to the customer. Now it’s all available at the touch of a button!”

    Rather than chasing for paperwork, the Operator Licence holder will have free access to the stored online Renault Trucks service sheets in read only format for easy digital communication.

    Nick Walls Managing Director, r2c says: “All documentation is provided to the highest standards and built in logic ensures documents are fully complete, ensuring no admin compliance breaches through illegibility or lack of signatures, saving time and increasing efficiency.”

    As well as multiple operational benefits, Optiplanner is geared towards satisfying the DVSA’s Earned Recognition pilot scheme giving vehicle operators a new way to prove it meets driver and vehicle standards by regularly sharing performance information with DVSA. In return vehicles are less likely to be stopped for inspections.

    Nick Walls says: “This is a first step towards digitalising maintenance record keeping which is widely viewed as being the way forward for the industry. Optiplanner is an effective way to support a fleet moving towards the Earned Recognition scheme.”


    Nick continues: “We’re delighted to be working with Renault Trucks and look forward to ensuring that the roll out of our digital platform across their dealership network is as seamless as possible.”

    “Renault Trucks’ commitment to customer efficiency is resolute and is always at the forefront of our business,” says Derek Leech.  “The system is being rolled out nationally with more than 70% of the network expected by end of 2017.”

    Derek Leech concludes: “The Renault Trucks brand is growing in the UK and the launch of our bespoke Optiplanner will help to drive efficiency, reduce risk, increase cost-efficiency and generate a tangible ROI and its introduction is yet another great reason for operators to select us as their manufacturer of choice.”


    Ben Hobday's new horsebox from BloomfieldsWorking in partnership with East Midlands Renault Trucks Distributor RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV), one of Europe’s leading horsebox manufacturers has announced its latest sponsorship with European gold medallist and international event rider Ben Hobday.

    Bloomfields Scotland supplied Ben with one of its premium 3.5 tonne horseboxes from the Legacy range as part of the sponsorship deal. The Renault Master chassis for the horsebox was supplied by RHCV who Bloomfields has been exclusively partnering with since 2015.

    Designed and built by Bloomfields founder Dean Moody who is also a horse owner and trained vehicle body technician, Bloomfields’ popular 3.5 tonne horseboxes are in high demand across the equestrian world. Popular in Europe and the UK, the new horsebox is already proving to help Ben with his day to day duties and events, providing his horses with a spacious, durable and comfortable space.

    He said: “This new Bloomfields horsebox makes my life so much easier now. The horsebox is easy to drive, the space that the horses have is great and the quality of the build is amazing.

    “The sponsorship and support from both Bloomfields and RHCV has been very much appreciated. I couldn’t live without my Bloomfields horsebox now!”

    Bloomfields’ sponsorship follows a fantastic year of growth for the company whose customers now range from pony club riders to international professional showjumpers who are taking the national and international show jumping world by storm.


    Owing its success to its’ great customer support, Bloomfields also understands that its partnership with RHCV also influenced its tremendous growth, as each customer is able to benefit from a quick and professional service, thanks to the efficient support and delivery from RHCV.

    Dean added: “2017 has been an exciting year for both Bloomfields and Bloomfields Scotland and it’s exciting that our continual growth has allowed us to sponsor Ben Hobday. It also cannot be ignored that this excellent growth has been aided by the excellent build quality of the Renault chassis provided by RHCV and its fast, dedicated customer service.”

    Ben Hobday is the second successful sponsorship for Bloomfields who also announced a partnership with award-winning international showjumper, Billy Twomey in January. Billy also received a horsebox with the Renault Trucks chassis supplied by RHCV.

    Paul Pearson, Commercial Director at RHCV added: “RHCV is dedicated to going above and beyond to help our customers and we’re proud to have been able to help Bloomfields again by sharing our expertise and providing a Renault Trucks chassis for Ben. We’re looking forward to continuing to build on our growing relationship with the firm.”

    RHCV is an authorised selling agent for Renault Trucks and provides new and used sales, service and parts for the full Renault Trucks range as well as all-makes parts and servicing for commercial vehicles.

  3. RHCV steers its way to success

    Winners group photo at Commercial Motor AwardsRHCV has marked its 40th year by being highly commended in the Franchised Dealer of the Year category in the prestigious Commercial Motor Awards 2017.

    This was the first time that RHCV had entered the national awards which saw dealers, bodybuilders and rental and contract hire providers celebrate at the black-tie event at The Vox Centre in Birmingham. In total, there were 29 businesses shortlisted across 12 categories.

    RHCV was recognised in the award’s most competitive category – Franchised Dealer of the Year -for its dedicated approach to going the extra mile for customers and exceeding national target averages.

    Two tables from RHCV occupied the glamourous venue with staff, managers, customers and business peers rejoicing in the dealer’s shortlisting and subsequently the high commendation.

