NEW VOLVO FH AND VOLVO FM REPORT FOR DUTY
New generation Volvo FH and Volvo FM models featuring higher performance,increased efficiency and better comfort have arrived in Australia.
The fourth generation Volvo FH and Volvo FM modelsrepresent a quantum leap in terms of technology, fueleconomy, safety, environmental compatibility as well asproductivity and are the cleanest and most economicaltrucks ever launched by Volvo Trucks.Volvo Trucks’ Senior Vice-President, Mr. AntonFreiesleben says the new Volvo FH and Volvo FMrepresent Volvo’s commitment to delivering the industry’sbest technology, productivity and performance.“Many of the Volvo FH and Volvo FM changes will not beapparent on the surface but drivers and operators willnotice significant improvements in driveability, comfort,ease of operation and efficiency,” said Mr. Freiesleben.The new trucks are powered by an all new 13-litreengine, capable of being configured to meet and exceedboth Euro 4 as well as the stringent Euro 5 standard,which doesn’t come into affect until 2010.While boasting lower exhaust emissions, the all-new13-litre engine delivers more power and better driveabilityas well as strong fuel economy.The new Volvo FH and Volvo FM models represent aninvestment by Volvo Trucks of more than $AUD 480 million.The new engine features overhead camshaft and fourvalve technology and is the first Volvo engine to utiliseClosed Crankcase Ventilation (CCV), which furtherreduces vehicle emissions and pollution.Along with an all-new engine, the new trucks alsofeature the next generation of Volvo’s I-Shift intelligenttransmission, which is smaller, lighter and stronger.The cabs of the new Volvo FH and Volvo FM modelshave been further refined to create a more comfortableand safer working environment.The cabin boasts an improved driver’s seat with a morecomfortable sitting position and better lateral support.External rear view mirrors have been re-designed forincreased visibility and field of vision.New easier to read instruments have been used whilethere is also increased storage space and better internallighting to help reduce fatigue and improve driver comfort.A major safety innovation is the new parking brake alertsystem, which emits a unique audio alert and flashingsymbol on the dash if the parking brake is not activated,reducing the risk of the truck rolling away if the driverfails to engage the brake.Sleeping accommodation has also been improvedwith a more comfortable mattress.
BETTER REAR-VIEW MIRRORS
Rear-view mirrors with larger field ofvision, with better curvature to improveclose-quarter vision. Makes it easierto see pedestrians standing close tothe cab, thus improving safety.
Brighter light in all the reading lamps.New light sources in both the front and rearcabinets. More switches, DIN slots.New front shelf and the option of anadditional switch panel. Integrated phonein FH (optional in FM).
Two new interior colours, lightsand-yellow (FH) and blue (FM).
Power output up to 250bhp. Displacement12.8 litres. Engine torque up to 2500 Nm.Power take-off 650 Nm. Weight 115kg.Quieter idling. Oil-change intervals. The enginehas been test-driven about 2.8 million km.
Gross combination weight 130 tonnes.Can handle 2500 Nm. 12 forward gears plus4 reverse gears. The new generation of I-Shiftis stronger, shorter, lighter, quieter and moreeconomical than its predecessor was.Maintains the same high quality standardand is as reliable. New control unit andsoftware to suit different applications.
New bed with high-qualitycoil-sprung mattressfeaturing pocket springs.More comfortable seat -softer seat cushionand more body-huggingshape for better supportfor the back and sides.Ventilation in the backrestas an option.
Globetrotter sign inan attractive new design,with a globe insertedunder the name. This isa truck with attitude.