Beginning May 15, customers can spec and order tractors and trucks in the Volvo MVP (Most Valuable Package) Program online at the manufacturer's interactive Web site (www.volvo trucks.com). The site also offers product, service, and dealer-location information, as well as information on special programs and promotional offerings.
The online order process starts with a few questions about the vehicle's intended application. The customer then selects an MVP model and chooses specs from a wide range of engine, transmission, axle, and other component options. MVP configurations are based on specific applications and regional equipment preferences, and even include work-ready trucks with bodies.
Once spec'd by the customer, the online service calculates a price for the vehicle and then allows the customer to either print out the information for a dealer visit or to forward it electronically to a dealer of their choice.
The online ordering system, which Volvo says is the first of its kind in the trucking industry, is actually an extension of the electronic ordering system introduced to the company's dealers late last year.
In the near future, Volvo says it will add a used-truck locator to the site, virtual 3-D walkaround tours of vehicles, and online access to everything from vehicle insurance to replacement parts.
The Knoxville, Tenn., plant of Transmission Technologies has earned ISO 9001/QS-9000 registration. All of the company's facilities now have this designation.
Heavy-duty truck parts marketer HD America says that its HDATA (HD America Technology Advantage) system has grown to be the largest mover of electronic data and electronic services in the independent heavy-duty aftermarket. System links member distributors and fleet customers with HDA and its suppliers. Call 314-291-3345.
The Dept. of Energy (DOE) has selected Cummins Engine Co. to participate in a project designed to develop heavy-duty diesel engines with improved fuel efficiency and marked emissions reductions. The proposed heavy-duty diesel engines will exhibit superior fuel economy while reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and particulate matter by 90% of the stated 2002 levels. These targets are expected to be reached by improvements in engine efficiency, advances in NOx and particulate aftertreatment technology, and through the use of low-sulfur fuels.