Renault Trucks SAS
Type Subsidiary
Headquarters Saint-Priest
Key people Stefano Chmielewski (President & CEO)
Products Trucks
Employees 14360
Parent AB Volvo

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Renault Trucks is a French truck manufacturer with its corporate headquarters at Saint-Priest near Lyon. Since 2001 Renault truck has been owned by Volvo Truck.

From its beginnings in 1978 to 2002, the company was called (French:Renault Véhicules Industriels) (English: Renault Commercial Vehicles), from 1992 on officially written as Renault V. I., with either form commonly abbreviated RVI. Until 1999, RVI also manufactured buses.

History[edit | edit source]

In 1956, the company Saviem was formed as a subsidiary company of Renault from the combination of Renault's own truck and bus production with the producers Somua and Latil. From 1957 on, Saviem was also used as the brand name for the trucks and buses produced by the company.

As a result of French industrial policy, in 1975 state-owned Renault also acquired the truck and bus producer Berliet from Michelin. In 1978, Berliet and Saviem were merged to form Renault Véhicules Industriels. Again, the old brand names were retained for two more years while the model lineups gradually were incorporated, until in 1980 they were replaced by the name Renault.

Renault Midliner with Club of Four cab, late 1990s model

From 1975 on, Saviem also had been a member in the Club of Four, a cooperation between four European truck producers (Saviem, Volvo, DAF and Magirus-Deutz, which soon after became a part of Iveco) for the production of medium-sized trucks. The truck models resulting from this cooperation would be produced by Saviem and later Renault even until 2001 and also be sold on the North American market as Mack Mid-Liner. For the military trucks of the Sherpa range, Renault was still using a derivative of the Club of Four cab in July 2006.

In 1978, PSA Group had bought Chrysler's European operations. Included in the deal were commercial vehicle operations in the United Kingdom and Spain, which at that time used the brand name Dodge. PSA however sold them on to RVI in 1983, having itself little interest in the commercial vehicle market. The newly acquired operations in the UK had their origins in the commercial vehicle branch of the Rootes Group with originally carried the brand names Karrier and Commer. Some of the models built there were continued in production for several years by RVI, who also kept the Dodge brand name for these models, albeit in combination with the Renault badge. In Spain, however, where Renault already was recognized as a local automobile producer, the Dodge trucks, which originally had been developed by the manufacturer Barreiros Diesel, were rebadged as Renaults and soon after replaced by French-designed models.

In 1987, RVI took over from its parent company Renault a 40% stake in the American manufacturer Mack Trucks which became a fully-owned subsidiary of RVI in 1990.

In 1994, RVI took over the Czech bus manufacturer Karosa.

In 1997, Renault V. I. entered into a cooperation agreement with the Finnish truck producer Sisu.

In 1999, the bus and coach operations under the brand names Renault and Karosa were split off from RVI and merged with Fiat-Iveco's bus and coach operations to form the jointly-owned subsidiary Irisbus. In 2003, Irisbus became a full subsidiary of Iveco and the brand Renault on its products was replaced by the brand Irisbus.

On 2 January 2001, Renault V. I. (including Mack Trucks, but not Renault S. A.'s stake in Irisbus) was sold to Volvo, which renamed it Renault Trucks in 2002. As a result, the parent company 'Renault' S. A. is AB Volvo's biggest shareholder, with a 20% stake, shares and voting rights.

As of 22 May 2006 Renault Trucks took over ACMAT.

Renault Model range[edit | edit source]

Renault Premium

Renault Kerax as service vehicle at Dakar Rally 2004

Renault Midlum

Renault Tracer bus

Renault FR1 bus

Current truck models (as of July 2006)[edit | edit source]

There is no model name in the front of the vehicle (in some combinations, the trailer doesn't allow to see the model name in the rear part of the tractor unit).

Construction Range[edit | edit source]

Delivery Range[edit | edit source]

Distribution Range[edit | edit source]

Hybrid trucks[edit | edit source]

Hybrid truck:

Long Distance Range[edit | edit source]

Former truck models[edit | edit source]

Buses and coaches[edit | edit source]

See also: Irisbus

Military vehicles[edit | edit source]

Concept vehicles[edit | edit source]

Preservation[edit | edit source]

Renault Trucks are generally too modern to appear on the UK rally circuit for classic vehicles, but a few examples appear at more general truck shows in operateors colour schemes, or as custom trucks. The odd example is used by collectors to move there Vintage and classic vehicles to shows.

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