With the unveiling of their new C range, CMC Motors Group and Renault Trucks continue to increase its presence into the heavy commercial truck segment, which demand is highly growing across the East African region.
After the launching of the K range in Nairobi in January, Renault Trucks keeps gaining its place in the Kenyan market with the official launching of the C range. This way, the brand is expanding its presence and offer into other segments, in alignment with the increasing demand for logistics, services and robust trucks in the country and the region.
“After introducing the K range, conceived for the most extreme applications, we are willing to address customers in the general cargo and fuel transport business with our C range. This is the ideal truck for all those who require a truck offering optimized fuel consumption for longer distances,” said Cyril Barille, Renault Trucks Africa Vice President. “This comes in line with our arrival in the region, taking Kenya as our development Hub to achieve our long-term vision, alongside CMC Motors, our exclusive partner in the country”.
Besides the dedicated product offer, and the similar commercial ambitions, the two companies match in terms of their commitments with the region. In line with the governmental 2030 Kenya industrialization vision, Renault Trucks vehicles are being assembled locally. CMC Motors has established a partnership with Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers (KVM), located in Thika, to do so. The opening of the production line is taking place this week and will create over 200 new jobs with additional opportunities set to be generated across the value chain.
The full commitment to the country’s economic strategy doesn’t stop there. The promotion of the local production and the job creation is completed by a very important focus on training. A regional training center is also now operating in Nairobi, allowing Kenya to become a regional Hub for South East Africa region to support competence development. This Renault Trucks training center is part of the Al Futtaim Academy and has already held some technical trainings organized by the French manufacturer.
According to Noel Mabuma, CMC Motors CEO, the coexistence of the two new Renault Trucks ranges (C & K) into the market will enhance its offering within the heavy commercial vehicle segment to meet increasing demand from both existing and emerging industries.
Especially designed for severe conditions faced in Africa, the Renault Trucks K Range counts with 36T of rear axle tandem capacity and offers one of the best payloads in the market (up to 38T on an 8×4), while also ensuring high drivability. Its high ground clearance and 32° approach angle suit perfectly the off-road requirements. The robustness is guaranteed by the K range unique features: suited chassis reinforcement, plates under engine and oil sum, 100% steel bumper in three parts, as well as headlight protection grids.
The C range, on its side, delivers an optimal solution for industry segments such as fuel transport or general cargo with its long-haul cab face, its payload and versatility, and its very comfortable cab.
“We have seen an increasing customer demand for technical solutions to optimize costs and increase driving comfort. This is why the new range trucks are equipped with Optidriver, a brand-new robotized gearbox,” added Cyril Barillé. Renault Trucks’ new Optidriver gearbox is able to provide up to 10% less of fuel consumption and reduced maintenance. Its technology increase safety and comfort, with more drivability when off-road mode activated.
“This new K and C range has been proving its reliability and robustness in the most severe conditions around the world. It is already a huge success operating on many mines, forests and roads in Europe, South America, and all aver Africa as well” concluded Cyril Barillé.
In this order of ideas, the safety aspect is also essential. The new range has been designed to offer the driver maximum safety. The design of the cab is already in line with future standards in terms of deformation and minimal space in case of impact. The mirrors limit the blind spots and the electric park brake function activates automatically when the engine stops.
Trucks aims to provide the best transport solution with tailor-made vehicles
and services, and best-in-class network. Last year Renault Trucks sold more
than 55,000 units worldwide, with 1500 service points all around the world.
About Renault Trucks
Building on the legacy of more than a century of French truck know-how, Renault Trucks supplies transport professionals with a wide range of services and vehicles (from 2.8 to 120 T) adapted to local and regional distribution, construction and long-distance activities. Renault Trucks vehicles are sturdy and reliable with low fuel consumption that enables them to deliver greater productivity and control operating costs. Renault Trucks is distributing and servicing its trucks via a dealership network comprising over 1,500 service points. The design and assembly of Renault Trucks vehicles, as well as the production of most components, is carried out in France.
Renault Trucks is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service.
The Volvo Group, which employs about 105,000 people, has production facilities in 18 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. In 2018 the Volvo Group’s net sales amounted to about SEK 391 billion (EUR 38 billion).
The Volvo Group is a publicly held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.
About CMC Motors
CMC Holdings Limited which owns CMC motors was acquired by the Al-Futtaim Group in 2014 and is now a privately-owned business with presence in East Africa. Other trading subsidiaries owned by CMC Holdings include:
- Cooper Motor Corporation (Uganda) Ltd.
- Hughes Motors (Tanzania) Ltd
- Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd (33% Shareholding)
CMC Motors Group Limited is a leading player in the East African motor industry with exclusive distribution of Ford, Mazda, and Suzuki vehicles. CMC also distributes UD, Eicher and Renault Trucks (medium and heavy commercial) and buses as well as New Holland tractors. Other products include extensive range of farming implements from ploughs, combine harvesters and related accessories.
CMC Motors Group Limited operate from eight locations countrywide including branch network in key strategic towns. The group has the largest distribution network in the region.