Volvo Construction Equipment joined Volvo Trucks at the IAA show in Hannover this month to show how its products are working towards a more productive future.
After a successful collaboration at Bauma in Munich earlier this year, Volvo Trucks and Volvo Construction Equipment were keen to exhibit their models together again at the IAA show in Hannover, Germany.
Volvo CE displayed its Volvo L180F wheel loader, equipped with its unique fuel saving OptiShift technology, alongside Volvo Truck’s new FMX model, conveying a strong signal that tomorrow’s transportation will be more sustainable in terms of both ecology and economy.
The IAA, which took place from 23-30th September 2010, attracts those who develop, manufacture or use commercial vehicles – approximately 300,000 visitors came to the last show in 2008.
Staffan Jufors, President and CEO of Volvo Trucks, says: “Together with Volvo Construction Equipment we have the most comprehensive product offering in the construction segment. We can provide a total solution for on – and off – road construction work and have vast experience meeting our customers' needs. We want to seize this advantage to grow our business and provide even better support for our customers' operations. We see huge potential."
Sustainable transportation is partly about finding the right fuel alternatives for the future, and partly about increasing the machines’ fuel efficiency. Volvo CE’s OptiShift system cuts fuel consumption by up to 15 percent compared with previous driveline solutions. OptiShift is a refinement of Volvo’s exceptional APS driveline concept – not only does it include a new torque converter with Lock Up and free wheel stator, but also the Volvo patented Reverse by Braking (RBB) function – providing reduced fuel consumption, increased operator comfort and durability.
Volvo Trucks showcased its latest model, the Volvo FMX, a robust construction truck built for tough conditions and demanding tasks. It also presented a Volvo FM model powered by a 13 litre methane gas and diesel engine, which improves efficiency by up to 40 percent.
Volvo Buses also shared the stand with the group and presented its first series-produced hybrid-powered city bus – the Volvo 7700 Hybrid. This new model offers up to 35 percent lower fuel consumption than a conventional city bus.
Scott Hall, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Volvo Construction Equipment, says: “The IAA is a great opportunity to show the industry that Volvo is constantly working to reduce both fuel consumption and environmental impact while maintaining productivity, comfort and machine uptime. Although Volvo Trucks, Volvo CE and Volvo Buses are different companies, we are part of the Volvo Group which has the same goals in terms of environmental care. It’s great to see us working together at events such as this.”
The Volvo team also focused on safety and driver environment at the show. Volvo CE’s CareCab, fitted as standard to all machines, was visible in its wheel loader and Volvo Trucks well-known FH cab was on display. Visitors to the stand also learnt about Volvo's various active safety systems that combine to create one of the industry's safest workplaces.
Picture 1: Volvo Construction Equipment’s L180F wheel loader can work together with the Volvo FMX truck. Both models were launched this year at Bauma.
Picture 2: The Volvo stand at the IAA show was popular with customers, journalists and machine enthusiasts.
Picture 3: Staffan Jufors, President and CEO of Volvo Trucks, gives a speech to journalists in front of the Volvo L180F wheel loader, at the Volvo stand at the IAA.