All those who have been in the trucking industry have once in a lifetime had the opportunity to ride the Volvo trucks. It has always been their dream to sit in the cabin of the Volvo trucks and have the most memorable ride of their life. The headquarter of Volvo is in Sweden and proudly holds the rank of the world’s second biggest brand manufacturing heavy load trucks since 1928. It is just a decade short of being a complete century for Volvo to complete their business in the market, and in this span, they have had their net spread in fifteen different nations and with a record sales figure of 100,000 trucks in one single accounting year. Standing in 2016, the Volvo Group also consists of some of the most popular trucking companies like Renault, Mack, and UD trucks.
While speaking of the Volvo trucks, Fred B Barbara, who himself is popularly known as a trucking magnate, never stops of saying of its wonderful specs. He not only runs trucks on the roads, rather he is a complete encyclopedia on the trucks that have been running on the road since the very dawn. The first truck that Volvo came up with in the market is the LV Series 1, which came with a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine and had 29 horsepower to set the market on fire. It was the very first year that the sales figure reached to 500. While most of the trucks back then had chain drive systems and solid rubber tubes, Volvo thought of being a bit innovative and hence their LV Series was shaft driven and had the pneumatic tires. There’s no denying how well this innovative touch worked for their sales figure.
This was a huge success for Volvo than they ever expected, and unlike the rest of the trucks on road, Volvo started designing their own trucks and this appearance also worked in helping the people on road identify the brand at the very first go. While the first 500 models sold like fire, Volvo had to hurry up in their second phase of production which even had 500 models and were more popular as the Series 2. It came with some minor modifications like the widening the track to 1460mm, and reducing the double rear axle to only, which enhanced the safety level of the trucks, but reduced the speed to some extent.
There was no stopping for Volvo since then. It was the very next year when Volvo came up with their first six cylinder engine, whose design was as close as that of the Series 2, but just the motor was slightly different. For the first time, the trucking industry got to see wooden wheels on the road. Although the two-wheel brakes that were incorporated did not prove to be safe enough, Volvo was successful in selling 3000 models, which speak of their success.
Fred B Barbara never fails to mention of the Volvo trucks whenever he speaks of anything about the trucking industry. It is their story of success, which defines how the industry has been evolving over the years.