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Volvo VN again the winning choice in national truck driving championships

Once again, the Volvo VN was the truck of choice for professional drivers at the 2008 National Truck Driving Championships. The Volvo VN was driven to victory in five of the seven truck classes at the NTDC. NTDC is an annual competition in which state-level driving champions compete for national titles. The championships, sponsored by American Trucking Associations, were held August 19-23 in Houston.
“The word is out that Volvo is the truck to use if you want to win,” said Scott Kress, Volvo senior vice president – sales & marketing.  “The best drivers know the visibility, maneuverability and ease of operation that makes the Volvo VN so productive and comfortable in day-to-day operations also gives them the competitive edge.  Even drivers who use other brands in their fleets drive Volvo VNs in the NTDC.  Volvo drives success for customers – and delivers trophies.”

NTDC competitors choose which brand of truck they drive in the competition.  Of the seven categories where Volvo was a choice, five were won by drivers in Volvo VNs:
• Three axle class
• Four axle class
• Five axle class
• Tank truck class
• Twin trailer class

In fact, drivers in Volvo VNs swept the twin trailer class with the top three places, scored a second place finish in the flatbed class, and took two of the top three places in the three-, four- and five-axle classes.

Volvo Trucks North America’s operations and products are guided by the company’s three core values:  Safety, Quality and Environmental Care.  The Volvo VT, VN and VHD trucks are assembled in the United States at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Maryland.  Both plants are certified to ISO14001 environmental and ISO9001 quality standards.  Volvo also sponsors America’s Road Team, a national highway safety outreach program.

Volvo Trucks North America is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and services, and heavy-diesel engines (9-16 liter). The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs about 100,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells their products in more than 180 markets. Annual sales of the Volvo Group amount to over $42 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Shares are listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and are traded OTC in the US.

August 29, 2008

A competitor uses the superior maneuverability and visibility of the Volvo VN during the National Truck Driving Championships in Houston.  Volvo VNs were driven to five national championships in the competition Aug. 19-23.

For further information, please contact Jim McNamara, Volvo Trucks North America, phone 336-393-2143, email james.mcnamara@volvo.com

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