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Volvo expands over-the-air parameters

April 25, 2019 by John Smith

Volvo Trucks has added more parameter updates to its Parameter Plus subscription package, and now offers more than 250 paramaters that can be changed over the air. The Parameter Plus package allows for up to 50 parameter updates per year. […]

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Volvo expands on OTA engine programming

March 25, 2019 by John Smith

Volvo Trucks‘ new Parameter Plus subscription package expands on the company’s over-the-air (OTA) programming capabilities, allowing up to 50 parameter updates per year. Software updates for engines and transmissions can be completed in less than 20 minutes, and the parameter […]

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Volvo workstation comes to three more truck models

February 11, 2019 by John Smith

Volvo VNL 760 and 740 tractors, along with the VNX 740, can now be equipped with a workstation that transforms from a sitting area and table into a base for seating cushions that unfold into a bed.

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Volvo enjoys record pace in truck market

December 11, 2018 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Volvo Trucks North America president Peter Voorhoeve says truck sales continue to ride a “very, very good wave”, and projects North American Class 8 sales could push marginally above 300,000 units this year. “The strength will continue […]

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LIGHTS On: Volvo to electrify VNR tractors

December 11, 2018 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Volvo Trucks North America has announced it will commercialize an electric version of the VNR regional tractor by 2020, with the first test units to be on the road as early as next year.

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Volvo packages lighten VNR, VNL

December 5, 2018 by John Smith

Volvo Trucks’ new Payload Plus packages for VNR and VNL trucks have been unveiled to maximize payloads and fuel economy in weight-sensitive applications like tankers, bulk haulers, and specific dry van operations. Up to 540 lb. are shed from VNR […]

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Continental Divide: The differences between European and North American trucks

November 14, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The manufacturers of North American and European trucks are more closely aligned than ever. But as close as the companies have drawn together, the equipment itself can appear a world apart. Different regulations are just one reason.

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Volvo Xceed delivers fuel-economy boost

October 29, 2018 by John Smith

Volvo’s new Xceed fuel efficiency package for VNL 760 and 860 models has been specifically designed for those who haul dry vans or reefers – promising to boost fuel economy by 11% when compared to the existing Fuel Efficiency Plus […]

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‘Canada has gone fantastic,’ says Volvo exec

October 29, 2018 by John Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – As Volvo Trucks expands its market share around the world, some of the biggest gains in North America appear to have been realized in Canada. “It’s exciting times,” said Peter Voorhoeve, recently named president of Volvo Trucks North America.

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Euro Zone: New and future truck tech at IAA show

September 20, 2018 by John Smith

HANNOVER, Germany — The scope and scale of the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany, is like no other. Daimler and Traton – the recently rebranded Volkswagen Truck and Bus — stake their claims to entire buildings rather than individual exhibit halls. Some of the aisles in the halls are as wide as streets. The individual buildings are divided by actual streets. And did we mention the Ferris wheel?

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Video: An electric truck … creating its own energy

July 13, 2018 by John Smith

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Volvo Trucks is plugging in to the promise of electric vehicles, with FL and FE models to be produced in Europe by 2019. A four-megawatt wind power plant will produce enough energy to drive 200 electric FE […]

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Volvo names new president

June 26, 2018 by John Smith

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Peter Voorhoeve, the president and CEO of Volvo Group Australia, has been tapped to serve as president of Volvo Trucks North America, effective Sept. 1. He succeeds Goran Nyberg who left for a role with Europe’s MAN Truck and Bus. Per Carlsson continues to serve as acting president until the transition.

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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 showcases an electric future

June 20, 2018 by John Smith

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Volvo Trucks has revealed a vision of the future, and it involves plugging into the power of electricity – especially when it comes to electric trucks.

This spring the global manufacturer announced that it will produce electric versions of European FL and FE models beginning in 2019, initially focusing on refuse and urban distribution applications.

These are hardly Volvo’s first foray into electric vehicles, though. The company has already produced about 4,000 electric-hybrid and battery-electric buses, and the trucks and buses will share many underlying technologies such as electric motors and charging systems.

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Volvo building share in hot truck market

May 18, 2018 by John Smith

NEWPORT, R.I. – Per Carlsson has been here before. The global senior vice-president of Volvo Trucks’ strategy and transformation office was president of Volvo Trucks North America from 2008-09, and now he finds himself serving as interim president to fill a role vacated by Goran Nyberg, who has taken a senior position at Volkswagen’s MAN Truck and Bus business unit.