Volvo introducing new vocational truck with sleeper

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The Volvo VHD vocational truck and tractor now are available with a factory-installed 42-inch sleeper cab, designated the VHD 430. It is designed for customers who require a sleeper to meet hours-of-service regulations, without sacrificing reliability or performance in vocational jobs. The VHD previously was available only with a daycab.

Volvo Trucks North America is debuting the VHD 430 at ExpoCam, now under way in Montreal, Quebec. Like all VHDs, the VHD 430 is customizable and comes as a 6×4, 8×4 or 8×6 tractor or truck, in axle-forward and axle-back configurations. The VHD’s basic design is flexible to accommodate a wide variety of factory-installed options, with multiple axles, frame rail options and a wide list of available components, the company says.

Other features, according to Volvo, include:

  • Volvo D13 engine, with up to 485 hp and 1650 lb-ft of torque;
  • Transmissions — Volvo I-Shift 12-speed automated manual transmission; Eaton Fuller 10- to 18-speed manuals and AutoShift; Allison automatic;
  • Front axle to 20,000-pound capacity;
  • Front axle position at 29.1 and 51.2 inches;
  • Volvo T-Ride rear suspensions up to 70,000-pound capacity; optional Hendrickson suspensions;
  • Frame rails available in five thicknesses, with 1.88 million to 4.2 million RBM;
  • One-piece cab and sleeper, constructed of robotically-welded high-strength steel;
  • Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology for advanced traction and stability control, and rollover protection; and
  • Standard Volvo Link Sentry remote vehicle monitoring, and Volvo Action Service coverage.

    Volvo says the sleeper’s one-piece design eliminates the compromises necessary to mount aftermarket sleeper boxes, such as the risk of reduced structural integrity from cutting away the back wall, and eliminating the risk of water and air leaks at the seal between sleeper boxes and cabs. The one-piece construction also means less noise intrusion and better thermal insulation, the company says, while the entire cab and sleeper is covered by Volvo’s cab structure warranty of 72 months/750,000 miles/15,000 operating hours.

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