Supplied by Paul McNicholas, Customer Solutions Manager at Thomas Hardie Commercials, the FH benefits from Volvo’s D13K, Euro-6, Step D engine, which is capable of producing up to 460 hp and 2,300 Nm of torque, with excellent driveability and low fuel consumption.
The new vehicle also features Volvo’s 12-speed I-Shift automated gearbox, which evaluates information about speed, weight, road grade and torque demand to perform every shift with precision – constantly communicating with the engine to allow it to adjust the revs and brake-effect for maximum performance.
Driver, Wayne Cavanaugh, who has driven for the company for 18 years, says: “The FM served me well over the years and was always a lovely drive, however the new FH is something else completely, particularly with the amount of living space it gives me inside the Globetrotter XL cab.
“The I-Shift gearbox is also a game changer; I have only ever driven a manual, so the FH now makes my job so much easier. I’d heard a lot of positive things about I-Shift from other drivers, and it’s definitely living up to them.”
Darren Marsden, Director at Folsana, says: “I was always going to choose Volvo Trucks for this latest order because we’ve been very happy with the quality of the FM12, ever since it joined the fleet in 2005. In fact, we’re even going to keep hold of it for smaller jobs! Looking to the future, if this new FH performs as well, it will be looking at a similar stretch on the fleet.”
Commenting on the local dealer support, he adds: “The team at Thomas Hardie Commercials were extremely helpful throughout the ordering process and were able to deliver everything we asked for. We don’t upgrade our vehicles often, so when we do, having access to the best possible advice and support is invaluable.”
Finished in metallic silver, the new truck will be used to transport the company’s metal components to blue-chip companies within a vast array of industries across the UK. Operating from the firm’s headquarters in Bolton it will be on the road five days per week, with its Globetrotter XL cab featuring a twin bunk, providing secure and comfortable accommodation for up to two people. It has also been spec’d with a 33-litre under bunk fridge/freezer, as well as a microwave oven and TV preparation kit.
Thomas Hardie Commercials supplied the new vehicle with a Volvo Blue Contract which covers all preventative maintenance, enabling the customer to know its planned service costs upfront. All maintenance will be carried out by its dealership in Trafford Park, using Genuine Volvo Parts.