McCulla Ireland has put into service a Renault Range T520 High 6×2 tractor, one of the first right hand drive models in Ireland and the first for the temperature controlled logistics firm which is approaching its 50thanniversary year.
Delivered by Diamond Trucks, the Renault dealer from Northern Ireland, the top of the range T520 High joins McCulla Ireland’s fleet of 100 trucks and 150 trailers, and will be supported with a manufacturer’s full repair & maintenance contract.
For Brian Beattie, Operations Director at McCulla Ireland, the selection of the T High was driven by several factors, not least that the company is running six Renault Premiums which are still going strong and that it has recently taken on the first Euro-6 Renault truck, a Range T480, which is already delivering strong fuel performance.
McCulla Ireland’s vehicle orders are usually made in tens, as Brian explains: “Based on the excellent reliability and fuel performance of the Premiums, we decided to trial the Range T for domestic work and the T High for International service. We are looking at these as seed vehicles; they’re already performing very well on fuel and if this continues we would expect to include Renault Trucks on our list for future vehicle purchases.”
The T High is hauling refrigerated trailers across Ireland, the UK and into Europe, making frequent trips to France, Benelux and Switzerland. The DTi 13-litre engine rated at 512hp is coupled to a 12-speed Optidriver automated transmission system. The straight six unit’s maximum power output is delivered between 1,430 to 1,800rpm with a maximum torque of 2,550Nm is available from 1,000 to 1,430rpm.
Fuel is a major consideration for McCulla and the T High is specified with the latest fuel-saving technologies, like Optivision gear shifting strategy, which adapts the gear change to the topography of the route, cruise control with Optiroll controlled freewheeling.
Driver comfort is a priority when it comes to vehicle specification, especially on long distance work, as Brian says: “We look after our drivers, so the T High is equipped with all the bells and whistles for a comfortable life on board.”
On the road, the T High is a commanding sight with cab components colour-matched for a striking finish and Dura-Bright aluminium wheels. “It is such an impressive truck, the driver, Stefan, absolutely loves it – in fact all the drivers would happily swap trucks to drive it,” adds Brian.