Volvo FH wins ‘International Truck of the Year’

Jason Cannon

September 10, 2013

International_awardAfter barely a year on the market, the Volvo FH was selected as the International Truck of the Year 2014 by commercial vehicle journalists, representing 25 magazines throughout Europe.

“Volvo Trucks has delivered a completely new heavy-duty truck, which, with its innovative cab, hi-tech driveline components and advanced maintenance solutions, sets a new benchmark in the automotive industry,” International Truck of the Year Chairman Gianenrico Griffini said.

The award marks the third time the Volvo FH has been selected International Truck of the Year, having also won the award in 1994 and 2000.

“We are honoured and happy. When we introduced the new FH in September 2012, we claimed that it was pushing the envelope of what a premium truck could offer,” Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks, says. “The International Truck of the Year award confirms that the Volvo FH lives up to this promise.

The all-new Volvo FH is a truck built with the driver in mind and the focus on improving the haulage firm’s profitability. It boasts important innovations in all crucial areas: fuel economy, ergonomics, handling, active and passive safety, and time-saving features.

According to Volvo, the FH truck is available with a range of 13- and 16-litre Euro 6 engines; The I-See technology can save up to five per cent fuel. I-See uses electronically recorded information about the topography of the roads to automatically optimise gear shifting, speed and auxiliary braking; The handling is superior thanks to an improved chassis and the option to choose individual front suspension; The driving position is better and offers greater flexibility. For instance, the steering wheel now has a neck tilt function, a world-first in the truck world; The driver has a better view of the road, not least owing to the increase in the usable window area in the cab and the innovative rear-view mirror design; More upright A-pillars add one cubic metre of interior space. This gives 300 litres of on-board extra storage capacity and greater on-board comfort; Volvo Trucks offers maximum uptime with the new FH. This promise is based on new technology for remotely monitoring component wear and overall vehicle condition.

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