“Volvo Trucks is honored to be represented at the North Carolina Transportatio Museum in a display that not only pays homage to the history of trucking in America, but also looks to the exciting future of the trucking industry,” said Magnus Koeck, vice president of marketing and brand management for Volvo Trucks North America. “Volvo Trucks has been headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, for nearly 40 years and we are proud to be a part of the state’s transportation story.”
The VNL model on display is a prototype of Volvo’s flagship North American longhaul sleeper model, introduced in 2017. Visitors were able to see the VNL up close in the museum’s restored 1905 Back Shop, a repair facility that was once the largest industrial building in North Carolina.Volvo Group North America’s donation to the museum is a reflection of Volvo’s presence in North Carolina since 1981 and an opportunity to highlight one of the largest and best-known truck brands in the world. The exhibit is a symbol of pride for local employees, suppliers and their families who visit the museum, and it helps ensure that trucking is featured as crucial to commercial transportation.
The North Carolina Transportation Museum, which opened in 1977, is located on the site of what was Southern Railway Company’s largest steam locomotive repair facility, situated midway between the railroad’s main terminals in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. The museum features a train depot and antique automobiles and trucks. A 37- bay roundhouse, one of the largest remaining structures of its kind in the United States and a historical mechanical and engineering landmark, includes 25 locomotives, dozens of rail cars and other exhibit areas.
“As a transportation museum, we are not just focused on history, but also on the evolution of transportation,” said Mark Brown, public information officer for the North Carolina Transportation Museum. “This Volvo truck allows us to show the most modern equipment in big rigs, allowing the public to get a peek inside the ‘office’ of over-the-road truckers.”
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