Euro 5 Volvo FM: used buying guide


Jump to listings from: Thomas Hardie Commercials, Britcom, Walker Movements.

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At CM we scour the classified pages to find your ideal vehicle. Today we’re on the hunt for a Euro-5 Volvo FM tractor unit.

The Volvo FM was launched 20 years ago and since 1998 its popularity has gone from strength to strength, with its lower cab entry and all-round visibility a big draw.

The original Euro-2 version featured the 7-litre and 10-litre blocks, but Euro-3 saw the introduction of a new range with a D12 engine with electronic unit injectors and 9-litre option.

The speed of development driven by a need for lower emissions and better economy now sees the Euro-6 FM offered with either a common-rail 11-litre or 13-litre engine, with a choice of seven power options.


John Comer, product manager at Volvo Truck and Bus, says: “Always a fleet favourite, the model offers the class-leading I-Shift automated transmission and a choice of sleeper and all-steel high-roof cabs – all tested to the toughest Volvo safety demands.

“The Volvo FM scores well for payload, with the 11-litre 450hp version being the most flexible Volvo model in the marketplace” John Comer, product manager, Volvo Truck and Bus

Comer adds: “With the introduction of UK authorised weights, which permitted 44 tonnes, the 4x2 tractor market all but disappeared. However, for increased efficiency a supermarket specified FM 4x2 could be the solution for a bespoke operation where maximum weight is not the key feature of the job.”

Thomas Hardie Commercials

North West-based Thomas Hardie Commercials, established for more than 25 years, has a used truck site located just off junction 18 of the M6.

The dealer has fully Volvo-trained staff, as well as the latest software and diagnostic tools from the manufacturer.

Here CM found a 2012 (62-plate) Volvo FM Globetrotter with a Euro-5 11-litre engine, delivering 450hp through an I-Shift automated transmission.

On a wheelbase of 3.9m, this tractor unit has a 480-litre fuel tank, air suspension and disc brakes.

Fitted with a day cab finished in shades of green, the paint and bodywork condition is very good and the interior finish is clean.

Cabin refinements include electric windows, seats and mirrors, night heater and air conditioning, as well as three half-leather seats and a CD player.

As an ex-dray, this unit also has a low chassis and low-profile tyres, with approximately 50% tread remaining. The truck has 196,000km on the clock and is MoT’d until August.

With one previous owner and a full Volvo service history, the vehicle is offered with a 30-day Volvo Economy warranty for £18,000, ex-VAT.

Carl Boase, national used vehicle sales executive, says: “The unique selling point is the very low mileage and the rare Globetrotter day cab.”

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Britcom, which was formed in 1981, has three sites: a 14-acre head office in Market Weighton; a sales depot in Manchester; and its sister company HVPS in Nairobi, Kenya.

The dealer is well known as one of the UK’s leading exporters of used commercial vehicles and is a key player in the UK used commercial vehicle industry. The group has strong purchasing power with many of the UK’s large fleet owners, such as major supermarkets, hire and leasing companies and financial institutions, and can also source individual and specialist vehicles from smaller operators.

At its Market Weighton, Yorkshire site CM found a 2013 (63-plate) Volvo FM Globetrotter. With an 11-litre Euro-5 engine, producing 450hp through an I-Shift automated transmission, this unit has covered 640,000km. The tractor unit has a Globetrotter cab and a 480-litre fuel tank. On a wheelbase of 3.9m, it has leaf suspension on the front and air suspension on the rear.

The 295/80R 22.5 tyres have a tread of 10mm to 12mm, and the disc brakes are in good condition, with ABS, EBS, diff lock and an exhaust brake.

Finished in white, the paint and bodywork are in good condition, as is the interior. There is a radio/CD player and the internal refinements include air conditioning, central locking, cruise control, electric and heated mirrors, electric windows and a single bunk.

The truck also has a full air deflector kit, a fixed fifth wheel, an immobiliser, side wind deflectors, a sun visor and a digital tachograph. It is MoT’d until June and is offered for sale at £17,500, ex-VAT.

Regional sales manager Adam Day says the unique selling point is the choice of units available.

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Walker Movements

Walker Movements sells and distributes second-hand trucks, with the facilities to transport any vehicle in stock to any destination worldwide. Over the past 25 years the company has sold in excess of 21,500 trucks to more than 15,000 customers around the world.

