Volvo Trucks North America plans to add $7,500 to the base sticker price of its 2007 highway and vocational models to cover the cost of emission control technology. “It's time to really start talking about 2007 technology and pricing,” said Scott Kress, senior vp-sales & marketing, at TMC's Tampa meeting.
“We looked at all our vehicle costs needed to meet the '07 emission rules, from the larger hood needed [to house] bigger engines, to the larger cooling system and addition of diesel particulate filter (DPF),” Kress said. “We've invested $150 million in our Hagerstown, MD, plant alone to build them. So we felt it was time to put the numbers out there.”
Volvo's line of '07-compliant engines will replace its D-12 mainstay with the D-13 and add a smaller bore D-11 to complement its larger D-16, released just last year.
Available in medium- (VNM) and long-hood (VNL) models, the D-11 will offer 325 to 405 hp., with torque ratings from 1,250 to 1,450 lb.-ft. The engine, which weighs 2, 175 lb., will be available in seven rating combinations. It's designed for P&D, LTL, regional distribution and weight-sensitive applications such as bulk tanker and petroleum transport.
The D-13 will offer 335 to 485 hp., with torque levels ranging from 1,350 to 1,650 lb.-ft. Dry weight is 2,550 lb. It will be available in eight ratings for the VNM and VNL tractors, as well as the VHD vocational truck and tractor, aimed at the LTL, truckload, linehaul freight and vocational markets.
The D-16 has been updated to meet '07 standards. Available in seven ratings for VNL and VT tractors, power ratings will range from 450 to 600 hp. and torque from 1,650 to 2,050 lb.-ft. Dry weight is 3,070 lb.
Oil drain intervals will depend heavily on the vehicle's duty cycle, but in general will run up to 30,000 miles for the D11, 45,000 miles for the D13 and 50,000 miles for the D16.
Volvo will continue to offer the 15-liter Cummins ISX as an option for its VN and VT highway tractors.
“Volvo customers now have the ability to choose the precise engine for their business in terms of displacement and power ratings, without any compromise in technology, features or benefits,” said Peter Karlsten, president & CEO. “These engines will deliver fuel economy equivalent to our current engines…and drivers will enjoy outstanding driveability from the engines' power, torque and response.”