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Renault Trucks

Renault Trucks SAS[1]
Industry Automotive
Founded 1978 (as a merger between Saviem and Berliet)[2][3]
Headquarters Saint-Priest, France
Key people
Bernard Modat (President)
Bruno Blin (President, commercial)[4]
Products Trucks, Military vehicles
Revenue 4.35 billion (2014)[5]
Number of employees
Parent Volvo
Divisions Renault Trucks Defense
Subsidiaries ACMAT

Renault Trucks is a French commercial truck and military vehicle manufacturer with corporate headquarters at Saint-Priest near Lyon. Originally part of Renault, it has been owned by the Volvo Group since 2001.

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


  • History 1
  • Changes of ownership 2
  • Military vehicles 3
  • Products 4
    • Current products 4.1
      • Delivery range 4.1.1
      • Distribution range 4.1.2
      • Construction range 4.1.3
      • Long distance range 4.1.4
      • Military SUVs 4.1.5
    • Former truck models 4.2
    • Former bus models 4.3
    • Former coaches models 4.4
    • Former trolley bus and tram models 4.5
    • Concept vehicles 4.6
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


In 1956, the company Saviem was formed as a subsidiary of Renault from the combination of Renault's own truck and bus production with the manufacturers Somua and Latil.[2] 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 manufacturer Berliet from Citroën[6] (at that time a part of the Michelin corporation). 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

In 1971, Saviem became a member of the Euro Truck Development Group or 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. Since 1975 the truck models resulting from this cooperation were built by Saviem[7] and later Renault, even until 2001. They were also sold on the North American market as the Mack Mid-Liner or Manager.

In 1978, PSA Group had bought Chrysler's European operations.[8] Included in the deal were commercial vehicle operations in the UK 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.[9] The newly acquired operations in the UK had their origins in the commercial vehicle branch of the Rootes Group which originally carried the brand names Karrier and Commer.[10] Some of the models built there were continued in production for several years by RVI in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, who also kept the Dodge brand name for these models, albeit in combination with the Renault badge. In 1988 the company was subject to a Fire Brigades Union inquirey due to 8 Dodge fire engines involved in crashes.[11] Until 1992 the UK division was known as Renault Truck Industries, after which it then took the international RVI name.

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,[12] were rebadged as Renaults and soon after replaced by French-designed models.

In 1987, RVI took over from its parent company Renault a 42% stake in the American manufacturer Mack Trucks[13] which became a fully owned subsidiary of RVI in 1990.[14] In 1994, RVI purchased a 34% stake in the Czech bus manufacturer Karosa, increasing its ownership to a majority 51% in 1996 and 96% in 2000.[15] In 1997 Renault V. I. entered into a cooperation agreement with the Finnish truck producer Sisu. In 2002 the company signed a deal with the Chinese company Dongfeng Motor to manufacture engines.[16]

Renault Trucks takes part in the FIA European Championship, running Renault Premium powered by 13-litre DXi13 engines. The Renault Trucks-MKR Technology team won in 2010.

Also, the former Uruguayan plant of cars owned by Nordex in Uruguay, made since 2004 the Renault Trucks models like Midlum series.[17]

The Volvo Group invested about €2 billion to develop a new line of Renault Trucks vehicles (C, D, K, T) which were introduced through 2013 replacing the previous models.[18]

Changes of ownership

As part of Renault's restructuring following privatisation in 1996, the heavy vehicles operations of bus and truck were divested. In 1999, the Renault and Karosa bus and coach operations were split off from RVI and merged with Fiat-Iveco's bus and coach operations to form the jointly owned subsidiary Irisbus.[15] 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.[19] As a result, the mother company Renault S. A. was Volvo's biggest shareholder, with a 20% stake, shares and voting rights, but the majority of this was sold in October 2010, leaving a 5.1% stake.[20] In December 2012, Renault sold its remaining shares in Volvo.[21]

Military vehicles

Renault Trucks Defense division is wholly owned by Renault Trucks and is based in Versailles, France. It trades on its 1975 acquisition of Berliet and claims to have over 30,000 vehicles in use around the world.[22] Its status as the leading supplier to the French Army was put in jeopardy in 2010 when the government placed a $214m order to Italian competitor Iveco.[23]

It manufactures a range of special vehicles aimed at the defense and security markets, including the Sherpa, VAB armoured personnel carrier, AMC armoured multirole carrier and Kerax ranges.

