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2009 Volvo VHD

2009 Volvo VHD

The vocational truck market is highly competitive as the manufacturers try to continuously improve their models in order to keep the truckers satisfied. But apart from the engines, chassis and payloads which play a major role in the trucking industry, there is one thing that is more important than anything else. And that’s the vehicle’s reliability.

Volvo was always appreciated for two things, namely the safety and reliability of its vehicles. This is why the company continues to play a major role on the vocational market as its VHD model is one of the most appreciated and strong built trucks in its segment.

The truck is available in two versions including the VHD Standard and the VHD 430 which is available with both Day and Sleeper cab configurations.

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2012 Natural Gas-Powered Volvo VNL

2012 Natural Gas-Powered Volvo VNL

Volvo’s VN lineup was already pretty versatile, but the company has also introduced a natural gas-powered version of the truck at Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville.

Compared to the diesel models, the new CNG version doesn’t have any exterior or interior modifications and shares the same features as its siblings.

The natural gas-powered trucks represent a very efficient option for fleet owners and truckers who want to lower the fuel costs and this technology has already started to be seen with very good eyes in the commercial vehicles segment.

Ron Huibers, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing said, “The addition of the Volvo natural gas-powered VNL daycab is just the most recent example of our longstanding commitment to offering products that positively impact the ROI of our customers. Developing fuel-efficient technology, whether through natural gas, diesel or hybrid, is a priority for Volvo Trucks. We were the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to offer EPA 2010-certified engines with no credits, and we’ve continued that legacy by focusing our efforts on offering fleets solutions that reduce their fuel costs.”

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2010 Volvo FMX

2010 Volvo FMX

If you need a truck that is not afraid to deal with tough terrains, muddy roads and huge payloads without being wreaked or tear into pieces, than you might want to take a closer look at the Volvo FMX.

The FMX is the tough brother of the FM model which has a more serene character and was designed only for regional transportation. In order to make the FMX fit for its challenging missions Volvo has modified the FM’s chassis, equipped it with specific features and dropping heavy duty equipments into the mix.

The result is a masterpiece of the construction trucks segment were the Volvo FMX competes against similar rugged models like the Mercedes Axor, Iveco Trakker, MAN TGS or DAF CF. The Volvo FMX is available in three cab configurations namely the Day cab, Sleeper Cab and Globetrotter. Besides the generous range of cabs the truck versatility is also represented by its wide choice of axles which consists of 4x2, 6x2, 6x4, 4x4, 6x6, 8x2 and 8x4 versions available in both rigid and tractor models.

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2009 Volvo FE

2009 Volvo FE

The Volvo FE was built for local and regional transports and is available with gross weights of 18 to 26 tonnes. The truck is comes with a wide range of reliable engines and a versatile chassis that can be modified to cope with a broad range of missions such as distribution for refrigerated or frozen-goods, refuse handling, light construction duties and various forms of tanker and bulk-goods transportation.

The Volvo FE is available in both rigid and tractor versions and in 4x2, 6x2 and 6x4 axle configurations. You can also choose between four cabs naming the low cab, day cab, comfort cab and sleeper cab. The truck competes against models like the DAF LF, MAN TGL, or Iveco Eurocargo.

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2010 Volvo FM

2010 Volvo FM

The Volvo FM was developed for regional transports and it was completely redesigned in 2010 when it received a few exterior changes, a fresh engine lineup and a host of new interior features. Over the years Volvo has managed to gain a good reputation thanks to its reliability and the strong build quality, but the new FM moves this heritage even further with a lot of useful improvements and good fuel efficiency.

The FM is offer six cab models naming the Day Cab, Sleeper Cab, Low Sleeper Cab, Globetrotter, Globetrotter LXL and Fire engine Crew Cab. The truck’s versatility is also represented by the wide range of axle configurations - 4x2, 6x2, 6x4, 4x4, 6x6, 8x2, 8x4 – available for both rigid and tractor versions.

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2010 Volvo FL

2010 Volvo FL

There is no secret that the most trusted trucks from the market are build by Volvo. The company is continuously improving its trucks and permanently searches for ways to conquer and exploit new market sectors. One of these performant niche models is the FL which features the great build quality and the famous reliability of the Scandinavian brand.

