Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks, said he sees the Volvo FH as the backbone of Volvo Trucks when it comes to image as well as creating profitability for the customers, while offering a state of the art workplace for the drivers.
He recalls how its bold introduction in 1993 marked the start of a very successful time for Volvo Trucks.
“We were coming towards the end of a recession but decided to make a big push. This proved a real success. We launched the FH at the right time and had the most attractive product when the economy and transport market turned upwards again,” said Nilsson.
Torbjörn Christensson, President of Volvo Group Southern Africa added, that recently in South Africa, the Volvo FH, specifically the FH440 6×4 T-T has become the single most sold heavy-duty truck, doing well in the year 2017, which is testament to a quarter century of the Volvo FH driving progress.
“Locally, the Volvo FH is as much a drivers’ choice as in the rest of our markets. The FH440 6×4 T-T model sold just over 860 units last year and the closest competitor model at around 670 units. We are so happy to be celebrating the 25-year Anniversary of this iconic truck,” he said.
The truck company noted the first version of the Volvo FH was based on a new chassis whose dynamic design facilitated flexible solutions for different transport applications.
According to Volvo, everything had a clear business focus, including the fuel-saving aerodynamics, ground-breaking driveline and the Volvo Engine Brake. Top all of that with the new cab and the Volvo FH was announced as something special.
However, the company said there are so many possibilities to create fantastic improvements.
“We will explore all possibilities to make sure that the Volvo FH remains the drivers’ first choice and keeps delivering profits for our customers. Without revealing too much, it’s safe to say that the coming years will be even more exciting than the first twenty-five,” Nilsson concluded.