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 GM versions are manufactured by GM at their plant in Luton.
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. This is the only country in America in which it is offered.
The first versions of the Trafic were sold in the 1980s, and were somewhat revised and updated during their lifetime, including a major facelift. They were also sold as the Opel Arena
and Vauxhall Arena from 1997.
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 Douvrin engine.
In 2007, Tata Motors announced the Winger, a panel van based on the old-generation Renault Traffic platform