Volvo's 500,000th US-built truck is pictured with its very first US-built truck.
DUBLIN, Va. — Volvo Trucks reached a milestone recently, producing its 500,000th truck assembled in the US.
The Volvo VNL 300 was built at the company’s New River Valley plant in Virginia and delivered to Wilson Trucking chairman Chuck Wilson, along with company president Guy Wilson and other staff.
The milestone truck is equipped with a Volvo D13 engine, I-Shift automated transmission and unique badging to commemorate the occasion.
“It’s a great honour to build the 500,000th Volvo assembled in the US here in our New River Valley plant, where every Volvo truck sold in America today is produced,” said Patrick Collignon, Volvo Trucks chief operating officer. “The fact that it’s for Wilson Trucking, a neighbour located not too far up the road from the plant, who we’ve gotten to know very well over the years, makes this event even more special.”
“We’re pleased to share this important milestone with Wilson Trucking,” added Ron Huibers, Volvo Trucks’ senior vice-president of sales and marketing. “Our history together dates back a long time and we’re proud that Wilson Trucking continues to choose Volvo trucks to wear Wilson’s signature green and red colours.”
Wilson Trucking purchased the first Volvo F86 ever sold in the US in the late 1970s and in 1982, the company also purchased the first US-built Volvo truck. Wilson was also first in line to buy a Volvo VN when it was launched in 1996, the companies announced.
“We’ve always enjoyed working with Volvo and we appreciate the way Volvo trucks are built – safe, comfortable and quiet,” said Chuck Wilson, chairman of Wilson Trucking.
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