- Renault ALASKAN Concept previews forthcoming pick-up / truck model for Europe
- ALASKAN Concept designed for business, leisure and everyday use
- New one-tonne pick-up model to be unveiled in first half of 2016
- Pro+ global expert brand unveiled to serve LCV customers and users
- Renault has been number one in LCVs in Europe for 17 years
As Europe’s number one Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) brand for the past 17 years, and in addition to its strong positions in the South-American and African markets, Renault Group is now shifting up a gear with a view to taking Renault LCV forward from being a top regional player to a top global player.
In order to achieve this ambition, Renault has decided to move into the pick-up market, a segment that accounts for more than one-third of global LCV sales. Last June, in Buenos Aires, the brand launched the distinctive new Renault Duster Oroch pick-up which is intended for the South American market, while the ALASKAN Concept that is being unveiled today is a striking show truck which paves the way for a forthcoming model that will have a global calling.
In parallel to its product and market offensives, Renault is also launching Renault Pro+, a global expert brand committed to serving LCV customers and users. In addition to providing tailor-made products and services, the specialist Renault Pro+ network will deliver a rewarding experience at every step of the journey for business-user customers, from advertising to aftersales service. The Renault Pro+ expert brand embodies Renault’s customer promise and forms an integral part of its plans to become a top global LCV market player.
“We are now equipped to take our Global Growth Plan forward and fulfil the aspirations of business users and individual LCV customers across the world thanks to an enhanced product line-up, new services and an upgraded customer experience”, commented Mr Ashwani Gupta, Vice-President, Global Head of LCVs.
A worldwide player, with a broad geographical spread of production facilities
- Vehicles sold in 112 countries, with top markets outside of Europe being Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, Morocco and Algeria.
- Vehicle production on three continents: Europe (France), America (Argentina, Brazil) and Africa (Morocco).
A regional leader*
- Number one in Europe since 1998,
- Number one in North Africa since 2010,
- A top-three player in South America since 2008.
Strong positions in many countries*
- Brazil: Kangoo #1, Master #1
- Argentina: Kangoo #1, Master #2
- Columbia: Kangoo #1, Master #3
- Algeria: Kangoo #1, Master #1
- Morocco: Master #1, Kangoo #3
- Australia: Kangoo #2, Master #3
A leading position in the electric LCV market
- The first mainstream brand to market an electric LCV,
- The Kangoo Z.E. is sold in 45 countries,
- The Twizy Cargo is the latest addition to the LCV Z.E. range.
Solutions for all customers
- From tradespeople to big LCV fleet operators worldwide,
- A network of 360 approved converters in 27 countries to adapt vehicles to customers’ needs.
(*) Not including pick-ups
- Renault takes the wraps off the ALASKAN Concept pick-up, a one-tonne show truck
After introducing the Duster Oroch earlier this year, Renault is now taking the wraps off the ALASKAN Concept which marks a further step forward in its bid to win over customers in the constantly-growing pick-up market. Pick-ups account for around one-third of total LCV sales and open up a fresh front for Renault’s product offensive.
The ALASKAN Concept is a striking show vehicle that paves the way for a pick-up that will have a global calling. It combines a payload of one tonne with cutting-edge, athletic styling to meet the exacting needs of business users and individuals alike.
The ALASKAN Concept: robust, athletic, cutting-edge styling
The ALASKAN Concept’s status-enhancing design fits perfectly with the aesthetic expectations of the pick-up segment, whilst remaining true to the Renault brand’s own styling cues.
- A head-turner…
- The dimensions of the assertive, status enhancing ALASKAN Concept ensure a forceful stance,
- The design of its robust yet athletic sculpted sides includes prominent wheel arches filled with 21-inch wheels,
- Its lines combine a sense of high-tech engineering with an impression of robustness.
- Its eye-catching front-end styling incorporates Renault design cues which bring a modern, aesthetic touch to the world of pick-ups:
- A large, prominent logo,
- An impressive bonnet highlighted by four sculptured ribs that heighten the impression of strength,
- A combination of satin-effect, brushed and polished metal finishes,
- Blue and yellow detailing on the door mirrors, brake calipers, wheel rim centres and front tow hook visually enhance the ALASKAN Concept’s poise,
- C-shaped head lights,
- Full-LED lighting signature.
Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Design, commented: “The styling of the ALASKAN Concept sticks to the rules of the pick-up segment, including impressive dimensions and a visual sense of power and robustness. At the same time, we have dialed in specific Renault cues in the form of an attractive, status-enhancing front-end design.”
