Volvo: Would you like a trailer with that?

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (March 18) — Volvo Truck Corp. has added an unusual option for truck buyers in Europe: a semi-trailer.

The Swedish truck manufacturer announced a co-operative agreement with German trailer builder Schmitz Cargobull that will allow truck customers to buy a complete semi- trailer combination at the same retail outlet.

Volvo said the arrangement will allow buyers to spec and finance the tractor and trailer as a combination.

The agreement does not prevent Schmitz marketing its semi-trailers for use with other truck manufacturers’ products, nor does it prevent Volvo including other semi-trailers in its product offers.

Schmitz Cargobull, which has four production units, three in Germany and one in the UK, produces some 18,000 semi-trailers every year.

Volvo Trucks is Europe’s second largest manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks.

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