On the Spot with Volvo’s SuperTruck

It’s amazing what $40 million will buy you these days. If that seems like a lot to spend on just one truck, consider what the OEMs typically spend on R&D for a new model, or even just a significant upgrade. The $40 million Volvo Trucks spent on its SuperTruck project was an investment in near- and distant-future truck technology that will begin paying dividends for the truck maker and its customers as early as 2017. Today’s Trucking was at the Washington D.C. unveiling in September when Volvo presented the truck to the press and the public for the first time. Equipment Editor filed this video report from the scene.

Jim Park was a CDL driver and owner-operator from 1978 until 1998, when he began his second career as a trucking journalist. During that career transition, he hosted an overnight radio show on a Hamilton, Ontario radio station and later went on to anchor the trucking news in SiriusXM's Road Dog Trucking channel. Jim is a regular contributor to Today's Trucking and Trucknews.com, and produces Focus On and On the Spot test drive videos.

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