Volvo FH celebrates 30 years

In News, Volvo2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 7, 2023

Volvo Trucks is celebrating 30 years since introducing the Volvo FH.

Launched in 1993, the company’s flagship model is its most sold truck, with nearly 1.4 million trucks sold in around 80 markets around the world.

“Volvo FH is the perfect representation of a customer focused mindset and a model that has been pushing the boundaries for 30 years,” said Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.

“In all crucial areas like driver comfort, fuel efficiency, safety and productivity, we have never stopped improving this truck. I’m very proud that today our customers can order the Volvo FH as electric, gas-powered and diesel,” he said.

The FH was launched with a completely new chassis, using a design that facilitated flexible solutions for different transport applications. The driveline had a new 12-litre engine (16 litre for the Volvo FH16) and the all-new cab offered new levels of  aerodynamics and driver comfort.

Innovation milestones over the past three decades include the driver’s airbag, automated gearbox solution I-Shift and Volvo Dynamic Steering.

On the exterior design side, the rear-view mirrors featured a slim design that provided direct vision for the driver, and V shaped headlamps offered both improved visibility and comfort for the driver while giving the truck its distinctive appearance.

Ylva Dalerstedt, long haul segment manager at Volvo Trucks, said the first-generation Volvo FH was a game changer that totally transformed the concept of a modern truck.

“Since then, we have continued to set new standards in trucking and launched five further generations of this truck,” Dalerstedt said.

“Our success formula has been to make use of the very latest technology in a way that always adds clear benefits for our customers and drivers. As proof of our successful continuous improvement efforts and constant evolution, I’m very proud that Volvo FH is the only truck that has been selected ‘International Truck of the Year’ three times.”