Volvo Trucks Safety Award Continues in 2011

Again this year, two fleets in North America will be recognized for their commitment to safety through the 2011 Volvo Trucks Safety Award. The honorees will each receive $25,000 to be used in their safety-related activities.

2011 marks the third consecutive year that Volvo Trucks will highlight the safety efforts of two outstanding fleets. Michelin again joins Volvo in sponsoring the Volvo Trucks Safety Award, focusing on the importance of highway safety for the trucking industry and all motorists.

“Safety has long been a Volvo core value, and a central concern of the entire trucking industry,” said Ron Huibers, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Volvo Trucks in North America. “The Volvo Trucks Safety Award is a way to recognize the industry’s best for their excellent work and dedication to safety.”

“Highway safety starts long before trucks take to the road,” Huibers said. “Our vehicles feature active safety technologies, like Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology and Volvo Enhanced Cruise, that make the highways safer for all of us. Volvo Trucks and Michelin view this award as an opportunity to support fleets in furthering their own commitments to safety.”

The Volvo Trucks Safety Award is open to all U.S. and Canadian fleets operating at least five Class 8 units. Fleets must have at least one Volvo tractor in operation to be eligible for the award. Entrants will be ranked by their accident frequency rates. Participating fleets will also be judged on their accident prevention activities.

The deadline for entry is June 30, 2011. The winners of the award will be announced during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition in Oct. 2011. The two grand prizes will be awarded to the fleets with the best records in two divisions based on annual vehicle miles traveled: less than 20 million miles and more than 20 million miles. Complete rules and entry forms are at

The winners of the 2010 Volvo Trucks Safety Award were MacKinnon Transport of Guelph, Ontario, and Upper Lakes Foods, Cloquet, Minnesota. Officials from the two companies detail their approaches to fleet safety in the videos available at the following links:

MacKinnon Transport

Upper Lakes Foods

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.

February 3, 2011

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