The new generation Volvo FH Series, Volvo’s premium flagship trucks, the first generation of which launched globally in 1993, today arrived on Malaysian shores two years after its global launch in 2014.
Volvo Malaysia Sdn Bhd managing director Mats Nilsson is confident the addition of the Volvo FH to the company’s product line would strengthen its current leading position and also puts the company in a good place to take advantage of future opportunities in long-haul transport.
Built for long-haul regional distribution, the FH series is highly capable of handling deliveries of over-sized loads over long distances and is also equipped with onboard safety technology as well as a more economical driveline and high uptime.
Volvo Trucks International senior vice president Heléne Mellquist said the trucks will help customers in improving productivity.
“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,” she said.
The trucks’ Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS) technology makes the truck less sensitive to crosswinds and stable on uneven roads while the electronic stability programme (ESP) reduces the risk of skidding and rollovers.
In risky situations, the ESP engages itself by instantly reducing engine power and braking the truck and trailer.
The FH Series is equipped with Volve-patented stabilisers, shock absorbers that transfer load stress to the centre of the chassis and a suspension feature which prevents vibrations from spreading through the truck.
It is also designed to save fuel with a number of components including the I-Shift with crawler gears which lets the truck move at speeds as low as 0.5-2km/h, resulting in better gearing and increased uptime.
The truck comes with a spacious and comfortable cabin, a sizeable bunk, rear and exterior storages that can be tailored to customers’ needs.
Another new feature in the series is I-Park Cool, an integrated parking cooler that provides superior cooling capacity without compromising in-cab space or fuel consumption.
We had a go behind the wheel of the truck after the launch today to feel it for ourselves, and we felt it was comfortable, and the driving experience was not much different from being behind the wheel of a car.
The seat and steering wheel position can be adjusted for the driver’s optimum comfort, and side mirrors can be adjusted electronically.
The design of the windshield and side windows also ensure the driver’s blind spots are reduced, lowering risk of accidents.
We drove it around a course, and found the turning radius to be impressive, effortlessly making turns and U-turns around the course.
Steering was also incredibly stable, even more so in the model equipped with VDS, though even without VDS the stability still impressed us.
There are currently around 100,000 FH trucks on the road globally, and Nilsson hopes its launch can help the company garner a bigger market share in Malaysia.