RENAULT ACCESS: THE RENAULT TRUCKS LOW ENTRY CAB VEHICLE IS NOW AVAILABLE IN SPAIN, ITALY AND BENELUX
After being launched in France this summer and receiving highly positive first impressions from both customers and the press, Renault Access, which replaces the Puncher, is gradually becoming available on European markets as the manufacturer had planned. It can now be ordered in five new countries: Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Mainly designed for collecting domestic refuse by rear loading, Renault Access particularly stands out for its low entry cab with the lowest access step on the market, only 435 mm from the ground, together with a 1.564 m² panoramic windscreen that is also the largest glazed surface on the market. Both of these features make essential contributions to ensuring the crew's safety and comfort. Furthermore, the vehicle is available in a choice of two widths, the narrowest of which (2.29 m) allows it to operate with ease in the most inaccessible parts of town centres.
The Renault Access, the latest addition to the Renault Trucks Distribution range, is being introduced onto European markets in line with a pre-planned schedule. It is currently available in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The deployment will continue throughout Europe in the course of 2011, driven by customer demand.
As its name suggests, Renault Access has been designed for activities that require crew to climb in and out of the cab very frequently. It therefore has the lowest access height on the market - only 435 mm from the ground - and only a single step for accessing the cab. Inside, the floor is completely flat, meaning that crew can get in and out on both sides - a very practical feature when cars or walls restrict access to the vehicle. There is also sufficient headroom (2 m) for the driver to easily stand upright. And when he does sit down, he benefits from a pneumatically suspended seat and a dashboard with ergonomics that allow him to fully concentrate on his driving. In addition, the cab can accommodate a crew of three (and be equipped with an optional third seat), who each have an independent seat back and more than 700 L of storage space in the units around them.
Designed to weave in and out of the narrowest streets, particularly in urban environments, Renault Access is available in two configurations: a 4x2 rigid (GVW 18-19 T) and a 6x2*4 rigid (GVW 26 T) with a rear steering axle. It offers two track widths of 2.29 m and 2.50 m, with a turning radius of only 6.60 m between curbs for its short wheelbase length of 3,250 mm (4x2 rigid). Operators working in town centres who really need a "go everywhere" vehicle will opt for the "narrow track" version only 2.29 m wide, in any configuration. Finally, it is important to stress that the optional height adjustment feature allows the chassis to be raised by up to 70 mm above normal driving height and lowered by as much as 90 mm below it. Wheelbases range from 3,250 mm to 5,000 mm (4x2) and from 3,300 to 4,200 mm (6x2*4).
Needless to say, as far as safety is concerned, nothing has been left to chance. Renault Access is fitted with ABS braking and ASR anti-skidding to maintain control of the vehicle at all times, even on slippery surfaces. The extensive windscreen, with its 1.564 m² glazed surface, two wide-angle rear-view mirrors, a forward view mirror and curb rear-view mirror, all provide the driver with optimal visibility. They allow him to anticipate and handle every kind of situation by immediately showing the various pedestrians or cyclists moving in the vicinity of the vehicle. Finally, the vehicle's two rotating warning lights are incorporated into the cab roof and are therefore protected from impacts. They fully comply with RCV operating requirements (CEN 1501-1 standard).
The engine is the DXi 7 Euro V, with a power rating of 270 hp (1,010 Nm) or 310 hp (1,150 Nm). It is coupled to an automatic Allison 3000 gearbox which optimises consumption and delivers a comfortable drive to the vehicle's occupants, despite its "stop and go" operation. It offers two driving modes: "eco" which makes a priority out of reducing consumption and "dynamic" for use under more severe conditions requiring maximum punch. Furthermore, to adapt to the demands made of RCVs subject to countless stopping and starting, the gearbox automatically switches to neutral every time the vehicle stops, without the driver having to do anything.
In order to reduce consumption even more, Renault Trucks also offers to provide its customers' drivers with instruction in economic driving via its "homegrown" Optifuel Training programme with a configuration specifically geared to refuse collection activities. This enables driver teams to learn more about the vehicle, anticipate every kind of situation and therefore drive it much more economically, with less stress, greater efficiency and enhanced productivity.