Volvo Trucks North America's new VHD 430 is designed for customers who want the VHD's ability to operate in demanding conditions with large or heavy loads, while providing drivers with a sleeper berth. The VHD was previously only available with a daycab.

Like all VHDs, the VHD 430 is customizable and comes as a 6×4, 8×4, or 8×6 tractor or truck, in axle forward and axle back configurations. The VHD's basic design accommodates a variety of factory-installed options, with multiple axles, frame rails options, and components. Major features include:

  • Volvo D13 engine, with up to 485 horsepower and 1650 ft-lb of torque

  • Transmissions — Volvo I-Shift 12-speed automated manual transmission; Eaton Fuller 10- to 18-speed manuals and AutoShift; Allison automatic

  • Front axle to 20,000-lb capacity

  • Front axle position at 29.1 and 51.2 inches

  • Volvo T-Ride rear suspensions up to 70,000-lb capacity; optional Hendrickson suspensions

  • Frame rails available in five thicknesses (up to 0.44 inches thick), with 1.88 million to 4.2 million RBM

  • One-piece cab and sleeper, constructed of robotically welded High-Strength Steel (HSS)

  • Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST) for advanced traction and stability control, and rollover protection

  • Standard Volvo Link Sentry remote vehicle monitoring and Volvo Action Service coverage

The one-piece 42-inch sleeper on the VHD 430 is as strong and rugged as the rest of the truck. Its one-piece design eliminates the compromises necessary to mount aftermarket sleeper boxes. One-piece construction also means less noise intrusion and better thermal insulation, while the entire cab and sleeper is covered by Volvo's cab structure warranty of 72 months/750,000 miles/15,000 operating hours.

The VHD 430's sleeper has 118 cubic feet of space. Inside the sleeper is a full-length bed, with windshield and sleeper curtains.

E-mail Jim McNamara at james.mcnamara@volvo.com for more details.