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Renault Truck Used In France Terror Attack

Renault Truck Used In France Terror Attack

Terrorist mows down crowd killing at least 84, injuring many more

As the world continues to grave for those killed and injured in the terrorist attack in Nice, France on July 14, we have speculation on the type of truck used. The truck appears to be a Renault Midlum 220.12. Though the front end is badly damaged, the cab shape and details lead us to the conclusion. Undoubtedly, French officials will conduction detailed investigations and inspections of the truck, so more concrete information will likely come forward.

The medium-duty commercial truck features an extended-style cab and a long, enclosed cargo box. The box itself appears to be roughly 26 feet in length. According to the Telegraph, the truck was loaded with a “a pistol, a larger gun, and a number of fake weapons and grenades.” The driver only used one firearm in shootout with police, however. The Telegraph also reports the truck plowed through the crowd at speeds of approximately 40 mph.

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2017 Renault Alaskan

2017 Renault Alaskan

Could this be the next Nissan Frontier?

Nissan’s business partner, Renault, just debuted the production version of the Alaskan pickup. This comes a year after Renault teased us with the Alaskan Concept – a vehicle that certainly can be seen lurking in the Alaskan’s bodylines. Underneath, the Alaskan is based on the Nissan Navara NP300 pickup. This gives us a glimpse at what Nissan may have in store for the next U.S.-spec Frontier pickup. Speculation aside, the Alaskan is Renault’s first light duty pickup ever, making it a historic debut and rounding out Renault’s extensive line of commercial heavy vehicles.

The Alaskan is advertised as a “one-tonne” pickup, meaning it can haul a metric tonne of weight in its bed. In U.S. terms, that’s 1.1 tons, or 2,205 pounds. That’s impressive considering the maximum payload for the 2016 Ford F-150 is 2,320 pounds. By comparison, the Chevrolet Colorado can only haul 1,630 pounds. The Alaskan’s max tow rating is 7,716 pounds, falling in line with the Colorado but coming short of the F-150’s max tow rating of more than 10,000 pounds.

The Alaskan does this with a fully boxed steel frame, a five-link rear suspension, and a 2.3-liter twin-turbocharged four-cylinder. That five-link rear suspension reminds us of Ram’s choice to ditch the old-school leaf springs. Renault’s press materials spurt some of the same benefits listed by Ram, including a smoother ride with less noise and vibrations. Single cab versions of the Alaskan still stick with the leaf spring design, however.

The Alaskan will be built in Cuernavaca, Mexico; Barcelona, Spain; and Cordoba, Argentina. Sales will begin in Columbia, but will spread to several markets worldwide.

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2015 Renault Alaskan Concept

2015 Renault Alaskan Concept

Renault, of all automakers, has just released a new midsize pickup truck concept called the Alaskan. This marks the first time Renault has targeted the upmarket scene with a pickup and is slated to preview a production pickup that will be a global player. What’s more, this could very well be the first real glimpse of what the 2020 Mercedes-Benz new global pickup could look like.

Wait, Mercedes? Yep Mercedes. Don’t forget Renault and Nissan have their global alliance together and Mercedes has already announced it will build its first pickup in conjunction with Nissan. What makes this rumor even more plausible is just how similar the Alaskan Concept looks to the first Mercedes rendering of its pickup. The speculation is a stretch, for sure, but the possibility is there nonetheless. (Be sure to check out the photo comparison below.)

Regardless of the Mercedes tie-in, Renault’s newest concept shows off a more luxurious side to the brand’s bustling commercial truck lineup. The automaker stresses its new pickup is for “business and leisure use, plus everyday motoring.” This is a big departure from Renault’s more utilitarian workhorses that populate its commercial fleet.

The Alaskan concept is only a concept, but Renault says the Alaskan is a direct foretaste of a production-ready pickup. The yet-unnamed pickup will fight for sales in nearly every global market save for North America – that is, unless its underpinnings cross the pond via Mercedes or as the next-generation Nissan Frontier.

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2015 Renault Alaskan Concept

2015 Renault Alaskan Concept

Renault, of all automakers, has just released a new midsize pickup truck concept called the Alaskan. This marks the first time Renault has targeted the upmarket scene with a pickup and is slated to preview a production pickup that will be a global player. What’s more, this could very well be the first real glimpse of what the 2020 Mercedes-Benz new global pickup could look like.

Wait, Mercedes? Yep Mercedes. Don’t forget Renault and Nissan have their global alliance together and Mercedes has already announced it will build its first pickup in conjunction with Nissan. What makes this rumor even more plausible is just how similar the Alaskan Concept looks to the first Mercedes rendering of its pickup. The speculation is a stretch, for sure, but the possibility is there nonetheless. (Be sure to check out the photo comparison below.)

Regardless of the Mercedes tie-in, Renault’s newest concept shows off a more luxurious side to the brand’s bustling commercial truck lineup. The automaker stresses its new pickup is for “business and leisure use, plus everyday motoring.” This is a big departure from Renault’s more utilitarian workhorses that populate its commercial fleet.

The Alaskan concept is only a concept, but Renault says the Alaskan is a direct foretaste of a production-ready pickup. The yet-unnamed pickup will fight for sales in nearly every global market save for North America – that is, unless its underpinnings cross the pond via Mercedes or as the next-generation Nissan Frontier.

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Logan pickup truck

Logan pickup truck

Romania’s Dacia has introduced a light pick-up version based on its Logan sedan. The Logan platform is already used by the company for its wagon and van models.

The new truck is manufactured at the Pitesti plant and is meant for both business users and private motorists requiring a practical leisure vehicle.

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