VHD 430: A hard-working, comfortable-sleeping truck

Volvo Trucks North America's new VHD 430 is designed for customers who want the VHD's ability to operate in demanding conditions with large or heavy loads, while providing drivers with a sleeper berth. The VHD was previously only available with a daycab.

Like all VHDs, the VHD 430 is customizable and comes as a 6×4, 8×4, or 8×6 tractor or truck, in axle forward and axle back configurations. The VHD's basic design accommodates a variety of factory-installed options, with multiple axles, frame rails options, and components. Major features include:

  • Volvo D13 engine, with up to 485 horsepower and 1650 ft-lb of torque

  • Transmissions — Volvo I-Shift 12-speed automated manual transmission; Eaton Fuller 10- to 18-speed manuals and AutoShift; Allison automatic

  • Front axle to 20,000-lb capacity

  • Front axle position at 29.1 and 51.2 inches

  • Volvo T-Ride rear suspensions up to 70,000-lb capacity; optional Hendrickson suspensions

  • Frame rails available in five thicknesses (up to 0.44 inches thick), with 1.88 million to 4.2 million RBM

  • One-piece cab and sleeper, constructed of robotically welded High-Strength Steel (HSS)

  • Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST) for advanced traction and stability control, and rollover protection

  • Standard Volvo Link Sentry remote vehicle monitoring and Volvo Action Service coverage

The one-piece 42-inch sleeper on the VHD 430 is as strong and rugged as the rest of the truck. Its one-piece design eliminates the compromises necessary to mount aftermarket sleeper boxes. One-piece construction also means less noise intrusion and better thermal insulation, while the entire cab and sleeper is covered by Volvo's cab structure warranty of 72 months/750,000 miles/15,000 operating hours.

E-mail Jim McNamara at [email protected] for more details.

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