Renault acquires majority stake in Micheldever Tire And Auto Services’ LCV fleet
Renault vehicles now make up the majority of the LCV fleet of the UK’s largest independent tire wholesaler, distributor and retailer following an order for 100 Renault Master Panel Vans.
Micheldever Tire & Auto Services – the parent company of the award-winning Protyre fast-fit retail network – will use the Renault Masters in its wholesale tire distribution operation as well as its increasingly popular mobile tire fitting service. The new vehicles will represent a third of the company’s entire LCV fleet.
On the distribution side, the Masters will help deliver tires to the 8,000 national retailers that Micheldever Tire & Auto Services supplies from its network of 15 distribution sites. Specially equipped Master recovery vehicles will provide private and business customers with an emergency and comprehensive mobile tire fitting service that includes tire replacement and puncture repair on virtually any car, van, truck or farm vehicle.
Replacing vehicles from other manufacturers on Micheldever Tire & Auto Services’ fleet, Renault Master Panel vans were chosen over competing light commercial vehicles because of their payload, value and impressive warranty. Finished in the superb Protyre company livery, the Renault Masters mark a return to vehicles manufactured by the leading European brand of light commercial vehicles; Hampshire based Micheldever Tire & Auto Services having operated previous generation Masters.
Ordered in the long wheelbase and high roof (LH35) format, the front-wheel drive Masters are powered by the efficient 2.3-liter dCi 125 turbodiesel engine. Producing 125 hp and returning over 35 mpg (NEDC combined), the advanced engine uses a variable geometry turbocharger to provide a high degree of efficiency.
Offering a payload of up to 1490 kg, the Masters were ordered in the Business specification. Providing Micheldever drivers with high levels of comfort, safety and convenience, the Business trim level includes DAB radio with Bluetooth, power front windows, remote central locking, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with HSA (Hill Start Assist) and Grip Xtend; which on loose surfaces such as gravel, light snow and mud, allows a wheel to spin to aid traction.
Micheldever adapted his vans with the factory options of a 270-degree opening, unglazed rear doors and a 68 mph speed limiter. In addition, the recovery vehicles were fitted with on-board motor compressors and complete tire changing facilities to Micheldever’s bespoke specifications.
All Masters were bought outright by Micheldever and the company is backed by the impressive four-year / 100,000-mile warranty and roadside assistance package that comes standard with all light commercial vehicles. Renault.
Malcolm Turnbull, Group Fleet Manager, Micheldever Tire & Auto Services, said: “Compared to other light commercial vehicles we considered, the Renault Master was second to none in terms of price and payload combination. The vans we took delivery arrived at our home on time and now that they are starting to be operational in the field, they are exceeding our expectations and generating good feedback from our drivers.
Nick Tame, Commercial Director of Groupe Renault UK, said: “We are very pleased that such a successful company has chosen to rely on the Master for two vitally important roles in its growing business. The large order size underscores their confidence in the Master and our commitment to providing clients with an unmatched level of service throughout their ownership experience. “
The Renault Master range is available from £ 21,420 ex. VAT Customers can choose from five different engines, front wheel drive or rear wheel drive; and many body styles including van, crew van and passenger.
All Renault commercial vehicles are insured by the Renault Business Quality Commitment, the manufacturer’s 13-point plan which guarantees customers first-rate service. Designed to keep customers on the move no matter what and to provide hassle-free business conduct, the plan covers everything from an impressive warranty and transparent pricing to courtesy vehicle availability and a dedicated hotline. to customers.
Sales of Renault vans in the UK rose 21% to 6,618 vehicles in the first quarter of 2016, in a van market slightly down 0.5%, official figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show . The LCV market share in the first quarter was 6.6%, up 1.2 percentage points from 2015.
Renault’s growth in the van market builds on a record year for UK commercial vehicle sales last year, with sales up 40% from 2014 to 25,458 units, and the manufacturer is also the best-selling brand of commercial vehicles in Europe for the 18theconsecutive year.