Volvo Group welcomes EU policy makers at Brussels Autoshow

by Volvo Group Representation EU

Belgian Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Commission officials and Representatives of the Council of the European Union had been invited to the stands of Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks to learn more about the Group’s two European truck brands

Showing a keen interest in our products, the EU policy makers entered the vehicles, tried vehicle simulators and also had the opportunity to test drive the fully electric Renault Maxity on the Eco Test Track, put in place for testing the latest electric passenger and light-duty vehicles.

At the Volvo Trucks stand, participants learned more about the latest features in terms of safety and environment of e.g. the new FH range, the FM MethaneDiesel and the FE Hybrid. Time was also dedicated to discuss the latest developments of on-going legislative proposals in the EU institutions, such as the noise emissions and digital tachograph legislations, linked to the vehicles.

The Belgian State Secretary in charge of Energy, Environment and Mobility, Mr. Wathelet, was particularly interested to learn about the Volvo Trucks campaign - Safe and Sober - promoting the use of alcolocks for professional drivers. On the spot, it was decided to organise a seminar on the issue in Brussels during the course of 2013 to raise the awareness among Belgian decision-makers. Last year, following the Swedish example, Belgium had launched its "Go for zero" public campaign and the present State Secretary is determined to pursue efforts in improving Safety on Belgian roads.
The Renault Trucks stand welcomed the whole automotive unit of the DG Enterprise, led by Philippe Jean (Head of Unit).  After having paid great attention to the exposed Euro VI engine and to the further developments occurring on the new Renault Trucks’ range, they had the opportunity to experiment the Optifuel simulators on the stand. The invitees particularly appreciated to learn how to save fuel in real driving conditions.
Held from 11 to 20 January 2013, the Brussels Auto Show focuses, every other year, on commercial vehicles in the so called “Truck & Transport” part of the exhibition.

Sonia Toro
Research and Communication Officer
+32 2 4825872
e-mail: sonia.toro@volvo.com

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