New Volvo gets new engine

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Volvo is putting its new 16-liter D16 engine into its new Class 8 VT 880, a tractor designed for owner-operators, which was shown to the public for the first time on Thursday at MATS.

The big engine, rated from 500- to 625-horsepower and targeted at premium line-haul fleets and heavy truckload applications, also will be available in the company’s VNL daycab and the VNL 430, 630, 670 and 780 sleeper cab tractors.

“The D16 is the first of Volvo’s new family of engines for North America,” said Scott Kress, Volvo’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “The combination of the D16, with its big power and torque plus the safe, comfortable, efficient and aerodynamic Volvo VN, will strongly appeal to fleets that want to run full loads at high legal average speeds as efficiently as possible.”

Orders for the D16-equipped tractors will be taken starting in June, and production will begin in August.

Volvo also has announced a special Platinum Coverage warranty for the VT 880 that the company said is the longest basic warranty in North America: three years/600,000 miles or 10,800 operating hours, whichever comes first. Other coverage includes six years/1 million miles on the cab structure, six years/750,000 miles on the frame rail and crossmembers and eight years/1 million miles on internal cab corrosion. The warranty also will provide replacement engines and a dedicated toll-free hotline, and will fly in technicians to help with warranty repairs.