Nissan broadens its appeal in the UK
While Nissan’s mainstay for commercial vehicles in the Australian market stays firmly centred on the Navara, over in the UK buyers have additional options to stay with Nissan in the form of the NV300.
The all-new Nissan NV300 is now on sale in the UK market, backed by a comprehensive five-year/100,000-mile warranty, service intervals that extend to two years/40,000km and with pricing that starts from $35,800 (AUD).
Successor to the Nissan Primastar, the new model propels the brand back into the heart of the all-important M-Van segment.
Its arrival both strengthens and completes Nissan’s LCV line-up and gives the marque one of the broadest commercial vehicle ranges on the market.
The NV300 is available as a panel van, crew van and as a combi passenger vehicle with seating for up to nine people. In addition, a platform cab version is offered as a ‘rolling chassis’ and is the perfect platform for bespoke conversions.
Panel van customers can specify either a short or long wheelbase, each available in two heights and all (except the crew van) able to carry a minimum of three Europallets. There are also numerous rear tailgate and side door combinations – solid or glazed – for maximum customisation potential.
Customers can further tailor the NV300 to meet their needs by choosing from one of three distinct trim options – Nissan’s entry level Visia, mid-range Acenta and feature-packed, range-topping Tekna.
Under the bonnet is Nissan’s Euro 6 compliant 1.6-litre dCi diesel engine, available with a choice of four power outputs – 95hp, 120hp, 125hp and 145hp – all mated with a six-speed manual transmission.
Fuel consumption figures show up to 5.6 l/100km (combined cycle) and emissions as low as 145g/km CO2 and NOX emissions are reduced through the implementation of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology using AdBlue.
The Master’s Apprentice
Renault Australia’s reward for apprentices and technicians involved an experience like no other – hot laps around the Phillip Island Circuit in the Megane Trophy V6 driven by Brendan Reeves, Australia’s top young international rally driver.
“One of Renault Australia’s most important priorities is putting our people first,” said Mr. Justin Hocevar, Renault Australia’s Managing Director. “Our winning technicians and apprentices demonstrated outstanding knowledge and skills and are more than deserving of this experience.”
The winning apprentices were Alexander Coleman (first year), Fraser Doran (second year), Luke Curnow (third year), Joshua Robertson (wildcard). The winning technicians were Jacob Homan, Matthew Baker and Matthew Rawson. . The winning senior technicians were Andreas Chloupek, Barry Heale, Colin Burstow, Sean McDermott, Anthony Sferopoulos, David Earle, Rozaiman Ramiee and Drew Anderson.
Renault is continuing its global success with its light commercial range with one of the world’s biggest providers of office supplies and workplace solutions adding 172 Renault Master Panel Vans to its UK fleet.
Lyreco, which operates in 42 countries across four continents, will use the Renault Master Vans in the delivery of its 10,000-plus office and workplace-based products to its clients nationwide.
With a maximum payload of 1,530kg, Lyreco’s Renault Masters have been supplied in (LM35) Long wheelbase, medium roof specification, powered by the135hp 2.3-litre turbodiesel engine and front-wheel drive. Drivers benefit from standard features as a DAB radio with Bluetooth, electric front windows, remote central locking, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with HSA (Hill Start Assist) and Grip Xtend; an advanced electronic traction control system which acts on the vehicle’s driven wheels to optimise traction on loose surfaces.
Renault’s growth in the van market builds upon a record year for LCV sales in the UK last year, with sales up 40 per cent on 2014 to 25,458 units, and also the manufacturer being the best-selling LCV brand in Europe for the 18th consecutive year.