At a 21-acre custom-built sales centre, located next to the M1 between junctions 24A and 25, CM found a 2011 (61-plate) Volvo FM Series Globetrotter with sleeper cab.

It is powered by a Volvo D11C 450hp 6-cylinder Euro-5 engine, with AdBlue, through an I-Shift automated transmission.

On a wheelbase of 3.9m, this truck also has a Volvo multi-stage engine brake (VEB), a Volvo single-reduction drive-axle with a locking differential, an airsuspended mid-lift axle and Ecas drive-axle air suspension with in-cab controls.

It also has a full disc brake system with EBS/ABS and a sliding fifth wheel with run-up ramps. There is an aluminium chassis catwalk, a PVCU vertical engine air intake, an ISO trailer ABS/ EBS suzie socket, an exterior sun visor, a rear loading light, a full air deflector kit complete with cab side extensions and a 450-litre aluminium fuel tank.

Inside it has an Isringhausen air-suspended driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, electric windows, electric adjustable and heated mirrors, a pop-up sunroof, air conditioning and cruise control. Further refinements include a Webasto night heater, an RDS CD/radio player, a reverse alarm with an in-cab cut-out switch, switchable traction control, SRS driver’s airbag and a 12v auxiliary power socket, with overhead and under-bunk storage compartments.

Finished in white, the paint and bodywork condition is good, as is the interior finish and condition, with approximately 50% tread remaining on the tyres.

The digital tachograph shows 761,000km on the clock and the MoT runs until August.

With two previous owners there is no service history but for £13,750, ex-VAT, this tractor comes with a three-month driveline warranty.

Lloyd Collingham, marketing manager, says the unique selling point of this truck is the Euro-5 engine.

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Tiger Trailers hiring new Technical Sales Manager

Tiger Trailers

Employer: Tiger Trailers
Role: Technical Sales Manager

This is an exciting opportunity to join one the UK’s fasting growing manufacturer of trailers and commercial vehicle rigid body work. We have just gone into our sixth year of trading and demand for our products has increased dramatically, therefore we are expanding our Sales team. We are recruiting for a Technical Sales Manager to ensure we can keep up with demand and continue to offer an excellent service and innovative design solutions for our customers.

We are based in our state-of-the-art purpose-built manufacturing facility in Winsford which was designed with our customers in mind. We have unique features no other trailer manufacturer has in the industry, including a showroom to display our products and to allow our customers to inspect their trailers in a private and quiet environment. A dedicated contract review space where our experienced Design, Sales and Production team can work closely together to ensure we design and build high quality, innovative product solutions for our customers.

Reporting into the Sales Director the successful candidate will ideally have a solid sales background and experience working in the transport industry. Experience in the commercial vehicle body building and trailer industry would be advantageous but not essential. We are looking for the right person who is a team player, proven experience of building excellent relationships with current customers but also have the tenacity to break into new industries and gain new customers.

Key Responsibilities

· Promoting and generating new sales enquiries and orders for all product types including rigid vehicles, double decks, loading products, ambient, chilled and frozen.
· Drive consistent performance with a focus of on boarding new customers and retaining existing ones
· Increase the market position of the company
· Break into new sectors/ industries the company has not traditionally sold into
· Prepare your own specifications and quotations
· Visit customer sites across the UK
· Liaise closely with the Design team, attending contract reviews and other meetings which may be necessary
· Manage customers orders through from receipt to delivery of the product
· Promote Tiger 24/7 service and other products
· Attend Trade shows and any other events that may be relevant and support new sales opportunities
· Meet Sales targets

Skills, Experience and Qualifications required
· Experience with account management and acquiring new business
· Successful previous experience as a sales representative or sales manager, consistently meeting or exceeding targets
· Excellent team player who communicates and works well with others
· Self-motivated and tenacious with a proven ability to drive and manage the sales process from start to completion
· Eager to learn and continually improve on technical product knowledge
· Ability to communicate, present and influence credibly and effectively at all levels of the organisation and with customers
· Commercial vehicle body building and trailer industry knowledge desirable but not essential
Benefits include
Salary – competitive
22 days holiday plus bank holidays
Contributory pension scheme
On-site parking

To apply for this role please visit