Volvo Trucks is a global truck maker based in Gothenburg, Sweden, owned by AB Volvo. Volvo Trucks is the world’s 2nd largest heavy truck brand. Volvo Group has organized once again on 1 January 2012 and as a part of the process, 2017 Volvo Trucks has ceased to be a separate company and is instead incorporated Volvo Group Trucks with Volvo’s other truck brands, Renault Trucks, Mack trucks and UD trucks (Nissan Diesel trucks).
The first Volvo truck rolled off the production lines in 1928, and in 2011 Volvo Trucks employed about 19,000 people worldwide. With global headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, Volvo manufactures and assembles put its trucks in 15 countries. Volvo Trucks produces and sells annually more than 100,000 units. When Volvo its first cars produced in 1927, the first truck was already on the drawing table and in early 1928, the LV Series 1 to the public. Albeit, by modern standards, was merely a truck, it was an immediate success and 500 units were sold before the summer. It has a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine rated at 28 kW (21 hp).
Volvo cabs are produced in the north of Sweden in Umeå and Ghent, Belgium, and the engines in the central town of Skövde. In some smaller facilities Volvo assembly plants in Sweden, Belgium, the USA, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, China, India, and Russia. Some of the smaller factories are jointly owned. The main parts distribution center is located in Ghent, Belgium. The sales team, with their corresponding offices and dealers, is divided into seven sales regions, Latin America, North America, Europe Northern Europe South, Africa / Middle East, Japan and Asia / Oceania.
In 2009, Volvo started shifting the operations of its Mack Trucks subsidiary of Greensboro, where the North American operations of Volvo Trucks established. Today, Volvo produces Class 8 Volvo trucks in its Dublin, Virginia plant and class 8 Mack truck models in Macungie, Pennsylvania. Affiliate Volvo Powertrain produces engines and gearboxes at its Hagerstown, Maryland facility, for use exclusively in the North American market.
2017 Volvo Trucks are exported to and sold by more than 1,800 dealers in more than 140 countries. As a part of the adjustment of the new European Union Euro 6 engine environmental requirements, Volvo Trucks renew their truck series in 2012 and 2013. The main launch was the new Volvo FH in September 2012. The rest of the series was renewed in spring 2013.
2017 Volvo Trucks is now taking another important step in the development of autonomous vehicles. Over the next year and a half, will self-drive Volvo FMX trucks are tested in regular operations in the Boliden mine in Kristineberg, Sweden. The aim is to investigate how this technology can contribute to safe and productive transport difficult geographically limited application areas.