Photo: Renault

Photo: Renault

Castelan Group, a provider of warranties, insurance, and claims handling solutions to the retail sector in the UK, has once again chosen Renault as the sole supplier of its commercial fleet vehicles with an order of 80 Renault Trafic panel vans.

The Trafics replace the company’s previous generation models. Castelan is opting for the new Trafic after putting the order out to tender and considering light commercial vans from six manufacturers.

As part of its management of 3,000 furniture and electrical claims each week, Castelan’s new Renault Trafics will be used by its Furniture Network Care Technicians to visit customers in their homes to rectify issues with varying types of furniture and flooring. The Trafic’s space-optimizing design is particularly beneficial to Castelan with ample room for the spare parts, consumables and cleaning machines that are necessary for its technicians to resolve many issues on a first-time fix basis, according to the automaker.

Castelan ordered its short wheelbase, low-roof Trafics with the ENERGY dCi 120 1.6L twin turbo diesel engine – the refined power unit’s fuel economy of up to 47.9 mpg being a key factor in its purchasing decision. Another significant influence was the availability of the Business+ trim line, Castelan specifying this equipment level as it incorporates features that it considers essential in its vehicles, such as air conditioning and rear parking sensors, as standard, according to the automaker.

Building on the Business specification, which already offers DAB radio with Bluetooth, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with HSA (Hill Start Assist) and Grip Xtend, electric front windows and remote central locking; the Business+ trim level also adds a smartphone dock, passenger bench seat with underseat storage, fold down middle passenger seat with detachable A4 clipboard and laptop storage, body-colored front bumper, door rail and rear tail light column, full steel bulkhead with load-through facility, and wide view mirror, according to the automaker.

Castelan’s Trafics have been further enhanced with the R-Link integrated 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system, which includes sat nav, Bluetooth, DAB radio, and reverse parking camera system. Castelan also ordered the additional factory options of a 68 mph speed limiter and metallic silver paint, according to the automaker.

Leased via Days Fleet and supplied by City Motors, Bristol – one of 40 nationwide Renault Pro+ dealerships that are specially equipped to cater for the requirements of business customers – the Trafics come with the reassurance of a four-year/100,000-mile warranty and four years’ roadside assistance. Castelan will also benefit from the Renault Business Quality Commitment – the manufacturer’s 13-point plan provided to corporate customers, according to the automaker.