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Renault expands its B range vans

29th August 1991, Page 10
29th August 1991
Page 10
Page 10, 29th August 1991 — Renault expands its B range vans
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• Renault Trucks has expanded its sub-7.5-tonne B range of vehicles with a new high-volume parcel van.

Developed with bodybuilder Vaile, and based on the 5.0 and 6.0-tonne B range chassis-cabs, the new parcel carrier is claimed to offer class-leading load capacities. The body follows the style of other high-volume vans offered by builders such as Bedwas, Dormobile and Vaile itself, being a GRP design with an aerodynamic front end blended into the standard cab. The specification includes a completely flat floor, full-width rear doors opening to 270°, walk-through access from the cab, and the option of a sliding side door; drivelines include the standard 2.5-litre DI turbodiesels.

Depending on the wheelbase the load volumes claimed are 15.9, 19.4 and 22.6m3, which are significantly larger than both the standard B range van (14.0m') and the equivalent 50 Series model (13.2m') which are also produced by Renault.

The internal height of the body is 1,975mm; the load lengths range from 3,730 to 5,334mtn.

In road-going form the parcel vans are around 250kg heavier than the equivalent standard B range vans: the 3.84m wheelbase, 5.0-tonne model weighs in at 2,665kg, giving a gross payload of 2,335kg. If weight saving is needed Vaile can supply an alloy body which can cut up to 150kg.

Competition in this sector comes largely from the Mercedes T2 range and the Iveco Ford TurboDaily, which offer volumes of 17A and 17.0m respectively in their largest integral van forms.

The new Renaults are, however, more expensive, with prices ranging from £23,635 to £25,540.


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