Renault topped the European LCV sector, as defined by European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), for the 18th consecutive year due to the strong performances of the Kangoo, the Master and the multiple award-winning Trafic.
In a European market up 11.4 per cent, Renault’s LCV sales rose to 16.9 per cent, equivalent to the sale of 29,000 additional vehicles. Meanwhile, market share recorded a 0.7 percentage point increase to reach 15 per cent.
In a European market, Renault’s LCV sales were up in all the main markets, including Germany, Italy, Spain and, especially, the United Kingdom which achieved its best ever sales (up 1.2 percentage points).
“We are proud to have maintained our lead in Europe for the 18th consecutive year. This result is evidence of our determination to offer our customers a comprehensive, tailor-made range of LCVs that has been consolidated by the launch of the new Trafic,” says Pascal Schmitt, VP, Global LCV Sales & Marketing.
Renault’s LCV expertise is boosted by its dedicated Technical Centre in Villiers Saint-Frédéric, France, where such highly successful models as the Kangoo, Trafic and Master were developed.
The centre’s facilities and engineering teams are perfectly geared to developing and testing new vehicles, including the production of prototypes and simulation work, as well as the development of manufacturing processes.
The manufacturing excellence of Renault’s factories is recognised by other LCV brands, as illustrated by solid partnerships with GM, Daimler, Renault Trucks and, more recently, Fiat, as well as with Renault’s Alliance partner, Nissan.
Renault Pro+ is Groupe Renault’s worldwide expert brand committed to serving buyers and users of light commercial vehicles, providing tailor-made products and services through a highly-trained specialist network. The Renault Pro+ expert brand embodies Renault’s promise to its LCV customers and will continue to help to drive its ambitions in the global LCV marketplace in 2016.
From the top of Europe to a top global player
Last year saw Groupe Renault deliver another strong performance in the global LCV market, with sales increasing by 12.4 per cent. With a market share of 3.8 per cent, it grew from being a top regional leader to a top global player.