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.
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.”
At Mid-America Trucking Show Volvo presented the innovative ‘Mean Green’ which is the world’s fastest hybrid truck ever built. On April 27th will attempt to break it last year record and to reach a top speed of 260 km/h (165 mph) at Wendover Airfield in Utah, USA. Last year the Volvo Mean Green was driven by Boije Ovebrink and managed to set the world’s speed record in the standing 500 metre, standing kilometre and flying kilometre.
The Volvo Mean Green uses a modified aerodynamic VN cab and develops a massive 2,100 horsepower and nearly 5,000 lb-ft (6779 Nm) of torque – of which 200 horsepower and 885 lb-ft (1200 Nm) of torque come from the electric motor.
“Technology and innovation are at the core of our business,” said Ron Huibers, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. “’Mean Green’ is a prime example of Volvo’s technical capabilities and our continued focus on emerging technologies. Our engineers developed the world’s fastest hybrid truck utilising the same Volvo hybrid drive system powering hundreds of Volvo buses throughout the world - including London’s double-decker buses.”
Volvo’s team of hybrid technology experts adapted Volvo’s hybrid driveline to the chassis requirements of a world-class truck built for speed. Engineers then outfitted ‘Mean Green’ with a highly-tuned Volvo D16 engine and a modified version of Volvo’s automated I-Shift gearbox, which interacts with the hybrid’s electric motor.
“The result is a lightning-speed boost from start-off without any of the customary diesel-engine delay,” said Boije Ovebrink, ‘Mean Green’s owner and driver. “It’s like a champagne cork, but without the sound effects. For the first couple of seconds the truck just makes a slight whistle until the diesel engine, which runs on renewable liquid rosin diesel, starts delivering with an explosive force.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.