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Volvo Trucks North Amer­ica re­vealed the new Volvo VNL se­ries, a ground­break­ing trac­tor that meets the needs of to­day’s long-haul truck­ing cus­tomers and pro­fes­sional driv­ers through cut­ting-edge in­no­va­tions in ef­fi­ciency, pro­duc­tiv­ity, safety and up­time. Avail­able in sev­eral con­fig­u­ra­tions, in­clud­ing an all­new, 70-inch sleeper, the Volvo VNL se­ries de­fines the shape of trucks to come. The im­pres­sive launch was held at the new Volvo Trucks Cus­tomer Cen­ter at its New River Val­ley (NRV) fa­cil­ity and at­tended by trade press rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all across North Amer­ica.

Strik­ing Ex­te­rior De­sign

De­sign­ers of the new Volvo VNL com­bined el­e­ments of Volvo’s de­sign lan­guage with dy­namic new fea­tures. Swept back head­lights in­clude sig­na­ture Volvo day­time run­ning lights and frame a bold new Volvo grille and hood. Re­designed and repo­si­tioned en­gine air in­takes al­low for less tur­bu­lent in­take air de­liv­ery. Air­flow up and around the cab has also been op­ti­mized with new chas­sis and roof fair­ings.

Pro­duc­tiv­ity-boost­ing Driver, Liv­ing En­vi­ron­ments

Pro­duc­tiv­ity is di­rectly af­fected by driver com­fort, which is why the new Volvo VNL fea­tures an all-new dash­board which puts of­ten-used con­trols within the driver’s reach. Cen­tered in the gauge clus­ter is a con­fig­urable, five-inch color driver in­for­ma­tion display that pro­vides trip and di­ag­nos­tic data. The driver in­for­ma­tion display is cus­tom­iz­a­ble, en­sur­ing that crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion is al­ways avail­able to the driver at a quick glance.

An op­tional in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem is avail­able, fea­tur­ing a seven-inch color touch screen, nav­i­ga­tion and an ex­te­rior back-up cam­era. A premium au­dio sys­tem is in­te­grated with the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, which also fea­tures Blue­tooth and Ap­ple Carplay for the ul­ti­mate in con­nec­tiv­ity. Ad­di­tional apps can be down­loaded to the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem as well. A dash-top tray fea­tures 12-volt power and USB con­nec­tiv­ity to keep de­vices fully pow­ered.

The new Volvo VNL is also equipped with Volvo’s smart steer­ing wheel, putting con­trols for nearly all of the driver in­ter­face func­tions right at a driver’s fin­ger­tips. The smart steer­ing wheel is at­tached to Volvo’s Per­fect Po­si­tion air-as­sisted, in­fin­itely ad­justable steer­ing col­umn, which en­ables driv­ers not only to tilt and

The new Volvo VNL builds on our long­stand­ing com­mit­ment to de­liver the safest, most com­fort­able and most ef­fi­cient long-haul truck on the mar­ket. In­fused with new in­no­va­tions and tech­nolo­gies, we’re proud to ex­pand upon that com­mit­ment to our cur­rent and fu­ture cus­tomers with this new de­sign. -Go­ran Ny­berg, pres­i­dent of Volvo Trucks North Amer­ica. The in­cred­i­ble de­sign el­e­ments that we’ve in­cor­po­rated not only look great, but they add value for the cus­tomer. Whether it’s the sleek new body­work that im­proves aero­dy­nam­ics, or the new three-piece bumper that aids in re­pairabil­ity, ev­ery de­sign change we’ve made has a pur­pose. -Wade Long, di­rec­tor of prod­uct mar­ket­ing for Volvo Trucks North Amer­ica.

te­le­scope the steer­ing col­umn, but also tilt the steer­ing wheel rel­a­tive to the steer­ing col­umn.

A wide va­ri­ety of seat­ing op­tions are avail­able on the new Volvo VNL se­ries. An in­crease in seat travel fore and aft, as well as up and down, im­proves driv­ing er­gonomics. Premium fea­tures like seat heat­ing and ven­ti­la­tion are also avail­able.

That com­fort ex­tends to the four sleeper cab con­fig­u­ra­tions avail­able in the new Volvo VNL se­ries. De­signed to pro­vide driv­ers a com­fort­able place to rest af­ter a long day on the road, the sleeper op­tions are packed with a num­ber of space-sav­ing, com­fort­boost­ing in­no­va­tions. Ad­di­tion­ally, an all-new, full 70-inch sleeper is avail­able in the Volvo VNL 760 and 740 mod­els, tak­ing Volvo’s leg­endary com­fort to an all-time high.

All VNL sleep­ers fea­ture curved cab­i­nets that open to­ward the back to max­i­mize space, as well as an in­te­grated, re­clin­ing bunk, which is a truck­ing in­dus­try first in North Amer­ica. LED in­te­rior light­ing re­duces power con­sump­tion and pro­vides softer light­ing. A re­designed sleeper con­trol panel al­lows driv­ers to con­trol heat­ing and cool­ing, and ad­just the au­dio sys­tem from a more er­gonomic po­si­tion on the bunk. In ad­di­tion, driv­ers can lock the doors or ac­ti­vate a panic alarm if needed.

For the first time in North Amer­ica, Volvo’s Glo­be­trot­ter trim lev­els will be avail­able on the VNL 760 and VNL 860 sleeper mod­els. Long a sym­bol of ul­ti­mate driver com­fort, the Glo­be­trot­ter trim lev­els in­clude a full aero­dy­namic pack­age, pol­ished wheels, high-end seat­ing, as well as a re­frig­er­a­tor, in­verter and park­ing cooler pack­age.

