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Renault, over a century of expertise in light commercial vehicles

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"For more than a century, Renault has been developing, manufacturing and selling Light Commercial Vehicles to meet the needs of demanding business customers around the world.

These iconic LCVs often left a lasting mark on their times. Groupe Renault’s global LCV sales have increased by 40% since 2011, reaching a new historic record of 434,000 units in 2016. Today, Renault is Europe’s leading electric LCV player. In 2015, Renault launched Renault Pro+, an expert brand set up to further expand its range of dedicated products, services and solutions tailored to business users. Groupe Renault’s ambition is to increase LCV sales by more than 40% by the end of our new strategic plan “Drive the Future”. We also aim to double our market coverage and to remain the leader in electric LCVs by electrifying all our vans. With Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the objective is to become the leading global player in LCVs, with over 2.5 million units sold by the end of the plan."

ASHWANI GUPTA, SVP GLOBAL HEAD OF RENAULT-NISSAN LCV BUSINESS

RENAULT PRO+, RENAULT’S EXPERT BRAND FOR LCVs

RENAULT PRO+ SUPPORTS BUSINESS CUSTOMERS WORLDWIDE THROUGH A RANGE OF DEDICATED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES TAILORED TO THEIR NEEDS.

• A wide range of LCVs, from small to large vans, including pick-ups.
• Market leader in the electric LCV sector in Europe with a unique range of four electric LCVs.
• A specialized network of 650 Renault Pro+ centers in 41 countries, dedicated to servicing business customers and meeting the highest standards.
• A network of 400 approved coachbuilders in 29 countries to convert Renault vehicles in accordance with the specific requirements of each customer.
• An engineering center for light commercial vehicles in Villiers-Saint-Frédéric, France.
• Manufacturing plants on three continents: Europe (three facilities in France), Latin America (Argentina and Brazil) and Africa (Morocco).
• LCVs sold in more than 110 countries.
• A new historic sales record in 2016 with 434,000 LCVs sold (up 12.1% on 2015). At the end of June 2017, sales totaled almost 225,000 units, representing a rise of 4.5% over the same period in 2016

1.TAILOR-MADE

A wide range of customized conversions to cover the full spectrum of needs. Today, Renault has a network of 400 approved coachbuilders in 29 countries to convert Renault vehicles in accordance with specific requirements of each customer.

1900 - RENAULT TYPE C "MILKMAN"

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As early as 1900, Renault notes the use and market that could be made of automobiles in the utility or service fields and offers a Type C panel van. This small 3,5 hp panel van with 250 kg playload was the first self-propelled vehicle for industrial and commercial use.

1926 - RENAULT LO TYPE FIRE FIGHTER

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Renault, a pioneer in tailor-made vehicles. Renault was extensively involved in utility vehicles, typified by this fire fighter model.

2016 - RENAULT ALASKAN FIRE FIGHTER

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This is a strong, powerful one-tone pick-up with exceptional off-road ability. It is both robust and exceptionally comfortable, with its five-link rear suspension and strong ladder-frame chassis. This Fire Fighter version is suitable for all types of terrain.

2.FLEETS

Vehicles and services to meet the specific needs of small businesses or company fleets worldwide.

1947 - RENAULT "1,000 KG" VAN

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In helping merchants and tradespeople resume normal business life, the ‘’1,000 kg’’ van symbolized France’s economic recovery after the Second World War. The ‘’1,000 kg’’ van was eventually superseded by the Estafette in 1959.

1970 - RENAULT 4 F4 SERVICE

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The Renault 4 was one of the world’s greatest automotive successes. Created in 1961, more than 8 million units were produced in France until 1992. Craftsmen were most often won over by its van form. The small orange and white Renault 4 F4 van by ‘’Renault Service’’ became synonymus with proximity.

1986 - RENAULT 4 F4 "DARTY"

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The “blue jean car”, a new vehicle philosophy, gave rise to the legendary Renault 4 – a multi-faceted car, at home be it in urban environments, on country roads or on race tracks for more than 50 years. What made the Renault 4 F4 Darty so original was its adjustable and detachable domed panel which folds back over the roof and allows objects, including giraffes if you believe adverts, to be transported in the van! This roof flap, exclusive to Renault, was then known as a “ giraffe roof”.

3.PASSENGERTRANSPORT

Transport for all types of customers, meeting the needs of both private and business customers looking for space or a modular layout along with driving pleasure and comfort.

1927 - RENAULT PR TYPE

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Louis Renault quickly became interested in buses and coaches, with one of the first Renault buses being delivered to the Compagnie Générale des Omnibus* as early as 1909! Most of the time, these small coaches were used as shuttles between hotels and the station to transport tourists or people taking the waters at spas.

* Operator of Parisian public transports, 1855-1921

1975 - RENAULT ESTAFETTE GENDARMERIE

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Renault’s first front-wheel drive car was a small commercial vehicle. The Estafette has a flat floor, independent wheels, a very short turning circle and sliding doors on the driver side. It came then in various other versions such as this Gendarmerie model.

1980 - RENAULT ESTAFETTE MINIBUS

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In 1980, with more than 553,000 units produced, the Estafette gave way to the Renault Trafic.

