During 2011, Volvo Group captured market shares in North America. In the U.S. the Group's combined market share in the heavy-duty segment rose from 18.0% in 2010 to 19.8% in 2011. The increased market share is the result of a competitive customer offering of trucks equipped with engines that provide considerable fuel savings.
The new generations of engines that comply with the EPA 2010 emission standards combined with the Group's automated mechanical transmissions, the I-shift of Volvo Trucks and the Mack mDRIVE, provide for fuel savings of up to 5% compared to the previous generations of engines. The driveline package also has better driveability, less wear and improved safety.
At the annual Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, both Mack and Volvo Trucks furthermore introduced trucks with new aerodynamic and powertrain features which, when combined with the improvements already achieved through the use of SCR technology, deliver fuel efficiency gains of 8-12% over previous generations of trucks.
The new and improved drivelines has meant that an increasing number of customers opt for Volvo Group engines. During 2011, 79% of Volvo trucks built in North America were equipped with Volvo engines. Mack Trucks are solely equipped with the Group's Mack engines.
The Group's bus business also had successes. In spite of a weak market, Prevost's share of the North American market for coaches increased to 34% (24). Nova Bus had a market share of 15% for city buses.