- The ALASKAN Concept is powered by Renault’s proven four-cylinder, twin turbo diesel engine which features in the existing Master range:
- Twin turbo technology: a small turbo for smooth acceleration at low engine speeds, plus a bigger turbo for higher revs.
- This longitudinally-mounted twin turbo powertrain is lighter than average equivalent engines,
- Outstanding acceleration performance, plus class-topping fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.
The ALASKAN Concept: designed to make the most out of life in three different worlds
The ALASKAN Concept is a ‘work hard, play hard’ all-road vehicle designed to meet the requirements of three different worlds: business and leisure use, plus everyday motoring.
- Perfectly suited to the needs of business users:
- Strong chassis for excellent road holding, high ground clearance and distinctive driving comfort,
- A payload of more than one tonne with five passengers onboard and a long, wide load bed,
- Load bed incorporating three longitudinal recesses suitable for fixing equipment,
- Additional storage bins either side of the load bed for the secure protection of equipment,
- Best-in-class fuel efficiency, plus impressive power output and acceleration performance.
- The ALASKAN Concept is the perfect companion for leisure use, too:
- Ideal for road trips, adventure or sports use. Its big load bed can comfortably accommodate mountain bikes, camping gear or surfboards, etc. Availability of a range of outdoor accessories (load bed liners, covers, etc.),
- Premium travelling comfort, together with highest quality standards in terms of equipment and connectivity,
- Last but not least, a camera located inside the door mirror housings to permit the filming of passing landscapes.
- For everyday motoring:
- A status-enhancing vehicle complete with large 21-inch wheels, user-friendly driving comfort and modern urban styling that sets it apart in the pick-up world,
- A sporty, appealing look:
- Large LED Pure Vision rear lights with brushed and polished aluminium surrounds framed by C-shape direction indicators,
- Sophisticated rear-end styling heightened by the central aluminium exhaust tail pipe.
Hasselblad and ALASKAN Concept
Renault and Hasselblad worked jointly to underline the ALASKAN Concept’s ability to adapt to three different types of use: business and leisure use, and everyday motoring. Hasselblad is a Swedish manufacturer of cameras and photographic equipment. It is famous for having provided photographic equipment for the Apollo programme which took men to the moon for the first time.
A one-tonne pick-up to follow in the wake of the ALASKAN Concept show truck:
- The production version’s design will be similar in spirit to that of the ALASKAN Concept and will feature the same dimensions,
- A broad range of body types and powertrains will be available,
- It will be a high-end pick-up for business and leisure use, as well as for everyday motoring,
- It will capitalize on Renault’s crossover know-how with models like Captur and Kadjar.
This new one-tonne pick-up will be unveiled in the first half of 2016.
2. Renault outlines its ambitions for the LCV market
As Europe’s number one Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) brand for the past 17 years, and in addition to its strong positions in the South-American and African markets, Renault is now shifting up a gear to take Renault LCV forward from being a top regional player to a top global player. LCVs are a major strategic market, with over 14 million sold in 2014.
In order to achieve this objective, Renault has embarked on assertive product and market offensives, while at the same time striking up solid partnerships and enhancing the experience of its customers thanks to the Renault Pro+ expert brand.
A multi-faceted offensive: products, markets and partnerships
- Renault LCV is launching an ambitious product offensive, as illustrated by the ALASKAN Concept which paves the way for the one-tonne pick-up.
o The growth in the global LCV market can be primarily attributed to the expanding pick-up market, which comprises three classes:
- Half-tonne pick-ups: 3% of the global market, with a growth perspective of 35% between 2014 and 2019.
- One-tonne pick-ups: 17% of the global market, with a growth perspective of 19% between 2014 and 2019.
- Full-size pick-ups: 18% of the global market (90% in the US and Canada).
Source: Global Insight
- Renault’s pick-up market offensive: a four-step strategy:
- The Duster Oroch Concept, unveiled in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in October 2014,
- The Duster Oroch, unveiled in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in June 2015,
- The ALASKAN Concept, unveiled today in Paris, France,
- The one-tonne pick-up, due in the first quarter of 2016, with a global calling.
- Along with its product and market offensive, solid partnerships are a fundamental part of Renault LCV’s Global Growth Plan:
- Nissan and Renault together have developed the one-tonne pick-up truck for Renault which will share some of its architecture with the Nissan NP300.
- Nissan, Daimler, General Motors Europe and Renault Truck are sharing Renault LCV products, components or expertise thanks to strong long-lasting partnerships.
- Fiat is a recent newcomer to the Renault LCV partnership portfolio. The Sandouville plant in France is to build a Trafic-based Fiat LCV from mid-2016.