Renault Master van hits milestone

The landmark figure was reached within eight months of the van first going on sale in Europe and signals higher demand than the French manufacturer expected for the Ford Transit rival.

With hundreds of van types, wheelbase lengths, roof heights and equipment levels to choose from, the Renault Master van is designed to match the versatility and practicality of the Ford Transit.

It is offered in panel van and box van configurations, while a more basic platform cab and chassis cab are also available. There is even a minibus version, named the Master Passenger, of the popular van.

However, options are not limited to the five versions, because Renault also offers a conversion programme to tailor the vans to any original requirements.

All Master vans come with a range of petrol and diesel engines and can be specified with extra equipment such as roof bars, ladders on the rear doors, satellite navigation and engine speed limiters.

The Renault Master van is produced in eastern France where it has increased production at the plant by 40 per cent in 2010 compared to 2009.

The 50,000th van to be produced was a L2H2 model which is set to be sold in the French market.

Vans produced for the UK market start from £21,035 for the panel van, which comes with a diesel engine delivering 35.3mpg on the combined cycle and 211g/km of CO2 emissions.

The 150bhp diesel engine also qualifies for the Euro 5 legislation which all vans sold in Europe must comply with by 2012.