Volvo expand chassis range
VOLVO Trucks have introduced a newly expanded range of air-suspended bogie variants and front axles designed to offer improved manoeuvrability and greater comfort for rear-end tippers, mixers, tankers, skip-loaders etc.
‘The trend is towards increasingly heavy loads, at the same time as demands for efficiency and comfort are increasing,’ said Martin Palming, product manager for chassis development at Volvo Trucks. ‘By expanding the chassis range for the Volvo FH and Volvo FM, we are meeting our customers’ requirements and giving them greater scope for a solution that is optimized for productive operations.’
Among the new chassis options is the Volvo 8x4 Tridem – a factory-fitted, three-axle bogie with air suspension and a steered tag axle, which, say the company, offers good stability and excellent grip in difficult road conditions.
The steered tag axle, working in combination with a short wheelbase, also helps make the vehicle easy to manoeuvre and, when required, the tag axle can be raised to reduce friction with the road surface, reducing tyre wear and fuel consumption.
The Volvo 8x4 Tridem is suitable for HGVs with bogie loads of up to 32 tonnes and gross weights of up to 42.5 tonnes.