During the year, Volvo do Brasil started the production of the automated mechanical gearbox I-Shift. Volvo also started local production of 11-liter engines. Previously, components for the I-Shift were imported from Europe and assembled locally. The gearboxes will equip the Volvo FH and Volvo FM.
"The I-Shift gearbox has been getting outstanding acceptance in Brazil and in all the other countries of South America. It already equips about 80% of the Volvo FH and Volvo FM trucks and over 90% of the highway buses which leave our assembly line in Curitiba", says head of Volvo do Brasil, Roger Alm.
The success of the electronic gearbox is mainly due to the noticeable consumption reduction that it allows – up to 5% compared to vehicles with manual equipment. Besides, it provides more durability to the clutch, less tire wear, and increases the comfort and safety levels for the driver.
With the 11-liter engine nationalization, the Curitiba Volvo factory increases its portfolio of locally manufactured products. The engines line is flexible and now both 13-liter and 11-liter engines are manufactured in the country.