Volvo Trucks unveils the FH Series, its premium flagship truck, in Malaysia, offering best-in-class fuel economy, reliability and safety. Designed with the driver in mind and built to withstand the heaviest and most demanding operations, the Volvo FH is seen as the ultimate long-haul that sets a new standard in transportation.
“The Volvo FH series is our latest premium flagship product that we believe will deliver exceptional benefits to our Malaysian customers. We have a long history in Malaysia and the addition of the Volvo FH to our product line not only strengthens our current leading position but also puts us in a good place to take advantage of future opportunities in long-haul transport,” said Mats Nilsson, Managing Director of Volvo Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
Built for long-haul regional distribution and with superior torque and power, the FH series is said to be highly capable of handling deliveries of over-sized loads over long distances. Equipped with technology that creates ultimate onboard safety, a more economical driveline and high uptime, Volvo says this series pushes the limits on what a premium truck can offer.
“The Volvo FH has been driving progress for our customers and our company for more than 20 years. It is one of the most valuable products in our offering and the embodiment of our core values; quality, safety and environmental care. The introduction of the FH series raises the bar in innovative trucking solutions in Malaysia and gives our customers the golden opportunity to improve their productivity,” said Heléne Mellquist, Senior Vice President of Volvo Trucks International.
The FH comes with the Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS) technology that provides ‘perfect steering’ stability at high speeds and total control at low speeds. This makes the truck less sensitive to crosswinds and very stable on uneven roads.
The Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) reduces the risk of skidding and rollovers. In risky situations, this feature engages itself by instantly reducing engine power and braking the truck and trailer.
Equipped with Volvo-patented stabilisers, the shock absorbers transfer load stress to the centre of the chassis and the suspension system prevents vibrations from spreading through the truck.
The FH is designed to save fuel and Volvo says a number of components, including the I-Shift with crawler gears, makes it one of the most fuel efficient in the world.
“Thanks to a transmission ratio of up to 32:1 (and up to 37:1 in reverse), I-Shift with crawler gears lets the truck move at speeds as low as 0.5-2km/h providing total control and precision. This results in better gearing, increased uptime and the ability to avoid accidents,” says Andrew Low, Product Manager, Volvo Trucks.
Its new cab structure is said to have undergone more than a thousand simulated crashes in Sweden, exceeding what any authority may require.
With one of the largest cab volumes in the market, the truck provides an optimised working environment and relaxation area for the driver with a standing height of 220cm.
The A-pillars, door and floor structure are all designed, together with the windscreen, to provide the best possible protection for the driver. The skylight, which floods the cab with natural light, doubles as an escape hatch in an accident.
Top visibility for a truck of its category is contributed by the unique rear view mirror design and declining door panel.
It scores on ergonomics too, allowing drivers the opportunity to work as efficiently as possible to increase their employers’ profitability.
Another new feature is I-Park Cool, an integrated parking cooler that provides ‘superior cooling capacity’ without compromising in-cab space or fuel consumption.
The Volvo FH series is currently available in Malaysia.