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Renault Master van

The 2012 Renault Master range comprises four models.

Prices start from $43,990 and Master comes with a three-year 200,000km warranty, with roadside assistance for three years.

The front-wheel drive Master is the largest of Renault's vans sold here and sits above the Kangoo and Trafic in terms of load capacity. The 4.3-metre long wheelbase version can carry up 12.5 cu m with a maximum payload of more than 1600kg.

Three standard pallets fit in the back, with the ability to load a pallet through the side sliding door. New Master's cabin offers the comfort and the practicality of a mobile office for customers who need to be able to work on the move.

Innovations include a folding seat-back table that forms an ideal swivelling desktop and an optional lidded dash top cubby big enough for a laptop computer with the convenience pack. Many of the changes and improvements have come about through customer feedback.

The 2012 Renault Master range comprises four models. They're all powered by the same 2.3 dCi turbo diesel engine that has been engineered to meet the specific requirements of commercial vehicle operators.

Power is up 19kW to 107kW and maximum torque has increased to 350Nm between 1550 and 2750 revs (up 50Nm). There's a choice of six-speed manual or the Quickshift automated gear change.

Quickshift models deliver 8.5 litres/100km and the manual transmission a competitive 9.0 litres/100km. With a 105 litre tank it means the van can travel up 1230km on a single fill.

New Master has the latest-generation ABS with EBD (Emergency Brake force Distribution), ESP stability programme and ASR traction control to ensure enhanced stability when braking or cornering when fully loaded.

Two airbags are standard and side airbags are optional. Drivers will notice a 'snowflake' and 'kg' button on the dash of Quickshift models. The snowflake will automatically select second gear for take-off in slippery conditions while kg changes the clutch mapping when carting heavy loads.

Renault has adopted more longer-life and maintenance-free components. There is a fitted-for-life timing chain, longer lasting coolant (now 60,000km/48 months), longer life brake pads (20 per cent longer) and clutch, and a no-maintenance particulate filter for the exhaust system.