The new Volvo VNL is packaged into four exterior and interior trim levels — Core, Edge, Edge Black and Ultimate. - Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

The new Volvo VNL is packaged into four exterior and interior trim levels — Core, Edge, Edge Black and Ultimate.

Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

Sales have officially started for the all-new Volvo VNL, the OEM has announced.

According to Volvo, since the announcement of the all-new Volvo VNL in January, dealerships have been participating in extensive competency development, with e-learning and in-person instructor-led courses from Volvo Trucks Academy. The goal for dealers is to be fully trained to support customers even before the trucks begin to arrive at dealerships.

VNL production will start later this summer with customer deliveries beginning later this year.

Demo trucks will start arriving at dealerships in the late summer.

A Transformative Truck

Volvo set ambitious goals when it designed the new VNL. Its engineers were tasked with creating a truck that set the new standards for North American fleets in terms of fuel efficiency, safety, sustainability, driver productivity, connectivity, and customer uptime, according to Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America.

“The Volvo VNL has long been the flagship model series at Volvo Trucks North America and is the premier long-haul truck in the United States and Canada,” Voorhoeve said. “We wanted to set a new standard for fuel efficiency, safety, driver productivity, connectivity, and customer uptime and to transform everything about the future of the heavy-duty trucking industry. We’re confident we’ve done that.

"Our customers have expressed that they are eager to deploy them into their fleet, and we are excited to be opening the sales books to get those trucks slotted and ready for production.”

The all-new Volvo VNL features enhanced fuel efficiency compared to current VNL models. It features reduced emissions, as well. And advanced proprietary safety systems help protect drivers, pedestrians, and cargo.

Connectivity has been enhanced for drivers and fleet managers, Volvo said in a press release. Uptime is optimized through the Blue Service contract and connectivity-powered intelligent maintenance. Additionally, with a Volvo service contract, appointments are scheduled in advance with parts ready to get the truck back on the road.

The all-new VNL prioritizes driver well-being and productivity with ergonomic designs and intuitive controls, according to Volvo. This helps create a comfortable and efficient work environment.

Configure a Truck on Your Computer

Volvo Trucks has simplified the spec’ing process with the all-new Volvo VNL.

To explore the all-new Volvo VNL features and trim levels in an interactive way, Volvo Trucks has developed a new online configurator. The configurator provides detailed information on the features and benefits of each trim level and cab option, as well as a 360-degree view of the truck interior and exterior.

The all-new Volvo VNL is packaged into four exterior and interior trim levels — Core, Edge, Edge Black and Ultimate. There are six cab configurations, each designed to fit customers’ preference, brand identity, and operational use.

Three cab configurations – the VNL860, VNL840, and VNL300 – are available to order immediately, while the remaining configurations will follow soon after.

Volvo Trucks is holding immersive dealer and customer launch events throughout the summer at the Volvo Trucks Customer Center in Dublin, Virginia.

The Volvo Trucks Customer Center includes a customer experience track, recently expanded to 3 miles, offering a fully immersive driving experience of the full range of Volvo trucks.

Customers can work with their local dealers to walk through the new configurator to design the ideal truck for their fleet then visit the Volvo Trucks Customer Center for an opportunity to experience the all-new Volvo VNL firsthand.

Fuel Efficiency Gains

Volvo Trucks has estimated total savings of more than $20,000 annually per truck with the all-new Volvo VNL, factoring in fuel efficiency gains, connectivity, safety, and driver retention.

This calculation factors in reduced fuel costs attributed to fuel efficiency, as well as increased uptime and reduced maintenance costs due to extended service intervals and intelligent maintenance, the OEM added.

Volvo said connectivity with remote programing keeps trucks updated, resulting in 24% more uptime than trucks in non-updated fleets. The advanced safety features account for a potentially significant savings, reducing the chance of both forward and side collisions.

Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine in 2023 estimated the value of driver retention as $9,748 in recruitment and training costs saved.

"In the world of trucking, every mile counts. With the all-new Volvo VNL, we're not just delivering a vehicle; we are delivering significant value to our customers,” said Magnus Koeck, vice president, strategy, marketing and brand management, Volvo Trucks North America.

According to Koeck, the sales start for the all-new Volvo VNL is the beginning of an industry transformation, as the truck is the platform for all future technologies that will come into mainstream use during its model run. That means it was designed from the ground up to take advantage of new and emerging technologies such as battery-electric, fuel cell, and internal combustion engines powered by renewable fuels, including hydrogen.

The new VNL also Introduces the first 24-volt electrical infrastructure in the North American trucking industry. This new electric system powers enhanced active safety features in this latest generation Volvo VNL, and sets the standard for the future commercialization of fully autonomous trucks, according to Volvo.

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