Head over to Europe and you're bound to see this van scurrying about. Only you might not recognize it. That's because this product of a joint venture between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and General Motors is sold under four different nameplates: by Vauxhall and Opel as the Vivaro, by Nissan as the Primastar and by Renault as the Trafic.

Since introducing the first-generation Trafic in 1980, Renault alone has sold over 1.6 million of them. The second generation arrived in 2001, and this is the third – or a facelifted version of the second, anyway. It features revised styling and updated equipment and will be offered in two lengths, two heights, a variety of cab configurations and a host of engine options to give commercial buyers a staggering array of 270 different combinations to choose from, including a new 1.6-liter diesel developed by Renault.

To supplement the manufacturing undetaken by GM in the UK and by Nissan in Spain, Renault will also handle assembly of the new van in France. Expect new versions of the Nissan Primastar and Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro to follow, but for now (if you happen to be interested in European vans) you can read about the new Renault Trafic in the press release below.
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New Renault Trafic breaks cover
March 18, 2014

- This summer will see Renault refresh its Trafic range as it perpetuates the success story of one of its most popular models, with 1.6 million sales since 1980.
- This practical and economical 'Van à Vivre' will sport a new look both inside and out, while benefitting from clever smart innovations to facilitate the lives of business customers, as well as a new range of responsive engines.
- The vehicle will be available with a new Renault-developed 1.6 dCi powerplant, including a twin-turbocharged version that boasts fuel consumption of less than six litres per 100km.
- New Trafic is now built at the Sandouville factory, enabling Renault to rely upon no fewer than three production plants in France to manufacture the entirety of its European market-leading range.

Launched in 1980 to replace the equally illustrious Estafette, Renault Trafic has already achieved more than 1.6 million sales around the world. Moreover, in 2014, the Trafic story will continue with the third generation of the iconic vehicle debuting in some 50 countries globally.

New Trafic comes with a completely new exterior design. The front incorporates the bigger, more upright logo that is emblematic of Renault's new brand identity. Its stance is forceful and dynamic, while its wide, slender headlights give it an expressive look, and the more sloping windscreen results in a clear division with the bonnet. A wide and assertive air intake and a body-coloured trim strip between the two grilles produce a lighter feel. Sharper lines make the vehicle's silhouette more dynamic than before, whilst the sturdiness that Trafic customers have come to expect have been retained courtesy of a protective, wrap-around front bumper.


With New Trafic, Renault has capitalised upon its wealth of experience in the LCV segment to offer a genuine user-friendly van that is modern and comfortable, responding ever-more closely to the needs of customers and actively contributing to the success of their business.

New Trafic can be customised as required thanks to the outstanding diversity of its range which features 270 variants, two different heights, two different lengths, delivery van, crew-cab, platform cab and minibus versions, not to mention the solutions produced by our approved converters and Renault Tech.

New Trafic is both flexible and economical thanks to its new range of downsized, turbocharged engines. They are based upon the latest-generation, Renault-developed 1.6 dCi unit (R9M) and feature advanced technology to combine welcome fuel consumption savings with real driving enjoyment. This range is available in two versions: a single variable geometry turbo which yields a gain of more than one litre/100km and the Twin-Turbo version, the fuel consumption of which dips beneath the six litres/100km* threshold. These engines offer brisk pick-up and greater low-end torque for responsive acceleration, even when the vehicle is fully loaded.

New Trafic was developed by Renault's expert LCV engineers to be reliable and robust. It benefits from the knowledge and expertise of some 1,800 men and women at the Sandouville factory, which has hitherto focused on high-end passenger cars. To relocate the van's production to France, the factory underwent significant transformation work thanks to an investment of more than €230 million.

The Renault brand, Europe's number one LCV maker since 1998, consequently boasts a particularly competitive production set-up, with three factories in France that are responsible for assembling all the vehicles in its range, namely Kangoo at MCA (Maubeuge), Master at SOVAB (Batilly) and Trafic now at Sandouville.


