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Volvo's VNR 300 regional truck launched in Montreal on April 19, 2017. Photo by Jim Park" >
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MONTREAL -- Volvo Truck North America has just added a new regional tractor to its stable. The unveiling took place in Montreal on the eve of Canada's largest trucking tradeshow, Expocam, Wednesday.
We haven't learned a lot about the truck yet, as the official press conference takes place Thursday morning. Volvo has said it expects the regional and short-haul segments will be areas of growth in the near future, and the VNR is poised to be the truck of choice for that application.
"We have been listening to food retailers and petro-chemical producers, and this is the truck they tell us they have been looking for," said VTNA president Goran Nyberg.
Goran said the industry is shifting toward a hub-and-spoke or a relay-type of operation to attract drivers.
"Many drivers are leaving the industry because they aren't happy being away for weeks at a time," said Nyberg. "Relays and hub-and-spoke will get drivers home regularly and more often, and many fleets are already tailoring there operations that way to attract the best drivers."
Volvo's VNR at a Glance
The VNR will be available in three configurations:
-VNR 300 basic daycab local service,
-VNR 400 42-in. flat-roof sleeper for regional overnight trips
-VNR 640 61-in. mid-roof sleeper for regional multi-day tripsDesign changes to the cab and hood, shorter 113" BBC, better wall-to-wall turning radius, better visibility fore and sidesThree interior trim levels: Fleet, Express and PremierVolvo D11 engine is standard, 325-425 hp / 1,250-1,550 lb-ftVolvo D13 engine is optional, 375-500 hp / 1,450-1,850 lb-ftTransmissions: Volvo I-Shift, Eaton-Fuller 10, 13, 18 or Allison 5-6 speed automatic
The VNR will be available with most of the fuel saving, safety and maintenance features available in the current lineup, such as a downsped drivelines, remote diagnostics and more.