TAMPA, FL. 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– whether those models are powered by its own new line of Volvo engines or by a Cummins’ ISX.
“It’s time to really start talking about 2007 technology and pricing,” said Scott Kress, senior vp– sales & marketing, here during a news conference here at the 50th annual Technology & Maintenance Council meeting.
“We looked at all our vehicle costs needed to meet the ‘07 emission rules, from the larger hood needed [to house] bigger ’07 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 powerplant to complement its larger D-16, released just last year.
The D-11 offers 325 hp to 405 hp, with torque from 1,250 to 1,450 lb.-ft and will be available in the VNM (medium hood length) and VNL (long hood) models. The D-11 will offer seven different engine rating combinations, weigh 2,175 lb. and be applicable to P&D, LTL, regional distribution and weight-sensitive applications such as bulk tanker and petroleum transport.
The D-13 will represent the bulk of Volvo-brand engine orders, said Kress. It will offer 335 hp to 485 hp, with torque levels from 1,350 to 1,650 lb.-ft, and a dry weight of 2,250 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, introduced to North American in 2005, has been updated to meet the ‘07 emissions standards. Available in seven ratings in the VNL and VT tractors, it will have models ranging from 450 hp to 600 hp, with torques from 1,650 lb.-ft to 2,050 lb.-ft and a dry weight of 3,070 lb. Kress said the target applications for the D-16 are heavy haul, owner-operator, and small premium fleets.
Oil drain intervals depend will heavily on the vehicle’s duty cycle, but in general will run up to 30,000 miles for the D11, up to 45,000 miles for the D13 and up to 50,000 miles for the D16.
Kress stressed that Volvo will continue offering the popular 15-liter Cummins ISX as an option in its VN and VT highway tractors. “It’s a great engine and they’ve worked closely with us on all the ’07 changes,” he said.
Volvo will release 13 of its ’07 engines along with two ’07 Cummins ISX models in a variety of tractor and truck configurations to customers this month for final validation and field tests, said Kress. “The customers we chose cut across many different applications and operating conditions, so we can get a lot of different information.”
“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, which will please owners and fleet managers, and drivers will enjoy outstanding driveability from the engines’ power, torque and response. And everyone benefits from lower emissions made possible by Volvo’s advanced diesel technology.”
Karlsten noted that, in the end, the technology package Volvo has put together for ’07 should cut oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions by 1,200 lb. per year per truck, while reducing particulate matter (PM) by 90 lb. per year per unit.
“We sold 32,000 units last year in North America, and if they had all been operating with our ’07 technology, we would have reduced overall emissions by 20,000 tons in one year – the weight of a large cruise ship,” Karlsten added.