New Volvo heavy trucks range to be Australian made

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Locally built FH16, FH, FM and FMX orders to be taken in the last quarter of the year

One of the new headlights on an FH16

Volvo’s new range of heavy vehicles will be "Australian made", starting in the first quarter of next year and with a view to having them in customer fleets in the second quarter.

However, orders for the FH16, FH, FM and FMX for the Australia and New Zealand markets are expected to be taken in the last quarter of this year, Volvo Australia reveals.

The truckmaker confirms the efforts is aimed at "ensuring these trucks are built for the unique, harsh Australian and New Zealand conditions, with intensive on-site testing ensuring they can withstand the toughest of conditions".

The news follows the global company’s pre-launch ‘truck tower’ stunt for social media and the official  global launch public event being made a virtual affair having fallen prey to the coronavirus Covid-19 scare.

What the market otherwise have been exposed to is the company’s Climate Wise Edition initiative, aimed at vehicle lifecycle sustainability.

"We have taken actions to make our factories climate neutral," it says.

"The remaining CO2 emissions, generated in the production chain, are climate compensated. The compensation is certified according to Gold Standard and included with each Climate Wise Edition truck."

Climate Wise Edition trucks are available as the fuel-efficient Volvo FH with I-Save, the gas-powered Volvo FH LNG and the gas-powered Volvo FM LNG.

They are designed to be fuel efficient and high performance trucks with lower CO2 emissions and Volvo says they have a "competitive advantage towards transport buyers with climate ambitions and focus on sustainability".

Volvo also emphasises and the launch its headlight design, where the beam issues from a lamp in the shape of a reversed tick sign.

Called ‘adaptive high beam headlights' and moved outwards to align with the feature line of the cab doors, it is available in the FH and FH16 models.

"The system is engineered to increase visibility and improve safety for all road users by automatically switching off selected segments of the LED high beam when the truck approaches oncoming traffic or another vehicle from behind," Volvo says.

"The high beam is adjusted when the camera and radar detects other vehicles or when the camera detects changes in the amount of light around the truck."


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