Well recognise nowadays for its vehicle-oriented empire (which ranges from marine engines to cars, from buses to gigantic construction machinery), Volvo only started making a profit because of its trucks.
If the world wasn’t yet keen on private passenger cars there was still a lot of work to be done that the trucks could help with. Thus, our story begins.
Now, it would be an awfully long story if we were to review all the trucks (and there has been more than plenty for a full book – the Group does have six truck brands: Volvo, UD, Renault Trucks, Mack, Eicher and Dongfeng Trucks; they branch out around the world, meaning that Volvo trucks ARE everywhere) so how about we stick to the game changers? Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my top 5 Volvo trucks throughout the time!
5. The Series 1 and 2
No, they are not on the list because they were the first (though that alone should be considered an amazing feat). They are here because when they were sold, in the mid-1920s, they presented customers with noveltiesaimed at the driver’s comfort, such as pneumatic tyres and a fully enclosed cab. Although not very powerful – as it had only four-cylinder petrol engine – it was a tremendous success, selling out in months.
4. The TVA and TVB
The yearwas 1937 and the threat of war loomed close to home at Volvo. The company decided to design an all-terrain heavy-duty truck that could be used to defend the country. The end result was something completely different from all the trucks made so far. When launched, the powerful 6×4 was promoted for towing artillery and anti-aircraft guns, since it also featured strong tyres and an off-road tread. The TVB, an improvement on TVA, was chosen to serve the Swedish Armed Forces.
3. The Titan
It is said to be the most famous of Volvo trucks, introduced in 1951 for long distance hauls. Although its design didn’t present any novelties, it was under its bonnet that grasped the world’s attention. The Titan was the first truck in the world to have a turbocharger engine – used in ships, aircraft engines and locomotive engines, the engineering team at Volvo managed to insert a smaller turbocharger in the truck, resulting in this powerful vehicle.
2. The Globetrotter
A luxury truck? Why not? The Globetrotter was designed in the 1970s having in mind the drivers crossing the Iron Curtain – you do remember that those drivers couldn’t carry much western currency, don’t you? Anyway, what Volvo came up with was a cab not only enormous in interior space but also equipped with refrigerators, water tanks, sinks, etc., providing the driver with some comfort during his journey. As it turns out, everyone likes being comfortable and the Globetrotter became a hit.
1. The FE Hybrid
The era of environmental-friendliness is upon us, and nothing suits the moment more perfectly than the FE Hybrid. It’s obvious its concept stems from current major issues: first of all, it was thought to have minimal environmental impact (such as noise pollution and exhaustion emissions) and lower fuel consumption (and, consequently, lower CO emission). Being a hybrid means it operates on both electricity and diesel – and since we want to keep our carbon footprints as small as possible, the FE was intendedfor local transportations (but Volvo doesn’t discard the idea of longer journeys).
I’ll confess it was hard choosing only five of all trucks ever manufactured by Volvo. What about your list? What is your top five? Comment bellow!