Volvo celebrates FMX truck production milestone in construction 22 March 2011

Since its launch in April last year, almost 5,000 Volvo FMX construction trucks have been sold and the new vehicles have been put to the test in extreme conditions throughout Europe.

"Sales of the Volvo FMX have far exceeded our expectations. After just two months, we had already sold half our total forecast for 2011," reveals Claes Nilsson, president of Volvo Trucks' European division.

"This huge demand is confirmation that we have succeeded in meeting our customers' needs and adapting to their often very tough and demanding working environments."

One project that FMXs are being put to work on is the world's longest tunnel, currently under construction on the border between Switzerland and Italy.

When completed it will be 57km in length, and the Volvo trucks will be expected to navigate gradients of up to 22%.

"We had to decide 10 years ago which trucks to use for this tough assignment. So, after careful consideration, we chose Volvo," says Renato Beffa, owner of Beffa Trasporti, the company in charge of the tunnel project.

"Volvo's construction trucks have a robust structure built around a strong frame. We're particularly happy with the new FMX, which has an excellent cab. Its comfort is second-to-none and it's easy to reach the new gear lever and all the other important controls," he continues.

John Challen

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