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Renault Trafic
Facelifted Trafic
Manufacturer Renault
Production start 1981
Production end present
Predecessor Renault Estafette
Body style(s) Van

Renault Trafic is the name used by Renault for recent generations of its light vans.


Prior generations

First generation
Production 1981 – 2000
Body style(s) Van
Engine(s) 1397 or 1647cc (OHV engines), 2164cc OHC Douvrin engine, 2068cc OHC Diesel Douvrin engine, 2499cc OHC diesel.
Related Renault 18 Renault 20
Third generation Trafic after its mid-life major facelift
Third generation Trafic (post-facelift) with high-roof body

The Mk1 Trafic was sold from 1980 to 2000, and was somewhat revised and updated during it's lifetime, including a major facelift in around 1990. From 1997 they were also sold as the Opel Arena [1] and Vauxhall Arena.

The chassis and cab of the 1980s model were sold in complete knock down (CKD) kits for Winnebago, who built the Winnebago LeSharo, and Itasca Phasar, in order for the chassis and cab version to meet United States safety and emission requirements. This version was sold with Renault's PRV V6 engine.

Since 2007, the Mk1 Trafic has been built in India as the Tata Winger, fitted with Tata's own engines.

Current Trafic

Renault Trafic of the French Gendarmerie (pre-facelift)

The current Trafic is the Renault-branded version of a panel van developed in a joint venture with Opel, and also sold as a Vauxhall Vivaro ; it is also sold by Nissan as the Primastar.

The Trafic is built at GMM Luton, Luton in the UK, along with the Vivaro and Primastar.[1]

In an agreement between Renault and Nissan, versions of the van are also manufactured at Nissan's plant in Barcelona, Spain.[2]

The van exists in several versions, from a 3-seater with all the rear space available for loads, to a 9-seater. Its name is based on the French word for "trade" or "traffic" (depending on the context).

The van was designed by Renault in Paris, and both Renault and Opel versions are manufactured by Vauxhall at their plant in Luton.[2]

A mild facelift in 2006 saw the orange indicators swapped for clear ones more integrated into the headlamp housings. (On the Vauxhall & Opel models, the indicators moved from the front bumpers, up into the headlamp housings, thus looking more similar to the Renault.)


The Renault Trafic has been available in Mexico since early May 2007.


In 2007, Tata Motors announced the Winger, a panel van based on the old-generation Renault Traffic platform.[3]


  1. ^ "Company Profile". Vauxhall. 
  2. ^ a b "New Renault Trafic voted International Van of the Year 2002". Press release. 2002-01-01. 
  3. ^ "Tata Motors says holding margins a challenge". Reuters. 18 June 2007. 

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