Thursday, August 30, 2007

Volvo Truck Chassis Offers Comfort, Style, Reliability and Power for Equine Motorcoach

(Louisville, Ky.) - Volvo Trucks of North America delivered its first truck chassis to Equine Motorcoach manufacturers this week. The Equine Motorcoach is the only motorized ground vehicle available in the United States that combines a recreation vehicle and horse trailer into one unit. The final stage of the custom production of the Equine Motorcoach is completed in Europe, where these types of vehicles have been around for over a decade. This first Equine Motorcoach to arrive in the United States later this year will accommodate six horses in the horse transport area.

"In addition to its exceptional ride and luxurious cab, the Volvo VNL Daycab chosen for the Equine Motorcoach is the most maneuverable truck in its class," said Aaron Fruits, Volvo Trucks of North America. The panoramic, one-piece windshield gives the driver more than 2,000 square inches of viewing area, so drivers see more of the road and more of the Equine Motorcoach. "Every feature and detail is driver friendly, to make life easier especially when transporting horses," said Fruits.

A design that's easy on the eye. And on fuel bills.

Thanks to the VNL Daycab's aerodynamic design, Equine Motorcoach owners will enjoy the lowest drag coefficient of any truck on the road. Everything from the heavily sloped hood to the wedge-shaped headlights has been sculpted and streamlined to cut effortlessly through the air. Less drag means better fuel economy.

More comfort in the cab. Better handling on the road. Smoother ride for the horses.

Volvo chassis vehicles equipped with an air ride suspension absorb the variations in road conditions with air spring and the assistance of a Z-shaped leaf spring. The air suspension provides a smooth ride whether the vehicle is loaded or unloaded. It also reduces wear on tires and chassis. This translates to a smoother ride for equine passengers.

For a driver, this is the ultimate environment.

The VNL Daycab works hard to keep the driver comfortable. There's extra room between the seats, and plenty of storage space on the back wall and overhead. Superior insulation and soundproofing keeps the cab as quiet as many passenger cars, for better concentration and less fatigue while driving. On the dash, a centrally-positioned screen displays all key diagnostic information. Controls are within easy reach, with optional switches for lights and audio located on the steering wheel. And a handy cup holder is integrated into the molded engine cover.

Turn circles around other trucks.

Equine Motorcoach drivers won't have to worry about maneuvering through crowded spaces, which are common at horse shows. The set-back axle and up to 50ยบ wheel cut deliver a turning radius that's one of the tightest in the industry. And with Volvo's responsive steering, this truck handles as easily on the highway as it does in city traffic and at the horse show.


Designed for Stop and Start Driving
Excellent Handling and Maneuverability
Outstanding Visibility
Weight-Conscious and Cost Efficient
Aerodynamic Hood for Fuel Economy
Volvo D13 Engine Standard
Easy-to-Service Volvo Diesel Particulate Filter
Engineered for Performance, Designed for Safety
Ride and Handling

Quiet, Smooth Ride
Cab Air Suspension
Ergonomic Seats
I-Shift Intelligent Transmission
Up to 50° Wheel Cut for Tight Turning Radius and Excellent Maneuverability
Highly Responsive Steering
2,000 Square Inch Windshield for Superb Visibility
Frame-Mounted Hood Minimizes Vibration
Chrome Headlight Assembly with Projection Headlights Improves Right Shoulder Night Time Visibility
Driver Comfort

Adjustable Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Comfort Grip Steering Wheel
Ergonomic Dash with Tactile Switches
Solar-Managed Windshield
Insulated Cab Minimizes Noise
High-Performance Climate Control System
Double-Sealed Doors Keep Out Noise and Dirt
Cab Air Filter
Driver Protection

Only Manufacturer that Meets or Exceeds Standards of Swedish Impact Test
Interior Hood Release on Steering Column for Security
Volvo Link Sentry Standard
Self-Cleaning, Anti-Slip Steps
Interior Grab Handles Stay Warm and Dry, Designed for Safe 3-Point Entry/Exit
Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST) with ABS and Stability Control Standard
Overlapping Sun Visors Reduce Glare
Projection-Beam Headlights
Daytime Running Lights
Driver-Side Air Bag Standard
Energy-Absorbing Steering Column
Engine and Transmission Designed to Drop Under Cab in Major Frontal Impact
Door Hinges Designed to Stay Closed in Collision and Open Afterwards

High-Strength-Steel Cab
Welded, Galvanized Construction
Automotive-Finish Factory Paint
3-Piece Steel Chrome Bumper
Heat-Treated Frame Rail Rated at 120,000 psi

Hood Opens 60° for Full Access to Engine and Components
Gas Shocks Assist in Hood Opening and Closing
Roped-In Windshield Easily Replaced
Halogen Headlights Replaceable with No Tools
Ground Access to Service and Check Points on Cool Side of Engine

For more information go to: . For more information the Volvo chassis and truck go to the Equine Motorcoach website. To read the release online go to .