The Volvo FL is the smallest truck from the company’s lineup ad it was designed for quick deliveries and city missions. The Volvo FL range includes rigid models with a gross vehicle weight between 12-18 tonne and different wheel base dimensions ranging from 3070 to 6800 mm. The Volvo FL is also available in three cab configuration including Day cab, Medium cab ad 4 door Crew cab.

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2009 Volvo FH

2009 Volvo FH

Volvo vehicles are known for their top notch safety features and the company’s trucks share the same attributes. The 44 tones FH is the biggest truck in Volvo’s lineup and has a long and successful history behind it. In 2010 the FH range received a few upgrades to keep the model on the top of the sales charts. In order to offer a high level of versatility, the FH is available in various versions of trims and cabs. The FH is also equipped with strong and efficient engines with a power output range between 420-540 hp.
The Volvo FH comes in rigid or tractor configuration and is available with four cab designs including Day Cab, Sleeper cab, Globetrotter Cab and Globe Trotter XL Cab.

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Volvo Concept Truck 2020

Volvo Concept Truck 2020

Have you ever wondered how truck will look like in 2020? Apparently Volvo did and today they unveiled the Concept Truck 2020 that defines the future of the truck industry: long rigs, controlled by autopilot, driven non-stop in nose-to-tail convoys on green super-motorways linking the continents.

The concept design language is defined by a sleek look for the exterior, reducing the perception of the vehicle’s size. The LED headlamps and turn indicators are integrated into the front of the vehicle. The rear-view mirrors have been replaced by cameras that project their images onto the inside of the windscreen. The lower section of the front of the vehicle features integrated collision protection projecting forwards about half a meter.

"We have replaced the traditional dashboard with a thin film panel on which information is tailored to suit the driver," says Rikard Orell. "The panel is operated like a touchpad, just like an iPhone. We have saved a lot of space that way."

Press release after the jump.

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Volvo FMX

Volvo FMX

Volvo’s FMX truck has been totally redesigned for 2010. It will go on sale in September featuring an entirely new front, tailored for the rough-and-tumble of construction operations, specially developed rear-view mirrors, new work-lights and a new air intake.

On the exterior the FMX gets a new upper grill, aggressive lower front, 3-part steel bumper with 3 mm thick steel corners, rugged skid plate and protective bull bar.

The FMX is offered with two engines: a 11-liter engine delivering 330 to 450 hp and the 13-liter engine with output ranging from 380 to 500 hp. Like all the other Volvo truck the FMX can be ordered with the new I-Shift gearbox.

The interior will get three new trims to choose from: vinyl seats and door panels, textile seats and vinyl door panels or plush seats and door panels. Leather seat is optional.

Press release after the jump.

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Volvo FH

Volvo FH

The Volvo FH is the perfect choice for transporting heavy goods over long distances. It is offered with a choice of four engines, four comfortable cabs (Day cab, Sleeper cab, Globetrotter, Globetrotter XL) and a wide range of chassis options - all made for long and economical transports.

The FH is offered with an improved D13C engine that now has an additional 20 HP and 100 Nm more torque and improved fuel consumption. The D13C is available with power outputs of 420, 460, 500 and 540 hp for Euro 5. In addition, the engine is also available in an EEV (Enhanced Environmental friendly Vehicles) version producing 420, 460 and 500 hp, with even lower emissions of smoke and particulates.

The D13C engine can be mated to a new I-Shift gearbox that has a a 12-speed electronically controlled splitter/range gearbox designed for automated gear-changing. With I-Shift, the driver can focus on driving and on the surrounding traffic. However, it is still possible to change gears manually. Simply pull the gear lever to the manual setting and then change up or down using the button on the side of the gear knob. The truck has no clutch pedal and gear engagement and disengagement are entirely automatic.

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Volvo FE

Volvo FE

The Volvo FE is ideal for regional transportation, refuse handling, light construction duties and refrigerated haulage. The ergonomically designed driver’s compartment and the low entry make life easier for you if you often have to get in and out of the truck during your daily shift. It is offered in four versions: FE 4x2 tractor, FE 4x2 rigid, FE 6x2 rigid, FE 6x4 rigid.

