New Volvo models to be showcased in Melbourne

By: Steve Skinner


Not-yet-available FM, FMX and FE trucks on display at the ITTES

New Volvo models to be showcased in Melbourne
Volvo FMX Twin Steer

Volvo will showcase its new FM, FMX and FE trucks at the International Truck Trailer and Equipment Show in Melbourne next month.

Pre-production versions of the trucks will be on show, and the order books for them are now open.

The FM and FMX will be built at Volvo’s Brisbane factory, commencing around early July, and the first of them are expected to be in customer’s hands by late August.

The smaller FE will be fully imported from Europe, and the first batch of them is expected to be delivered around the time of the Show.

Details of the new FM, FMX and FE were discussed at a Volvo group press conference in Brisbane, which marked the first official outing in Australia for new President and CEO of Volvo Group Australia, Peter Voorhoeve.

The top-of-the-range new Volvo FH was launched in Australia last year.

"It’s really pleasing for us to be able to complete the family with the launch of the FM, FMX and FE product into our market," says Vice President of sales for Volvo in Australia, Mitch Peden.

"It’s really good to have the complete revitalisation and the complete regeneration of the Volvo product."

The FM models have inherited several of the features found in the new FH.

These include better handling, optional bi-xenon headlights, optional "dynamic" headlights – which follow the road on low beam -- more ergonomic seats and dash, more driver-friendly controls, and new storage bins.

There is a new remote control capable of operating up to 25 metres away from the truck, controlling such functions as suspension height, engine on/off and PTO.

Peden describes the FMX as Volvo’s "street fighter model", and says the new version is "a lot more robust", with the option of an I-Shift AMT optimised for rough, hilly terrain.

The inclusion of Volvo Dynamic Steering for the first time in Australia will be a "game changer," Peden says.

VDS involves an electric motor mounted on top of the hydraulic steering gear, and amongst other things it takes the "kick" out of off-road steering at heavy weights, involving hardly any effort on the part of the driver.

New developments with the Mack, UD and Renault brands were also raised at the Volvo group presser.

They included the fact that 80 per cent of the Mack builds in Brisbane are using the m-Drive automated manual transmission.

For a full round-up of what's happening within the Volvo group, check out the May issue of ATN and Owner//Driver and subscribe here.

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