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TRUCK: Volvo expand lineup with A45G articulated hauler

SWEDEN – Fifty years ago, the articulated hauler was originated on the design philosophy that a truck could be both powerful and productive, while remaining incredibly nimble and efficient. Today, no line of articulated haulers better exemplifies this philosophy than the updated Volvo G-Series.

Increased capacities, on-board weighing, dynamic drive and new standard features all improve productivity and safety.

The newest addition to the line – the A45G – is capable of 45-tonne payloads, but is dimensionally smaller, lighter and more agile than other 45-tonne trucks. It is more nimble, off-road capable fuel efficient that other haulers.

The three smallest of the G-Series haulers now have a 1-ton higher capacity than before, including: Volvo A25G at 27.5 tons, A30G at 32 tons and A35G at 38 tons. The A40G remains at 43 tons, and the new A45G / A45G FS has a 45-ton capacity. The A45G and A45G FS are powered by the latest Volvo D16, 16-liter, Tier 4 Final engine, which boasts 469 horsepower (350 kW).

G-Series trucks feature the new Volvo dynamic drive and dynamic Volvo engine brake (VEB) systems. Dynamic Drive takes into consideration both the payload and the gradient of the road, and the machine will automatically detect when to choose a higher starting gear or when to shift up earlier. When conditions require, the machine will prolong the gear, ensuring maximum rim-pull. With Dynamic Drive, customers can expect a 3 to 10 percent fuel efficiency improvement depending on the model.

With the new VEG system, the torque and shift points are now dynamically adjusted against the current load, inclination, and rolling resistance, which improves brake life by reducing the need to use the brake and retarder pedal when going downhill. The new dynamic VEB also leads to significant increases in max torque on all models.

On-board weighing now comes standard on the A35G, A40G and A45G, and is a newly available option for the A25G and A30G. The system is fully automatic, requiring no intervention from the operator. Three load indicator lights alert both the hauler operator and the excavator operator when nominal load has been reached and can warn the operators of overloading. The hauler operator can also see, in real-time, the actual tonnage displayed on the in-cab Contronics display, which also includes a new Econometer feature showing fuel economy in the form of gallon per transported ton, per work cycle for the last 10 cycles. This data is also shared and remotely accessible by the fleet manager through CareTrack®, Volvo’s telematics system, allowing for complete payload management and improved fleet utilization.

A number of new safety features are standard on the G-Series: notably hill assist and a dump support system. Hill assist holds the hauler in place on steep slopes without the need to engage the parking brake. The dump support system allows the operator to see the percentage side inclination of the truck and set allowable parameters for safe dumping operations.

Volvo G-Series articulated haulers are backed by a fuel efficiency guarantee and a lifetime frame and structure warranty. Under the fuel efficiency guarantee, Volvo guarantees model-rated fuel efficiency levels, as monitored by CareTrack. If the articulated hauler does not meet the guaranteed levels, Volvo will reimburse a portion of the additional fuel. Under the lifetime frame and structure warranty, the frame and articulation/oscillation joint are protected for the entirety of the initial period of ownership or for the life of the machine.

Through Volvo’s extensive dealer network, customers are offered customizable support, including customer support agreements with everything from maintenance plans and machine monitoring reporting via CareTrack and MATRIS, to uptime guarantees and full machine warranty options.

Click here to go to Volvo’s construction equipment website for North America.

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