Volvo Trucks India launches 6 heavy-duty trucks

Volvo Trucks India, a division of VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), has launched 6 new trucks from the FM & FMX heavy-duty range. They come loaded with features to boost productivity, improve safety, and enhance driver comfort. Building on Volvo Trucks track-record of delivering industry leading solutions, the new trucks address the increasing demand for more productive and safer trucks in India. The trucks are designed for demanding applications like Mining, Road Construction & Infrastructure projects, e-Commerce and Over Dimensional Cargo transportation

“We are proud to launch these new generation trucks designed to deliver higher operational efficiency to our customers. As we continue to bring world-class innovations to India, these trucks will further reinforce our brand value and our engagements with our customers as their most preferred business partner,” said Vinod Aggarwal, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer - VECV.

Manufactured at Volvo Trucks, Hoskote factory, the Volvo FM & FMX range combine high productivity and efficiency, unmatched safety, excellent driver comfort, and enhanced connectivity features as given below:
  • FMX 460 8x4 20.3 cu.m solution is designed to deliver a superior combination of agility and durability for the mining segment.
  • FMX 460 8x4 33cu.m solution designed for coal transportation.
  • FMX 500 8x4 off-road dump truck is a completely new solution for tough mining application requirements. With increased front axle loads of 20 tonnes and a 38-ton bogie, it is built for the most demanding assignments, allowing for 15% payload increase.
  • FM 420 8x4 23cu.m solution is designed to suit road construction and mega infrastructure projects.
  • FM 500 6x4 puller has been built to set new industry standards in over dimensional / overweight cargo movement.
  • FM 420 4x2 tractor solution for high-speed, long-haul application (e-Commerce, Just-In-Time Supply Chains) comes with enhanced driver comfort, improved aerodynamics, and better connectivity.
“Backed by world-class service, we now have a wider range of transport solutions to cater to the unique requirements of various applications in India. Our trucks serve in some of the most demanding and time-critical applications and the new range is built to push the limits of productivity while improving the driver environment and safety. In fact, safety has been Volvo Trucks core value since inception and the new safety features reflect our commitment towards increasing safety for all the road users,” said B Dinakar, Senior Vice President, Volvo Trucks India.

New cab with more space and improved visibility
With cab volume increased by up to 1000 litre, the new range offers better comfort and more working room. Cabin comfort is further enhanced through better thermal and noise insulation, helping drivers improve productivity. With a larger windscreen, lowered door lines, and new mirrors, driver’s direct visibility is improved by 10%. The high capacity FMX500 also gets an additional passenger corner camera and provision for four more cameras to be installed for enhanced visibility, which is key to safety.

All models equipped with new driver interface
The driver's console now has a completely new interface for information and communication, aimed at making it easier to overview and manage different functions, creating less stress and distraction. A fully digital 12-inch driver interface shows all the performance and maintenance parameters of the truck like Pre-Trip check and Intuitive traction display. Select variants offer a supplementary 9-inch touch screen display for infotainment, phone connectivity, driver guide, real time driver behaviour mapping, transport information, and camera monitoring. The vehicles can also have Android Auto and other third-party apps installed, based on customer’s application. Drivers can now connect the phone to the truck using Bluetooth, making connectivity safer and easier.

Enhanced safety systems and improved operational efficiency
Visibility enhancement is a major safety booster. Rear view camera on all mining trucks also ensures safety while loading / unloading. All the trucks are equipped with electronic braking system (EBS) as a standard feature. Downhill cruise control feature sets a maximum speed to help prevent unwanted acceleration when travelling downhill with load, thus also increasing brake life. The I-shift lever and software are new and include additional drive modes. The engine management system has been improved from Version 2.2 to 2.4 with several design upgrades too. The I-Roll function automatically disengages the engine when not required. All these functions along with improved aerodynamics and real time driver coaching helps improve fuel efficiency.

Comprehensive and digital services with Volvo Connect telematics
Volvo Connect telematics enables customers to get all the performance parameters of the truck on one user-friendly platform while sitting at their desk. This includes fleet management services like positioning, performance-boosting services like fuel and environment, real-time tracking of trucks, as well as improving driver skills by monitoring their driving behaviour. All these services are monitored and analysed to get maximum uptime through 12 Volvo Uptime Centres across India. Additionally, Volvo Trucks is setting a new level for uptime by increasing the engine oil drain interval by up to 20%.
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