Volvo's new FH16 Truck travels Downunder
The Volvo FH16, Volvo's new truck for heavy long-haul operations, has been
tested in the toughest of all environments: Australia. Over a period of two
days, it was put through its paces by journalists Brian Weatherley and
Steve Brooks, both of whom have many years of experience in the transport
Australia's operating conditions are demanding in many ways: the distances
are vast, the roads are challenging, the speed limits are high and the
payloads are heavy. The long distances mean that Australian drivers average
five nights a week in their trucks, which imposes high demands on in-cab
working conditions and after-work comfort.
Comprehensive tests of the new FH series were carried out in Australia from
the earliest development phase. Now however it was time for two highly
experienced motoring journalists to see how the new truck measures up on
Australian roads. The test vehicle was a 700 hp FH16 fitted with a
Globetrotter XL cab.
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► JCVD and Volvo Trucks Perform World-First Stunt
As one of Hollywood's most famous action stars, Jean-Claude Van Damme has
had to perform countless daring stunts, but in Volvo Trucks' latest film
'The Epic Split', he carries out one of his most spectacular yet.
Standing between two moving Volvo FM trucks with a foot on each side
mirror, Jean-Claude Van Damme performs one of his world-famous splits as
the two trucks drive in reverse. He calmly holds his position for the
entire length of the drive.
The film aims to demonstrate the unique stability of Volvo Dynamic Steering
-- an innovative new system developed by Volvo Trucks -- greatly improves
precision and stability in any driving situation. It works through an
electronically controlled electric motor that is adjusted around 2,000
times per second to create highly precise steering. When driving in
reverse, Volvo Dynamic Steering offers excellent control with minimal
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Volvo Trucks - Canada - a winning team - "Welcome to my cab"
Mathieu Boisselier, born and raised in Canada, has built a successful
career as an international eventing rider and horse breeder. He has been
part of the Canadian horse eventing team since 1998 and last year was his
best season yet.
He uses Volvo trucks in his business, and spends a lot of time in his
customised Volvo FH, which has been adapted into a combined stable for the
horses and a second luxurious home for himself and his staff.
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Volvo Trucks - Stretch Brake makes downhill driving safer
Driving down hill, especially on slippery or windy roads, with a full
trailer can create a jack-knife effects with potentially fatal
consequences. Volvo Trucks' stretch brake has been designed to prevent this
from happening by slowing down the trailer and stretching out the
Learn more about the safety features in the new Volvo FH:
CRASHES 2013 Volvo FH
The driver of a new Volvo FH would emerge from an 80 km/h collision without
any serious injuries. And if the truck rolled over, there is an emergency
exit at hand. But not only the driver's safety has improved.
Thousands of simulated collision tests and about 100 real crash tests have
allowed Volvo Trucks' engineers to develop a safer truck cab. For instance,
high-strength materials such as dual-phase steel have been used in
collision-absorbing beams and in the doors. The cab too uses the strongest
steel available today for body panelling -- ultra-high-strength, thermoset,
press-moulded boron steel.
Volvo Trucks - Volvo I-Shift. Now Standard.
The Volvo I-Shift automated manual transmission is now standard on all
Volvo-powered trucks built for the North American market.
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Volvo Trucks Emergency braking at its best!
On a test track in the new Volvo FH, together with test drivers you get to
experience how the Collision Warning with Emergency Brake system can avoid
a rear end collision, even if its tight!
The tractor trailer is fully loaded to 40 tons GCW.