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June 26, 2020 3:00 PM, EDT

Volvo Redesigns VAH Model for Auto Haulers

VTNA auto haulerVolvo Trucks North America

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Volvo Trucks North America announced the rollout of the Volvo Auto Hauler, a specialized solution for the auto transport industry that completes the design overhaul of the VTNA product portfolio. It is available for order.

The new model is designed on the same heavy-duty platform and with many of the features and durable construction found in Volvo Trucks’ vocational VHD model, according to Greensboro, N.C.-based VTNA, a brand of Volvo Group.

The updated VAH model provides enhanced loading flexibility and optimized carrying capacity. Deep-drop front axles, low-height Volvo Air Ride rear suspensions and industry-exclusive reduced-height cab options create a lower overall roof height, allowing larger passenger vehicles such as pickup trucks, minivans and SUVs to be positioned above the cab while still allowing the loaded chassis to be below height and clearance regulations.

“We’re excited to introduce this new VAH model, designed with Volvo Trucks’ core focus on safety, productivity and comfort for drivers,” Product Marketing Manager Andy Hanson said.

Remote programming, as part of the remote diagnostics service bundle, also is available on the redesigned Volvo VAH. Remote programming helps save time as updates and parameter changes can be done in minutes over the air, without the customer having to visit a dealership.

The new VAH will come in three variations offered through Fontaine Modification:

  •  The VAH 300 day cab (Fontaine model 94 or 97) offers 11-vehicle capacity and a tight turning radius for easier maneuvering. The VAH 300 features a 113.6-inch BBC (bumper to back of cab) and is available with a 94.5- or 97.5-inch (unladen) roof height.
  •  The VAH 400 sleeper (Fontaine model 97 or 102) provides a 42-inch interior cab height for comfortable overnight during extended regional deliveries. Along with maximum payload capacity, agility and driver amenities, the VAH 400 offers a 145.6-inch BBC and can be ordered with a 97.5- or 102.5-inch roof height.
  •  The VAH 600 sleeper (Fontaine model 97 or 102) offers cab height of 61 inches for maximum comfort on longhaul routes requiring multiple nights on the road. It features a 36-inch wide mattress, ample storage space and refrigerator capacity. The VAH 600 has a 164.1-inch BBC and is available with a 97.5- or 102.5-inch roof height.

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