Swedish truck maker Volvo has
launched a range of new trucks in India under their 50:50 joint venture with
Eicher Motors Limited on October 27, 2014. This is a new fleet of trucks being
introduced into the market by VECV (Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles) and the
range will comprise of the FH, FM and the FMX. The FH and FM are tractor
trailers (Pullers) while the FMX is a tipper (dump-truck) primarily meant for
mining and construction operations. Volvo has been synonymous in India for
introducing and manufacturing premium segment trucks and the new range being
launched is complimenting this position in India. Volvo is currently the market
leader in terms of premium trucks sales in India with a 65 pc share of the
The company has made investments to
the tune of US$ 3 billion and has dedicated fourteen million engineering hours
to this project. The new range of trucks has been tested for a whooping 21
million kilometers and Volvo has confidently launched this new range of premium
trucks to storm the Indian market. The FH, FM and FMX are claimed to be
technologically superior to their competitors in terms of productivity, fuel
efficiency and safety leading to maximum uptime. Volvo has also launched the
new I-Shift technology which makes mining and construction operations easy. The
automated I-Shift gearbox is easy to operate and provides optimum fuel
efficiency. FMX offers dual driving modes -- economy and performance. Volvo has
also introduced their Dynafleet telematics system to the new range which
enables owners to access real time data of their fleet as well as driver logs.
The Dynafleet telematics system allows owners to be able to monitor fuel consumption,
overtime, location of vehicles and a vehicles performance data.
The FH, FM and FMX have been
equipped with a 12.8 litre in-line 6 cylinder direct injection diesel engine. However
the performance configurations on the FH tractor trailer are higher. The FH
produces 520hp @ 1500-1800rpm and churns out a 2500Nm of torque @1050-1450rpm while
the FMX and the FM produce 440hp @ 1400-1800rpm and 220Nm of torque @
1050-1400rpm. The FMX tipper comes with the automatic I-Shift gearbox which has
12 forward and 4 reverse gears while the manual version of the gearbox has 14
forward with 2 crawler and 4 reverse gears. The Manual is a synchronized range
/ splitter gearbox and is also on both the tractor trailers. The FH and FM come
in a 6X4 configuration while the FMX comes in an 8X4 configuration and has twin
heavy duty front steerable axles. The rear axles on all the trucks are a drive
tandem hub-reaction type with four planetary gears. The suspension on these
trucks is an S-shaped parabolic leaf in the front and a multi-leaf spring at
the rear. The FMX has a driver plus co-driver cab while the FH and FM can
accommodate a driver plus a co-driver and have a sleeping bunk at the back. The
FMX tipper now comes with a front towing device certified for 25 tonnes. The FH
tractor can tow a payload of 200 tonnes while the FM tractor can tow a payload
of 125 tonnes when they are coupled with suitable hydraulic axle trailers.
The new range of trucks from Volvo is
set to make waves in the premium truck industry and offer a lot more to their
consumers like a lower cost of ownership, higher up-time for drivers and the
vehicles along with real time monitoring of vehicle and driver
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