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Long-term test: Renault Trafic

Review

Some of the best commecial vehicles launched over recent years have been the result of co-operation between
van manufacturers.

Although I’ve mentioned the word ‘recent’ here, it’s hard to believe that some of the vans available today have been around for a long time.

We’ve recently taken delivery of a new Renault Trafic, which will be used by Fleet Van for the next 12 months.

This van was first revealed to the public in September 2000 as a collaboration between Renaol and Opel/Vauxhall, and with a series of updates and honing over the last decade it still manages to make a stong case for itself alongside newer rivals.

When I first drove the Trafic in 2001 I noted it was the only launch I can ever remember when two rival van manufacturers actually put their differences aside and got together for a single presentation.

But what really stood out was that this new van was so much better than anything that had gone before – it really was a quantum leap forward.

Although most of these vans that you see on UK roads carry the Vauxhall moniker and were built at Luton, it is fair to say that this vehicle is a Renault at heart.

It was designed by Renault and since its introduction, Nissan has also joined in with the project selling the same vehicle as the Primastar.

Since the Trafic first arrived on UK roads a whole host of other variants have become available, including the Trafic Sport that we have on test.

Given our extensive previous experience of the Trafic and its Vauxhall Vivaro and Nissan Primastar counterparts, we expect a year of hugely enjoyable motoring ahead with the Trafic able to cope with any task required of it.

Now you would expect that after 11 years, this van would be getting a tad grey round the gills and showing its age against the opposition.

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