Volvo Trucks plans to launch a new generation of heavy trucks in Europe in summer 2008 with upgrades to its long-haul models – the FH and FH16. Production start is scheduled for Autumn 2008; however customers can place orders for the new trucks as early as this December.
“At present there is immense demand for our trucks, resulting in abnormally long delivery times,” says Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks’ Europe Division. “We therefore want to give our customers the opportunity to place advance orders for the product range that will become available as of next Autumn.”
Volvo does not want to reveal all the details of the new range yet but is teasing potential buyers with some of its ideas for the redesigned cab interior.
“We have created a driver’s environment that offers more space and light along with far better storage capability,” said Christer Pehrsson, business area manager for long-haul operations at Volvo Trucks.
Volvo is promising more space in the driving compartment with improved storage facilities. The level of comfort in the cab will be significantly higher, particularly as regards the scope for relaxation, it says.
Improving visibility under all conditions is of priority in Volvo’s safety work and, as a result, Volvo offers rain sensors for the windscreen wipers. The sensors monitor when, and how much, rain is falling and the windscreen wipers are automatically adjusted to suit. Cornering lights, which provide better visibility when turning, are another solution being introduced.