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2014-08-14

Volvo: Volvo Trucks Announces Model Year 2016 Enhancements for Significant Fuel Savings

Volvo Trucks' model year 2016 VN series highway tractors will deliver
even greater fuel savings compared with previous generation models
through an assortment of aerodynamic
(http://www.volvotrucks.com/trucks/na/en-us/products/vnl/Pages/Aerodynami...)
and powertrain enhancements. Further sculpting of airflow around the
exterior and underneath the hood improves fuel efficiency by up to
3.5 percent. Volvo's new XE-Adaptive Gearing and Torque Management
options can provide fuel efficiency improvements of more than 2.5
percent.

"With Volvo's model year 2016 vehicles come an even greater value of
ownership as we continue to refine the aerodynamic profile of our VN
series tractors and redefine traditional expectations of powertrain
performance through our integrated Volvo engines and I-Shift
transmission," said Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North
American Sales & Marketing. "Our latest enhancements provide a strong
complement to the fuel efficiency improvements of up to three percent
provided through last year's introduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG)
2014-certified engines."

Aerodynamic Enhancements
Enhancements
(http://www.volvotrucks.com/trucks/na/en-us/products/vnl/Pages/Aerodynami...)
to the bumper, chassis and roof fairings of model year 2016
(http://www.Volvotrucks.us.com/vnl2016) VN series highway tractors
reduce air turbulence around the vehicle exterior and improve airflow
under the truck, around tires and the trailer gap. Reducing
turbulence and disruptions in airflow from the tractor to the trailer
helps improve fuel efficiency.

"In real-world operations, an aerodynamic tractor doesn't guarantee
optimal aerodynamics for the tractor-trailer combination," said Jason
Spence, Volvo Trucks product marketing manager. "Through our holistic
design approach, we've made further enhancements at key exterior and
interior locations of our model year 2016 vehicles to greatly improve
the transfer of air from the tractor to the trailer, ultimately
improving the total aerodynamic performance of the complete vehicle."

Powertrain Enhancements - XE-Adaptive Gearing and Torque Management
Building on the success of its XE - eXceptional Efficiency -
powertrain packages, Volvo will offer an XE-Adaptive Gearing package
to further boost fuel efficiency for operations that go out loaded
and return empty or lightly loaded, like bulk haulers, liquid tankers
and flatbed carriers. XE-Adaptive Gearing provides the same benefits
for dry van trailers operating under the same conditions.

The system is both a direct and overdrive driveline depending on rear
axle load, which the system senses in real-time. When loaded, the
transmission locks out the 12th gear and provides the performance and
fuel efficiency benefits of direct drive. During unloaded or lightly
loaded trips, the driveline operates in overdrive, providing enhanced
fuel efficiency and even greater driver comfort. Customers can select
road speed limits for loaded and unloaded portions of the trip,
customizing their vehicle speeds to fit operating needs. XE-Adaptive
Gearing engine ratings will initially be available for Volvo's D11
and D13 engines paired with an I-Shift automated manual transmission.

Volvo Trucks is also offering three new torque control features
designed to increase fuel efficiency, tire life and decrease
driveline stress. The expanded offerings utilize Volvo's numerous
multi-torque engine profiles to provide ideal torque management in
multiple operating environments.

"XE-Adaptive Gearing and Torque Management powertrain options provide
unprecedented customization for customers looking for an optimized
solution to fit their specific needs," said John Moore, Volvo Trucks
product marketing manager - powertrain. "Our wide selection of torque
management software allows motor carriers to break free from
traditional driveline options and choose a spec that's been tailored
to terrain, load type, delivery and performance requirements."

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CAPTION: Volvo's model year 2016 vehicles deliver greater fuel
efficiency through enhanced aerodynamics and the introduction of new
powertrain options tailored specifically for a customer's operations.

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Volvo Trucks North America's operations and products are guided by the
company's three core values: Quality, Safety and Environmental Care.
The Volvo VNM, VNL, VNX, VHD and VAH trucks are assembled in the
United States at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia,
while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown,
Maryland. The New River Valley Plant is certified to ISO50001 energy
standards. Both plants are certified to ISO14001 environmental and
ISO9001 quality standards.

The Volvo Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks,
buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The
Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The
Volvo Group, which employs about 110,000 people, has production
facilities in 18 countries and sells its products in more than 190
markets. In 2013, the Volvo Group's sales amounted to $41.5 billion.
The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in
Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo shares are listed on OMX Nordic Exchange
Stockholm and are traded OTC in the U.S. For more information, please
visit www.volvogroup.com or www.volvogroup.mobi if you are using your
mobile phone.

August 13, 2014

For further information, please contact Brandon Borgna, Volvo Trucks,
phone 336-393-2143, email brandon.borgna@volvo.com

www.volvotrucks.us.com

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