Volvo Trucks North America recently presented a new Volvo VNL 760 to representatives of the America’s Road Team, the trucking industry’s premier safety outreach program, at the recent Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Newport, R.I.
The Road Team Captains will drive the new VNL 760 and the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Interstate One mobile classroom trailer all over America, meeting with everyone from members of Congress to school-aged children to help spread the word about how the trucking industry delivers America’s freight safely, securely and on time.
“It’s an honor for us to work with such a dedicated, elite group of industry professionals,” says Magnus Koeck, Volvo Trucks North America vice president, marketing and brand management. “The America’s Road Team embodies all the greatest elements of this industry. They’re truly heroes and we’re happy to support them with the best tools for the job, a new VNL 760 outfitted with our top safety, efficiency, comfort, and connectivity features.”
The ATA Interstate One mobile classroom was built in a 53-ft. show trailer, which is equipped with a conference room, seven presentation screens, a truck driving simulator and educational displays that enable the Captains to deliver interactive trucking demonstrations on safety and the importance of trucking on daily live, Volvo says.
“America’s Road Team Captains speak to tens of thousands of people every year about the essential and safe role the trucking industry plays in the American economy, and being able to showcase industry-leading equipment like the Volvo VNL 760 really helps reinforce our message,” says ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “Volvo Trucks’ generosity is deeply appreciated by ATA and goes a long way toward helping us reach our goals as an association.”
After the ceremony, Volvo says the America’s Road Team Captains spent time familiarizing themselves with their new VNL 760 model, equipped with active safety technologies like Volvo Active Driver Assist with Bendix Wingman Fusion fully integrated into the Driver Information display. The new VNL 760 also features Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology, and a Lane Departure Warning system. Volvo says the new tractor is powered by a Volvo D13 engine and is equipped with a 12-speed Volvo I-Shift automated manual transmission. Volvo’s connectivity services, Remote Diagnostics and Remote Programming, supported by Volvo Action Service agents, help maximize uptime.
The America’s Road Team program is a national public outreach effort led by expert professional truck drivers who have logged millions of accident-free miles. The ATA created the America’s Road Team in 1986, and Volvo Trucks North America has been the exclusive sponsor of the program since 2002.