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Volvo Trucks starts local production of I-Shift gearboxes and 11-liter engines in Brazil

Volvo do Brasil has started the production of the I-Shift gearboxes in its industrial complex located in Curitiba, Brazil. Volvo do Brasil will also start local production of 11-liter engines.
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The Brazilian gearboxes will equip the FH and FM heavy vehicle lines. 

"The I-Shift gearbox has been getting outstanding acceptance in Brazil and in all the other countries of South America. It already equips about 80% of the FH and FM trucks and over 90% of the highway buses which leave our assembly line in Curitiba", says Volvo do Brasil's president Roger Alm.

The success of the electronic gearbox is mainly due to the noticeable consumption reduction that it allows – up to 5% compared to vehicles with manual equipment.   Besides, it provides more durability to the clutch, less tire wear, and increases the comfort and safety levels for the driver.
"We were pioneers in the Brazilian market, introducing an electronic gearbox in this commercial vehicles segment. It is technically very advanced, but very easy to use", adds Alm.
With the 11-liter engine nationalization, the Curitiba Volvo factory increases its portfolio of locally manufactured products.
"Our engines line is flexible. Now we will produce 13 and 11-liter engines", says Roger Alm.

December 8, 2011

For further information, please contact:
Jenny Björsne, Corporate Communications, phone +46 31 664523, e-mail
jenny.bjorsne@volvo.com
Newton Chagas, Volvo Brazil, Press Officer, Corporate Communication, phone: +55 41 317 8296, e-mail: newton.chagas@volvo.com

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