18 January 2016, Devon – Trucksmith, an authorised converter of Renault UK vans, has announced that 500 Renault Master LoLoader™ vehicles rolled off its Devon-based production line during 2015, surpassing all previous production records.
The Trucksmith LoLoader™ was originally designed over twenty years ago.
to combat the historic issues of poor aerodynamics and handling associated with Luton vans. The team at Trucksmith came up with the stylish, high volume, low floored vehicle using innovative manufacturing methods to achieve an outstanding payload that has become the hallmark of all Trucksmith vehicles.
The current state-of-the-art Trucksmith LoLoader™, which is the market leader in its low-loading class, features the Renault Master Platform Club and offers a payload of of 1300kg, with the driver, fuel, spare wheel and toolkit taken into account. Fuel consumption averages at 27mpg fully laden but can be significantly more on a run.
The Trucksmith LoLoader’s 450mm loading height is the lowest in its category, eliminating the need for a heavy tail lift. Trucksmith also builds the body using aluminium as standard rather than composites, which significantly reduces body weight, is stronger and increases payload.
Daniel Trebble, Managing Director at Trucksmith, said: “This significant milestone in the history of the Renault Master LoLoader™ demonstrates its increasing popularity within the UK van market. The efficiency of the vehicle is matched by its versatility. We can create specialist vehicles such as a food retail, ice cream vans, mobile library or even a showroom.
“We are able to undertake these conversions and any other specialist requirements within our own production facility that is Renault approved. We find the 3.5 ton configuration popular because drivers do not need to obtain a specialist operating licence.”
Further innovative features include double rear doors that open to 270 degrees, anti-slip plywood flooring, opalescent glass fibre roof panel to improve internal visibility and an interior lamp and strong steel bulkhead to provide additional cab security.
Mr Trebble added: “All our vehicles carry EWVTA process and we match Renault’s 100,000 miles over four years warranty as standard.
“We are expanding our production facility with an additional 20,000sq ft factory space to cope with the increase in demand, and we’re continuing our investment into research and development into manufacturing technologies.”
The company’s innovative approach has led to Trucksmith becoming the first port of call for customers nationwide looking for unique designs, premium commercial vehicle bodies and the building of small and large fleets.