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Volvo VHD now available with sleeper cab

MONTREAL, Que. -- The rugged Volvo VHD vocational truck and tractor are now available with a factory-installed 42-i...

The VHD 430 sleeper cab.
The VHD 430 sleeper cab.

MONTREAL, Que. — The rugged Volvo VHD vocational truck and tractor are now available with a factory-installed 42-inch sleeper cab, designated the VHD 430. The Volvo VHD 430 is designed to provide customers with a comfortable and efficient sleeper without sacrificing reliability or performance in demanding vocational applications. The VHD was previously only available with a daycab.

Volvo will be showing the new VHD 430 to the public for the first time at ExpoCam in Montreal, Que. this week.

The VHD has always given drivers an outstanding working environment, with a strong emphasis on safety, along with the durability that our vocational customers demand, says Brent Weary, regional-vice president, sales and marketing for Volvo Trucks Canada. Now, with the VHD 430, we can put this great vocational truck to work in applications that require a sleeper.

The VHD 430 is customizable and comes as a 6×4, 8×4 or 8×6 tractor or truck, in axle forward and axle back configurations.

Major features include:
-a Volvo D13 engine, with up to 485 hp and 1650 lb-ft of torque;
-Transmissions Volvo I-Shift 12-speed automated manual transmission, Eaton Fuller 10- to 18-speed manuals and AutoShift, and Allison automatic;
-front axle to 20,000-pound capacity; front axle position at 29.1 and 51.2 inches;
-Volvo T-Ride rear suspensions up to 70,000-pound capacity, optional Hendrickson suspensions;
-Frame rails available in five thicknesses (up to 0.44 inches thick), with 1.88 million to 4.2 million RBM;
-One-piece cab and sleeper, constructed of robotically-welded High-Strength Steel (HSS);
-Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST) for advanced traction and stability control, and rollover protection; and
-Standard Volvo Link Sentry remote vehicle monitoring and Volvo Action Service coverage

Volvo officials say the one-piece 42-inch sleeper on the VHD 430 is as strong and rugged as the rest of the truck, having passed the Swedish Cab Impact Test, the most demanding cab structure and impact testing in the world.

The sleepers one-piece design aims to eliminate the compromises necessary to mount aftermarket sleeper boxes, including the risk of reduced structural integrity from cutting away the back wall, and to eliminate the risk of water and air leaks at the seal between sleeper boxes and cabs. The one-piece construction is also designed to create less noise intrusion and better thermal insulation. The entire cab and sleeper is covered by Volvos cab structure warranty of 72 months/750,000 miles/15,000 operating hours.

The VHD 430s sleeper has 118 cubic feet of space and includes a full-length bed, with windshield and sleeper curtains inside.

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