Volvo Trucks Australia has decided to launch its new big cab FH Globetrotter XXL cab on the company’s Facebook and the company says it is making a is making a big statement with the launch ahead of the Brisbane Truck Show.
Volvo says the new supersized version of Volvo’s FH cab responds to the demand for extra living space from the truck industry in Australia given the vast distances and the fact that many drivers spend extended periods away from home,.
To achieve the extra space, Volvo says it has re-engineered the XL Globetrotter cab, moving the rear wall back 250 mm to create a bigger area behind the drivers seat creating a truck that ‘delivers on space and comfort’.
Volvo claims that drivers can be assured of a great sleep, with the XXL cab having one a bed that is 130mm longer and 250 mm wider than in a regular Volvo FH, providing extra space to stretch out.
The bigger size bed also has a new innerspring mattress with a pillow on top of every spring unit and an adjustable reclining section that adapts to the shape of the occupant’s body, delivering what Volvo says is a remarkable level of sleeping comfort. If the driver is not travelling alone, there’s also the option to equip the cab with a second upper bunk.
As well as an improved sleeping experience, Volvo says it has packed in additional storage, meaning a driver can take more personal items on long trips.
Tony O’Connell, Vice President of Volvo Trucks Australia said the Volvo FH Globetrotter XXL underlines the importance of the Australian market and customers within Volvo Trucks’ global operations.
“Australia is one of a very few selected markets that will see the all-new XXL cab and it has been designed with Australia’s vast distances in mind,” said Mr O’Connell.
“We listened to our customers and developed a truck that delivers world-class driver comfort and is a home away from home when drivers are out on the road.
“A well-rested driver is safer and happier and the bigger bed and space to stretch out will help ensure a well-rested sleep.”
While the differences in size are big, the approach to safety by design is the same as any other Volvo cab, with extra C-pillars making sure the cab is strong enough to meet Volvo’s stringent Swedish Cab Strength Test safety standards and the latest European Cab Strength ECE R29-03 which now includes roll over simulations.
The XXL has also been designed with fuel efficiency in mind. The cab maintains the FH Globetrotter’s famous aerodynamic and fuel-efficient shape and has been constructed using galvanised sheet metal and other carefully selected materials, to increase the space with minimal extra weight.
“We wanted to design a bigger cab that has the strength to withstand Volvo’s front impact tests, but without adding too much weight,” said Tony O’Connell.
“It is big on size and comfort, big on safety and is supported by the biggest dealer network in
Australia and New Zealand. The Volvo FH XXL ticks all the boxes.”