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1986 Renault Master

The Renault Master is an upper-medium size van produced by the French manufacturer Renault since 1980, Now in its third generation. The (around the GVW 3.5 tonne segment) Opel has sold versions of the second and third series vans as the Opel Movano in mainland Europe and Vauxhall Movano in the United Kingdom. All three generations have been designed and manufactured by Renault, irrespective of the brand.

Over its lifetime several different body styles have been available, from the standard van to bigger models with an increased load area, height, and longer-wheelbases with an LWB prefix. Panel vans are very common, but pickups are also available.

The Master was also sold by Volvo owned Renault Trucks as the B90 and B110 and later as the Mascott.

1st Generation

The original Renault Master was launched in 1980. Originally launched with the 2.5 L (2445cc) Fiat-Sofim diesel engine, and from 1984 with the 2.1 L (2068cc) power unit. In rare cases the Master was sold with a 2.0 L or 2.2 L Renault petrol engine.

They competed with a number of other manufacturer's products, but also with the smallest models of Renault's own Dodge 50 Series, which was latterly being built as the Renault 50 Series after Renault's acquisition of the UK Dodge production facilities (at the time of Peugeot's take-over of Chrysler Europe). The smaller Renault Trafic was also launched in 1980 resulting in a large range of light commercial vehicles.

The Master was distinctively styled with the sliding door design and unusual round door handles resemblant of the Fiat Ritmo/Strada. The van was manufactured at Renault's then new SoVAB Batilly plant in northeastern France.

Renault B90 and B110

An alternative version, which appeared identical, was sold as by Renault Trucks as the Renault B90 and B110, and came with a range of alternative body options. A 4x4 version of the B90 took part in the Paris Dakar Rally in 1987.