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4Volvo adds 4x4 version of FL commercial truck

Some of the equipment from Volvo Trucks is going to be able to get a whole lot dirtier in Europe with the introduction of a four-wheel-drive version of its FL commercial truck. Designed to take on offroad duty, Volvo jacks up the group clearance by 2.4 inches (6 cm) in the front and 4 inches in the rear (10 cm), which also increases the approach angle to 25 degrees. To further keep from getting stuck on the job site or in the middle of the Swedish tundra, drivers can engage low range on the gear

11How does a massive Volvo truck compare to a Koenigsegg on a track?

Volvo Trucks thinks that its latest FH semi truck has a little sports car DNA mixed in with the ability to haul heavy loads thanks to its novel dual-clutch gearbox. And the company's marketing department certainly has an intriguing strategy to get the word out about the big rig's sporty traits. First, it staged a prank on an unsuspecting valet on the Italian Riviera, and now the FH has lined up a track battle around the Knutstorp racetrack against Sweden's ultimate supercar – a Koenigsegg

66Volvo Trucks makes some pretty strong brakes

Often dashcam footage from Russia shows some of the worst driving imaginable, but this is an exception. The Volvo truck driver in this video definitely earned himself a drink or two at the end of the day after making it through this potentially horrific crash. As do the folks at Volvo that engineered those brakes.

39Watch Jean-Claude Van Damme Do Splits Between Two Volvo Trucks

It must be fun working in the marketing department of Volvo Trucks these days. It seems any crazy thought conjured around a conference room table can be turned into a stunt using tightrope walkers, bull runners or hamsters. Risking the life of their own president is even within the bounds of reason. And it's working: the videos for these stunts have made Volvo Trucks a channel worth subscribing to on YouTube, with millions of people having clicked on them so far.

20JCVD loves Volvo Trucks, but he's headed for a split

Forget tightrope walkers, bull runners, driving hamsters and death-defying executives. Here comes Jean-Claude Van Damme. Known for his martial arts skills, which usually lead to him doing the splits in movies, JCVD will perform "Epic Splits" in an upcoming stunt for Volvo Trucks.

3Volvo Trucks dons red to run with the bulls in Spain

We're not sure what's crazier: trusting a hamster to steer a semi truck on a dirt road in a rock quarry or painting a Volvo Trucks FL distribution truck red before leading a herd of bulls and bull runners through the narrow streets of Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain.

18Watch this Volvo truck drive up a quarry road using hamster-powered steering

Volvo Trucks has been producing some of the most interesting and thrilling commercials around as of late, and this new one involves a live hamster. While you may wonder how could a hamster and a dump truck could be exciting, just know this ain't a Kia Soul commercial: the Swedish truck company enlists the help of a hamster named Charlie to steer an FMX construction truck up a winding road in Ourence, Spain. From the bottom of a quarry. We are not kidding you.

11Volvo Trucks' president Claes Nilsson delivers the right hook

We'd like to think that most executives stand behind their products, especially cars and trucks where people's lives are on the line. But Claes Nilsson has taken the principle one step further.

37Crazy woman tightrope walks between two moving semis to sell Volvo Trucks

We can think of plenty of good uses for long stretches of empty highway under construction, but performing a death-defying tightrope stunt between two semis is nowhere on our list. Now this isn't just any regular stunt, as Volvo Trucks enlisted world record-holding funambulist Faith Dickey and Hollywood stunt coordinator Peter Pedrero to come up with a video that helps shows off the "precision and control" of its new FH series semi trucks. (Yes, even truck companies are now trying to use viral v

AddWatch Volvo's hybrid semi-truck set a land speed record

Volvo is taking its Mean Green hybrid truck on U.S. tour for a few months. One of the stops between Toronto Tuck World and the Volvo Ocean Race in Miami was Wendover, UT, to attempt a couple of record-breaking speed runs.

15Watch Volvo's hybrid semi-truck set a land speed record

Volvo is taking its Mean Green hybrid truck on U.S. tour for a few months. One of the stops between Toronto Tuck World and the Volvo Ocean Race in Miami was Wendover, Utah, to attempt a couple of record-breaking speed runs.

42Volvo truck takes on a Ferrari in drag race [w/video]

It seems these days everyone wants a piece of Ferrari, with countless sports car-makers gunning for Maranello's territory. But Volvo? Volvo Trucks, no less?

AddVolvo testing benefits of LNG-diesel in long-haul trucks

Volvo Trucks is testing an idea that's complex and, quite frankly, so uncommon that we uncovered just a handful of vehicles that have motored down the road in a similar way. The truckmaker is field testing methane-diesel long-haul trucks that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), but the LNG is just one part of the equation. The trucks burn LNG and diesel in a ratio of 75-25 (LNG-diesel). Testing has shown that trucks equipped with the LNG-diesel setup have an operating range of 311 to 621 miles,

16Volvo semi-truck sets land speed record

The Bugatti Veyron, a passenger car, will exceed 250 miles-per-hour whenever you feel like it. A decent number of other cars will break 200 without concern. In the picture above, however, is a warp speed mountain of metal that Boije Overbrink used to break the semi-truck land speed record, doing so at all of 155 mph.

24New Volvo has 13-liter engine, 500 horsepower

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16Study: Half of all European truck drivers don't wear their seatbelts

Volvo truck during crash testing – Click above for high-res image

AddVolvo Trucks start field tests of methane-diesel engines

Volvo trucks has announced new field tests of bi-fuel methane-diesel engines in partnership with seven different Swedish companies, adding a new technology to the brand's at-fuel tests with DME and hybrid engines. The new engines, which are based on the Euro-V compliant 7-liter model, reduce fuel consumption by 25 percent compared to standard diesels thanks to methane's lean combustion. The system still uses a small amount of diesel fuel which is injected and ignited by the compression, which in

AddVolvo announces bio-dimethyl ether partnership

Dimethyl ether (DME) is one of those fuels that is not well known to the general public but is should be, if for no other reason than it promises up to 95 percent carbon neutrality. According to Wikipedia and my Chemistry 101 book, it's a clean-burning gas that can be sourced from renewable materials. In the case of a project leaded by Volvo, the source is something called "black liquor," an energy-rich, highly viscous by-product of the paper pulp industry. The Volvo project uses 14 Volvo FH tru

AddDOE Expands International Effort to Develop Fuel-Efficient Trucks

One of the big contributors to rising food prices over the past year has been the cost of getting food from the field to the grocer. Truck drivers across Europe and especially in the UK have been protesting increasing fuel costs for months. The U.S. Department of Energy is partnering with the Swedish government and one of the largest manufacturers of heavy trucks - the Volvo group - to find ways to reduce the fuel consumption of those trucks. The two governments and Volvo have already previously

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