Renault Scoops Three Top Awards At The 2005 Fleet World Honours | Part Two

Fleet industry consultant George Emmerson, who has managed fleets at IBM, Black Horse Agencies and NHBC, said: "One cannot fail to be impressed by Renault’s achievements in the field of new car safety. We now know that Renault make some of the safest cars on the road and while drivers are lured by the cars’ attractive styling, 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."

Best Small MPV - Renault Scenic

Renault Scenic’s immense popularity was further boosted last year with the addition of the seven-seater Grand Scenic, and its appeal to the fleet market is self-explanatory - comfort, space and practicality and the reassurance of five-star safety whether travelling for work or with family.

Commenting on the award, Fleet World Editor Ross Durkin, said; "The Scenic has enjoyed tremendous success for the simple reason that it is visually attractive to such a wide range of buyers. Once inside, you appreciate the chic styling and practicality, while on the move it rides well and comes with an excellent range of diesel engines. Five-star safety and the recent arrival of the Grand Scenic are the final ingredients in the mix."

George Emmerson added; "This is one of the most vibrant and competitive sectors in the fleet market today and its growth has defied all the pundits’ predictions. Renault was largely responsible for the birth of the sector and its Scenic and, more recently, Grand Scenic models continue to attract the attention of those fleet drivers who need both comfort and practicality from a car."

Best Medium Van - Renault Trafic

For the third consecutive year, Renault Trafic has been awarded ‘Best Medium Van’ in the Commercial Fleet World Honours, clearly demonstrating that Trafic is still the van to beat in the medium van sector. Renault’s van sales are enjoying immense success this year with Renault recently announcing its best ever first quarter results in the UK. Total Renault van sales in UK are up 19% year-to-date compared to 2004 as well as March car sales being up by 4% in market down 5%.

Commercial Fleet World Editor John Kendall said: ’It’s almost four years since the Renault Trafic first went on sale, stirring a revolution in European panel van design. Alongside rivals such as the Ford Transit, VW Transporter, Mercedes-Benz Vito and Citroen Dispatch/Fiat Scudo/Peugeot Expert, the new van looked modern and distinctive as well as different. It was the same story inside too. A completely different approach to dashboard design from its mainstream rivals gave it a far more car-like appearance from the driver’s seat. As the Renault/Nissan alliance became established, the Nissan Primastar also joined the range.

‘Four years on, the van faces tougher competition than ever. Both the Mercedes-Benz Vito and Volkswagen Transporter have been replaced and the lighter models face competition from the Transit Connect, while still competing against the top-selling Transit.

‘Despite this, the unconventional looks appear as fresh as ever, making even its newest rivals look conservative and conventional. The latest additions to the range include six-seater crew cab variants, available with both short and long wheelbase models. A nine-seater SWB minibus model also joins the range this year as well as a semi-automatic gearbox option. Most UK models are built at the IBC plant in Luton, which is currently working flat out to satisfy demand for the model, with three-shift working around the clock.

A range of four engines, including common rail 1.9-litre and 2.5-litre diesels from Renault, with six-speed gearboxes on many models, make the van a quiet, economical long distance vehicle, helped by a very car like driving experience. Despite the tough competition, this is still the medium van to beat,’ added John Kendall.

Published : 29/05/05 Author : Melanie Carter

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