First new Volvo FH tractor unit takes to the road 14 February 2013

The first new Volvo FH tractor unit has just taken to the road. Owner Jean-Pierre Ducournau was handed the keys at a ceremony at the Volvo Truck Centre in the French town of Roissy-en-France, just outside Paris.

"We're delighted and proud to be the first haulage firm to get to drive the new truck," comments Jean Ducournau who, together with his sons, runs Transports Ducournau.

Ducournau has been waiting for his new truck since last September (2012), when he secured the winning bid of £130,000 via the Volvo Trucks charity auction on eBay.

"The new Volvo FH is as attractive inside as it is on the outside. I was really surprised by its comfort and the impressive visibility from behind the wheel," he says.

Above all he says he is impressed with the new Volvo FH's road-holding. "It's undoubtedly the best available in a heavy commercial vehicle. Even though this is a truck, it has the same comfort as a limousine," he adds.

Almost all the trucks in the Transports Ducournau fleet are Volvos and over the years Ducournau has operated many different Volvo trucks – from an F89 purchased in 1974 to today's modern FH. Today his fleet totals over 300 vehicles.

The new truck will primarily cover long-distance routes between Alpes-Maritimes and Var in southern France and haul cargo in the Paris region

In March, Ducournau will travel to South Africa to hand over the money from the auction to Star for Life.

Brian Tinham

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