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The very first new Volvo FH truck -- 100% sales price to charity
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29 Sep, 2012 10:28:57 BST
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EUR 135,938.99
Approximately £105,727.19(including postage)
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Göteborg (Sweden), Sweden


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Rear Air Suspension: 4 air bellows, 13 t
Make: Volvo Wheelbase: 3800 mm
Model: FH Engine Size: 12.8 litres, 6 cylinder diesel
Mileage: 0 Engine Horsepower: 460
Exterior Colour: Wild Jade Pearl (light green) Emission Class: Euro 6
Cab: Globetrotter XL Transmission Type: I-Shift (automatic)
Chassis Type: Volvo FH 4x2 tractor Full technical specification: See bottom of page
Front Suspension: Mechanical leaf, 8 t, IFS (selectable)
Welcome to the auction of the first serial manufactured, new Volvo FH. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a brand new, full specification long haul truck directly from the Swedish manufacturer. The iconic #1 truck is a one-off special edition and a collector’s item. Bidders from all European markets, including Israel and Turkey, are invited to take part in the auction. All proceeds of the auction will be donated to the Star for Life Program – helping children in their fight against HIV in South Africa.
The top ten features of the new Volvo FH
- Full technical specifications of the auction vehicle can be found below.
Explore the new Volvo FH at the campaign website using the link on MePage
1. The new design
The new exterior has an upright windscreen and a new grille design that completely covers the gap between upper and lower sections of the cab. Aerodynamic efficiency is maintained by the tight finish.

The new profile is distinguished by dynamic lines and graphically enhanced dynamic headlights. Slimmer side mirrors on slender arms, further away from the A-pillar, improve visibility. The usable glass surface is increased by 17 percent in total.

The spacious interior has sweeping forms, clean lines and subtle colour tones to provide a calm environment. A large skylight (50X70 cm) adds to the light and airy atmosphere, this is also the escape hatch. Surfaces inside the cab are soft to touch, durable and have a high quality finish.

See the truck from six different angles in this video.
2. Handling qualities
This vehicle has Individual Front Suspension (IFS) and rack and pinion steering, two world-first features on the new Volvo FH that improve comfort and safety. Please note: this feature is not available on the right hand drive version.

A completely new chassis including redesigned rear suspension and more powerful damper springs improve yaw damping by 100 percent. Other handling features of this 4X2 tractor truck include Electronic Stability Control (ESP) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).

For a demonstration of the precise handling of this vehicle, watch slackliner Faith Dickey as she walks the line between two Volvo FH trucks speeding down a highway in Croatia.
3. Fuel economy
The new Volvo FH saves up to 6 percent fuel compared with its predecessor. The single most important feature behind the fuel saving is I-See – a technology that remembers the hills and works together with the intelligent transmission.

I-See has functions for six different phases of a hill: it accelerates before the hill begins, it avoids changing down at the top of the hill when possible, it curbs speed before a downward slope, it starts coasting before a downward slope, it provides optimal braking down the hill and it releases the brake at the bottom.
Below: Listen to the engineers explain how I-See works
4. The driver’s workplace
The new Volvo FH driving environment is designed to be comfortable for all shapes and sizes of driver. The newly designed driver seat has improved lateral and leg support. It can be moved forwards and backwards by up to 24 cm (best in class) and raised or lowered by up to 10 cm.

The steering wheel has Neck-tilt so it can be tilted towards the driver (another world news item). Together with raising and lowering of the seat, this allows the wheel to be angled up to 40 degrees in total.

A host of new features are integrated in the harmonious new instrument panel to make it easier to keep your eyes on the road.

A quick glance is all it should take to know what you need to know. That’s the idea behind the new, clear instrument panel. The right buttons and controls are at your fingertips. And the buttons you use most often are easy to move closest to hand.
5. Space on board
Upright A-pillars result in 1 cubic metre more space inside the new Volvo FH. The driver has full standing height inside the cab and sits 10 centimetres further away from the windscreen.

The height of the engine tunnel is halved, making it easier to move around and there is much more storage space. Upper cupboards have removable shelves and jalousies instead of hatches that take up space when opened. Above the doors are catwalk shelves.

A bigger fridge (33 litres) allows for milk cartons and 1.5 litre PET bottles to be kept upright and includes a freezer compartment. There is additional storage under the bed, hidden behind the walls and even a concealed compartment inside the instrument panel.
See how many truckers fit into the spacious new cab in this performance.
6. Driver accommodation
Another world news item is the first purpose-designed integrated parking cooler, I-Park Cool. This combines cooling and heating functions to maintain a selected temperature through the night. It has a lower noise level and doesn’t compromise interior cabin height or the aerodynamics of the cab.

The passenger seat swivels round to the table and the new bed has a more comfortable mattress and more width where it’s needed (an extra 4 cm at the head and 5.5 cm in the middle). There’s even a fold away drying cupboard for wet clothes.

Interior lighting has also been improved in the new truck. This means better ceiling lighting, illuminated storage compartments, dimmer control and angled reading lights from behind the driver seat and bed Red LED lamps provide interior lighting for night driving.
Below: the cab in three extreme makeovers

7. Safety technologies
The strongest Volvo cab so far has a reinforced floor and door structure which increase stability so that intrusion is reduced by approximately 30 percent.

Bigger windows, a redesigned instrument panel and the slim rearview mirrors increase the driver’s visibility by 10 percent, reducing the risk of collision.

Every new Volvo FH comes standard with an emergency escape hatch, a world-first innovation that doubles as a 50x70 centimetre skylight.

