Exol Lubricants has introduced Optima Vimax VC 0W-20 to its wide range of oils, with the new addition covering a high number of the latest petrol and diesel Volvo vehicles. The fully synthetic engine oil provides significant fuel saving benefits and possesses extremely low temperature characteristics, enabling the oil to circulate quickly even in the most demanding cold start conditions.
Volvo Trucks vehicle “The Iron Knight” has broken two world speed records for trucks on Goodyear tyres. The company’s rubber helped the 4.5 tonne, 2,400 horsepower truck achieve an average speed of 169.09 km/h (105 mph) in a time of 21.29 seconds, over 1,000 meters from a standing start. The Iron Knight also beat the record for the 500 metre distance, at 131.29 km/h (81.6 mph) in 13.71 seconds from a standing start. During the record runs The Iron Knight reached a top speed of 276 km/h (171.5 mph).
With support from the Swedish Energy Agency, Volvo Trucks has developed a new vehicle for evaluation purposes, the Volvo Concept Truck. It is the result of a five-year research project aimed at creating more energy-efficient vehicles. Volvo Trucks claims the concept vehicle cuts fuel consumption by more than 30 per cent through a 40 per cent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency and the use of low rolling resistance tyres. These tyres – prototype tyres, of course – have been provided by official project tyre supplier Continental. Size 315/70 R22.5 tyres were selected for both the steer and drive axles, while the concept truck’s trailer is equipped with 385/55 R22.5 tyres.
On 3 May Volvo Cars announced that it is planning an autonomous driving (AD) trial in the UK next year. The company said it is pioneering the development of AD systems globally as part of its commitment that no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by the year 2020.
The latest version of the Volvo XC90 was launched last June, and Pirelli now reports that it is supplying tyres for original equipment fitment on the SUV. The Pirelli Scorpion Verde has been homologated for OE supply in sizes 275/40 R21 107 Y XL (front axle) and 235/55 R19 105 V XL (rear axle).
The beginning of the year signals the start of a busy period in most lines of work, and My Car Check Trade states that car dealerships are no different. Head of valuation services, Gavin Amos, states: “Dealerships are hives of activity in January as, with Christmas over, consumers turn their attention to looking for a new car. Footfall always increases dramatically at this time of year and retailers will have taken advantage of the December lull to stock up in readiness.
The Uniwheels Germany factory in Werdohl delivers alloy wheels to a number of Volvo models, including the XC60, XC70 and XC90. This supply has been acknowledged the car maker; at a ceremony held in Sweden at the end of last year, Uniwheels Germany received a 2014 Volvo Quality Through Excellence Award (VQE Award). The company says it obtained this prestigious award by achieving the maximum score in all 12 relevant criteria categories.
Goodyear’s latest OTR tyre, the RT-5D, has celebrated its original equipment debut with Volvo. The Swedish firm is fitting its L350F wheel loader with the level 250 (L5) severe service radial in size 875/65 R33. The RT-5D is also currently available in a 29.5R25 size, with further sizes to follow.
All of the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar cars, which will be sold on four continents around the world from June 2014, will be fitted with 245/35 R 20 Michelin Pilot Super Sport ultra-high performance tyres as standard. Also, for winter driving, the Michelin Pilot Alpin 4 and X-Ice North 3 tyres are recommended fitments. The Polestar engineered cars are Volvo’s fastest production cars ever and with their 350hp six cylinder turbocharged engines are able to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds.
A specialist insurance broker is offering discounts of up to 20 per cent for vehicles fitted with auto-braking systems. Adrian Flux, the country’s largest specialist motor broker, has launched a new scheme to cater for the growing number of vehicles fitted with the technology, which significantly reduces the likelihood of lower-speed collisions.
Alutec has launched a new SUV wheel design with load-bearing in mind. According to the company the Alutec W 10 aluminium alloy features a particularly high wheel load of up to 1,025 kilograms. In addition the wheels is designed to be “technically sophisticated”, featuring a 5-V right up to the 20-inch size. The appearance has reported been sculpted with the large body surfaces of SUVs such as Range Rover Evoque in mind.
Although only launched into the European replacement market at the start of the year, Michelin says its Latitude Sport 3 range for SUVs crossovers is earning the company rave reviews. And in addition to a positive response in the aftermarket, the Latitude Sport 3 has been approved for original equipment fitment on a number of vehicles, including the new Porsche Macan, BMW X5 and Volvo XC90.
Giti Tire has announced the appointment of former Bridgestone employee Fabio Pecci-Boriani to the newly created position of senior product marketing manager across its European operation. Pecci-Boriani has a brief to develop the manufacturer’s Passenger Car and Light Truck tyre portfolios throughout Europe. Formerly pricing manager at Volvo, Pecci-Boriani will report directly to Richard Lyons, […]
Valeo has signed up to exhibit at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2014 and will use the event to highlight its hugely expanded commercial vehicle parts programme. The Valeo stand will be specially arranged so that parts distributors, fleet operators and end users see first hand the multi-specialisms Valeo has in CV parts and also the high quality manufacturing and support that is available from the company.
Data derived from tests conducted by independent certification organisations TÜV Süd Automotive and Dekra backs Michelin’s fuel efficiency and safety claims for its current long distance and regional commercial vehicle tyres. TÜV Süd compared the Michelin X Line Energy long-distance tyres against four competing brands in June 2013 on a Mercedes Benz Actros 1842, with a gross train weight of 40 tonnes and equipped with new tyres. In July Dekra compared the Michelin X MultiWay 3D regional tyre against three competing brands fitted on a Mercedes Benz 1820, loaded to a gross vehicle weight of 18 tonnes and equipped with new tyres that were two-thirds worn. Both tests were requested by Michelin and were designed to recreate “real world” conditions.