The first U.S.-built Volvo D12 engine recently was presented to AAA Cooper Transportation. Previously, Volvo engines were produced in Sweden and exported to North America.
The April 15 presentation marked the formal start of series production of Volvo engines in North America at the Volvo powertrain facility in Hagerstown, Md.; Volvo is investing $150 million in the facility. Production of the recently-introduced 16-liter Volvo D16 will begin at Hagerstown in late August.
The D12 engine was presented to G. Mack Dove, AAA Cooper Transportation chairman, and Robert Floyd, AAA Cooper director of maintenance, by Peter Karlsten, Volvo Trucks North America president and CEO, and Scott Kress, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Volvo Trucks North America.