Renault Trucks |
(originally Renault Véhicules Industriels)
|Replaced||Saviem SC 10|
|Length||12,000 mm (472.4 in)|
|Width||2,500 mm (98.4 in)|
|Height||3,100 mm (122.0 in)|
|Weight||11,450 kg (25,200 lb)|
152 kW (207 PS/204 hp) |
187 kW (254 PS/251 hp)
The 12m long bus is rear-engined, powered by a 6-cylinder Renault turbodiesel engine with a displacement of 9,834 cc available with either 152 kW (207 PS/204 hp) or 187 kW (254 PS/251 hp). By placing the engine in the rear, the interior was flat over the vehicle's whole length.
The bus was popular in France, with over 4000 produced, and the Paris Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) operating over 1500 during the 1990s. In Australia, the Renault PR100.3 has the same visual appearance as the R312.
The Heuliez GX317 is closely related, sharing a similar body shape and mechanical arrangement but introducing a low floor capability. This new model impacted upon sales of the R312, resulting in Renault contracting Heuliez to manufacture Renault powered models. Renault sold 159 of them under the Renault Citybus name in 1995/6, but still featuring the Heuliez badge. In 1996 Renault introduced its own low floor version to replace the R312 and Citybus and was called the Renault Agora (later Irisbus).
- Length: 11.99 m
- Wheelbase: 6.12 m
- Width: 2.50 m
- Height: 3.10 m
- Front overhang: 2.71 m, rear overhang: 3.16 m
- Curb Weight: 11,450 kg, gross vehicle weight: 19,000 kg
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