Volvo VN Drives Success in National Truck Driving Championships

The Volvo VN was the vehicle to beat at the 2010 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC).
The Volvo VN was the vehicle to beat at the 2010 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC).  The Volvo VN was driven to four first place finishes – and an additional 12 awards.  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 3-7 in Columbus, Ohio. 

“Volvo trucks placed in more categories and more often than any other OEM,” said Ron Huibers, Volvo senior vice president – sales & marketing.  “Once again, Volvo’s reputation for driving success was evident – when it was an option, more than half the competitors chose to drive a Volvo VN in the championship events.”

Of the seven categories where Volvo was a choice, four were won by drivers in Volvo VNs:

  • Three-axle class.
  • Four-axle class.
  • Twin-trailer class.
  • Sleeper-berth class.

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

The Volvo VN was also the chosen vehicle for winners in three other categories: 

  • National Rookie of the Year: Joseph Hicks, Con-way Freight (Johnston, R.I.)
  • Vehicle Condition Award: Will Chrvala, New Penn Motor Express (Whitehall, Pa.)
  • Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award: Dennis Day, Con-way Freight (Lawrenceville, Ga.)

“When the best drivers have a chance to test their skills and need maximum performance from their truck, Volvo is the dominant choice,” Huibers said. “The visibility, maneuverability, safety and ease of operation that our drivers and customers appreciate in their day-to-day business have been shown to give NTDC drivers the competitive edge, too.”

The Volvo VN was the vehicle to beat at the 2010 National Truck Driving Championships.

Volvo Trucks North America’s operations and products are guided by the company’s three core values:  Safety, Quality and Environmental Care.  The Volvo 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 96,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells their products in more than 180 markets.  Volvo Group sales for 2009 amounted to approximately $29 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.

August 13, 2010

For further information, please contact John Mies, Volvo Trucks North America, phone 336-393-4300, email