Renault Trucks ’ product offering include the C-range for construction and long-haul purposes
With the launch of the new C- and K- ranges in October 2014, Renault Trucks Southern Africa entered a ground-breaking era in its history with a complete new range intended for the regional market.
“We are very optimistic about our prospective performance in the market, and in the process we are reaffirming our commitment to the region,” said Christian Coolsaet, Managing Director of Renault Trucks Southern Africa.
“In South Africa alone, we are aiming to steadily increase our market share within the next 36 months from 2% to 5%. Our 2014 milestone result of more than 300 units sold showed the great potential of the new range.”
Globally, Renault Trucks is present in over 100 countries with 14 000 employees throughout the world, since 1894. The company forms part of the Volvo Group, the world’s second largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles, which provides it with access to the best resources and expertise on a global scale.
Renault Trucks will initially import complete units for the first orders, after which the new range will be locally assembled
Local Focus, Global Quality Renault Trucks’ product offering include the new C-range that is intended for light construction and long-haul purposes, as well as the K-range, which is aimed at more heavy construction and mining applications.
The company will initially import complete units for the first number of orders, after which the new range will be locally assembled as CKD Completely Knock-Down units at the Volvo Group assembly plant in urban. The Volvo Group S has invested in the upgrade of the plant, as well as new tools and fixtures to assemble the new Renault Trucks range.
Engineers from Renault Trucks in France are also providing on-the-line support
Engineers from Renault Trucks in France are also providing on-the-line support and training to the local assemblers. ll trucks will be produced according to Renault Trucks exacting global product quality measures.
“Quality controls have been implemented at each stage of the production process to ensure the durability and high standards of our products.
This journey also included a great human adventure in the training our people in order to deliver on our promises of robustness, productivity and business success. The design of the new Renault Trucks range of vehicles is dedicated to achieving efficiency.
Renault Trucks’ objective of saving fuel results in vehicles being more aerodynamic
The manufacturers designers have chosen to focus on the trucks role as a tool serving fleet owners and asset enabling them to carry out their projects as efficiently as possible. Renault Trucks’ objective of saving fuel has been a major component of the design from the outset, resulting in the vehicles aerodynamics being modeled to obtain the highest possible air penetration performance.
“We believe that by doing this, Renault Trucks’ supports fleet owners in specifically the construction and mining industries in their contribution to the development of the region’s economies. Trucks play a vital role in Southern Africa, not just carrying goods but also ensuring that a vast range of essential services continues to function efficiently, said Coolsaet.
Expert Local Support for Renault Trucks
In South Africa, Renault Trucks has branches, which offer customers caring, innovative and professional support. The company is also currently restructuring and strengthening its footprint on the African continent, and is already prevalent in Namibia, Botswana, Uganda, Mozambiue and Mauritius.
Renault Trucks is continuing to expand its commitment to fleet owners with advanced service and aftermarket offerings in . “Fleet owners in the targeted segments have a strong operating-cost focus, and they need trucks and services that are optimised for their own applications, in particular reduced fuel consumption, said Coolsaet.
“They also have big expectations in terms of proximity to the network, both with regard to service, availability of parts, but also for meaningful and durable relationships with Renault Trucks experts. The Volvo Group is busy finalising the construction of a new state-of-the-art regional parts distribution centre in Johannesburg, which will ensure optimal parts availability and pricing for local Renault Trucks customers.
“As transport operators expand their operations throughout the region, we know our Renault Trucks dealers are there to capture this market demand and support customers every step of the way
“As transport operators expand their operations throughout the region, we know our Renault Trucks dealers are there to capture this market demand and support customers every step of the way. We believe our dealers are experts in their field and completely customer-focussed, and are therefore able to provide our customers in the region with unparalleled support and service, said Coolsaet.