Renault Trucks Range T High voted fleet truck of the year

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 10:41
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Renault Trucks Range T High 520 6×2 TML has been voted Fleet Truck of the Year at the annual Export & Freight Transport & Logistics Awards, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast, 12th September 2019.

L-R Tim McGarry – Co Presenter, Matthew Keys; Diamond Trucks, Emma Blair from Co Sponsor Close Bros, Iain Latimer; Dealer Principal Diamond Trucks, David Watts; Diamond Trucks, Enda Cushnahan; from Co Sponsor SDC Trailers and Sarah Travers, Co-Presenter.

Selected by an independent panel of judges, the award recognises the ultimate fleet truck over 18 tonnes GVW for the UK and Ireland that is a proven workhorse for a wide range of locally, nationally or internationally running fleets.  On the night, the large gathering heard that, as always, this was a hard fought, closely contested category attracting highly exceptional entries, but one truck rose above the rest.

Designed for driver comfort and safety, the T High 520 6×2 TML scored top marks for performance, reliability, fuel efficiency and equally important, aftersales support from the dealer network which locally in Northern Ireland includes Diamond Trucks and Toal Truck Services.

Carlos Rodrigues, Managing Director Renault Trucks UK and Ireland said: “Winning Fleet Truck of the Year in this competitive sector recognises the outstanding efficiency and performance of our flagship Range T High, which is proving not only to be the driver’s choice in terms of space and comfort, but the fleet operator’s choice too.”

Receiving the award on behalf of Renault Trucks, Iain Latimer, Dealer Principal of Diamond Trucks said: “We are delighted that this award not only recognises the outstanding quality of the Range T High, but also the aftersales support of the Renault Trucks dealer network, the proud professionals who go the extra mile to keep our customers’ fleets running efficiently.”

Powered by the already proven and highly regarded Range T High’s latest generation 13-litre engine, the truck offers an environment that is a ‘home from home.’

Judges noted that storage space is abundant, including five lockers above the console, one of which is lockable. The upper bunk can also be transformed into a storage space, complete with access ladder and luggage net; there’s also a drawer under the lower bunk – and outside the cab there are four side compartments, one of which is accessible from the inside, making it ideal for packing away heavy overnight baggage, for example.

Further contributing to the driving pleasure, judges commented on the host of safety features, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure, Advanced Emergency Braking, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Automatic Electric Parking Brake, and tyre pressure monitor which issues a visual warning in the event of a fault.

In addition, the T High’s comprehensive infotainment features were commended, including CD player, MP3/WMA format-compatible double tuner, with steering column-mounted radio controls and USB inputs for an MP3 player, as well as a hands-free interface for a mobile phone.

Finally, the judges observed that visibility from the driver’s seat is also excellent, thanks to the provision of wide angle and main rear view mirrors which are electrically adjusted and heated. Night time driving or low light conditions are well catered for, with LED daytime running and main beam headlights, directional LED indicators, and fog lights.

The award was presented by Chief Executive Officer of SDC Trailers, Enda Cushnahan and Emma Blair, Regional Sales Director, Close Brothers Commercial Finance, (joint sponsors), at a glittering ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in South Belfast which was attended by around 600 guests from all sectors of the industry and compered by BBC NI News presenter Sarah Travers and Actor and Comedian Tim McGarry.

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