Volvo Trucks strongest in construction

With the world’s most powerful truck, new, fuel-efficient engines and a new generation of the Volvo I-Shift automatic gearchanging system, Volvo Trucks is further strengthening its position in the construction segment.

The product range encompasses everything from the 12-tonne Volvo FL to the Volvo FH16 700 flagship, which is the main centre of attraction on the Volvo stand at the Intermat show in Paris. At the show, which opens on April 20, Volvo is also displaying its best-selling Volvo FM 8x4 Tipper.

“Over the past few years we have worked with a firm focus on strengthening our position in the construction segment, and today we have a very strong total offer here,” says Volvo Trucks President and CEO Staffan Jufors. “With new products and comprehensive training of our dealers, we are in an excellent position to meet customers’ demands when the economy picks up.”

Powerful and easy to drive
The new Volvo FH16 700 has already aroused considerable interest among many customers in the construction industry. With an engine producing 700 hp and 3150 Nm of torque, it has all the power needed for the efficient transport of heavy machines and construction materials. The Volvo FH16 700 is equipped with Volvo’s automatic gearchanging system, Volvo I-Shift, which helps make the truck both easy to drive and fuel-efficient. The latest generation of I-Shift now has a number of new features designed specifically for construction operations, such as fuel-saving gearchanging for heavy haulage and improved starting traction and grip on slippery and loose surfaces.

More and more customers are choosing I-Shift
“Today more than 30 percent of all the vehicles we deliver in the construction segment are equipped with I-Shift, and that proportion is increasing all the time,” says Gunnar Eliasson, business area manager for construction vehicles at Volvo Trucks. “Operators appreciate the driving comfort and with its new features, I-Shift will be an even stronger alternative for construction vehicles.”

Three percent lower fuel consumption
The new I-Shift is also one of the key components in Volvo’s best-selling Volvo FM 8x4 Tipper, which is on display at Intermat. The gearchanging system is matched by a new, fuel-efficient 13-litre engine. Together they help cut the truck’s fuel consumption by up to three percent compared with the latest driveline (Euro 5 Incentive). For somewhat lighter applications, such as mixer trucks, the Volvo FM is available in a weight- and fuel-optimised version powered by a new 11-litre engine. This model too is several percent more fuel-efficient than its predecessor.

Both trucks and construction machines
At Intermat, Volvo Trucks is sharing its stand with sister company Volvo Construction Equipment.

“Together we offer unbeatable in-depth expertise on the construction industry and a truly comprehensive product range. As a result, we can offer our customers individually tailored package solutions covering everything from excavators and trucks to financing and servicing,” says Gunnar Eliasson. 

Other models
The Volvo Trucks product range for construction duties encompasses:
Volvo FL – for light construction duties.
Volvo FE – for light construction operations on good roads.
Volvo FM – for all types of construction work.
Volvo FH – for efficient transportation to and from the construction site.
Volvo FH16 – for heavy transports.

At Intermat, Volvo is displaying:
Volvo FH16 700 8x4 Heavy-Duty Hauler
Engine: Volvo D16G 700 hp, 3150 Nm, engine brake VEB+.
Transmission: Volvo I-Shift with 12 gears.
Rear axle: RT2610HV, tandem axle with hub reduction.
GCW: up to 200 tonnes (with special agreement).
Wheelbase: 3.6 m.

Volvo FM 8x4 Tipper
Engine: Volvo D13C, 460 hp, 2300 Nm, engine brake VEB+.
Transmission: Volvo I-Shift with 12 gears.
Rear axle: RT3210HV, tandem axle with hub reduction.
GCW: 60 tonnes, bogie load 26 tonnes, front axle load 16 tonnes.
Wheelbase: 4.3 m.  

April 16, 2009
For further information, please contact:
Per Nilsson, phone +46 31 323 33 49, e-mail