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About Renault Trucks

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About Renault Trucks

Renault Trucks, a manufacturer of commercial vehicles, is present in over 100 countries, with 14,000 employees throughout the world, of whom 10,000 are in France. It manufactures vehicles in France at Blainville-sur-Orne (Calvados), Bourg-en-Bresse (Ain), Lyon (Rhône) and Limoges (Haute-Vienne). In 2011, Renault Trucks sold 60,000 vehicles.

Renault Trucks joined Volvo group in 2001. Volvo group is one of the world leaders in the manufacture of trucks, buses, coaches, worksite equipment and propulsion systems for marine and industrial applications. Volvo group, which employs around 100,000 people, has production units in 20 countries, and sells its products in over 190 markets. In 2011, total group sales represented €35.5 billion.

Renault Trucks, over a century of history

The company’s foundation was the product of one man’s determination, Marius Berliet, who in 1894 built his first engine in Lyon. In 1910, he presented the first modern truck, the “M”. Before long, Berliet trucks had become the reference on the market. In 1931, they adopted diesel engines, and in 1964, part of the manufacturing was set up in Bourg-en-Bresse.

In 1978, Berliet merged with SAVIEM (Société Anonyme de Véhicules Industriels et d’Equipements Mécaniques), which at the time was owner of Renault. The new company became the only French manufacturer of heavy duty vehicles, and took the name Renault Véhicules Industriels and then Renault V.I in 1992. In that same year, the AE model became Renault Magnum. This revolutionary, flat-floored truck became a reference on the European truck market. The arrival of a completely new style continued through the following years, with the launch of Renault Premium in 1996, a powerful long-distance truck, Renault Kerax in 1997, a worksite vehicle for extreme conditions, and Renault Midlum in 2000, designed to facilitate the day-to-day work of deliverymen.

In 2001, Renault V.I. joined Volvo group. In 2002, the company adopted the trading name Renault Trucks.

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