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Hanson Logistics takes delivery of its first Volvo FH

Volvo Trucks has made its debut at Hanson Logistics with the supply of a new FH 540 Globetrotter XL 6x2 pusher axle tractor unit.

Hanson Logistics has taken delivery of a new Volvo FH 540 Globetrotter XL equipped with I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission.

Supplied by Crossroads Truck & Bus in Birstall, the Volvo joins a fleet of five trucks and has been finished in Millennium Silver Metallic, with enhanced factory paint. 

It will alternate between pulling a WG Tankers power tanker to deliver chemical products, and an SDC curtainsider for palletised goods.

Driver comfort was front of mind when specifying this new truck, which benefits from a spacious Globetrotter XL cab offering a wealth of additional storage, and multiple options packs including the Drive++ package, the single bed living package, and a media package with navigation.

‘The move to Volvo was an easy decision’

Hanson Logistics’ operations director, Mark Henighan, said: “After glowing recommendations from our drivers and contacts at WG Tankers, the move to Volvo was an easy decision.

“The previous tractor unit we had in this role was proving to be incompatible, so we needed a quality truck that could offer the right solution. 

“I also wanted better dealer support than we were experiencing, and we have certainly got that from the team at Crossroads.”

The new FH features Volvo’s Long Haul Fuel package with I-See predictive cruise control for maximum fuel efficiency with the ultra-smooth transmission pre-selecting the next gear while driving in the current one without interrupting power delivery.

Hanson Logistics has equipped their FH with a digital reversing camera 

Huddersfield-based Hanson Logistics has equipped their FH with a digital reversing camera and the Active Safety package which adds adaptive cruise control with emergency brake assistance, lane changing support, driver alert support and lane keeping support.

This is complemented further by the Visibility package that enhances safety in foggy, wet and dark conditions, with static cornering lights that boost visibility during sharp turns.

The interior also incorporates a fully digital 12-inch high-res instrument display and I-Park Cool, Volvo’s intelligent overnight air conditioning system, which helps to keep a perfect temperature throughout the whole night.

Power is provided by Volvo’s D13K Euro-6 engine rated at 540 hp and producing up to 2,600 Nm of torque for great driveability, efficiency and performance.

‘Feels like it’s driving itself’

Mr Henighan said: “The driver says it is an absolute joy to drive, mostly because it feels like it’s driving itself.

“We’re very impressed with the fuel figures too; early indications show that the initial MPG return is far better than other trucks we have on the fleet. 

“While we knew to expect this, the Volvo hasn’t bedded in yet, so it’s encouraging to see it already having an impact. Looking ahead, we are certainly keen to add more Volvos to our operation.”

Expected to clock up around 100,000 km a year, the new FH has been supplied on a five-year operating lease through Volvo Financial Services.

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