    It follows a remarkable year for RHCV who were also awarded Dealer of the Year in the Renault Trucks’ Dealer Awards. The dealer then saw themselves gain the number two spot in Grant Thornton’s Top 200 as one of East Midland’s fastest growing business, before celebrating RHCV’s 40th anniversary at a special staff event.

    Nigel Baxter, Managing Director at RHCV said: “It has been a strong and successful year for us and receiving a commendation in the prestigious industry-recognised Commercial Motor Awards is a fantastic achievement for everyone at RHCV.

    “This was the first year that we decide to enter the awards and to have received this recognition truly reflects the dedication of the entire team over the past year. I would like to thank everyone at RHCV for their hard work and congratulate them on another well-deserved win.”

    Judges at the Commercial Motor Awards added: “The judges highly commended RH Commercial Vehicles for a clear care of duty to its clients, exceeding national averages for aftercare service and customer satisfaction.”

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  5. Right hand drive Range T high demo fleet launches with livery competition: #X_Tractor

    Range T High competition webpageRenault Trucks has launched an exclusive competition – #X_Tractor – to create a stand-out theme for the liveries of its first ten right hand drive Range T High demonstrator vehicles, with the intention of generating even more of a ‘buzz’ around the launch in the UK and Irish markets.

    Running until midnight on November 15th, the competition will run across Renault Trucks UK’s social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram and is open to anyone over 18 years old. Entrants should add their suggestion for a theme in the comments (but not including livery designs) on a social media competition post to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes as well as seeing their theme emblazoned across all the ten trucks in the demonstrator fleet.

    Check out the competition launch Web link :

    “The new right hand drive Range T High will be a real head-turner on the roads, but we want to give our new flagship vehicle demonstrator fleet the full ‘red carpet’ treatment with a statement livery that announces their arrival in the UK,” says Alex Williams, Marketing Communications Manager, Renault Trucks. “By involving the wider Renault Trucks community in this competition on our social media channels and beyond, we hope to inspire a striking suite of liveries that will create even greater stand out.”

    A panel of expert judges will select a shortlist of five lucky finalists, who will each receive a Renault Trucks merchandise ‘goodie bag’.

    The overall winner will be invited to an event in early 2018 where they will see their theme brought to life in the livery design of the ten Range T High demonstrators. The winner will also receive a Renault Trucks jacket as well as £200 to spend on gifts and vouchers in the Renault Trucks Reward Store.

    The right hand drive Range T High with flat floor will be available from early 2018 and will take pride of place in the robust and efficient Renault Trucks line-up providing a new, more spacious option for long-haul operators and owner drivers.

    For more information about the new Range T High visit :

  6. Renault Trucks unveils exciting new vehicles dedicated to urban operation at Freight in the City Expo

    CaptureRenault Trucks returns to Freight in the City Expo at Alexandra Palace, London on 7th November 2017, and will unveil a host of progressive new vehicles dedicated to meet the challenges of safer, more efficient and more productive operations in urban environments.

    Visitors to the Stand (V01) will see a brand-new urban concept vehicle that enhances the Renault Trucks offer with a new C320 8×4 Tridem in 2.3m cab variant and be able to take a look at a Range D18 Wide 4×2 R Low 250 E6 with Boughton’s skiploader body.

    Delivering the load capacity of an eight-wheeler with the manoeuvrability of a six-wheeler, the Range C320 Tridem comes with factory-fitted extra axle adaption. Its smaller, lower cab features a factory-fitted vision window and shorter front overhang than competitor vehicles, offering additional manoeuvrability and safety advantages in congested urban environments, while the rear-lifting axle delivers a narrower turning circle that also keeps the truck closer to the kerb when turning left compared to traditional 8x4s, helping reduce the high-risk gap for cyclists.


    Robust and fit for the demands of multiple collection cycles, the lowest entry Range D skiploader includes two-step access with a step height of just 375mm. Equipped with factory-fitted vision window in the nearside door, the vehicle is specified with full CLOCS safety system including cycle sensors and the Roadcrew 4 camera system with recorder for safer urban operation.

    “Acknowledging the role that direct vision can play in improving safety for vulnerable road users, we are working closely with our customers to develop vehicles that lead the way in reducing operational road risk and increasing productivity,” says Nigel Butler, Commercial Director at Renault Trucks.

    He adds, “Our urban concept C2.3 tridem would be suited to a number of construction, logistics, distribution and refuse applications. The combination of the low cab with the tridem rear axle lends itself to use as a walking floor tipper, a concrete mixer or a rigid distribution model where the urban concept’s weight advantages and manoeuvrability will be of particular benefit to operators working in constrained urban environments.”

