Volvo halts production of heavy-haul VNX tractor, nixes D16 engine

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Updated Jan 24, 2017
Volvo is halting production of the VNX, the company says. It intends to bring it back to market after “evaluating solutions that will allow us to offer it in the future,” says company spokesperson Brandon Borgna.Volvo is halting production of the VNX, the company says. It intends to bring it back to market after “evaluating solutions that will allow us to offer it in the future,” says company spokesperson Brandon Borgna.

Volvo Trucks has discontinued its 16-liter engine and has halted production of its VNX tractor, the company has confirmed with CCJ. Market conditions dictated both decisions, the company says.

The changes are effective immediately, says Volvo spokesperson Brandon Borgna.

The company’s dealer network received notice Friday, Borgna says. The 16-liter D16 has seen “limited market demand,” he says, as more and more customers opt for the smaller D13. “We continue to see a general shift among our highway customers toward the lighter, more fuel-efficient Volvo D13 engine, which comprises the most popular engine displacement in North America,” Borgna says.

Volvo will continue to service existing D16 engines.

Despite the production stop, Volvo intends to keep the VNX in its product lineup, Borgna says, following further market analysis. “In the interim, we intend to offer an X-package for the VNL model, providing the ride height and heavy-haul attributes of the VNX with either the Volvo D13 or Cummins X15 engine. The package will include a 20,000-lb front axle, dual steering gears, heavy-duty bumper, chrome grille, high ride height for improved ground clearance, and 500 horsepower versions of the Volvo D13 and Cummins X15 engines.”