Volvo Overhauls Auto Hauler Model

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Volvo Trucks North America has redesigned it Volvo Auto Hauler (VAH) to meet the unique demands on equipment and drivers.

The update to its VAH series, which is now available to order, provides improved loading flexibility and carrying capacity. A combination of deep-drop front axles, low-height Volvo Air Ride rear suspensions, and reduced-height cab options creates a lower overall roof height, allowing larger passenger vehicles such as pick-up trucks, minivans, and SUVs to be positioned above the cab while still allowing the loaded chassis to be below height and clearance regulations.

“Behind the new, updated look are significant engineering innovations utilized in the other models in our impressive product portfolio,” said Andy Hanson, product marketing manager, Volvo Trucks North America.

An updated Volvo Active Driver Assist (VADA) collision-avoidance system is available on the new VAH and features radar and automatic braking technology to monitor road hazards. The new model also includes remote start, Volvo’s I-Shift automated manual transmission, and the Position Perfect steering configuration.

The interior now includes new LED lighting, cruise control, and a symmetrical instrument cluster with a high-resolution, programmable LCD screen to display critical vehicle alerts and system settings. An optional infotainment system features a seven-inch color touch screen and integrated premium audio is also available.

“The technology behind the VADA system and our range of other driver productivity features built into the new Volvo VAH has progressed exponentially over the last several years,” added Hanson.

The new VAH will come in three variations offered through Fontaine Modification:

  • VAH 300 day cab (Fontaine model 94 or 97): Offers 11-vehicle capacity, a tight turning radius, and 113.6-inch BBC, and is available with a 94.5- or 97.5-inch (unladen) roof height.
  • VAH 400 sleeper (Fontaine model 97 or 102): Provides a 42-inch interior cab height, maximum payload capacity, agility and driver amenities, as well as a 145.6-inch BBC, and it can be ordered with a 97.5- or 102.5-inch roof height.
  • VAH 600 sleeper (Fontaine model 97 or 102): Offers a cab height of 61 inches, a 36-inch wide mattress, and ample storage space and refrigerator capacity, as well as a 164.1- inch BBC, and it is available with a 97.5- or 102.5-inch roof height.
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