Volvo Trucks announced three product enhancements to its VN models in North America as a part of its commitment to continuously improve the value of ownership for its customers.
New Volvo air disc brakes, SmartWay-compliant aerodynamic chassis fairings and a mount for flat panel TVs were unveiled during the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show.
“With every new product enhancement, Volvo demonstrates to our customers that the investment they make in Volvo trucks will continue to pay dividends for their business,” said Frank Bio, Volvo Trucks product manager-trucks. “We are confident that these enhancements will make our trucks safer, more fuel efficient and comfortable, better meeting the needs of our customers.”
Volvo Air Disc Brakes Help Increase Highway Safety
Building on Volvo’s reputation as the industry leader in developing technologies to improve safety, Volvo’s new air disc brakes reduce stopping distances from 355 to 250 feet.
Volvo air disc brakes also create smoother stops and reduced brake fading, providing a more comfortable ride and better value for customers. Longer brake pad life is another benefit, resulting in lower maintenance costs. Volvo air disc brakes will initially be available on all VN model front axles in August 2013, expanding to include all axles in 2014.
New Chassis Fairings Increase Fuel Efficiency
Volvo VNM models equipped with new aerodynamic chassis fairings are now SmartWay certifiable. The aerodynamic fairings optimize air flow around the cab and chassis, significantly improving fuel efficiency by reducing drag. The VNM chassis fairings are also completely removable for ease of maintenance.
TV Mounts Added to Cab for Driver Comfort
Driver comfort directly impacts driver productivity. In an effort to increase comfort, Volvo designed a TV mount available in its VNL models. The mount accommodates a 19-inch LCD TV on the Volvo VNL 630 and 670 models and a 22-inch LCD TV on the 730 and 780 models. The new mounts make it possible for the TV to be visible from both the upper and lower bunks without sacrificing storage space. The TV mount will be available November 2013.