Following the launch of the Volvo FH at the IAA Show at Hanover last September, Volvo Trucks has launched a revised FM range at the U.K. CV Show, ahead of the start of production in September 2013.
The truck maker's Project Horizon concept showcases technology related to aerodynamics, lighting, and chassis that could be on the road within 24 to 36 months.
Automotive lightweighting needs drive progress toward cheaper fiber and high-throughput processing.
A lightweight HSS frame intended for use in long-haul transport is claimed to weigh 30% less than conventional truck frames. The concept was developed and optimized by Engineering Center Steyr, Magna Powertrain’s R&D center for truck engineering in cooperation with Cosma International.
Along with optimized design, including the integration of functions for individual components, new materials for heavy-truck applications are leading ZF’s lightweight charge. One example on display at the IAA show was a “study” of a four-point link made from glass-fiber-reinforced plastic that reduces weight by 25% compared to the standard cast component.