Pace Logistics has bought the one millionth truck produced at Renault’s Blainville production site.
The Range D cab, chosen for short distance deliveries for Palletforce, was presented to Pace Logistics joint MD Phil Thurston at the site in northern France, last week.
Pace Logistics has a fleet of 31 Renaults under contract from dealer JDS Trucks and has been buying from the dealer for more than 17 years.
Thurston said he chose the marque because of the excellent product and dealer support. He said: “We stay with Renault because the drivers like them and they drive like cars.”
The firm, which began in their mother’s living room, is run by Thurston and brother Greg from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. The Renault Range D is the ninth Pace has purchased this year and will be fitted with a 28ft curtainsider trailer and on the road by November.
Renault Trucks President Bruno Blin (pictured) said: “I am proud that a British neighbour, just on the other side of the sea, trusts the French excellence and we thank you for your confidence in our product. I am sure it will give you great satisfaction and help you to grow your company even further.”
JDS Trucks sales director Chris Bell said: “I’m truly delighted that the one millionth truck should go to a customer who has shown such loyal commitment.”
The Blainville production site has been in operation since October 1957 and has gone from producing three trucks a day to 76. With a staff of 2,000, the plant, which also produces Volvos and Dafs, is looking to take on a further 100 staff to meet increasing demand.