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Volvo Unveils Redesigned FM & FMX Heavy-Duty Trucks

The Volvo FM is available with a Euro 6-compliant liquid natural gas (LNG) engine or diesel powertrains. (Photo courtesy of Volvo.)

The FM and FMX are two of the heavy-duty truck families Volvo has recently redesigned. Because good help has become hard to find—an estimated 20% of European driver jobs are currently unfilled, according to Volvo—the manufacturer has focused on the driver’s experience in the upgraded trucks, as well as safety and productivity.

The interior of the FM (shown) and FMX is roomier with more storage space and better insulation. (Photo courtesy of Volvo.)

“We are really proud of this big forward-looking investment,” said Volvo Trucks President Roger Alm. “Our aim is to be our customers’ best business partner by making them even more competitive and helping them to attract the best drivers in an increasingly tough market.”

New Features

The most obvious upgrades to the FM and FMX are their new exteriors, but the real action is in their brand-new cabs. Bigger windows, new mirrors, a lowered door line, and an optional passenger-corner camera give drivers more visibility and awareness of their surroundings. Volvo also added an extra cubic metre (35.3 cubic feet) of space in the cab via raised A-pillars, reasoning that drivers spend a great deal of time working and sleeping there according to the requirements of their jobs. Better thermal and sound insulation improves the comfort level inside the cabin, as does a new sensor-regulated climate control with a carbon air filter.

In the dash area, the new FM and FMX now share several of the instrument display functions found in larger trucks from Volvo. The driver can control the fully digital instrument panel by voice commands or by using the 305- and 227-millimetre (12- and 9-inch) displays close at hand. Buttons on the steering wheel offer yet another way to control many functions; the wheel also comes with a new neck tilt function for ergonomic adjustment. Interior storage space has been improved under a higher bottom bunk in the sleeper cab and with a new, illuminated, 40-litre (10.6-gallon) rear storage compartment in the day cab.

Volvo added a cubic metre (35.3 cubic feet) of space to the cab in the FM and FMX (shown), along with bigger windows, new mirrors, a lowered door line, and an optional passenger-corner camera for visibility. (Photo courtesy of Volvo.)

As for safety features, the new Volvo FM and FMX have the latest standard and optional technologies. Included with the trucks are the Electronically controlled Brake System (EBS), which underpins the Collision Warning with Emergency Brake and Electronic Stability Control features; a road sign recognition system that displays the signs on the instrument panel; descent control for maintaining steady downhill speeds; and an enhanced version of Volvo’s Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC; optional on the FMX). Options include Volvo Dynamic Steering, Lane Keeping Assist, and Stability Assist.

The New FM Series

Besides diesel engine options, the Volvo FM is available with a Euro 6-compliant liquid natural gas (LNG) engine with similar efficiency and performance. It reduces CO2 emissions by up to 20% compared to diesel, the company says, or by up to 100% when fueled by biogas. The FM uses Volvo’s I-Shift transmission.

Volvo’s New FMX

The heavy-duty FMX’s claim to fame is an ability to accommodate a gross combination weight (GCW) of up to 150 tonnes (165 US tons). Its updated front air suspension can carry up to 10 tonnes (11 tons) on a single front axle and 20 tonnes (22 tons) on a double. The FMX also features a 38-tonne (41.9-ton) bogie axle. An optional steel roof hatch gives the driver an emergency exit for hazardous jobs such as mining. The FMX can be specced with either the I-Shift or an I-Shift with crawler gears according to the application.

Because an estimated 20% of European driver jobs are currently vacant, Volvo focused on the driver’s experience in the new FM (shown) and FMX. (Photo courtesy of Volvo.)

Find The Right Volvo

“Drivers who handle their truck safely and efficiently are an invaluable asset to any transport company,” said Alm. “Our new trucks will help drivers work even more safely and productively and give our customers stronger arguments when competing to attract the best drivers.”

Volvo Trucks has reimagined its FM and FMX (shown above) with comfort features drivers look for. (Photo courtesy of Volvo.)

Truck Locator has a nice selection of new and used Volvo trucks for sale, including the Volvo FM and Volvo FMX series.

Posted On 28 February 2020
Category: Truck and Trailer News
Tags : day cabs sleeper trucks tractor units volvo
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