The New Volvo VNR: An Improved Short-Haul Truck for the Future

This last spring, Volvo demonstrated their new Volvo VNR at ExpoCam in Montreal, which brought considerable excitement about their popular short-haul truck. The VNR is a huge improvement from Volvo's old VNM trucks that became a major mainstay in trucking for well over two decades.

So what makes the VNR stand out from the classic VNM? It's already being described as the future of regional hauling. Much of this comes in bringing more productivity, efficiency, quality, and unique amenities.

The VNR's Exterior

It's the exterior of the new VNR that's truly turning heads. While the new truck has a lot on the interior, the exterior denotes an attention to aesthetics as much as features.

This has new dynamic contours to help with air flow when driving at high speeds and on challenging highways. Plus, it integrates new LED lighting for more cost savings and improving visibility on the road.

Take a look at the VNR website to see more details about how state-of-the-art the interior now is. Here's some things you'll want to know:

  • Volvo redesigned the hood for a slight slope to allow better visibility through complex terrain.
  • Headlights are now reinvented thanks to the LED lighting above. The LED lights apply to the turn, marker, and parking lamps as well.
  • For improved maneuverability in urban areas, a new wheel cut of up to 50 degrees and BBC of 113 inches helps immensely.

The Interior With Driver Comfort In Mind

Everything from seating to controls have become more refined in the new VNR, and they're all things keeping the driver's comfort at the forefront.

After all, if the driver can't stay comfortable, it only makes their jobs all the tougher. Volvo elaborates on this by enhancing a few things:

  • Thanks to a three-way neck tilt on the steering wheel, the driver can adjust the steering to their exact height.
  • The seating is also superior and had its design based on extensive ergonomic research. 
  • LCD controls truly stand out. With these, any driver can easily read metrics on their routes, as well as make the LCD screen completely configurable.
  • Volvo even added an infotainment system with a seven-inch touch screen and premium audio system.

For truckers that need to sleep in their trucks during long hauls, you'll find a comfortable and efficient sleeper section. With a 36-inch wide bed alone, this is something that stands above most other short-haul trucks on the market.