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New Automated Transmission for the Volvo FL

April 21, 2008

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Volvo Trucks is now introducing Volvo I-Sync — a new automated transmissionfor the Volvo FL distribution truck. I-Sync is basically a manual gearbox thathas been supplemented with software for automatic handling of gearchanges. Justlike I-Shift, I-Sync combines the manual gearbox’s operating reliability andlow weight with the automatic transmission’s driving comfort. However, whileI-Shift has been developed for heavy transport operations, I-Sync was tailoredfor local distribution applications.

 

“I-Syncis optimized to match our 7-liter engine and to give comfortable and smoothgearchanges in city traffic, where frequent stop-start progress is the norm,” saidClara Werner Floberg, product manager for the Volvo FL at Volvo Trucks. “Apartfrom the fact that the actual gearchanging process is handled automatically,I-Sync is also easy to operate. In distribution applications it is common fordrivers to drive different trucks from one day to the next. In such asituation, it is important that they can all quickly master the function so asto do their jobs in an efficient and safe way.”

Theoptimized gearchanging also means that fuel consumption is kept at a low level,as also are emissions of climate-impacting carbon dioxide and other substances.Volvo expects that customer costs for maintenance and repairs will be able tobe reduced as a result of lower wear. The service intervals are the same as forthe manual gearboxes, and the gearbox oil only needs to be replaced every300,000 kilometers.

VolvoI-Sync facts:

 

  • Automated transmission with 6 forward ratios.
  • Tailored for Volvo’s D7 240 and 280 hp enginesin Euro 4 configuration.
  • Maximum torque 1050 Nm.
  • Oil-change interval 300,000 km.
  • Available for the Volvo FL in distributionconfiguration for gross vehicle weights of 12 to 18 tons and gross combinationweight of 26 tons.

 

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