Here’s a somewhat left-field type idea – convert unwanted prime movers into rigids to satisfy demand in that market.
Renault Trucks in Europe is now doing exactly that with their “Used Trucks Factory”.
The French brand has launched its new T P-Road rigid (as seen above), the basis of which is a refurbished T-series prime mover.
Renault Trucks telling us the T P-Road will meet the specific requirements of customers looking for high-quality, certified, used rigids.
They tell us they are very picky about which second hand prime movers are rebirthed (for want of a better term) as a rigid – they say each truck is thoroughly checked against a more than 200-point checklist.
Renault Trucks also telling is the industrial manufacturing process and quality control meet the same demanding standards as those applied when manufacturing a new vehicle.
The conversion sees the cab, drive train and suspension removed so new, longer, chassis rails can be fitted.
The T P-Road is currently available only in 4×2 configuration, but there are three wheelbase lengths – 5600mm, 6000mm and 6500 mm.
The Volvo-owned truck manufacturer is also offering customized versions of the new/old rigid for driving schools and removal companies.
And the offerings are covered by a one year/120,000 km warranty.
Good idea? Would you purchase a reconditioned/reconfigured truck like this? Is there anything like this available in Australia? Could you see a market in Australia for these types of rigids? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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