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  1. RHCV’s Northampton branch goes the distance

    L to R. Rachel Payne and Paul PearsonEast Midlands Renault Trucks dealer, RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) has marked a successful year of growth, since expanding into Northampton just a year ago, with new customers, three new starters and three promotions.

    With a further three sites in Nottingham, Leicester and Alfreton, the business has gone from strength to strength, following its acquisition from Renault Trucks Commercials. The acquisition formed part of RHCV’s strategic plan to extend its services to a wider customer base.

    Since the acquisition, RHCV has grown its customer base in the area significantly and as a result, the business has strengthened its 11-strong person team at the site, with a number of hires and promotions, to meet this growth and demand.

    Rachel Payne is the Dealer Point Manager, brought in to head up the Northampton site last year. Her unrivalled experience has helped build and grow the business. Over the last 12 months, there have been three other key appointments. 38-year-old, Thomas Long has joined RHCV as a Service Advisor, with a focus on providing a seamless and efficient service to customers, while 19-year-old James Garrard and 17-year-old Harry Fehr joined the team as apprentices.

    There has also been a number of promotions in recent months, recognising the talent and hard work of the existing members of staff. Darryl Sartain, who has worked at the site for more than seven years, was promoted from Master Technician to Workshop Foreman and is now responsible for running RHCV’s workshop. Lewis Adams, who had worked at the site for five years and Piotr Walendziak, who has worked at the site for two years, were also promoted to Shift Supervisors.

    RHCV has also enhanced its used trucks sales service over the last 12 months, which is now fully operational from the Northampton site. Sales Executive, Richard Ware has moved from Nottingham to head up the service.

    Rachel said: “Since opening just 12 months ago, the team has been incredibly driven to deliver excellent results. As a result, we have been able to make new appointments and promotions. The response from customers has been great, with many choosing to return to use our services again and again.”

    RHCV’s determination to provide an excellent customer service also saw the team recognised at the national business awards within its sector, when it was awarded the prestigious Franchised Dealer of the Year Award at the Commercial Motor Awards.

    Additionally, for the third year running, RHCV was proud to win Sales Dealer of the Year and Dealer of the Year at the annual Renault Trucks Dealer Awards at Manchester, beating 60 other competitors from across the UK and Ireland.

    Paul Pearson, Commercial Director at RHCV, said: “At RHCV, we have always made it our ethos to go the extra mile for customers and the acquisition of the Northampton site guaranteed our services were as convenient as possible for customers in the surrounding area.

    “Through the successful delivery of a very clear sales strategy and a determined management team, we have seen a steady increase in new and used truck sales, workshop and parts delivery alongside a strong and flexible contract hire and truck and van rental offer and this is set to only increase in the next 12 months as we continue to deliver a first-class service.”

    Established 40 years ago, RHCV has its head office in Nottingham and a further three sites in Leicester, Alfreton and Northampton. The company employs 90 staff and sell, leases, services and repairs heavy (HGV) and lig

    East Midlands Renault Trucks dealer, RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) has marked a successful year of growth, since expanding into Northampton just a year ago, with new customers, three new starters and three promotions.

    With a further three sites in Nottingham, Leicester and Alfreton, the business has gone from strength to strength, following its acquisition from Renault Trucks Commercials. The acquisition formed part of RHCV’s strategic plan to extend its services to a wider customer base.

    Since the acquisition, RHCV has grown its customer base in the area significantly and as a result, the business has strengthened its 11-strong person team at the site, with a number of hires and promotions, to meet this growth and demand.

    Rachel Payne is the Dealer Point Manager, brought in to head up the Northampton site last year. Her unrivalled experience has helped build and grow the business. Over the last 12 months, there have been three other key appointments. 38-year-old, Thomas Long has joined RHCV as a Service Advisor, with a focus on providing a seamless and efficient service to customers, while 19-year-old James Garrard and 17-year-old Harry Fehr joined the team as apprentices.

    There has also been a number of promotions in recent months, recognising the talent and hard work of the existing members of staff. Darryl Sartain, who has worked at the site for more than seven years, was promoted from Master Technician to Workshop Foreman and is now responsible for running RHCV’s workshop. Lewis Adams, who had worked at the site for five years and Piotr Walendziak, who has worked at the site for two years, were also promoted to Shift Supervisors.

    RHCV has also enhanced its used trucks sales service over the last 12 months, which is now fully operational from the Northampton site. Sales Executive, Richard Ware has moved from Nottingham to head up the service.

