Volvo Trucks introduces the new Volvo FMX – purpose-engineered for the construction segment
Tina Grady Barbaccia | April 21, 2010
Volvo Trucks is launching the rugged, new Volvo FMX. Built specifically for heavy construction tasks, this truck will be available on European markets in September, followed by a global rollout during the rest of the year.
“We are extremely proud of this truck and can hardly wait to see it at work for our construction customers,” says Staffan Jufors, president and CEO of Volvo Trucks, in a written statement. “With the new Volvo FMX, we are truly breaking new ground for us and our customers’ operations.”
Rugged look for a rugged truck
The most obvious change with the new, high-clearance Volvo FMX is its robust, modern exterior. With a new upper grill, aggressive lower front, 3-part steel bumper with 3 mm thick steel corners, rugged skid plate and protective bull bar, this is a tough construction truck. For additional functionality, the Volvo FMX also features a powerful tow hook, headlamp mesh protection, new anti-slip steps and a convenient ladder – just to name a few examples.
“A quick glance at this truck and its powerful stance immediately reveals the close connection between Volvo Trucks and our sister-company, Volvo Construction Equipment – among the world leaders in dumpers, excavators and wheel-loaders,” says Staffan Jufors. “The new Volvo FMX literally breathes construction – reflecting its capabilities, inside and out.”
Designed for superior driveline performance
The new Volvo FMX is based on the very successful FM platform, which is well proven in demanding construction applications, particularly in the Nordic markets, Russia and Eastern Europe. Drivers can look forward to exceptional driveline performance based on the power and efficiency of the 11-litre engine (330 to 450 hp) or the 13-litre engine (380 to 500 hp). The recently updated construction version of the I-Shift gearbox makes it possible to “rock free” from almost any situation. In addition, a new load sensor sends precise load weight information to I-Shift for an optimal gear sequence and smooth gear start. Massive braking power, 375 kW at 2300 rpm, is provided by Volvo Engine Brake Plus.
‘The perfect construction truck’
“This is the perfect construction truck – and our customers have largely driven its development,” says Staffan Jufors. “With all the improvements in the Volvo FMX, combined with the development of a strong service offering for the construction business, we hope that our existing customers will become even more satisfied. We also have high expectations that this new truck and our unique total offer for the construction segment will attract many new customers.”
New features on the Volvo FMX
New upper grill, inspired by the FH series, contributes to a modern look. The Volvo iron mark is larger and more visible, while the FMX globe sign makes a bold statement.
New central towing device offers robust and reliable tool for towing or shunting, and can handle up to 25 tonnes. The lower front has been extended 165 mm.
New anti-slip cab instep with an optional foldable extension step helps ensure the best possible grip in all weather conditions.
New ladder and grab handle available on the day cab give the driver a quick and convenient overview of the load directly from the door opening.
New load sensor provides weight load information to the recently updated construction version of the I-Shift gearbox for an optimised gear sequence and smooth start.
Rugged construction mirror installation that is better able to withstand external damage and scratching, while the narrow mirror arm helps reduce the blind spot in this area for improved visibility from the driver position.
New, modern headlight design with durable headlight mesh protection that helps prevent stone chipping, without interfering with the optional high-pressure headlight cleaner.
New rugged fog lights set back in the steel corners of the bumper.
New rugged steel bumper in a 3-part design: 3 mm thick steel outer corners, a robust skid plate and a new heavy-duty pull bar that helps protect the vital components behind it.
New anti-slip footstep integrated in the skid plate provides easy and convenient access to the windscreen for cleaning. An extra foldable extension step and/or a front grab handle at the upper grill are optional for even easier access.
Heavy-duty engine protection helps protect vital components.
New rugged steel fuel tanks have been raised for higher clearance.
A new, higher air intake position on the day cab is available as an option that optimizes the quality of the air to the engine, while also improving visibility when reversing.
New preparation kits and mounting options for working lights and reverse lights are available to choose from, making it easier to meet specific requirements.
New robust rubber mats with flanges to keep dirt and mud within the mat area for easy cleaning.
Three new interior trims to choose from: vinyl seats and door panels, textile seats and vinyl door panels or plush seats and door panels. Leather seat is optional.
Three new interior accessories contribute to improved driver comfort: a table with dedicated space for cups and pens, a practical storage box and a paper holder in water resistant fabric.
For more information and for videos/films on the truck, visit the following links:
Web TV (for high resolution films visit: http://www.thenewsmarket.com/volvogroup
Running footage: http://volvo.qbrick.com/index.aspx?cid=2&mode=3&mid=416
Product testing: http://volvo.qbrick.com/index.aspx?cid=2&mode=3&mid=417
I-Shift features: http://volvo.qbrick.com/index.aspx?cid=2&mode=3&mid=418
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