    In addition, on stand V35, Renault Trucks is showcasing two exciting new additions to its pre-bodied LCV ‘Ready for Business’ Range, together with its approved third party convertor, Bri-Stor Systems.

    The Renault Trucks Master 3T5 Welfare Van L3H2, designed using new composite materials, provides a comfortable, legally-compliant welfare environment for up to seven operatives, their tools and PPE to be moved to and from site safely within the 3,500kg threshold.  Incorporating fully-equipped relaxation area with kitchenette, as well as storage and toilet facilities, the Master Welfare Van meets the growing demand for a versatile yet robust welfare product for construction, infrastructure and utilities projects. Available in FWD, RWD and a new 4×4 driveline, the Master Welfare Van is fitted with Renault Trucks’ efficient 145ps Euro-6 engine and 6-speed gearbox.

    Also featuring on this stand will be the new Renault Trucks Master Optilogistics offering –purpose-designed for the operational challenges of the Parcel and Logistics sector, where operatives can make up to 120 deliveries per day. By listening to key industry players, Renault Trucks believes it has delivered the optimum logistics vehicle, available at 3500kg or 4500kg, equipped with a host of safety, compliance and efficiency enhancements that minimise on-road risk for operatives and vulnerable road users on every shift, whilst driving down wear and tear, and repair and maintenance costs for operators.

    “Renault Trucks is fully committed to enhancing the safety and efficiency of urban transport and logistics; we acknowledge the role that direct vision can play in improving the safety of vulnerable road users and are delighted to introduce some of our progressive new vehicles at Freight in the City Expo,” comments Nigel Butler. “Powered by our latest Euro-6 engine technology which offers exceptional fuel economy, reduced emissions and lower vehicle noise, the Renault Trucks range, from 2.8-tonnes to 44-tonnes, meets the demands of all businesses that deliver in built-up areas.”

    Visitors to both Renault Trucks stands V01 and V53 will also be invited to join in the company’s #proudprofessionals campaign.

  7. Mitchells drives forward with £750,000 investment

    Mitchells of Mansfield has invested £750,000 in new Renault trucks, as part of ongoing growth across the business.

    Celebrating its 50th anniversary next year and based in Brierley Park Industrial Estate in Sutton-in-Ashfield, the palletised freight distribution company has seen tremendous growth over the last year. As a result, Mitchells has been required to upgrade 10 existing trucks as part of its long-term growth plans.

    The investment in trucks will help meet the growing demand of Mitchells’ new and existing customers across Nottinghamshire and a variety of sectors, while ensuring that the maintenance cost from wear and tear of the fleet remains low. This will keep its drivers on the road for longer, providing an efficient and high level of service for customers with same day or overnight delivery.

    The family-run company, which currently has 75 employees and owns a fleet of 38 purchased the 10 new trucks from East Midlands Renault Trucks distributor, RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV). With significant growth plans in place, Mitchells hopes to further upgrade additional trucks with RHCV over the next year.

    Andrew Mitchell, Managing Director at Mitchells of Mansfield said: “We are dedicated to ensuring each of our customers receive a first-class service and as a result of a strong year of growth, we needed to upgrade our existing trucks to ensure we carried out this service efficiently and continue to grow across all markets.

    “We chose to purchase Renault trucks for the first time, as the package and deal from RHCV really stood out to us and we were blown away by the brilliant service. We are growing all the time and will eventually upgrade the rest of the fleet this year to Renault trucks – returning to purchase from RHCV when we do.”

    RHCV’s sale follows a successful year for the company who will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. As well as winning a hat-trick of awards including Dealer of the Year at the annual Renault Trucks Dealer Awards earlier this year.

    Paul Pearson, Commercial Director at RHCV said: “We are delighted to have worked with Mitchells of Mansfield to help them upgrade and improve their service offering. We are looking forward to working with them further in the near future, as part of the company’s significant growth.”

    Renault Trucks distributor RH Commercial Vehicles (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 80 staff across three sites in the East Midlands – in Nottingham, Cossington (Leics) and Alfreton (Derbys).

  8. Renault Trucks gears up to support the Armed Forces Charity SSAFA’s ‘Ride to the Somme 2017’

    Renault teamRenault Trucks is supporting SSAFA, the UK’s oldest national tri-service military charity, with Ride to the Somme 2017 (30th August – 2nd September) – a 200 mile bike ride to commemorate the cycling soldiers who fought and fell during the Great War.

    In addition to providing a new Renault Trucks Master crew van and a Range T520 6×2 tractor unit to assist with logistics along the route, Renault Trucks has also entered a team of four riders from its Warwick headquarters into the event: Wencke Roovers and Alex Williams from Marketing, Sonica Dahri from the Legal Department and Retail Development Director, Ian Wrench.

