With just on a month to go before the launch of the new Volvo FH range onto the South African market – which includes the introduction of the company’s new FM and FMX ranges – comes the news that the Volvo FH has been announced as the International Truck of the Year 2014.
The award, presented to Volvo Trucks in Moscow just a little over a year after its global launch, was decided by some of Europe’s leading commercial vehicle journalists representing 25 publications.
On announcing the winner, International Truck of the Year chairman, Gianenrico Griffini, said: “Volvo Trucks has delivered a completely new heavy-duty truck which, with its innovative cab, hi-tech driveline components and advanced maintenance solutions, sets a new benchmark in the industry.’
On receiving the award, a delighted Volvo Trucks’ president, Claes Nillson, said: “When we introduced the new FH in September 2012, we claimed it was pushing the envelope of what a premium truck could offer. The International Truck of the Year award confirms that the Volvo FH lives up to this promise.’
According to Mark Erasmus, managing director of Volvo Trucks Southern Africa, local customers will soon discover that the new Volvo FH was built with the driver in mind and with a specific focus on improving a transport company’s profitability.
“The new FH range boasts important innovations where it counts; fuel economy, ergonomics, handling, active and passive safety and a host of other time-saving features,’ said Erasmus.
FleetWatch attended the world launch of the new Volvo FH range in Sweden last year and can attest to the fact that South Africa is about to get something really special in this new range.