Volvo launches new low-entry truck in Europe

Flat-floor garbage and distribution truck is similar to the Mercedes-Benz Econic and Dennis Eagle

Volvo launches new low-entry truck in Europe
Low Entry Cab: the new Volvo FE LEC


Volvo Trucks is expanding its model range with a low-entry version of the new Volvo FE.

The new medium duty truck is timed for the introduction of Euro 6 emission standards in Europe.

Volvo says the FE LEC -- Low Entry Cab -- has been specially designed for garbage truck operations and city distribution duties.

The cab features a low entry; a flat floor throughout; "excellent visibility"; and space for up to four people.

It is very similar to the Mercedes-Benz Econic and Dennis Eagle trucks used in similar applications.

Volvo says the FE LEC is based on the latest generation FE: "The chassis, driveline, design, instruments and controls are all more or less identical," the company says.

"Entry height is just 530 mm. With the kneeling function activated, this is lowered a further 90 mm.

"The doors can be opened 90 degrees and the floor is flat throughout the cab."

The truck is being unveiled at an environment and refuse handling exhibition in Munich.

It has an 8 litre engine producing up to 320hp (235kW); Volvo I-Shift automated manual or Allison fully automatic transmission; and axle configurations of 4x2 or 6x2 with steerable tag.

There has been no official comment from Volvo Group Australia about whether the new low-floor truck will be coming to Australia.

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