DESPITE A DIFFICULT YEAR, RENAULT TRUCKS HAS PRESERVED ITS MARKET SHARE IN FRANCE AND ITS DETERMINATION TO FORGE AHEAD
2009 was indeed an annus horribilis for most business sectors. And this was particularly true for commercial vehicles, with European all-brand sales plunging by a staggering 47%. Despite this challenging context, Renault Trucks, with a 14,000 strong workforce (10,000 employed in France), and annual sales of 35,600 vehicles in 2009, has retained its ranking as France's 7th largest exporter. 2009 will also be the year of the Cape to Cape. Symbolising a company that is continuing to forge ahead, the expedition from Cape North to the Cape of Good Hope was a unique opportunity to proudly fly the brand flag. Renault Trucks also used 2009 to further assert its superiority in the field of fuel efficiency via several innovative developments applied to all its ranges. Therefore, despite the challenges 2009 has brought, Renault Trucks has its sights set firmly on the future, fully confident that its innovative products and ability to go the extra mile to satisfy customer wants and needs will allow it to emerge from the downturn in an even stronger position than before.
France's 7th largest exporter, Renault Trucks has full ownership of its entire manufacturing infrastructure in France. The company has a 10,000 strong workforce in France (and 4,000 abroad) distributed between its production sites at Bourg-en-Bresse (01), Blainville-sur-Orne (14), Lyon (69) and Limoges (87).
In 2009, at the height of the economic downturn, Renault Trucks opted for a bold statement of determination and innovation. This determination was epitomised by the Cape to Cape expedition, a technical, human and commercial adventure built around the Renault Trucks (Kerax and Sherpa) vehicles that took part in an epic journey from Cape North in Norway to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.
As far as innovation is concerned, all ranges now benefit from technological solutions focused on reducing consumption. This is best expressed via the Construction range's new configurations, achieving a more comprehensive compromise between consumption and pulling power, with the robotised Optitronic gearbox - now available on the Distribution range - delivering consumption improved by up to 7%. On Long Distance models, the Optidriver+ robotised gearbox, now equipping all DXi11 and DXi13 engines as standard, offers savings of up to 3%. There is also Premium Optifuel, backed by rational driving instruction, delivering savings in consumption of up to 6.4%, a figure certified by the TÜV, an independent German certifying body. All ranges are now also able to benefit from Renault Trucks' expertise in terms of fleet consumption management by using Optifuel Programme, which can cut consumption by as much as 15% across an entire fleet (...)