Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Trucking news: Volvo Trucks Drives Malaysia’s Progress with Launch of the All-new Volvo FM and FMX

Volvo Trucks Drives Malaysia’s Progress with Launch of the All-new Volvo FM and FMX

Launch event also marks a truck handover ceremony to 1st Malaysian customer to receive this new range – FELDA Transport

KUALA LUMPUR, 25 September 2014 – Volvo Trucks Malaysia today proudly unveils its latest cutting-edge truck range to the Malaysian market – the all new Volvo FM and Volvo FMX. Launched in conjunction with the ASEAN Logistics and Transport Show 2014, the new trucks are poised to become the future generation of haulers set to contribute to the nation’s growing economy.

(L to R - His Excellency Mr. Bengt Carlsson, Ambassador of Sweden to Malaysia; Mr. Mats Nilsson, MD of Volvo Trucks Malaysia and Mr. Wan Mohd Zain  Mohd Ismail, CEO FELDA Transport with the Volvo FM)

“Malaysia as a key Asian market is seeing exponential growth in construction, transportation and logistics sector and we are certain that our new truck range addresses the demand for total transportation solutions. The introduction of our new truck range goes to show that we are committed to our customers and we are here to stay, grow and contribute,” said Mats Nilsson, Managing Director of Volvo Malaysia.

Volvo FM

The new Volvo FM is an ideal all-round player in Volvo Trucks’ model range, offering the highest levels of flexibility and transport efficiency as it covers the needs of most customers. Among the new features are an improved driver’s cab and suspension system that boosts the truck’s first-class driving properties. The Volvo FM now has a lower weight, new axle configurations, increased chassis flexibility and crystal-clear interfaces that allow the customer to tailor the perfect truck for the job.

Volvo FMX

The new Volvo FMX conversely, is a new construction truck loaded with ground-breaking innovations for more efficient construction. Developed with a focus on driver's efficiency and productivity, the cab interior has been completely redesigned with a number of innovations to make the driver’s job both safer and more efficient. The new Volvo FMX cab is made of high-tensile steel and all the components in the front structure have been redesigned to improve the robustness and handling of the truck in rough construction environments. Among the other new features is a rear air suspension system that provides enhanced comfort and mobility with excellent ground clearance.

Taking place concurrently with the launch of Volvo’s new trucks range is a truck handover, where dignitaries and guests witnessed a symbolic key handover to FELDA Transport, Volvo Trucks first Malaysian customer to receive the brand new Volvo FM.

FELDA Transport is part of the FELDA Group, which is the largest oil palm plantation operator in the world. FELDA manages 500,000 ha of plantation belonging to its settlers while Felda Global Ventures (FGV) currently operates more than 360,000 hectares of oil palm plantation estates in Malaysia that produced 5.05 million metric tonnes of fresh fruit bunches in 2013. As a global integrated and diversified agri-commodities company based in Malaysia, FGV has operations in more than 10 countries across four continents and is principally engaged in six main business segments, namely; palm upstream cluster, palm downstream cluster, rubber cluster, sugar cluster, R&D and Agri Services cluster and TLMO (Trading, Logistics, Manufacturing and Others).

Encik Wan Mohd Zain Mohd Ismail, CEO of FELDA Transport, said, “Being in the transportation and logistics business requires us to have durable, reliable and efficient prime movers in order for us to sustain the business and keep up with fast pace of the economy. I am pleased to say that in all the years of working with Volvo, the brand still continues to offer great reliability in their products and after sales service. We look forward to a continuous and fruitful working relationship with Volvo.”

Gracing the Volvo FM and FMX launch was His Excellency Mr Bengt Carlsson, Ambassador of Sweden to Malaysia.

Previewed earlier in a regional launch in Korea, the Volvo FM and FMX have since gained recognition from regional industry players for its all-round qualities. Here in Malaysia, the new truck range is specifically built for customers in the growing long-haul transportation, distribution, construction and mining industries.

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