Two figures—3 m³ and 500 kg—sum up the ADV1 van, derived from the very popular Celtaquatre.
The advent of the LCV range
This ADV1 formed the basis of Renault's light commercial vehicle range, with payloads ranging from 500 kg up to 10 tonnes. Ironically, the launch of the Celtaquatre passenger car in 1934 coincided exactly with that of the Citroën Traction, its competitor. Though the rival 7 CV featured a much more revolutionary design, the Renault was a great success due to its solidity. Its powertrain was derived from Monaquatre, which had more than proven its success.
Practical LCVs, first and foremost
Considering that the market usually preferred reliability and robustness over aestheticism, for its design, Renault was very attentive to the needs of tradespeople. The five-metre turning radius, for example, was much appreciated for manoeuvrability.