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West Coast Haulage enjoys 60 new Volvo FMX tippers

West Coast Haulage is taking delivery of 60 Volvo FMX tippers in one of the biggest deals for the new model.

It’s one of the largest deals for the Volvo FMX tipper to date as West Coast Haulage takes delivery of 60 trucks.

The Thame-based haulage firm has taken on the FMX tippers to replace older trucks that were supplied by a rival manufacturer previously for the 100-strong fleet.

The new Volvo FMX is built for the toughest conditions and most demanding assignments and has been designed to give a superior combination of agility, visibility and durability, keeping the driver safe and comfortable. 

The order was secured by Tim Atkins, sales manager at Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East, with each of the new FMX tippers featuring Volvo’s distinctive new digital dashboard, which includes a dynamic 12-inch high-resolution instrument display with a separate nine-inch side display for infotainment, navigation support, transport information and camera monitoring.

‘Had Volvos in the fleet previously’

West Coast Haulage director, David Sexton, said: “We have had Volvos in the fleet previously, and we’ve come back to the brand because we like their simple and user-friendly design. We also suffered from a lot of electrical faults with the previous brand of truck we were running, so we didn’t want to replace like-for-like.

“We’ve always been happy with Volvo products, plus the back-up service we have received from the dealer network is excellent.”

He added: “As West Coast Haulage is a truly nationwide company, having access to a first-class network and reliable trucks is of particular importance to us.”

The new 32-tonne FMX tippers have been mounted with Thompson steel tipper bodywork and feature a 275-litre plastic diesel tank between the front axles. 

Additionally, they have been specified with a heavy-duty front bumper, a strong front towing eye mounted directly to the chassis and a guard plate to provide added protection to the cooling pipes and oil sump when operating off-road.

Perfect blend of style and safety

Volvo’s distinctive new V-shaped LED headlights also add the perfect blend of style and safety. 

Powered by a 12.8-litre Euro-6 diesel engine, producing up to 420hp and 2,100 Nm of torque, the power is delivered through Volvo’s proven I-Shift automated 12-speed transmission, with enhanced software for construction and off-road application.

Mr Sexton said: “We specialise in working on large highways and infrastructure projects, and it’s intensive work with our drivers spending a lot of time in the cab, so comfort and convenience are important to them.

“The updated FMX day cab with a fixed rear window is a big step forward on the old model, and the drivers are very happy with the upgrades – and in particular with the more reactive steering.”

Volvo FMX trucks 

Established in 1997, West Coast Haulage has its main operating centre in Thame, Oxfordshire, and six satellite operating centres, spread across the UK and they typically operate their trucks six days a week. The Volvo FMX trucks will cover between 31,000 – 50,000 miles a year.

The new vehicles have been taken on a three-year hire purchase agreement through Volvo Financial Services, supported by a Volvo Gold Contract to guarantee maximum uptime and a three-year subscription to Volvo Connect, the manufacturer’s telematics system.

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