Volvo announces new auto hauler, details VHD vocational truck

The tractor comes with Volvo’s I-Shift automated manual transmission and the option of Volvo’s D11 or D13 engines. It also features Volvo’s “Position Perfect” steering configuration, new LED lighting for increased visibility, cruise control and a symmetrical instrument cluster with a high-resolution, programmable LCD screen that transmits critical vehicle alerts and system settings. An optional infotainment system features a seven-inch color touch screen and integrated premium audio.

Remote Diagnostics is standard and Remote Programming is part of a service bundle for those fleets interested in over-the-air programming updates.

Fontaine Modification is handling the modifications for the three vehicle configurations.

VHD detailed

Introduced in March at ConExpo, the nation’s largest construction show, the VHD vocational truck has been met with positive reactions to date, Koeck said. Andy Hanson, vocational product marketing manager, provided a virtual walk-around of the vehicle on the press call.

Standard with Volvo Active Driver Assist, the VHD features several upgrades over Volvo’s previous vocational vehicle. A Volvo T-Ride suspension is available in two capacities – 44,000 pounds or a 46,000-pound Firm Ride option. The Firm Ride option is used when roll stiffness is needed, Hanson said. A short ride suspension is also available for applications where short overhangs, such as for rolloff dumpsters, are needed.

The I-Shift transmission includes either one or two additional “crawler” gears to allow the vehicle to start on steep grades. The 12-speed transmission also benefits from the crawler gears when providing low-speed control.

A new grille design is part of the exterior improvements, which also include new LED high/low beam headlights with available de-icing features, and a heavy-duty 45 mm tow pin rated at a full 80,000 pounds. The tow pin is recessed on the axle back model.

The interior features five full feet of height and a 2,000-square-inch windshield for added visibility.

The VHD includes Remote Programming and Remote Diagnostics and Volvo Active Driver Assist.

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