2000 - RENAULT TRAFIC DATASPACE CONCEPT

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In 2000, Renault explores a new approach with a vehicle designed to transport businessmen and women. Trafic Dataspace is a cross between two concepts: a top-range minibus and a VIP lounge.

2017 - RENAULT SPACECLASS

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With SpaceClass, Renault is targeting the VIP passenger transport segment. SpaceClass can carry up to nine people. It is designed to meet the needs of private and business customers looking for maximum onboard comfort with a modular layout. SpaceClass is a distinctive vehicle with its elegant design and spacious, refined interior.

4.ADVENTURE

Vehicles built for adventure, crossing the Sahara Desert, going on holiday or travelling around the world.

1924 - RENAULT TYPE MH "6 ROUES"

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Renault introduced this six-wheeler type MH at the beginning of the 1920s with a view to crossing the Sahara and thereby facilitating communications between Algeria and French West Africa. It paved the way for the African expeditions that were organized between 1923 and 1925.

2016 - RENAULT ALASKAN CAMPING CAR

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This robust and powerful pick-up combines outstanding comfort with off-road abilities. It features the most fuel-efficient engine in its segment, the Renault 2.3-litre dCi. This “camper” version of the pick-up is ready for adventure.

2017 - RENAULT SPACECLASS ESCAPADE

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The "Escapade" version of SpaceClass (two to eight seats) is aimed at modern day nomads looking for adventure. It includes a couchette configuration up to 1.90m long for two people.

5.PICK-UP

From Colorale to Alaskan: pick-ups that meet the requirements of both private and business customers, built to explore even the most treacherous trails.

1950 - RENAULT COLORALE PICK-UP

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In 1950, Renault launched what was without a doubt the first SUV in modern car history with the Colorale range. Then, with a pick-up style body design, the vehicle adds a new string to its bow.

2004 - RENAULT TRAFIC DECK’UP CONCEPT

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Renault presented at the 2004 Brussels Motor Show a concept car dedicated to open-air leisure and adventures off the beaten track. Trafic Deck’up is proof that practicality can co-exist with comfort and elegance. A clever, simple, multi-purpose concept.

2015 - RENAULT DUSTER OROCH

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Already a success in Latin America, Renault Duster Oroch is a bold, modern and sporty vehicle heralding a new era in pick-ups. It is the first one on the market based on an SUV platform. Key features include a distinctive design, four doors for easy access, generous interior space with five real seats and a spacious bed. Renault Duster Oroch inherits the proven robustness and reliability of Renault Duster.

2016 - RENAULT ALASKAN

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Renault Alaskan, a sturdy pick-up. Unveiled in Colombia in 2016 and already a success in Latin American markets with their long tradition in pick-ups, Renault Alaskan arrived in Europe in September 2017.

6.ELECTRIC LCV

Renault is a pioneer and market leader in the electric LCV sector in Europe with a unique range of four electric vehicles: Twizy Cargo, new ZOE Société, new Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E.

1972 - ELECTRIC RENAULT 5

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More than a simple smallscale car for all, Renault 5 is every person’s car. This electric Renault 5 model was exhibited starting in the spring of 1972 in partnership with EDF*.

*Électricité de France (Electricity of France), French electric utility company

2002 - RENAULT ELECTRIC KANGOO 1

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The first-generation electric Kangoo dates back to 2002 and was presented to Ellen MacArthur in 2008 for her personal use on the Isle of Wight. Equipped with Nickel-Cadmium batteries, it had a 90 km range.

2011 - RENAULT FRENDZY CONCEPT

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The concept car Renault Frendzy is a truly multi-talented vehicle. Both an LCV and a passenger car, it meets the requirements of business users and families alike. Frendzy is an office on wheels with an electric drivetrain and showcases Renault’s new design language.

2017 - TWIZY CARGO, NEW ZOE SOCIÉTÉ, NEW RENAULT KANGOO Z.E., MASTER Z.E.

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Renault is market leader in Europe’s electric LCV sector* with a unique range: Twizy Cargo, new ZOE Société, new Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E.

* One electric LCV in every three is a Renault.

7.PARTNERSHIP RENAULT PRO+ / FORMULA 1

A customized Formula 1 offer to enjoy the thrill of motorsports.

1978-79 - RENAULT F1 RS 01 AND SAVIEM SG2

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At the start of the 1970s, Renault developed a V6 Turbo. At first, it was to be used in the Renault-Alpine prototypes and then in Renault Formula 1. The "Super Goélette" SG2, very popular, was marketed from 1965 to 1982, gradually passing from SAVIEM to Renault brand. This model is a replica of a racing assistance vehicle from the Formula 1 Turbo team.

2016 - RENAULT F1 RS 27 AND THE FORMULA EDITION RANGE

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Renault Pro+ is working with Formula 1 as part of a partnership with Renault Sport Formula One Team. Adapting to the needs of Formula 1, the LCVs will be present on track side to deliver spare parts or carry VIPs around. To celebrate this partnership and to share our passion for motorsports, a limited gold and black Formula Edition series is available across the van range.

Videos:

Renault 1000kg & Kangoo Z.E. | Renault Classic

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