Renault Master is ‘Utility Vehicle of Year’

Renault Master has been named as Germany’s ‘2012 Utility Vehicle of the Year.

Renault Master has been named as Germany’s ‘2012 Utility Vehicle of the Year.

The award was made by a jury of 15 van users who tested a range of LCVs of less than 3.5 tonnes in real-world conditions.

New Master, which is only made in Batilly, France, enjoys a market share of 13.7 percent in Europe (end of July 2012) which reinforces the brand’s status as Europe’s number one LCV manufacturer, a position it has held since 1998.

More than two years after the launch of the third-generation of New Master, Renault’s large van has earned further trade recognition, this time in the form of Germany’s 2012 Utility Vehicle of the Year award. The panel of judges comprised 15 users who tested double cab and drop-side versions of light utility vehicles (less than 3.5 tonnes) in real-world conditions. Their evaluations and scoring notably took the vehicle’s dynamics, design and profitability (calculated by DEKRA) into account.

Renault Master dCi 125 scored well thanks chiefly to its equipment specification and respect for the environment. “The German ‘Utility Vehicle of the Year’ award is special recognition indeed,” declared Achim Schaible, Director of Renault Germany. “This is a first class result which prolongs the brand’s success in the big van market.”

This prize is attributed every two years by the country’s specialist magazines Deutschen Handwerks Zeitung and Handwerk Magazin, under the auspices of The Federal Ministry of Transport.

In addition to receiving praise from its users, Master has also been widely acclaimed by the industry’s specialists.

- Bob Flavin