    Starting at the London Imperial War Museum in South London, the Ride to the Somme cyclists will head to France, visiting Arras and important historical landmarks along the upper reaches of the River Somme, into Flanders and reach their final destination, Tyne Cot, the largest of all the Commonwealth War Grave cemeteries where over 55,000 soldiers are remembered.

    The event will end by attending the daily Last Post Ceremony at The Menin Gate in Ypres on September 2nd.

    “All the Team Renault Trucks riders are novices, so tackling routes of between 50 and 80 miles a day will be a real challenge for us and our training has already started in earnest !” says Renault Trucks’ Marketing Communications Manager, Alex Williams. “We’ve been inspired by the stories of cyclists who volunteered for the Army Cyclist Corps during The Great War and their incredible efforts are keeping us motivated. SSAFA played a vital role in supporting servicemen and their families as they returned home from the front, and 100 years on it continues to help services personnel in need following conflicts. Its work is still so important today, providing lifelong support for our forces, and that’s why we’re getting on our bikes and putting in the miles.”

    Team Renault Trucks is assured of encouragement from Commercial Director Nigel Butler, an experienced cyclist who completed the 300 mile Transaid Ride South Africa Challenge in March. He says: “Renault Trucks is delighted to provide vehicles and logistics support to SSAFA throughout the three day event, and we are all very proud of Alex, Wencke, Sonica and Ian for taking on this challenge – and all the training and preparation that this requires – as ambassadors of Renault Trucks to raise money for such a good cause.”

    To support Team Renault Trucks with their fundraising efforts for SSAFA’s Ride to the Somme, visit

  9. Europa Invests £2 Million in Growing Fleet

    Europa was supplied with the 11 new Range T artics, four Range D12 distribution rigids, seven new Range D18 rigids and one Range D26 rigid, all complete with repair and maintenance contracts, by leading Renault dealership, RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV), following a two-year trial of the trucks. Having not previously operated Renault trucks within the fleet, the decision to invest in the marque was a significant change for Europa and came a result of the new cutting-edge fuel saving engines which reduce fuel consumption and maintenance costs, while ensuring a high degree of productivity.

    Fitted to the highest standard, all of Europa’s new trucks have front, rear and in-cab cameras and each rigid has a load securing system. This, paired with improved fuel returns has ensured Europa’s fleet is amongst the most efficient and secure on the market

    Russ McNally, Domestic Transport Director at Europa, said: “RHCV is an award-winning dealership, with an award-winning product, and when we started working with them two years ago, we were keen to trial the trucks they had on offer. The company has provided Europa with consistent first-rate support and product quality throughout our trial period.

    “The new trucks are of the highest quality and will contribute greatly to assisting the increased volumes that our significant growth has brought over the past year. This investment is definitely set to pay off for us and will help towards our aim of becoming the leading logistics provider between Europe and the UK by 2018.”

  10. Renault Trucks: A new demonstration vehicle with lower fuel consumption and reduced co2 emissions

    FALCON projectRenault Trucks is continuing its research into improving the energy efficiency of truck and trailer combinations with its ambitious FALCON (Flexible & Aerodynamic Truck for Low CONsumption) project. The purpose of this project is to develop and test innovative technology for reducing the fuel consumption and therefore the CO2 emissions of our trucks. It’s a simple equation: less diesel consumption = less CO2.

    Lower fuel consumption is at the core of the development of Renault Trucks vehicles, which are designed to be profit centres for operators. In line with Optifuel Lab 1 and Optifuel Lab 2, and more recently the Urban Lab 2 project involving distribution vehicles, Renault Trucks is now undertaking the development of a new experimental combination designed to consume 13% less fuel than a standard trailer pulled by a Range T truck.

    The work will be focusing on four key priorities, namely a) optimising the aerodynamics of tractor/semi-trailer units, b) developing connected tyres with low rolling resistance, c) introducing new fuel-saving driving aids and d) improving the drive line (engine, gearbox and rear axle) through a new generation of Rankine heat recovery systems and use of special lubricants. With the exception of the Rankine system, this technology is set to be integrated into a demonstration vehicle and tested under real-life traffic conditions at the end of 2018.

    “The technical developments are aiming to achieve a maximum return on investment of two years in normal operating conditions, with a view to starting production in the medium term. It is worth noting, however, that over half the technology tested in our previous vehicle laboratory, Optifuel Lab 2, was then used in standard Renault Trucks Range T trucks,” says François Savoye, Energy Efficiency Strategy Manager at Renault Trucks.

    The FALCON project, which is due to end in 2020, offers Renault Trucks a new laboratory on wheels not only for assessing technology aimed at further reducing the fuel consumption of trailer trucks, but also in preparation for the requirements of future regulations, within the EU, on the CO2 emissions of heavy goods vehicles, together with the volumes, dimensions and tyres.