Commercial Vehicle - - WHAT'S INSIDE -

The July story on Volvo FMX 460 pro­vided a good in­sight into the work­ing of a work­horse. A first hand per­spec­tive of such ma­chines work in a mine is not easy to come by. The Volvo trucks that we rarely see on the road are the ones that pull huge loads on those trail­ers with nu­mer­ous wheels and mul­ti­ple axles. I have al­ways won­dered why Volvo trucks are pre­ferred by trans­porters to pull such mas­sive loads. The ar­ti­cle on FMX 460 pro­vided a look at the tech­nol­ogy that goes into th­ese trucks, and why they are used to con­duct such tasks. It is not just the looks of th­ese trucks that im­press, their abil­ity to ex­e­cute such jobs also im­presses. Es­pe­cially, ev­ery time I pass those truck and trailer com­bi­na­tions with a huge ob­ject ei­ther mov­ing slowly on the ex­treme left, or park­ing out­side a bor­der check post. I re­mem­ber read­ing a story on Volvo’s re­newed on-high­way thrust. Won­der what steps are be­ing taken in that di­rec­tion. The GST is said to change the work­ing of trans­port in­dus­try. A shift to higher ton­nage trucks could open the mar­ket for pre­mium tech trucks like th­ese.

Sachin Raote, Kol­ha­pur

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