Volvo has postponed the global launch of its new FH, FM and FX models as a result of the ongoing global COVID 19 corona virus crisis.
Volvo was set to hold the launch of the new truck range at its headquarters in Gothenberg but with major event like the Geneva Motor Show, the Qatar MotoGP and the Chinese F1 GP all being cancelled in recent days, it was probably inevitable that the Volvo event be called off.
The event has been postponed indefinitely just as guest from around the world were set to fly to Sweden.
Volvo says that the new trucks will deliver greater driver comfort, safety and reduced emissions focussing on operational and comfort features.
Volvo says that both the FM and FMX models get a new cab with similar interior and instrument architecture to the bigger FH models with more interior space with a claimed one cubic metre increase over the trucks they are replacing.
The new models will also have a new information interface for making it easier as well as less distracting to operate the truck’s various functions Volvo claims.
Volvo says the new trucks boast a fully digital instrument display viewed on a 12-inch screen along with an ancillary nine-inch display for radio, navigation and camera monitor.
Just like Daimler the functions on the new Volvos can be controlled by multiple inputs using buttons on the steering wheel, with voice control or the touchscreen.
The Volvo’s will apparently also receive a suite of electronic safety systems including electronic braking system presumably with AEB and also electronic stability control.
Volvo’s big boast is a new system it is calling I-Save which apparently significantly reduces fuel consumption and C02 emissions. It is also understood a new 13 litre trubo compound engine will be available when the trucks hit Australian shores late in 2020
Truck and Bus News was not on the invitation list for the media launch, but will still try to keep our readers abreast of the latest on the important new trucks as best we can, when the launch does eventually occur.