The FE is offered with a 7-liter engine with an output of 240, 260, 300 or 340 hp. The Volvo D7F responds instantly to the throttle, you quickly reach cruising speed and can pull powerfully in high gears even on steep inclines. There is high torque from low revs, delivering as much as 1300 Nm across a wide rev range. The engine can be mated to either a manual gearbox with 6 forward ratios or 9 forward ratios or an auto matic transmission with 6 forward ratios.

The Volvo FE offers high-class comfort, with comfortable seats and plenty of interior space. You can choose between three cabs depending on your transport assignments and needs: the day cab is intended for short distances and offers maximum space for the load platform. The comfort cab is a comfortable alternative for somewhat longer transport operations. The sleeper cab is the ideal choice if you want plenty of space on board and also require overnight accommodation in the truck.

Press release after the jump.

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Volvo FL

Volvo FL

The Volvo FL is developed for the fast pace of life on the city streets. It is the perfect choice for quick deliveries in and around town, refuse collection and other municipal services. The truck offers smooth maneuverability, excellent all-round visibility and an engine with unbeatably alert response, available with 240, 260 or 290 hp.

The driveline features a six-cylinder engine with a displacement of
7 liters, offering 240, 260 or 290 hp and generous torque. This engine can be mated to either a 6-speed or 9-speed manual gearbox, an automatic
transmission or I-Sync – which combines the benefits of the manual gearbox with the convenience of automatic transmission.

The Volvo FL can be chosen for different applications with specially modified chassis packaging. The application for road sweeping operations has components such as the tank, air tanks and battery box relocated and a vertical exhaust system behind the cab’s rear wall. The Volvo FL in refuse collection configuration has specially adapted chassis packaging, automatic transmission and a rear axle with or without hub reduction and a passenger bench that can carry the vehicle’s entire crew (option). Further applications where the Volvo FL is admirably suitable are as a tipper platform, with or without a crane, as a tanker and as a recovery truck with crew cab.

Press release after the jump.

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Volvo VM

Volvo VM

The Volvo VM is a medium-heavy truck suited for various regional distribution and urban operations. The truck is built in Volvo’s factory in Brazil and offers the best possible conditions for maximizing driver productivity thanks to the exclusive driver environment.

It if offered in four versions: VM 4x2 rigid, VM 6x2 rigid, VM 6x4 rigid and VM 4x2 tractor and a wheelbase of 3650, 3950, 4550, 4800 and 5150 mm. The engine’s output ranging from 210 to 310 hp and peak torque goes up to 1100 NM.

Volvo VM features a perfect overview of all instruments as well as good all-round visibility. Among the comfort and safety enhancing details you find adjustable seats and steering column, ergonomically located controls, and exclusive interior accessories.

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Volvo FH16

Volvo FH16

The Volvo FH16 is the most powerful series-manufactured truck in the world. It is powered by a 16-liter engine that delivers a total of 700 hp, but Volvo is also offer a 540 HP and a 600 HP version.

The D16 engine features redesigned pistons, an optimized combustion process and a new oil thermostat that all help on reducing the fuel consumption, low emissions and long lifetime. The is also a new and larger system for exhaust after-treatment.

“The Volvo FH16 is intended for the very heaviest and most demanding of transport operations. It is also a highly prestigious truck for the customer who is looking for something truly out of the ordinary. And with 700 hp, the Volvo FH16 sets itself apart from everything else in the industry,” says Staffan Jufors, President and CEO of Volvo Trucks.

Press release after the jump.

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Volvo FM

Volvo FM

Volvo Truck has prepared a new version for its FH line-up. Changes includes a new exterior design, new interior trim enhancements and a new transmission.

The Volvo FM now features the updated and improved headlights that were recently introduced on the FH model. The headlamps are divided into 2 separate units; the spot and fog lamp is a separate unit positioned below the headlight. The headlamp lens is made of plastic instead of glass to make it more resistant to stone chipping. For the interior Volvo added a table with dedicated space for cups and pens, a practical storage box and a paper holder in water-resistant fabric.

Also the 13-liter engine is now mated to a new I-Shift gearbox that helps reducing fuel consumption while delivering a total of 500 hp and torque peaks at 2500 Nm. A 11 liter engine is also offered.

New for 2010 is a full range of cab packages, from premium to basic that offer the customers more choices and opportunities to optimize the truck to specific needs.

Press release after the jump.

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