Volvo Xceed delivers fuel-economy boost

Volvo’s new Xceed fuel efficiency package for VNL 760 and 860 models has been specifically designed for those who haul dry vans or reefers – promising to boost fuel economy by 11% when compared to the existing Fuel Efficiency Plus spec’, and bettering the Fuel Efficiency Advanced package by 3.5%

Each is built on XE powertrain packages including the Volvo I-Shift automated manual transmission, Volvo D13 engine with turbo compounding, extended fairings, and ground effects.

Dedicated wheelbase options ensure optimal trailer gaps of around 44 inches, while about 950 lb. is shed using components including a horizontal exhaust system, dedicated rear axle, limited fuel tank configurations, lightweight fifth wheels, and aluminum chassis components.

The units will be identified with an Xceed badge on the bumper.

About 77% of the market includes dry vans and refrigerated bodies, the company adds.

Orders begin in January 2019, while production begins in March.


John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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