    Rachel said: “Since opening just 12 months ago, the team has been incredibly driven to deliver excellent results. As a result, we have been able to make new appointments and promotions. The response from customers has been great, with many choosing to return to use our services again and again.”

    RHCV’s determination to provide an excellent customer service also saw the team recognised at the national business awards within its sector, when it was awarded the prestigious Franchised Dealer of the Year Award at the Commercial Motor Awards.

    Additionally, for the third year running, RHCV was proud to win Sales Dealer of the Year and Dealer of the Year at the annual Renault Trucks Dealer Awards at Manchester, beating 60 other competitors from across the UK and Ireland.

    Paul Pearson, Commercial Director at RHCV, said: “At RHCV, we have always made it our ethos to go the extra mile for customers and the acquisition of the Northampton site guaranteed our services were as convenient as possible for customers in the surrounding area.

    “Through the successful delivery of a very clear sales strategy and a determined management team, we have seen a steady increase in new and used truck sales, workshop and parts delivery alongside a strong and flexible contract hire and truck and van rental offer and this is set to only increase in the next 12 months as we continue to deliver a first-class service.”

    Established 40 years ago, RHCV has its head office in Nottingham and a further three sites in Leicester, Alfreton and Northampton. The company employs 90 staff and sell, leases, services and repairs heavy (HGV) and light commercial (LCV) vehicles across the East Midlands.

  2. MD Carlos Rodrigues sets out clear vision for Renault Trucks

    Carlos Rodrigues

    With the arrival of the manufacturer’s latest generation of all-electric vehicles, Managing Director of Renault Trucks UK & Ireland, Carlos Rodrigues has set out the company’s clear and determined vision to be a driving force in the electromobility revolution.

    “For Renault Trucks, electromobility was the obvious response to urban air quality and noise issues, and we have been preparing for the shift to electric vehicles for over ten years,” says Carlos. “Then we were pioneers, now we are experts.”

    “We’re delighted to be delivering our first customer- specified Renault Trucks Master Z.E. this month – a 9-seat Minibus – with more orders due for delivery in the coming weeks and enquiries growing at a rapid pace. This promises to be a remarkable year for electromobility,” he continues.

    As well as the Master Z.E., enquiries are also increasing for the highly-anticipated Range D and Range D Wide Z.E. models, with the first UK customer vehicle scheduled for delivery in early 2020.

    Renault Trucks is at the forefront of the electromobility revolution and Carlos sees the company’s range of fully electric vehicles as a major attraction for operators seeking to improve their environmental performance.

    “Today we can offer a complete range of 100% electric vehicles, from 3.1 to 26 tonnes – cleaner, safer, more efficient vehicles with proven performance, ideally suited for use in the city,” he explains. “For tomorrow, we must continue to accelerate change, and to do this we must continue to work with operators, legislators and other stakeholders to ensure our vehicles remain fully compliant and competitive.”

    “As society’s environmental consciousness grows, so does the responsibility of the industry to harness new technologies to bring about change. Renault Trucks is doing this through the tailoring of vehicles to customers’ applications, developments in automation and connectivity, and increasing use of vehicle data to improve vehicle operation and customer service.”

    Carlos looks ahead to more change with confidence, “The switch to electromobility has started. Renault Trucks is in the driving seat as electric commercial vehicles change our urban landscapes. We’re ready for an electric future.”

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Renault Trucks invites visitors to live the high life at Truckfest

    Renault Trucks is celebrating the arrival of its new flat-floor flagship model in right hand drive with a T High takeover at Truckfest 2018 held at the East of England Showground in Peterborough over the May Day Bank Holiday (6th & 7th May).

    Visitors to the Renault Trucks stand will be invited to ‘Live the T High Life’ and experience first-hand the comfortable, well-appointed working and living areas of eight T Highs from the Union Jack-liveried dealer demonstrator fleet.

    Also featuring on the stand is a Range T520 6×2, the prime mover for the stage where our special guest stars the celebrated Red Hot Chilli Pipers will perform across the two day show. The iconic bagpipe band’s signature ‘Bagrock’ sound, a fusion of traditional tunes and rock anthems, promises to be a huge draw.

    From the Used Trucks by Renault Trucks range, the stand will also showcase a Range T460 X-Road which has been reconditioned at Renault Trucks’ specialist factory at Bourg-enBresse in France to construction specification.

