Autohauler optimizes cargo capacity

Volvo Trucks in North America introduces a new truck exclusively for the automobile transport business. The Volvo Autohauler (VAH) is a day cab with a lower chassis than standard models, a short bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC) dimension, and an EPA 2010 engine.

The design also features an axle-forward configuration providing the weight distribution needed for maneuverability. With a clean top-of-frame behind the cab, the VAH is built for quick body mounting and easy trailer hook-up.

With the introduction of the VAH, Volvo brings to market an auto transporter with an EPA 2010 engine. Volvo Trucks' EPA '10 solution, with No Regen Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), improves fuel efficiency by 5% or more over EPA 2007 engines. Available with a Volvo D11 or D13 engine, the VAH can deliver up to 500 horsepower.

In addition to efficiency, the VAH is designed for safety and comfort. A typically quiet and spacious Volvo cab, together with an ergonomic instrument panel that puts controls within safe and easy reach, provides a comfortable operating experience, minimizing driver fatigue.

To further boost driver comfort, save fuel, and enhance safety, the VAH is available with a Volvo I-Shift transmission. The intelligent transmission system continuously monitors changes in grade, vehicle speed, acceleration, torque demand, weight, and air resistance. With the engine and transmission in constant communication, I-Shift automatically selects the best gear for the engine.

Like all Volvo trucks for North America, the VAH is being assembled at the company's New River Valley plant in Dublin VA. Visit to learn more.
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