VOLVO TRUCKS STARTS LOCAL PRODUCTION OF I-SHIFT GEARBOXES AND 11-LITRE ENGINES IN BRAZIL
Volvo do Brasil has started the production of the I-Shift gearboxes in its industrial complex located in Curitiba, Brazil and will also start local production of 11-litre engines.
The Brazilian gearboxes will equip the FH and FM heavy vehicle lines.
"The I-Shift gearbox has been getting outstanding acceptance in Brazil and in all the other countries of South America. It already equips about 80% of the FH and FM trucks and over 90% of the highway buses which leave our assembly line in Curitiba", says Volvo do Brasil's president Roger Alm.
The success of the electronic gearbox is mainly due to the noticeable consumption reduction that it allows – up to 5% compared to vehicles with manual equipment. I addition, it provides more durability to the clutch, less tyre wear, and increases the comfort and safety levels for the driver.
"We were pioneers in the Brazilian market, introducing an electronic gearbox in this commercial vehicles segment. It is technically very advanced, but also very easy to use", adds Alm.
With the 11-litre engine, the Volvo factory in Curitiba increases its portfolio of locally manufactured products.
"Our engines line is very flexible, especially now that we will produce 13 and 11-litre engines", says Roger Alm.