    Featuring reinforced bodywork, including steel bumper bars, an ultra-strong stepwell and protective headlight grills, the X-Road is fitted with 315/80 mixed profile tyres raising ground clearance by 60mm. For optimum performance in the most arduous conditions, the X-Road’s Optidriver gearbox has been boosted with an off-road mode and manual accelerator.

    Renault Trucks will be running exclusive competitions on stand and social media throughout the show. Visitors are invited to join Renault Trucks at their stand and share an interesting photograph of a Renault truck on Facebook or Twitter to be in with a chance of winning £100 of official Renault Trucks merchandise on each channel.

  6. RIGHT HAND DRIVE RANGE T HIGH DEMO FLEET HITS THE ROAD

    Demo fleet 1The first ten Range T High dealer demonstrator vehicles have arrived in the UK !  Featuring the striking livery based on a design theme by Daniel Beddoes, winner of Renault Trucks’ #X-Tractor social media competition, each of the ten tractor units has its own unique identity that links it to the Renault Trucks dealer that it will call home.

    “Daniel’s livery theme of the Union Jack flag, combined with UK motorways and landmarks, was a stand-out winner for the #X-Tractor judges, which included industry professionals and journalists as well as colleagues from Renault Trucks,” commented Alex Williams, Marketing Communications Manager, Renault Trucks. “We have transformed Daniel’s original idea into a stunning suite of head-turning vehicle liveries that perfectly sets off the new flagship model to the Renault Trucks range.”

    The ten Range T Highs were officially launched at Renault Trucks’ recent Dealer Conference, where each dealer with the keys to their demonstrator vehicle to drive home.

    Supporting the arrival of the first Range T High demonstrators to the UK, Renault Trucks will be running a series of social media competitions based around the trucks in addition to the landmarks and motorways that make their distinctive liveries.

  7. RENAULT TRUCKS WILL START SELLING ELECTRIC TRUCKS IN 2019

    Range D Electric - DelanchyRenault Trucks has announced that it will launch a range of electric vehicles in 2019. This range capitalises on the experience gleaned from ten years of testing electric trucks in real-life conditions with its customer-partners. These all-electric trucks are primarily designed for use in urban and inter-city situations and will be produced at the Renault Trucks plant at Blainville-sur-Orne in Normandy, France.

    Electromobility is the cornerstone of Renault Trucks’ strategy for sustainable urban transport. Zero-emission vehicles help improve air quality, curb climate change and also reduce congestion thanks to noise-free out-of-hours deliveries. Tomorrow, electric trucks will be simply indispensable for city centre access.

    Renault Trucks has been investing heavily in research and development around electromobility since 2009, focusing on extensive field testing in partnership with its customers. Real-world tests on various types of experimental full-electric 12-16 tonne trucks – Speed Distribution for Guerlain, Stef for Carrefour, Nestlé and the Delanchy Group – have provided Renault Trucks with vital information on conditions of use, battery behaviour, recharging facilities and specific maintenance requirements for electric trucks.

    “As we transition to a lower carbon economy, electric trucks are driving the future for urban operations – we excitedly await production availability for our UK customers,” comments Nigel Butler, Commercial Director, Renault Trucks UK.

    In addition to the great strides made in understanding customer uses and market requirements, Renault Trucks is able to take advantage of the impressive R&D resources offered by the Volvo Group, benefit from tried and tested technology and harness synergy between different entities working on all-electric vehicle development such as buses. Thanks to these economies of scale, Renault Trucks is now in a position to market a cost-effective range of vehicles for its customers in 2019.

    A dedicated assembly line for all-electric trucks is being installed at Renault Trucks’ Blainville-sur-Orne plant in Normandy.

  8. RIGHT HAND DRIVE RANGE T HIGH OFFER NOW EXTENDED IN RESPONSE TO EXCEPTIONALLY STRONG DEMAND

    Range T High RHD bExceptionally strong demand and customer orders for the right hand drive Range T High in the UK and Ireland has prompted Renault Trucks to expand its offer for the new vehicle with an extended range of options now available.

    “We have been delighted by the number of enquiries we have had since announcing the right hand drive Range T High, and our initial production run has already been taken up. As we prepare to deliver our first customer vehicles it has become clear that each operator has a very specific job in mind for their Range T High,” says Nigel Butler, Commercial Director, Renault Trucks.

