Longthorne's in it for the long haul with Volvo07 April 2016

Longthorne of Hebden has taken delivery of three Volvo FH 6x2 tractor units and two FM 8x4 rigids, chosen, it says, for driver appeal, truck features and dealer service capability.

Supplied by Crossroads Truck and Bus, Birstall, the three FH tractors are specified with the 13-litre D13K engine producing 540bhp and up to 2600Nm of torque.

Longthorne also specified the I-Shift automated gearbox for improved fuel economy, as well as I-Shift software for improved off-road handling.

The tractors also feature Jost fifth wheels with composite wear pads, which eliminate the need for greasing.

The two FM 8x4 tippers are equipped with Day cabs and I-Shift software. Powered by Volvo D13K 12.8-litre engines producing 460bhp and up to 2300Nm of torque, the Volvo Engine Brake (VEB) provides up to 375kW of retardation.

The tipper bodies – one for aggregate and one insulated for the transportation of asphalt – are by A J Heyton.

Longthorne has also taken delivery of three 36m³ capacity Wilcox plank-sided, aggregate tipping trailers, featuring PM Onboard weighing systems and equipped with Dawbarn Hydroclear, electro-hydraulically operated rollover sheeting systems.

The operator specified the Volvo Drive Plus cab package, which incorporates leather steering wheel, leather upholstered armrest, electrically-controlled air conditioning, electrically-heated and operated main mirror and near-side and off-side wide angle mirrors.

It also opted for the Volvo Living package with single bed. This package features a luxury sleeper control panel, a 1.8kW air-to-air night heater and a high power audio system with integrated Bluetooth phone and USB connectivity.

Manager Mark Longthorne says: “Our relationship with Volvo and the Crossroads dealership dates back to the 1960s... Throughout the years, the support and level of service we’ve received from Crossroads and Volvo has been second to none.”

Laura Cork

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