New Volvo Trucks for North America

Jan 25 | 2024

Volvo Trucks North America has launched a completely reimagined Volvo VNL to set new industry standards in heavy-duty trucking.

All-New Volvo VNL on the RoadThe company says that the all-new Volvo VNL features the next generation of enhancements to improve total customer value, driver productivity, safety, and sustainability. It claims a 10% improvement in fuel consumption and a design that meets the challenges and demands of the North American market.

The all-new Volvo VNL was designed to change everything,” said Peter Voorhoeve, President, Volvo Trucks North America. “However, change doesn’t only come with a redesigned truck - this product introduction is the start of a new era for Volvo Trucks, our customers, and their drivers - a quantum leap forward.”

He added that Volvo started this project with a blank sheet of paper and analysed the requirements for the future. “When we launched the first generation of the Volvo VN in 1996, its ‘unconventional’ aerodynamic body style set a new standard for the North American trucking industry. We did the unthinkable in 2007 when we introduced the I-Shift in North America and spurred the industry’s transition toward automated manual transmissions. As we bring the all-new Volvo VNL to market, we are excited to once again introduce innovations that will shape the future of the transportation industry for years to come.”

Volvo says that its new VNL will be the platform for all upcoming technologies, including future transportation solutions of battery-electric, fuel cell and internal combustion engines running on renewable fuels including hydrogen. The first 24-volt electrical infrastructure in the North American trucking industry and active safety features that are introduced in this new generation of Volvo trucks will be the standard for the future commercialisation of fully autonomous trucks.

The new Volvo VNL is powered by the latest generation D13 engine that is available in four horsepower ratings, ranging from 405-500hp and three torque ratings from 1,750-1,950 lb-ft of torque. These different power options are designed to suit different applications and incorporate the improved and optimised I-Shift transmission, which features up to 30% faster shift speeds. When combined with the I-Torque powertrain solution, the company says the D13 can deliver even greater fuel savings, best-in-class versatility, and drivability.

The new vehicle also provides a range of additional features to enhance safety and driver comfort.

Photo: The all-new Volvo VNL on the road.