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20 Apr by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

Volvo Details ‘Versatile’ New VNR Regional Tractor

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MONTREAL -- After unveiling its new VNR regional tractor, Volvo Trucks provided more details at the Expo Cam trucking trade show ihere on April 20.

Designed to be a versatile regional-haul tractor, the new model features refinements and innovations in aerodynamic design, working environment, engine and transmission options, gearing and loading efficiencies, passive and active safety systems, and integrated connectivity. T

Volco describd the VNR as made to be driven in urban areas for P&D, liquid tanker, dry bulk, flatbed, and other regional-haul applications.

“Our goal with the new VNR was to give our customers a versatile tool to meet their individual needs and challenges in the critical regional-haul market,” said Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “Our investment in this new truck is a clear signal of Volvo's commitment to meeting the needs of regional-haul customers in North America today and in the future.”

As detailed at the unveiling, maneuverability and versatility in tight spaces was a focus in designing the new truck. With a 113-inch bumper to back of cab length, improved sightlines over the hood, and a 50-degree wheel cut, the truck can more easily navigate urban streets. Aerodynamics were also a point of emphasis, aimd at improving fuel economy when on the open road.

“The VNR model is a work truck, but it's a dynamic, premium work truck, and aerodynamics are greatly important within the regional haul segment,” said Wade Long, director of product marketing for Volvo Trucks North America. “Regional routes often mean traveling at highway speeds, where aerodynamics becomes increasingly important. With the new VNR model, customers will see an overall fuel efficiency gain of up to 3.5% compared with our previous regional haul model.”

The driver's experience in the cab was also of high importance, and the company's chief designer said Volvo ...Read the rest of this story

20 Apr by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

International Reveals RH Regional Tractor; Designed with Driver Input

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International RH Series regional-haul tractor. Photos: International Trucks

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MONTREAL -- International Trucks rolled out its RH Series, a new Class 8 regional-haul tractor here on April 20 at the Expocam truck show. The OEM said the RH was designed with driver input to help improve uptime, visibility, and fuel economy over similarly equipped models.

RH Series trucks will be powered by the International A26 12.4L engine and will feature design improvements aimed at improving uptime, including reliability and serviceability enhancements. These features include:

Cab wiring with all-new harnessing and an in-cab power distribution module that is inside the truck, away from the elements.All key service points under the hood, inside the cab, and around the vehicle are ergonomically designed for easy access and servicing, and many components have been engineered with longer intervals between required maintenance.The new single-canister aftertreatment system is not just 60% smaller and 40% lighter, but is also simplified for quicker servicing

"The new International RH Series continues our commitment to build trucks that lead the industry in uptime," said Bill Kozek, president, truck and parts, Navistar. "We are confident this truck will continue to build on our momentum and be successful in the regional haul market."

The A26 engine is built from the MAN D26 engine crankcase and it produces up to 450 horsepower and 1,750 lb.-ft. of torque from a design that's 600-700 pounds lighter than a traditional 15L big bore engine, according to International.

The engine's components have been engineered to deliver improved uptime and fuel efficiency, reduced weight, and quiet operation. International said the A26 is well suited for beverage, bulk haul, and other regional-haul applications.

The RH was also designed with driver visibility in mind with new windows and mirrors to improve side visibility.

The interior is designed around how a driver will interact with the truck from ...Read the rest of this story