Volvo previews new regional haul tractor

Volvo Trucks North America on Wednesday offered a glimpse of its trucks to come with two preview videos for its new Volvo VNR regional haul model.

“The VNR is wholly reimagined inside and out. It melds a modern, connected workspace inside the cab with bold exterior lines and optimized dimensions for maximum efficiency.  This is a truck built to deliver the versatility our customers need to face the challenges of the rapidly evolving North American freight network” says Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “We expect that the VNR’s bold, dynamic appearance will change antiquated perceptions of what trucks should look like.”

To gauge impressions of the VNR’s streamlined exterior styling, Volvo Trucks says it offered a sneak peek to a few people—none of whom are actors, most with no connection to the trucking industry—and filmed their reactions.

Designed and engineered expressly for regional haul applications, Volvo says the new Volvo VNR delivers a street-smart blend of performance and agility. It was developed to be adapted to  bulk transport, flatbed, liquid tankers, port drayage, and other urban pickup and delivery operations.

Some key features of the VNR are an updated I-Shift automated manual transmission, Volvo’s I-See predictive cruise control, and Volvo Active Driver Assist, the company says.

“Volvo as a brand has always been innovative. We’re always driving progress,” says Nyberg.  “Especially in this new Volvo VNR, we wanted to apply technology to meet specific needs articulated by our customers. We’re giving them a better tool to apply to the complexities of their regional haul applications.”

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