Autosmart – Making heads turn towards the Range T


Autosmart – Renault Range T

Autosmart franchisee for Scarborough and its surrounding areas, Paul Daley-Smith, has taken delivery of a striking Renault Trucks Range T380 4×2 rigid. Supplied by Thompson Commercials Hull, the immaculately presented T380 is on full air, with side skirts and optional Alcoa Dura-Bright alloys.

Autosmart is a network of mobile supermarkets and, as presentation was key to Paul’s business, he took some time to spec the new vehicle for maximum visual impact. His requirements included colour-coded paintwork and smart bodywork by Hardcastle Coachworks Limited from Selby, who normally build horseboxes.

“This truck is my own rolling cleaning supplies shop window so it had to look the part,” said Paul. “Striking M4 Graphics and Alcoa Dura-Brite alloys set off the look, plus a few subtle customising tweaks such as front, back and cab-step light bars and, of course, the colour-coded paintwork from Hardcastle.”

The Range T380 enables Paul to carry more AdBlue and bulk chemicals, with growing sales supported by Autosmart’s ‘Barrel for Life’ concept where customers take delivery of a high-quality barrel that is refilled during each visit. Paul worked closely with the bodybuilder to design and build a system of four underfloor tanks with a combined capacity of 4,500 litres that dispense AdBlue and Autosmart’s top-selling traffic film remover (TFR) via one of two Hydrahose reel systems, completely doing away with unsightly IBC tanks.

Equipped with a three-seat day cab to give Paul the flexibility to transport an extra person to trade shows and fairs, the Range T also comes with front air suspension to fully adjust the ride height.

“My truck never sees motorways, it was more about lowering the rear entrance without the vehicle tipping up in the air at the front, or to raise the ride height to avoid obstacles in farmyards,” admitted Paul.