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      rbnhd1144
      • 9 Months Ago
      These are awesome vans, I wish Nissan would sel it here versus the NV and NV 200, it would be a great replacment for my Astro. Pics can be decieving, this van is similar in size to an Astro van.
        Cruising
        • 9 Months Ago
        @rbnhd1144
        Would be neat but those fanboy nationalist trolls would come out making arguments about why GM does not build it's own van or this van is ugly etc...without actually understanding GM's current plan of using the Nissan van as a stop gap measure while they develope one in house
          aatbloke1967
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Cruising
          "I am not sure about that GM have been doing this for years with renault, it is a joint manufacture, what I understand is that the van will be built in UK, but it will still be base oof the renault traffic with same engines." Vauxhall/Opel have had the same joint venture with Renault since the early 1990's, with the GM versions all built at Luton. Nissan variants are a far more recent introduction.
          chanonissan
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Cruising
          I am not sure about that GM have been doing this for years with renault, it is a joint manufacture, what I understand is that the van will be built in UK, but it will still be base oof the renault traffic with same engines. you can compare pictures http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/vauxhall/vivaro/85567/new-british-built-vauxhall-vivaro-van-sale-summer
          chanonissan
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Cruising
          the last time I check Vauxhall / opel are GM product, so why are you correcting me, I did not say Chevrolet.
          aatbloke1967
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Cruising
          Because you stated you were sure about whether GM had been involved in the venture for years. They have been involved with it for two decades. You might want to undergo a revision course in basic punctuation and grammar.
          aatbloke1967
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Cruising
          Or weren't sure, rather.
      johnnythemoney
      • 9 Months Ago
      Waiting for people to erroneously laugh at the displacement of the engine.
        Geekengineer
        • 9 Months Ago
        @johnnythemoney
        I laughed at the displacement non-erroneously. That's teeny. While perfectly adequate, I'm sure, it's just itsy-bitsy. Plus, naming a van "Trafic"? Wow, that's just weird.
          Robert Ryan
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Geekengineer
          It is French not so weird.
          Quen47
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Geekengineer
          It's always shocking when a French van has a French word for the name.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 9 Months Ago
      I don't see why they couldn't have simply rebadged the NV van they sell in the States. If it is good enough for Americans, then it is more than good enough for Europeans. It is MUCH more capable and rugged than any of the Euro vans they sell there. It will take a LOT more punishment and abuse and will fare better in tough conditions than a Barbie truck like the Sprinter, it has a higher payload capacity, it is more spacious inside, and has a higher towing rating. Plus, it has much more powerful engines. A choice between a 5.0 V8with 370 hp and a 5.6 V8 with 420 hp would be ideal for the Autobahn. Contrary to popular belief, it is actually more fuel efficient than the Euro vans. The Euro vans have small underpowered engines lugging around gigantic masses, so the engine has to work harder and the mileage will take a hit. On the other hand, American style vans like the NV have large displacement motors which can operate the vehicle at ideal RPMs, resulting in better mileage
        rbnhd1144
        • 9 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        You nailed it when you said "I don't see why", you my friend are totally clueless about this subject. You don't live in Europe and haven't a clue about their roads needs or vehicles, all you seem to think about is motors with large displacements and low MPG's... Europeans LOVE Vehicles such as the Traffic, Vivaro and Primastar, the numbers speak for themselves, they have more Cargo vans than you have ever seen. My Brother in law has a Trafic, its a marvelous van, 40+ mpg diesel, seats for three up front and a sealed bulkhead, its got car comforts and options up the yin yan... Its a wonderful and efficient van, it drives really well. Europe would NOT entertain the NV, they have the NV 200 but the larger one would not sell at all, Plus the dam thing is Ugly, its not really selling well here. If the NV was a better choice Goshen would have sold it in Europe.
        Mr.Roadrage
        • 9 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        "If it is good enough for Americans, then it is more than good enough for Europeans". A statement that expresses American arrogace most succinctly.
        aatbloke1967
        • 9 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Don't respond to "FueltotheFire." His comments are deliberate vacuous nonsense designed purely to be inflammatory.
          always_busy
          • 9 Months Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          FuelToTheFire strikes again! Remember everyone, he is a troll. I have seen his comments on here for some time and each one seems to be more idiotic than the last. His comments are so utterly asinine that they sometimes give me a good chuckle.
        Georg
        • 9 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        oh and BTW the Nissan NV400 (not avaible in the US of A a rebadged Renault Master) a Sprinter class Van also outclass the NV3500 HD with 4630lbs payload with the same 600cubic feet cargo space the largest Sprinter offers...
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