Thame-based West Coast Haulage is taking delivery of 60 Volvo FMX tippers in one of the largest deals for the new model to-date.
The order, supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East, replaces older trucks previously supplied by a rival manufacturer in the 100-strong fleet.
The new 32-tonne FMX tippers feature Volvo’s new digital dashboard, which includes a dynamic 12-inch high-resolution instrument display with separate nine-inch side display for infotainment, navigation support, transport information and camera monitoring.
Powered by a 12.8 litre Euro VI diesel engine, producing up to 420 hp and 2,100 Nm of torque, they are driven through Volvo’s I-Shift automated 12-speed transmission, with enhanced software for construction and off-road application.
The trucks have also been mounted with Thompson steel tipper bodywork and feature a 275-litre plastic diesel tank between the front axles.
Additionally, they have been specified with a heavy-duty front bumper, strong front towing eye mounted directly to the chassis and a guard plate to provide added protection to the cooling pipes and oil sump when operating off-road.
The new vehicles are expected to cover between 50,000 and 80,000km a year, on large highways and infrastructure projects.
They have been taken on a three-year hire purchase agreement through Volvo Financial Services, supported by a Volvo Gold Contract and a three-year subscription to Volvo Connect, the manufacturer’s telematics system.
David Sexton, Director at West Coast Haulage said: “The updated FMX day cab with a fixed rear window is a big step forward on the old model, and the drivers are very happy with the upgrades – and in particular with the more reactive steering.”