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What the Truck?

This video shows the stunt pulled off in the lead up to the launch of the new Volvo range in North America, the anonymous ‘what the truck?’ cleanskin dropped into the middle of a busy truck stop, somewhere in the US.

This was part of the build up to the launch this week of the new VNL range for the North American market. Unfortunately, these good looking modern conventional trucks will never make it to Australia, but they do look good. Volvo policy is that in Australia Volvos are cabovers and Macks are conventional.

However, here at PowerTorque, we understand a major launch will be taking place over the next week or so, in Sweden, and that it will be the unveiling of a makeover of the full Volvo range, including, perhaps, a very high horsepower introduction, from the brand.

Here’s a look at the new models:


The design cues used in the US VNL launch give us an idea of the look to be revealed in Sweden, as the US and European models use a large number of common body panels. Length restriction easing in Europe means the sloped windscreen in this video could appear on a longer cabover FH in the new range, we will have to wait and see.

For the full launch video , click here:


The VNL’s curved windscreen and angular profile are claimed to create up to a 10 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency over the previous model. The Volvo D13 Turbo Compound engine is said to offer fuel savings for a wider variety of applications than ever before. Fleets that run variable load applications, including tanker, bulk and flat-bed deliveries, will be able to benefit from Volvo’s next-generation Turbo Compound system.

The new VNL cab features a stalk-mounted transmission control, the ability to change gear and engine braking are now at the driver’s fingertips. Push-button ignition is introduced and the key fob can activate the engine, external lighting, climate control and more.

Right-hand side driver’s seat controls for a left hand drive truck are a new idea. Is Volvo going to have right hand side controls on all trucks, whether right or left hand drive?

Digital gauges and various screens on the dash give us an idea about what the next generation Volvo interior will look like here in Australia, whenever it arrives.

All four key areas of the suspension system on the all-new Volvo VNL have been redesigned: front, engine, cab, and rear. The result is said to be an enhanced ride that eliminates most road inputs and vibrations.

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