January 13, 2017 2:40 PM, EST

Volvo Trucks North America Delivers Its First 2017 Engines in Canada

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Volvo Trucks North America announced it recently delivered 19 D13-powered Volvo VNL 300 models to Mississauga, Ontario-based Purolator Inc., marking the first Canadian delivery of trucks equipped with Volvo’s new 2017 engines.

Purolator is one of Canada’s leading integrated freight and logistics solutions providers, and currently operates a fleet of about 460 power units, of which more than half are Volvo models, VTNA said. It has more than 170 operations facilities, 124 shipping centers and 900 authorized shipping agent locations across Canada.

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The 2017 D13 received a number of updates for 2017 to improve efficiency by up to 2.5% compared with the previous D13, the truck maker said, including a patented wave piston design that helps maximize fuel efficiency by improving flame propagation.

In addition, the D13 also features an updated exhaust gas recirculation flow sensor with a new double-wall casing, helping reduce condensation and soot buildup in cold weather, while an improved aftertreatment dosing module has been integrated into the fuel filter housing for easier serviceability, VTNA said. Upgrades were also made to the two-speed coolant pump, helping to reduce parasitic losses.

Purolator’s new Volvo models are also equipped with Volvo’s latest 12-speed I-Shift automated manual transmission, which received improved hardware for increased durability, as well as an upgraded countershaft for faster shifting and improved performance, VTNA said.

“Our 2017 engines offer several engineering enhancements to deliver significant fuel savings,” Jeff Lester, senior vice president of sales for VTNA, said in a statement. “And we were able to do it without sacrificing power or performance, a win-win for our customers.”

VTNA is a unit of Sweden-based Volvo Group.