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Volvo moving forward with dynamic steering

September 13, 2019 by John Smith

DUBLIN, Va. —  Volvo Trucks is adding a new driver-assist steering feature to its 2020 Model Year line up. Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS) is an electric-over-hydraulic steering-assist system designed to improve maneuverability and lessen driver steering effort by up to 85% at low speed, while maintaining a stiffer feel at highway speeds.

Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America
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Volvo commits to ‘changing the times’

September 13, 2019 by John Smith

DUBLIN, Va. — If current build rates hold up, Volvo expects to see 311,000 new Class 8 trucks roll onto North American highways this year — down from earlier estimates, but a natural consequence of the economy slowing down somewhat.

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Will truck platooning save fuel in the real world?

June 11, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Tailgating tends to be discouraged. Just don’t tell those who research the benefits of platooning. In the ongoing search for better fuel economy, engineers have found ways to connect tractor-trailers through electronic handshakes, automatically maintaining tight following distances that improve aerodynamic drag. Will it work in the real world?

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Welcome to the Year of the Electric Truck

December 20, 2018 by John Smith

CARSON, Calif. – Penske Truck Leasing has accepted keys to Freightliners before, but today’s ceremonial handoff of an electric Freightliner eM2 kicks off what can safely be described as the Year of the Electric Truck.

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Volvo brings natural gas to the VNL 300 daycab

July 25, 2018 by elizabeth

Regional haulers aiming to leave less of an environmental footprint can now get the new Volvo VNL 300 daycab with a “near zero” natural gas engine. Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) announced the truck is available to order with the […]

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Volvo Trucks N.A. partners with FedEx to test platooning vehicles in live conditions

June 27, 2018 by elizabeth

RALEIGH, NC — Volvo Trucks North America drove a long-held secret down North Carolina Highway 540 today.

In the first successful on-highway demonstration of platooning technology between a major truck manufacturer and a transportation company, Volvo and FedEx working closely with the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) took three trucks on the road to showcase their advanced driver assisted technology.

Volvo has kept its partnership with FedEx under wraps for about a year, using Volvo VNL 300 day cabs and a Volvo VNL 670 sleeper cab first on closed tracks in South Carolina and then for the last three  months on the North Carolina Triangle Expressway — an area designated by the NCTA as a testing place for autonomous vehicles — to adapt its platooning technology developed in Europe for the North American market.

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Volvo museum honors rich tradition

June 21, 2018 by John Smith

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Volvo Trucks has a rich history, having produced its first truck in 1928, and the vehicles have clearly come a long way. But the Volvo Museum in the company’s home city of Gothenburg, Sweden, offers a nod […]

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Volvo launch showcases new customer center

July 12, 2017 by John Smith

DUBLIN, VA – Volvo revealed more than a new long-haul truck with the official launch of its VNL on Tuesday. The event was set against the backdrop of a new customer center as part of the company’s New River Valley plant.

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Slam Dunks and Smashing Molecules: One on One with Ed Saxman

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Industry veteran and all around respected guy Ed Saxman was recently named Volvo Trucks Alternative Fuels guy. We caught up with him to talk emissions, engines and DME.

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Volvo Lays Out Plans for DME-Powered Trucks

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

SACRAMENTO, CA. – Volvo Trucks North America announced yesterday plans to begin production of dimethyl ether (DME) powered class 8 trucks by 2015, bringing another alternative fuel to the North American market.