In November 2002 the New Mégane and Vel Satis were the second and third Renaults to achieve five-star status in the EuroNCAP crash test programme, the first being the Renault Laguna – the first ever five-star car which posted its result insMarch 2001. New Mégane is the only car in the lower-medium class to have achieved a five-star score.
Fleet World editor Ross Durkin said: ‘In 2002 we were impressed by the results achieved by Laguna, but this latest showing only serves to reinforce the message that Renault make some of the safest cars on the road. Drivers are lured by the cars’ attractive styling and they also have the reassurance of knowing that the vehicle in which they are travelling also affords the highest possible level of safety for them and their family.’
Former IBM Fleet Manager George Emmerson, a member of the judging panel, commented: ‘I have no doubt that their strong showing in the EuroNCAP tests has been a contributing factor in Renault’s success in the UK fleet market. Fleet operators cannot afford to ignore driver safety nowadays and Renault’s commitment in this area is a great comfort to those who put them on their choice list.’
For the second year running Renault’s Trafic Van has scooped the Best Medium Van award at the Fleet World awards as selected by Commercial Fleet World. No van in its class has managed, despite the introduction of a number of new rivals, to outstrip the Trafic since it was launched two years ago and was voted 2002 International Van of the Year.
In making the Award, Ross Durkin, Editor of Fleet World said, "Trafic has caught operators’ imagination and made waves in the medium vehicle business. From its overt styling, to its fine ride and handling, to its modern common rail diesel engines, this model has delivered, and as a result, won universal acclaim."
Gibb Grace, Editor, Commercial Fleet World, added, "Trafic has won many a plaudit since launch, but none more so than from van drivers. Its introduction has set new standards in driver comfort for medium vans and made what was often a chore, into a pleasure."
Already offering a wide range of engines and a long wheelbase version, the Trafic Van range now gets even better with the introduction of a high-roof version and a new 130bhp 2.5dCi common-rail diesel engine.
Renault shares the Commercial Fleet World Award for Best Medium Van with two other vans based on the Trafic – Nissan’s Primastar and Vauxhall’s Vivaro.Published 23 June 2003