By Don Marsh
Heavy-duty truck manufacturers and component suppliers see record or near-record shipments in 2015, thanks to strong on-highway market activity, coupled with vocational segment recovery, to which growing concrete mixer and dump truck demand are contributing.
Designed for on- and off-road work in construction and other applications requiring frequent shifting, a rugged version of the I-Shift equal to severe-duty applications is now available for Volvo D11- or D13-powered VHD vocational models.
Introduction of the I-Shift for severe-duty applications continues what company officials cite as leadership in transmission technology that began in 2007, when Volvo became the first OEM to bring an integrated automated manual transmission to the North American market. A record 75 percent of Volvo trucks sold in 2014 were spec’d with an I-Shift.