Volvo prepares for 2011 range

Volvo Group Australia is preparing to launch its updated product range

September 3, 2010

With just over 100 days until the introduction of ADR 80/03 emission regulations, Volvo Group Australia is preparing to launch its updated product range.

While all of the trucks in the range will conform to Euro 5 specifications, Volvo will also have a new cab for the FM series and extra power for its range-topping FH models with up to 700 horsepower available.

As part of the upgrade in emission technology, with all models meeting either Euro 5 or EEV standards, all trucks will use selective catalytic reduction (SCR), with exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) now deleted.

As a result, Volvo is confident of operators achieving better fuel efficiency, cooler running engines, longer service intervals and increased horse power and torque.

The FH16 700 will take on the mantle of Australia’s most powerful prime mover when it goes on sale, offering a potent mix of 522 kilowatts (700 horsepower) and 3100Nm (2323lb/ft) of torque.

Volvo will retain the existing 540 and 600 horsepower ratings, in addition to the 700 horsepower, offering a broad spread of outputs, depending on operator needs, while all models will get the upgraded ‘D version’ of the I-Shift automated transmission..

Arriving just months after its European launch is the upgraded FM range, with a choice of 11-litre (D11) or 13-litre (D13) engines, offering a spread of power ratings offering between 330 and 500 horsepower, depending on the operator’s needs.

Volvo will also retain its popular medium duty range, the FE and FL series trucks, available with the D7 engine, giving it a significant coverage of th eAsutralian truck market.

While the date is still to be confirmed, sources within Volvo say the new models should be released to the media in November.

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