Volvo has announced it will be expanding its engine lineup for 2007 with the addition of an 11- and 13-litre engine as well as the company’s 16-litre D16.
The new engines will all combine exhaust gas recirculation with a diesel particulate filter to reduce emissions to 2007 levels.
“These new engines are designed to surpass the excellent record of the Volvo D12, while also giving our customers the ability to fine-tune their engine choice, based on their application and other requirements,” said Peter Karlsten, president and CEO of Volvo Trucks North America.
Brent Weary, vice-president of sales and marketing with Volvo Trucks Canada, reiterated that message at a press conference at ExpoCam in Montreal.
“These engines represent a huge commitment by Volvo Group to this market,” he said, adding the new offerings represent a major evolution for Volvo in North America. “They’ve been developed and optimized for North American operating conditions.”
Until earlier this year, Volvo VN and VT880 trucks could only be spec’d with the company’s D12 engine or the Cummins ISX.
The company picked an interesting time to expand its engine lineup, with the stringent ’07 emissions standards looming but Karlsten says they are undaunted.
“Our testing indicates the new family of engines will maintain the level of fuel economy demonstrated by the current Volvo D12 while delivering driveability even better than the D12,” Karlsten insisted. “We are taking full advantage of our EPA ’02 experience to optimize the 2007 engine family for our customers.”
The company will continue offering the Cummins ISX engine in its VN and VT models.
VT 800 doing well
The VT 800 day cab is a truck that will fit right in here in Canada, the company claims. The truck was introduced this fall and Canadian heavy haulers are already taking a shining to them, says Weary.
“Canada is a natural market for the VT 800,” Weary said at ExpoCam. “We think we have the truck for this demanding customer.”
Logging, mining and oilfield applications are particularly well-suited for the VT 800, which when paired with the D16 engine can produce 625 horsepower and 2,250 lb.-ft. of torque.