    “In response to that I am pleased to confirm that we have opened up the Range T High offer, initially available in three specification ‘packages’, so that customers can choose from the widest range of options available. As well as the core benefits of the fully flat floor and more spacious and luxurious sleeper cab, every T High can now be specified to each operator’s individual requirements,” he continues.

    Driving new opportunities for the brand with long-haul operators and owner drivers, the newly engineered right hand drive Range T High provides outstanding space, comfort and refinement as well as delivering a leading total cost of ownership package.  It offers the same cab layout as the standard model that is raised by 300mm to give a flat floor, allowing drivers to take full advantage of the spacious and thoughtfully designed interior.

  9. ABUNDANCE OF AWARDS

    RHCV team wins big at Renault Trucks Dealer AwardsFollowing a remarkable year of growth, we are celebrating after winning an abundance of awards at the prestigious Renault Trucks Dealer Awards 2017.

    We were recognised as one of the best truck dealers in the UK, beating 60 other Renault Trucks competitors across the UK and Ireland to take home Aftersales Dealer of the Year as well as Sales Dealer of the Year and Dealer of the Year for the second year running.

    Congratulations to Workshop Controller, Steve Gabe who was also given special recognition for his excellent work in Aftersales while a number of individuals from RHCV also received recognition for their strong performance in sales and aftermarket.

    The annual awards, which took place at The Hilton Hotel at London Heathrow, celebrated excellence and performance in sales and aftermarket across the Renault Trucks network at the ceremony last Friday (2nd February 2018).

    The awards follow an excellent 12 months for us which is currently celebrating 40 years in business. We were also named as one of East Midlands’ fastest growing companies in the Grant Thornton Top 200 and recently received a high commendation in the industry-recognised Commercial Motor Awards.

    Nigel Baxter, Managing Director at RHCV said; “It is fantastic to see the work of RHCV celebrated by Renault Trucks in these respected and prestigious awards for a second year running. A number of individuals from RHCV also received awards reflecting the strong performance of our team over the past 12 months.

     

    “We had a record-breaking year in 2017 and these accolades are a true testament to the hard work and dedication of every single employee at RHCV.”

    Congratulating us  on our success at the Renault Trucks Dealer Awards for the second consecutive year, Managing Director of Volvo Group Trucks UK & Ireland, Arne Knaben, said: “The performance and commitment of our dealer network is integral to the growing success of the Renault Trucks brand, and RH Commercial Vehicles’ professionalism, hard work and exceptional customer focus has once again delivered consistently high standards by going the extra mile across all areas of its business.”

     

  10. Large fleet investment puts Fred Sherwood & Sons in the fast lane

    Fred Sherwood invests in Renault TrucksHaulage firm, Fred Sherwood & Sons (Transport) LTD has invested in six new Renault Trucks as part of a significant upgrading and modernising programme.

    Based in Shepshed, Leicestershire, the 63-year-old firm Fred Sherwood & Sons, which specialises in waste and recycling, was required to replace six of its 120 vehicles as part of a long-term upgrade programme which ensures the firm meets customer demand across the UK, while reducing downtime resulting from wear and tear problems.

    The firm purchased the trucks from East Midlands Renault Trucks distributor RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) – having previously bought with them in the past.

    Justin Sherwood, Director at Fred Sherwoods said: “To ensure we are offering the best and most efficient service, we change our vehicles every five years to meet changing and growing demand.

    “We chose to invest with RHCV again after being provided with a demo truck as we were able to see all the benefits of the Renault trucks. The RHCV team has always been great to work with and as the support is second to none and even the aftersales assistance is helpful and beneficial to us.

    “We will always continue to upgrade our fleet to reflect our high standards and we have plans to do so again in 2017, returning to RHCV and its brilliant team when we do.”

    The deal with Fred Sherwood follows a successful 12 months for RHCV who is currently 40 years in business. As well as winning a hat-trick of awards including Dealer of the Year at the annual Renault Trucks Dealer Awards last year, RHCV was also named as one of East Midlands’ fastest growing companies in the Grant Thornton Top 200.

     

    Paul Pearson, Commercial Director at RHCV said: “RHCV is dedicated to going the extra mile for the customer whether it is providing a demo truck or through aftersales support and Fred Sherwood has always been a valued customer of ours for many years. We are delighted that we can continually help Justin and the firm with its investment and upgrading programme.”

    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, Cossington and Alfreton (Derbys).