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.
Completely redesigned, the 48-ft. Freedom trailer is rated for a 52,000-lb. load concentrated in four feet, with an optional main beam configuration affording 60,000-lb. rating. It is nearly 1,200 lb. lighter than a comparable steel/aluminum combo trailer, and available with low- or high-camber. Features new to the trailer include a lighter, stiffer beam assembly that has been re-contoured for improved swing clearance; sure-grip floor surface for increased traction and load stability; extended full-length rub rail; streamlined wiring harness assembly; and, low profile turn signals.
After a year of product engineering and collaboration, Iowa-based Link Manufacturing Ltd. announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show a multi-year manufacturing agreement for Volvo Trucks’ new 6x2 program. It centers on a lift axle configuration featuring Link’s robust 20K DuraMax axle with a modified 9-in. drop center. Other features include patented adjustable mounting brackets; compact frame mounting; unique air bag locations to ensure rapid axle deployment; and, open designed lift spring, greatly reducing road debris entrapment.