Volvo Trucks Debuts VNX Model Heavy-Haul Tractor

Volvo Trucks raises the bar for North American heavy-haul tractors with the Volvo VNX, a high-performance model designed for extreme gross weight applications.
Developed for applications up to 102,000 kg, the Volvo VNX is ideal for long combination vehicles, heavy equipment hauling, aggregate, low-boy, logging, oil field and mining operations. VNX demonstrator models will be available early summer, and customers can begin placing orders fall of 2013.

New for the Volvo VNX is a 16 l D16 engine with 600 hp and 2,050 lb ft torque, Volvo’s most powerful North American engine. The VNX also features Volvo’s I-Shift automated manual transmission, a standard feature across Volvo’s North American product lineup. I-Shift’s integrated sensors identify truck load and road grade to place the truck in the right gear for the conditions for smooth, optimum shifts, improving fuel efficiency and extending clutch life and service intervals.

Available in 6x4 and 8x4 configurations, the Volvo VNX offers a wide range of heavy-haul components to ensure it is properly specified for the job. Front axle ratings range from 7,250 to 9,000 kg with parabolic springs. The VNX is available with 385 wide-base, 425 and 445 tires to match front axle load capacity. Available rear axles range from 20,865 to 23,585 kg in regular, dual-track and wide-track tandem configurations are available. Dual steering gears and a 9,000-kg steerable pusher axle are also available as options.

The imposing VNX provides an increased ride height to accomodate more articulation and front ramp angle. A signature feature of the VNX is its distinct metallic, honeycomb-patterned grille and bright finish steel bumper with center tow pin. A matching steel moose bumper with center tow pin is also available.

Standard on all Volvo-powered, Remote Diagnostics helps maximize vehicle uptime by providing diagnostic and repair planning assistance with detailed analysis of critical diagnostic trouble codes. In addition to providing proactive diagnostic and repair planning assistance, the service helps improve parts availability and provides technicians at the repairing dealer with easy-to-read repair instructions before the truck arrives for service. Remote Diagnostics has demonstrated a marked improvement in repair accuracy and efficiency, reducing the average diagnostic time at a service location by 71% and lowering the average time of repair by 25%.

Source: Volvo Trucks North America

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