A new Front Underrun Protection System absorbs more energy in a collision with a car by retracting up to 20 centimetres (twice as much as before).
Below: The world’s safest Volvo
8. Increased security
The first new Volvo FH will also be the first fitted with the Volvo Action Service On Call button. A feature that allows 24-hour assistance to drivers, in their own language, all over Europe. GPS tracking allows the operator to locate the truck immediately and send for help, increasing security for the driver and uptime for the operator.

Physical security is also improved. Approach lights (activated with the key) include front, rear and side lights on the truck and trailer – and interior lighting. The remote control key can also unlock the driver’s door first and the passenger door with a second click.

The locks have been made stronger, the steering wheel lock is now electromechanical and the auction truck includes an electromechanical lock on the grille and laminated door glass. The improved alarm can now be connected to the trailer with additional sensors.
9. Loading efficiency
Another world-first innovation on the new truck is its wireless remote control. This has 3 modes (loading, equipment and swap body) which can be programmed by the driver to simplify loading. Also, there is a new load indicator that can be calibrated by the operator wherever scales are available.

Rear suspension now comes with greater stroke, allowing the truck to reverse under the trailer it’s connecting with. And a reverse mounted antiroll bar makes it easier to reverse closer to loading docks and asphalt pavers.
Play the film below to see how the remote control simplifies loading.
10. Uptime services
The new Volvo FH has the connectivity for remote monitoring services, allowing the workshop to monitor the condition of vital parts on the truck while it’s on the road – and postpone maintenance when it is not actually needed.

Communication in the new Volvo FH is managed via the Telematics Gateway. This also facilitates the Volvo Action Service feature and enables technology upgrades to be made to the truck without visiting the workshop.

With this technology built in it’s possible to acquire up to 100 percent uptime with the new Volvo Gold service contract (not included).
Watch this dramatisation of the new remote monitoring services.
Full technical specifications of the auction vehicle:
Basic facts:
Chassis type: Volvo FH 4x2 tractor
Exterior colour: Wild Jade Pearl (light green)
Chassis height: approx. 900 mm from ground
Length: approx. 6000 mm
Width: approx. 2600 mm
Height: approx. 4000 mm
Wheelbase: 3800 mm
Rear axle: solo with single reduction, max 44t
5th wheel installation: chassis frame mounted
Battery box: Mounted at end of frame
Front suspension: Mechanical leaf, 8 t, IFS (selectable)
Rear air suspension: 4 air bellows, 13 t
Engine make: Volvo
Engine size: 12.8 litres, 6 cylinder diesel
Engine horsepower: 460
Emission class: Euro 6
Engine brake: Volvo engine brake, 375 kW (as today's Euro 5)
Transmission type: I-Shift (automatic)
Gear ratio: 2:46
Stability program: Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
Fuel tank: Dual fuel tanks, total volume approx. 1100 litres
Ad-blue tank: 90 litres
Cab: Globetrotter XL
Air conditioning: Automatic climate control with I-Park Cool
Exterior storage: 30 litres storage under each side of cab
Wireless remote control: Work Remote

Included packages:
ECC with air quality sensor and carbon filter, roof hatch electrical manoeuvred, exterior sun visor high, seat armrest (both seats, both sides of seats), comfort mirrors, interior sun visor front (roller blind, electrical manoeuvred), centre section dash panel lower box (drawer), leather armrests, leather steering wheel, leather instep grab handle, adjustable & neck tilt steering wheel, centre section dash panel upper storage/drawer, exterior trim level enhanced, painting level complete (Instep, Bumper, mirror housing, sun visor, door handle..etc painted in the cab colour), interior sun visor on both driver and passenger windows

Lower bunk 800 mm wide (foldable reclinable manual), top bunk 700mm wide (adjustable), rear upper storage (300 mm high, 154 L), bottle holder in driving and living, engine and cab parking heater, luxury version sleeper control panel, interior night light & dimmer, auxiliary shelf – front upper storage, 33 or 27 litres refrigerator, preparation kit for microwave, infotainment equipment preparation kit, table, relax seat (passenger), swivel, tilt

Radio with CD/Mp3 with Dolby, dash, door & rear wall speakers, Bluetooth support, 2nd info display (high performance 7 inches colour display), USB connection, mini-jack audio input, 400W amplifier

Headlight cleaning, static corner lights, rain sensor front window, bi-xenon head lights

Burglar alarm, safe box under bunk, laminated door glass, main switch (remote controlled circuit shutdown)

Adjustable or fixed depending on vehicle height, chassis height and tyre dimension, vertical rear corner side deflectors (long), chassis skirts, side under run protection

Volvo's new self learning I-shift software I-See, engine idle shutdown, 2 cylinders (900L/min, compressor), clutchable air compressor, 24V AMP150 brush

Images show a pre-production model as the auction vehicle will be built in spring.
The winner of the auction will have the right to buy the first serial-produced Volvo FH for the final auction price.

The transaction will be completed by a Volvo dealership in the buyer's home country.

Local taxes such as VAT, customs and import charges may apply to the final auction price. The buyer will be responsible for payment of these in accordance with the laws and regulations applicable in the country where the transaction is carried out.
About this charity:
Star for Life (SFL) is a non-profit organisation and a schoolbased HIV and AIDS prevention programme. Currently it has 8 schools in the Durban area of South Africa – where the Volvo Group has been involved for several years. The aim of the programme is to reduce the number of HIV positive students and provide them with a more hopeful future.

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Volvo Trucks Region Central Europe GmbH

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