Volvo Trucks India introduces 6 new trucks in FM and FMX range
Published On Sep 20, 2021
The 6 all-new heavy-duty trucks targeted at niche applications such as mining, road construction and infra projects, e-commerce and ODC are packed with premium features that aim for the best productivity, improve safety and enhance driver comfort.
Volvo Trucks India, the heady-duty truck maker is eyeing a greater share of the niche, yet premium truck market. To expand its offering to customers with trucks and tippers for specific applications, Volvo has introduced the FM and FMX range with 6 all-new trucks today.
The trucks now fulfil the growing demands of higher productivity, safety and enhance performance, the new range of trucks are available for sale across India.The new FMX and FMX range of trucks continues with Volvo Trucks tradition of driving efficient fleet for today's challening operating needs. The new truck will be manufactured at Volvo Trucks Hoskote factory.
Known for their performance and higher productivity, the Volvo FM & FMX range of trucks combine high productivity and efficiency, unmatched safety, excellent driver comfort and enhanced connectivity features.
The 6 trucks include FMX 460 8x4 20.3 cu.m tipping body for the mining segment, FMX 460 8x4 with 33cu.m tipping body for coal transportation. The FMX 500 8x4 off-road dump truck is a completely new solution for tough mining application requirements. With increased front axle loads of 20 tonnes and a 38-tonne bogie, it is built for the most demanding assignments allowing for a 15% payload increase.
Likewise, the FM 420 8x4 that comes with a 23cu.m tipping body is designed for road construction and mega infrastructure projects. The FM 500 6x4 puller has been built to set new industry standards in over-dimensional /overweight cargo movement. The FM 420 4x2 tractor solution for high-speed long haul application e-commerce, just-in-time supply chains that have got higher enhanced driver comfort, improved aerodynamics and better connectivity
With cab volume increased by up to 1000 litres, the new range offers better comfort and more working room. Cabin comfort is further enhanced through better thermal and noise insulation helping drivers to improve productivity. With a larger windscreen, lowered door lines and new mirrors, the driver’s direct visibility has improved by 10%. Visibility is the key to safety. The high capacity FMX500 also gets an additional passenger corner camera and provision for four more cameras to be installed for enhanced visibility.
New Driver Interface
The truck range gets a new interface for information and communication for easier overview and manage different functions, creating less stress and distraction to the driver. A fully digital 12-inch driver interface shows all the performance and maintenance parameters of the truck like Pre-Trip check and Intuitive traction display.
Select variants offer a supplementary 9-inch touch screen display for infotainment, phone connectivity, driver guide, real-time driver behaviour mapping, transport information and camera monitoring. The trucks have been fitted with Android Auto and other third-party apps installed based on the customer's application. Drivers can now connect the phone to the truck using Bluetooth, making connectivity safer and easier.
Enhanced Safety and Efficiency
Volvo trucks are famous for their safety features, the new range isn’t any exception, as the get visibility enhancement, besides, the rearview camera on all mining trucks to ensure safety while loading/unloading.
All the trucks are equipped with an electronic braking system (EBS) as a standard feature. The Downhill cruise control feature sets a maximum speed to help prevent unwanted acceleration when travelling downhill with load, thus also increasing brake life.
The I-shift lever and software is new and includes additional drive modes. The engine management system has been improved from Version 2.2 to 2.4 with several design upgrades too. The I-Roll function automatically disengages the engine when not required. All these functions along with improved aerodynamics and real-time driver coaching help improve fuel efficiency.
The service offerings are now comprehensive and digital with the launch of the Volvo Connect telematics solution. This enables customers to get all the performance parameters of the truck in one user-friendly platform with the convenience of sitting at their desks.
This includes fleet management services like positioning, performance-boosting services like fuel and environment, to allow real-time tracking of trucks, as well as improve driver skills by individually monitoring their driving behaviour. All these services are well monitored and analysed to get the maximum uptime through 12 Volvo Uptime Centres spread across India. Additionally, Volvo Trucks is setting a new level for Uptime by increasing the engine oil drain interval by up to 20%.