Prestigious award for Volvo Trucks’ long-hauler
Volvo Trucks’ FH has won the prestigious International Truck of the Year award for 2014, with the award received by Volvo Trucks’ president Claes Nilsson at a ceremony at the Comtrans exhibition in Moscow earlier this month.
The award is judged by leading 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,” said awards chairman Gianenrico Griffini.
This is now the third time that the FH has won the award, first in 1994 and then again in 2000.
The new generation FH was launched in September 2012, and key improvements include improved handling with a stronger chassis, and individual front suspension as an option; a larger and more spacious cab design, giving the driver a better view of the road, including an innovative rear-view mirror design; and new technology for remotely monitoring component wear and overall vehicle condition.
Volvo also launched its new I-See technology programme which 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, though is not currently available for the Euro 3 engined vehicles sold in the Middle East.”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. The International Truck of the Year award confirms that the Volvo FH lives up to this promise,” said Nilsson. “The new Volvo FH increases the haulage firm’s profitability in many different ways.”