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Volvo Trucks redesigns VAH model

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David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Volvo Trucks has made a comprehensive update to its VAH series, which is now available to order.

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The new model is designed on the same heavy-duty platform and with many of the features and construction found in Volvo Trucks’ vocational VHD model. The redesign of the Volvo VAH completes updates to Volvo Trucks North America’s entire product lineup, the company says.

Deep-drop front axles, low-height Volvo Air Ride rear suspensions and reduced-height cab options create a lower overall roof height, Volvo says. Another key feature of the new VAH model is that no structural changes outside of the roof modification are required on the cab.

An updated Volvo Active Driver Assist (VADA) collision-avoidance system available on the new VAH features radar and automatic braking technology. Other engineering solutions include remote start, Volvo’s I-Shift automated manual transmission and the Position Perfect steering configuration.

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, Volvo says. An optional infotainment system features a seven-inch color touch screen.

Volvo Trucks’ Remote Diagnostics platform is standard on the new VAH. Remote Programming, as part of the Remote Diagnostics service bundle, is also available on the redesigned Volvo VAH.

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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. The VAH 300 features a 113.6-in. BBC and is available with a 94.5- or 97.5-in. (unladen) roof height.
  • The VAH 400 sleeper (Fontaine model 97 or 102) provides a 42-in. interior cab height. The VAH 400 offers a 145.6-in. BBC and can be ordered with a 97.5- or 102.5- in. roof height.
  • The VAH 600 sleeper (Fontaine model 97 or 102) offers cab height of 61 inches. The sleeper features a 36-in. wide mattress, storage space and refrigerator capacity. The VAH 600 has a 164.1- in. BBC and is available with a 97.5- or 102.5-in. roof height.

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