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Volvo celebrates 25th anniversary of FH model with limited edition

Now 25 years on from its global launch, the Volvo FH has received a limited edition model unveiled on the opening day at the Brisbane Truck Show.

The commercial vehicle manufacturer revealed the locally built FH25 in tribute to its customers and drivers who have helped to make the FH an iconic and innovative part of Australian trucking it said in a statement.

In addition to its standard Full Active Safety Pack, the FH25 also comes with I-Shift Dual Clutch, the first and only dual clutch transmission in commercial heavy vehicle and i-See smart technology, a fuel saving topography predictor and Volvo Dynamic Steering.

“The Volvo FH is one of the industry's most successful models and is credited with changing the perception of modern trucks,” said Tony O’Connell, Vice President of Volvo Trucks in Australia.
“This special edition truck continues to set new standards in trucking with state-of-the-art technology and highlights how Volvo Trucks is driving progress and delivering safety and fuel performance,” said O’Connell.

“It is proudly Australian Made at our factory in Wacol, Brisbane for the unique Australian conditions and is built for our customers to succeed.”

The newly promoted Vice President of Volvo Trucks Australia also unveiled the Volvo FE Low Entry Cab (LEC).

Developed as a refuse solution in the UK for increasing urbanisation and suited for airport application, designed low enough to fit under commercial passenger jet wings, the FE LEC, according to O’Connell is afforded with superior all-round visibility with the low vantage point reducing blindspots to keep vulnerable road users like cyclists and pedestrians safe.

“The city of London is recognised globally as a leader in direct vision requirements for heavy vehicles in urban areas,” he said. “It’s a fantastic pedigree to draw upon.”

A lower step for drivers who are required to leave the cab multiple times during tasks mitigates the chance of missing a step when entering or exiting the vehicle.

With a kneeling function that lowers the cab entry by a further 90mm, the FE LEC can be, as part of its versatile cab configuration, specified with up to four seats and flat cross cab access or a more traditional two seat layout with an internal instep.

“This new truck has class leading driver visibility and improved driver ergonomics and most importantly, the FE LEC features Volvo Trucks world-class safety and technological innovations, including emergency braking as standard,” said O’Connell. “Additionally the cab has been crash tested to comply with the toughest European standards, including the rigorous Swedish BOF 10.”

(Image: New Volvo Trucks Australia Vice President, Tony O’Connell, and FE Lower Entry Cab at recent media event).

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