Renault Master gets more fuel efficient

Renault Master range was launched in 2010 but this year it has come in with better auto emissions and higher fuel efficiency. The Renault big van also has a number of features which has contributed to its increased demand in recent months. Renault Master range offers auto emission savings of upto 16 g/km and fuel efficiency gains of upto 0.6 liters per 100 kms. Renault big van features include new radios, air suspension and a new dCi 100 engine for the chassis cab, chassis double cab and platform cab versions.

Renault is Europe’s number one LCV manufacturer and has been so since the past 14 to 15 years. Renault Master is a 2.3 dCi powerplant which is produced at the company plant in Cleon, France. It comes with a choice of three outputs 100hp, 125 hp and 150hp offering better fuel efficiency and lower auto emissions thanks to the Renault engineers who have improved the engine’s thermal management system, new oil and power steering pumps and low fuel consumption tyres coupled with new gearbox lubricants.

Besides engine updates, safety and comfort features have also been enhanced. Better equipped radios, Bluetooth and USB connectivity are standard features while optional features include a CD player, MP3 player and separate display. Air cushions help in maintenance of constant ride height despite road conditions. Renault Master has been successful ever since it was launched. It has set a new record of being the segment’s number one brand with a market share of 16.8% in February.

News release: Renault Master: emissions savings for Renault’s big van

The latest Renault Master range, which was launched in 2010, delivers further CO2 emissions cuts this year with a saving of up to 16g/km, equivalent to a fuel consumption gain of up to 0.6 litres/100km.

Renault’s big van also features a number of equipment-specification changes, including the availability of new radios, the introduction of air suspension and the addition of the dCi 100 engine for Chassis Cab, Chassis Double Cab and Platform Cab versions.

Renault Master enjoys a 15-percent share of the European big van segment (26.6 percent in France – end of April 2012) which reinforces the brand’s status as Europe’s number one LCV manufacturer, a position it has held since 1998.

The launch of New Master in 2010 saw the introduction of an engine (M9T) developed especially for Renault’s big van. This 2.3 dCi powerplant, which is made in Cléon, France, comes in a choice of three power outputs (100hp, 125hp and 150hp) and its fuel consumption has been cut this year by up to 0.6 litres/100km. CO2 emissions are down by up to 16g/km (7.5l/100 km and 197 g/km for the L1H1, 125 hp version).

To achieve these savings, the work of Renault’s engineers focused on the following areas:

– Thermal management: an improved water circuit for even faster starting,
– New oil and power steering pumps,
– Low fuel-consumption tyres,
– New gearbox lubricant.

Together, these improvements represent a saving of more than €3,0001 over three years for the L2H2 dCi 125 crew van, and a fuel saving of €525 for the 3.5-tonne L2H2 dCi 125 version.

For enhanced cabin comfort, a selection of new, easier to use and better-equipped radios is now available. Bluetooth and USB connectivity are standard features of the R-Plug&Radio which is fitted to Comfort versions of Master, while the optional R-Plug&Radio+ comes with a CD player and MP3 playback, as well as a separate display.

Air suspension available for front-wheel drive Masters

Optional air suspension is available for the vast majority of the front-wheel drive range, irrespective of engine (Panel Vans, Chassis Cab, Chassis Double Cab, Platform Cab), with the exception of the 2.8-tonne GVW version. The advantage of air cushions is that they:

Maintain a constant ride-height irrespective of load and correct differences behind the left- and right-hand sides of the vehicle.
Permit the vehicle’s ground clearance or rear clearance angle to be raised momentarily.
Drop the rear suspension to achieve a lower rear sill height (450mm).
Manually adjust the deck height at the rear by +70mm or -60mm.

Other improvements in brief…

Introduction of towing equipment with a capacity of 3.5 tonnes for twin-wheel rear-wheel drive versions. This represents an additional towing capacity of 500kg over the current Master, taking GTW from 6.5 to 7 tonnes.
The dCi 100 engine is available for the Chassis Cab, Chassis Double Cab and Platform Cab versions.
The introduction of a new body colour: Pearlescent Black.
A new smartphone dock is available as an accessory. It was designed especially for Master and takes the mobile office concept one step further.

Facts and figures…

Since its launch, Renault Master has been successful. It has increased its share of the European big van segment to 15 percent (end of April). It even established a new record as the segment’s number one brand with a market share of 16.8 percent in February.

Ever since the introduction of the vehicle’s very first generation in 1980, Renault’s big van has been assembled at the SOVAB de Batilly plant, France, where the 2,356 staff also produce the Opel Movano and Nissan NV 400.