Volvo’s FH celebrates its 30th birthday

Commercial Motor
September 5, 2023

September 2023 marks 30 years since Volvo Trucks launched the Volvo FH which went on to become the company’s best selling truck. This flagship model was distinguished by its exterior and interior design, driver comfort and technically advanced efficiency and safety systems.

Since 1993 nearly 1.4 million Volvo FH trucks have been sold in around 80 markets across the world. Now in its sixth generation, the FH has received several facelifts and equipment upgrades while always remaining at the forefront of Volvo’s offering. 

Roger Alm, president of Volvo Trucks said: “The Volvo FH is the perfect representation of a customer-focused mindset and a model that has been pushing the boundaries for 30 years.

In all crucial areas like driver comfort, fuel efficiency, safety and productivity, we have never stopped improving this truck. I’m very proud that today our customers can order the Volvo FH as electric-, gas- and diesel-powered.”

At launch, the Volvo FH was designed to facilitate flexible solutions for different transport applications and came on a completely new chassis. This model was initially paired with 12- and 16-litre engines but it’s also been equipped with 11- and 13-litre engines. The FH has evolved over the years with safety, quality and environmental impact in mind. Volvo has debuted innovations such as the driver’s airbag, I-Shift automated gearbox and Volvo Dynamic Steering in the FH. 

Ylva Dalerstedt, long haul segment manager at Volvo Trucks said, “The first-generation Volvo FH was a game changer that totally transformed the concept of a modern truck. Since then, we have continued to set new standards in trucking and launched five further generations of this truck.

“Our success formula has been to make use of the very latest technology in a way that always adds clear benefits for our customers and drivers. As proof of our successful continuous improvement efforts and constant evolution, I’m very proud that the Volvo FH is the only truck that has been named ‘International Truck of the Year’ three times.”


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