Volvo Trucks has launched its all-new Volvo FMX with an entirely new cab, increased payloads and innovative safety features. With increased front axle loads of up to 20 tonnes and a 38 tonne bogie, the new Volvo FMX is built for the toughest conditions and most demanding assignments.

 ”Some tasks need to run smoothly even when the conditions are challenging. The Volvo FMX is Volvo Trucks’ most robust construction truck to date and it will make the toughest assignments easier – whether there’s a road or not,” said Marcus Hörberg, vice president of Volvo Group Southern Africa.  “The range is tailor-made to our customers’ business requirements, and the demanding local conditions it will be up against.”

 Construction industry customers are facing ever-increasing demands to improve in areas such as sustainability, cost efficiency, safety and productivity

 “With the launch of the new Volvo FMX, we are supporting these customers by creating robust trucks and innovative services to assist in making their operations easier, safer and more profitable,” stated Hörberg.

 Regardless if a fleet is operating in a mine or service busy construction sites, the Volvo FMX is a precision tool customers can count on.

 Entirely new cab, with a tough exterior

“The new Volvo FMX is designed to give a superior combination of agility and durability,” explained Eric Parry, product manager of Volvo Trucks South Africa. “The completely new cab includes a front section with easily replaceable sturdy parts, headlamp protectors and new V-shaped LED headlamps. To make it easy for drivers to enter or exit, we’ve designed new anti-slip footsteps.”

 Added driver focus

For this reason, Volvo Trucks designed the FMX so drivers get improved visibility thanks to a lowered door line and new rear view mirrors. The visibility is further improved by adding a camera on the passenger side which provides a complementary view of the side of the truck.

 GCW up to 150 tonnes raises productivity

The new Volvo FMX features the heaviest addition to Volvo’s chassis range – a 38-tonne bogie that allows for a Gross Combination Weight (GCW) of up to 150 tonnes. In addition, the front air suspension option has been updated, allowing for front axle loads of up to 10 tonnes, or 20 tonnes for double front axles.

 Safety features that help avoid accidents

The new Volvo FMX comes with the option of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) that now works at all speeds down to zero km/h. Further safety enhancing features on the Volvo FMX include Downhill Cruise Control, which sets a maximum speed to help prevent unwanted acceleration when travelling downhill.

 The Electronically controlled Brake System (EBS), which is a prerequisite for safety features such as Forward Collision Warning with Emergency Brake and Electronic Stability Control, is now standard on the new truck. Volvo Dynamic Steering, with the safety systems Lane Keeping Assist and Stability Assist, is also available as an option.

 Cabs: Day cab, Low day cab, Low sleeper cab, Sleeper cab, Globetrotter cab, Crew cab. Exterior and interior trim packages for individual design.

  • A new steering wheel with a neck tilt option for a more ergonomic driving position.
  • Engines: Diesel engines are available with different emission standards. The D11A is available in 330 hp/ 1650Nm and 370hp/ 1770Nm, and the D13A is available in 400 hp/ 2000Nm, 440hp/ 2200Nm and 480hp/ 2400Nm.

Euro 5 variants are also available on special request.

  • Gear changing system: I-Shift and I-Shift with crawler gears, with software packages for different areas of application.
  • Lights: Halogen or LED headlamps.

 ”Whether a fleet is operating on or off road, you’ll need a chassis that’s built to handle a lot of action on a daily basis,” said Parry. ”With the new FMX, Volvo Trucks will tailor chassis to support a customer’s success, using components and systems that are guaranteed to work reliably for many years to come.”

 More uptime

“We know that uptime is more critical than ever, so we offer the support and service fleet owners require in these demanding times,” said Hörberg. 

 This includes real time, around-the-clock monitoring.  It allows Volvo Trucks to detect, diagnose and treat faults before they become problems. 

 “The new FMX is the perfect example of how Volvo Trucks turns innovation into real-life progress. And pushing progress into a new way to build tomorrow,” concluded Hörberg.