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Volvo Vah 600 Auto Hauler On The Road

Volvo Trucks redesigns VAH model

June 30, 2020
For maximum payload and modern look, the new model is designed on the same heavy-duty platform and with many of the features found in Volvo Trucks’ vocational VHD model.

The roll-out of the new Volvo Auto Hauler (VAH), a specialized solution for the auto transport industry, completes the design overhaul of the entire Volvo Trucks North America product portfolio.

Volvo Trucks has produced a comprehensive update to its VAH series, which is now available to order. According to the company, the new model is designed on the same heavy-duty platform and with many of the innovative features and durable construction found in Volvo Trucks’ vocational VHD model.

"The updated Volvo VAH model improves transport efficiencies for customers by providing enhanced loading flexibility and optimized carrying capacity," Volvo stated. Deep-drop front axles, low-height Volvo Air Ride rear suspensions and reduced-height cab options create a lower overall roof height, allowing larger passenger vehicles such as pick-up trucks, minivans and SUVs to be positioned above the cab while still allowing the loaded chassis to be below height and clearance regulations, Volvo added.

“Volvo Trucks is proud to roll out the most advanced auto hauler model in the trucking industry,” said Andy Hanson, product marketing manager, Volvo Trucks North America. “Behind the new, updated look are significant engineering innovations utilized in the other models in our impressive product portfolio. We’re excited to introduce this new VAH model, designed with Volvo Trucks’ core focus on safety, productivity and comfort for drivers.”

Another key feature of the new VAH model is that no structural changes outside of the roof modification are required on the cab, protecting Volvo Trucks’ front impact safety features and retaining the OEM first-time quality build and ride characteristics.

An updated Volvo Active Driver Assist (VADA) collision-avoidance system available on the new VAH features radar and automatic braking technology to monitor road hazards and provide the ability to completely stop in certain emergency situations. Other features include remote start, Volvo’s I-Shift automated manual transmission and the Position Perfect steering configuration.

According to Volvo, the interior offers improved driver performance features and amenities including new LED lighting for increased visibility, cruise control and a symmetrical instrument cluster with a high-resolution, programmable LCD screen that conveys critical vehicle alerts and system settings. An optional infotainment system features a 7-inch color touch screen and integrated premium audio.

Volvo Trucks’ Remote Diagnostics platform – designed to maximize uptime with 24/7 monitoring of engine, transmission and aftertreatment systems – is standard on the new VAH. Enhanced proactive diagnostics enables a detailed analysis of critical fault codes for repair planning, immediate communication if actions are required, and streamlined service procedures.

Remote Programming, as part of the Remote Diagnostics service bundle, is also available on the redesigned Volvo VAH. Remote Programming provides significant time savings as updates and parameter changes can be done in a matter of minutes over the air, without the customer having to visit a dealership, Volvo noted.

“The technology behind the VADA system and our range of other driver productivity features built into the new Volvo VAH has progressed exponentially over the last several years,” added Hanson. “The advantages in vehicle and driver performance put these models into a category by themselves.”

The new VAH will come in three variations offered through Fontaine Modification:

  • The VAH 300 day cab (Fontaine model 94 or 97) offers 11-vehicle capacity and a tight turning radius for easier maneuvering. The VAH 300 features a 113.6-inch BBC and is available with a 94.5- or 97.5-inch (unladen) roof height.
  • The VAH 400 sleeper (Fontaine model 97 or 102) provides a 42-inch interior cab height for comfortable overnight during extended regional deliveries. Along with maximum payload capacity, agility and driver amenities, the VAH 400 offers a 145.6-inch BBC and can be ordered with a 97.5- or 102.5- inch roof height. 
  • The VAH 600 sleeper (Fontaine model 97 or 102) offers cab height of 61 inches for maximum comfort on long-haul routes requiring multiple nights on the road. The auto-hauling industry’s premium sleeper features a 36-inch wide mattress, ample storage space and refrigerator capacity. The VAH 600 has a 164.1- inch BBC and is available with a 97.5- or 102.5-inch roof height.
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