In 2006 Renault Trucks took over ACMAT, but the defence and security vehicle manufacturer retained its own name and identity.


Renault Premium
Renault Kerax as service vehicle at Dakar Rally 2004
Renault Midlum
Renault Tracer bus
Renault FR1 bus

Current products

Delivery range

Distribution range

Construction range

Long distance range

Military SUVs

Former truck models

Former bus models

  • Renault PR100, previously sold under the Berliet name, launched in 1972. Some Australian versions of the PR100.2 carried dual Renault and Mack logos
  • Renault PR112 was a 1994 upgrade to the PR100 using a front end designed by coachbuilder Safra
  • Renault PR180 was the articulated version of the PR100, launched in 1981, later to become the Renault PR112 following a facelift
  • Renault R 312, replaced in 1996 by the Renault Agora, then renamed Irisbus Agora in 2002. In Australia it was sold as the Renault PR100.3
  • Renault Recreo school bus built by Karosa
  • Renault SC10, initially sold as the Saviem SC10 from 1965, and then in 1981 it was upgraded to the Renault SC10R when the distinctive curved front window was lost. The SC10U, and its replacement SC10RA featured the unique open rear deck.[26]
  • Renault Tracer, replaced by Renault Arés in 2000 and renamed Irisbus Arés in 2001

Former coaches models

Former trolley bus and tram models

Concept vehicles

See also


  1. ^ "2013 Renault Trucks Corporate Legal Information". Renault Trucks. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Carroll, John; Davies, Peter James (2007). Complete Book Tractors and Trucks. Hermes House. pp. 66–67.  
  3. ^ Kolodziej, Edward A. (1983). "France". In Ball, Nicole; Leitenberg, Milton. The Structure of the Defense Industry: An International Survey.  
  4. ^ "New management to take Renault Trucks towards strong growth". Renault Trucks UK. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Renault Trucks" (in French). Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Carroll, John; Davies, Peter James (2007). p. 59.
  7. ^ Davies, Peter J. (2001). An Illustrated A-Z of World Trucks: A Directory of Classic and Contemporary Trucks Around the Globe. Southwater Publishing. p. 169.  
  8. ^ Flory, J. (2011). "Appendices". American Cars, 1973-1980: Every Model, Year by Year.  
  9. ^ Kuipers, J. F. J. (1983). Great Trucks. Beekman House. p. 9.  
  10. ^ Davies, Peter J. (2001). p. 97.
  11. ^ Sunday Times (London, England) June 5, 1988
  12. ^ Davies, Peter J. (2001). p. 45.
  13. ^ Shope, Dan (28 May 1987). "Mack Shares Shifted At Renault".  
  14. ^ Shope, Dan (2 October 1990). "Renault's Buyout Of Mack Puts Bite Back In The Bulldog". The Morning Call. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Pavlínek, Petr (2008). "Restructuring of the Czech Commercial Vehicle Industry". A Successful Transformation?: Restructuring of the Czech Automobile Industry. Contributions to Economics.  
  16. ^ December 2002
  17. ^
  18. ^ "Press release. New Renault Trucks range: centres of profit serving customers’ business". 12 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "AB Volvo - press release".  
  20. ^ October 7 2010Financial Times
  21. ^ "Renault sells remaining Volvo stake".  
  22. ^ Renault Trucks Defense website
  23. ^ news 5 January 2011
  24. ^ "En 2012, dans un contexte économique difficile, Renault Trucks maintient ses positions et prépare l'avenir" [In 2012, within a difficult economic context, Renault Trucks maintains its position and prepares for the future] (in French). Renault Trucks. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  25. ^, July 7, 2010
  26. ^ French Bus Page website
  27. ^ Bus Explorer website

External links

  • Renault Trucks Global Website
  • Renault Trucks Defense website
  • Renault Trucks Corporate 2009
  • Spanish Renault trucks gallery
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