Feature this villain in Transformers 4 – IAB checks out the Volvo FM480 10X4 Dump Truck

Nithyanandh

Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!

The Volvo-Eicher joint venture has launched a new dump truck called the FM480 10×4 today in Bengaluru at a price of 1.08 crores (ex-showroom). We were there to check out the truck’s features and here’s all the details.

Volvo FM 480 10x4 Dump Truck with the VECV managementVolvo FM 480 10x4 Dump Truck front view

The new multi-axle truck is the largest mining truck Volvo has ever introduced in India. The latest offering from the Swedish truck maker is aimed at dethroning the Mercedes-Benz Actros range of dump trucks that enjoy a strong demand in the mining industry.

Volvo FM 480 10x4 Dump Truck side viewVolvo FM 480 10x4 Dump Truck side view

The company claims the truck has best in class torque, struck volume, power-to-weight ratio, torque to weight ratio, and payload to kerb weight ratio.

Features of the Volvo FM480 10×4 Dump truck

  • Volvo FW 480 10×4 Dump truck has a 43 ton payload capacity marketed with the tagline ‘do more with less’
  • India’s first 10X4 off-highway dump truck for mining application
  • 24 cubic meter struck volume rock body
  • Powered by a 13 liter Volvo D1 3A480 engine that generates 480 hp and 2,400 Nm of torque
  • Generates 7.38 hp per ton; Euro 3 Compliant
  • Mated to a VT2514 14-speed range & splitter gearbox with Crawler gear ratio 16:4:1
  • Innovative 5-axle configuration with steerable 3 front axles
  • 32 tonnes capacity rear tandem axle
  • High rear ratio of 7:21:1
  • Air suspension for the 3rd axle
  • Additional parking brake on the rear axle for stopping on steep slopes
  • Air suspended pusher axle with electronically controlled suspension for optimized load distribution
  • Electronically controlled hydraulic steering
  • Extra strong chassis for coping with tough conditions
  • GVW – 59,000 kg
  • Larger foot print for superior stability

Volvo FM 480 10x4 Dump Truck air tankVolvo FM 480 10x4 Dump Truck loading bed

Benefits of the Volvo FM480 10×4 Dump truck

  • Higher average speed
  • Faster turn around
  • Increased productivity
  • Good fuel economy
  • Reduced fleet size
  • Lower operating costs
  • Better profitability

Volvo FM 480 10x4 Dump Truck rear three quartersVolvo FM 480 10x4 Dump Truck front three quarters

Pointers from the Volvo press conference

  • 3,000 people work for Volvo India’s commercial vehicle division. 1,000 of them are employed in the R&D facility
  • 7,500 trucks from Volvo are plying Indian roads
  • 4% market share in HCV segment
  • Volvo enjoys 70% premium European truck market share
  • Volvo bus market share in India is 4%
  • Competitor of this truck will be Mercedes Actros
  • The FM480 10X4 Dump Truck is priced at 108 lakhs. The target is to sell 150 trucks by 2013
  • Not a replacement to a 8X4 variant, the 10×4 do 28% more work than a 8X4
  • Volvo trucks have been in India for 15 years now
  • There are 128 on-site service centers across the country
  • Production will start in November, and delivery will shortly thereafter
  • 35 examples of this truck have already been sold
  • The company plans to setup its own bus body building plant in India
  • Its ready with Euro 6 engines and is in the process of setting up an engine plant as well
  • Engines will be exported from India and there are plans to sell it to Eicher

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