Volvo Trucks to help America’s Road Team deliver its message with a VN780

The Captains of America’s Road Team, the roving ambassadors of the U.S. trucking industry, now have a Volvo VN780 at their disposal to help deliver important news about the trucking industry and highway safety. Volvo Trucks North America presented the tractor to the American Trucking Associations today at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Volvo VN780 will be driven by the Road Team Captains as they transport the new ATA Image Trailer, which is outfitted as a mobile educational and promotional tool for the trucking industry.

“Volvo Trucks’ sponsorship of America’s Road Team and our presentation of this truck for the Road Team’s use demonstrate our deep commitment to safety, a commitment we share with ATA,” said Scott Kress, senior vice president – sales & marketing.  “Like all of our trucks, this Volvo VN is designed and built to the highest standards of safety, quality and environmental care.  It is our hope this tractor will help ATA and the Road Team Captains communicate vital information in support of the trucking industry to the many audiences we want to reach.  And, of course, the Captains will arrive in style and comfort.”
"Having a dedicated Volvo tractor to pull the new highly-visible ATA Image Trailer will allow the America's Road Team Captains to travel across the country to share the industry's message of safety, essentiality and sustainability," said ATA President & CEO Bill Graves.  "With the support of Volvo Trucks North America, the new tractor-trailer is another tool for us to use in our advocacy and outreach efforts.  Watch for the Captains traveling across the nation – from capitol steps to community events and everywhere in between."

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 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 one of the world's leading producers of 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.  Volvo Group sales for 2008 amounted to over $46 billion.  The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Volvo Shares are listed on Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange and are traded OTC in the U.S.

Volvo Trucks North America presented the American Trucking Associations with this Volvo VN780 for America’s Road Team to use to transport ATA’s new Image Trailer (shown attached to the VN780).  The Image Trailer will be used to deliver important safety messages and vital information about the trucking industry to audiences across the U.S. Volvo Trucks is the sole sponsor of America’s Road Team.

March 19, 2009

For further information, please contact Jim McNamara, Volvo Trucks North America, phone 336-393-2143, email