Un­com­pro­mised Ef­fi­ciency

The VNL se­ries comes stan­dard with the 13-liter Volvo D13 en­gine, while Day­cab and VNL 400 mod­els can spec the 11-liter Volvo D11 as an op­tion. The 15-liter Cum­mins X15 is also avail­able in the VNL se­ries.

The Volvo VNL is also avail­able with the Volvo D13 Turbo Com­pound (D13 TC) en­gine that uti­lizes a me­chan­i­cal waste heat re­cov­ery sys­tem to cap­ture wasted en­ergy from the en­gine’s ex­haust. The re­sult is an ad­di­tional 50 horse­power fed back to the crank­shaft and an im­prove­ment in fuel ef­fi­ciency of up to 6.5 per­cent.

The new Volvo VNL se­ries not only turns heads on the road, but also in the wind tun­nel. Its sleek new de­sign bet­ter con­trols air­flow around the truck and its trailer, re­sult­ing in im­proved fuel ef­fi­ciency. When com­bined with the ef­fi­ciency ben­e­fits de­rived from the D13 TC, the new VNL de­liv­ers up to a 7.5 per­cent in­crease in fuel ef­fi­ciency when com­pared to a 2015 VNL model equipped with a GHG 2014 D13 en­gine.

The en­tire Volvo VNL se­ries comes stan­dard with Volvo’s I-shift au­to­mated man­ual trans­mis­sion, which is fully in­te­grated with Volvo en­gines. With a full ar­ray of sen­sors de­tect­ing speed, grade and load, the I-shift knows when to shift, hold a gear or coast in neu­tral. Also, by elim­i­nat­ing tra­di­tional shift­ing, the I-shift en­ables the driver to fo­cus on the job.

The Safety Leader

Volvo Ac­tive Driver As­sist by Bendix, which is now stan­dard on all Volvo VNL mod­els, is a cam­era and radar­based sys­tem that com­bines for­ward col­li­sion mitigation warn­ings and ac­tive brak­ing, even with sta­tion­ary ve­hi­cles. The sys­tem fea­tures an in­dus­try-first heads up wind­shield display if a driver ap­proaches too closely to an ob­ject in front of them. If no driver ac­tion is taken, the sys­tem can au­to­mat­i­cally ap­ply the brakes to help mit­i­gate a col­li­sion. Volvo En­hanced Sta­bil­ity Tech­nol­ogy, an elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol sys­tem, is also stan­dard on all VNL mod­els.

The VNL se­ries is equipped with au­to­mo­tive-qual­ity LED head­lights that pro­duce abun­dant bright light to im­prove vis­i­bil­ity. Au­to­matic light­ing and rain-sens­ing wipers are also avail­able to im­prove safety.

Su­pe­rior Con­nec­tiv­ity

All Volvo VNL mod­els come stan­dard with Volvo Re­mote Di­ag­nos­tics, Volvo’s fac­tory-in­stalled telematics hard­ware that pro­vides con­nec­tiv­ity for proac­tive di­ag­nos­tics and mon­i­tor­ing of crit­i­cal en­gine, trans­mis­sion and af­ter treat­ment trou­ble codes. The same hard­ware also al­lows cus­tomers to per­form pow­er­train soft­ware and pa­ram­e­ter up­dates over-the-air with Re­mote Pro­gram­ming, which helps im­prove up­time and ve­hi­cle ef­fi­ciency, while re­duc­ing down­time costs.

Sup­port for Volvo trucks is pro­vided 24/7 by highly trained Volvo Ac­tion Ser­vice (VAS) agents, who mon­i­tor crit­i­cal ve­hi­cle codes. If an is­sue is de­tected, VAS agents will as­sess the sever­ity and pro­vide the ve­hi­cle’s des­ig­nated con­tact with ac­tion­able in­for­ma­tion to de­ter­mine whether to keep op­er­at­ing the truck or take it for im­me­di­ate ser­vice.

The new Volvo VNL se­ries was de­signed and en­gi­neered at Volvo Trucks’ North Amer­i­can tech­nol­ogy cen­ter in Greens­boro, North Carolina, and will be built at Volvo’s New River Val­ley as­sem­bly plant in Dublin, Vir­ginia, where all Volvo mod­els for the U.S. are as­sem­bled. Volvo en­gines and trans­mis­sions pow­er­ing each VNL model will be pro­duced at Volvo’s pow­er­train man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Hager­stown, Maryland.

Volvo’s D11, D13 and D13 TC en­gines of­fer an in­cred­i­ble mix of power and ef­fi­ciency. For cus­tomers need­ing even greater fuel ef­fi­ciency, our XE, ex­cep­tional Ef­fi­ciency, down­speed­ing pack­ages are avail­able and paired with the Volvo I-shift. -John Moore, Volvo Trucks prod­uct mar­ket­ing man­ager - pow­er­train. We re­lied on feed­back from nearly 2,000 driver in­ter­views to make sure the changes we were mak­ing aligned with driv­ers’ needs. The re­sults speak for them­selves: our new VNL fea­tures the most com­fort­able, driver-friendly en­vi­ron­ment we’ve ever built. -Ja­son Spence, Volvo Trucks prod­uct mar­ket­ing man­ager – long haul

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