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Volvo's efficiency-boosting Optimized Series now available

Volvo Trucks’ Optimized Series includes eight models equipped with what the OEM says are proven fuel- and weight-saving specifications to deliver a greater value of ownership for regional tanker, bulk haul, refrigerated, dry van or flatbed applications. (Courtesy: VOLVO TRUCKS)

The Trucker News Services

11/4/2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Trucks in North America is boosting fuel efficiency and payload capacity for regional haul carriers with the introduction of its Optimized Series, now available for order, the company has announced.

The series includes eight models equipped with fuel- and weight-saving specifications to deliver a greater value of ownership for regional tanker, bulk haul, refrigerated, dry van or flatbed applications, according to G?ran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North American sales and marketing. As part of the Optimized Series, Volvo Trucks is also offering a mid-roof design for its VNM 430 and VNL 430 sleepers to provide additional headroom, he said.

“In their constant quest for more fuel-efficient trucks, our customers are looking at every part of the fuel efficiency equation and that includes tractor weight,” Nyberg said. “For our customers, it’s all about the bottom line, and our Optimized Series delivers even greater value of ownership without compromising on features or performance.”

“The Optimized Series was born from our close relationships with motor carriers and a data-driven understanding of the optimum specifications for their intended purposes,” said Chris Stadler, Volvo Trucks product manager.

Volvo Trucks’ Optimized Series of vehicles includes:

• VNM 200 and VNL 300 daycabs

• VNM 430 and VNL 430 flat-top sleepers

• VNM 430 and VNL 430 mid-roof sleepers

• VNM 630 and VNL 630 mid-roof sleepers

Optimized daycabs, 430 sleepers and the VNM 630 model feature a Volvo D11 engine with 405 horsepower and 1,550 lb.-ft. of torque and the Volvo I-Shift automated manual transmission. The optimized Volvo VNL 630 model is spec'd with a Volvo D13 engine featuring 435 horsepower and 1,750 lb.-ft. of torque.

All Optimized Series models utilize an aluminum fifth wheel, Michelin wide-base single tires, aluminum wheels, 6x2 tandem rear axle configuration with rear-tag axle and Volvo Optimized Air Suspension rated up to 38,000 lbs.

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