Volvo Trucks, on June 18, 2015, achieved the landmark of crossing ten thousand truck sales in India. The company’s recently launched Volvo FMX 440 8×4 I-Shift was handed over as the 10,000th vehicle to M/s Mahalaxmi Infracontracts Pvt Ltd , who have over 350 Volvo trucks and a long standing relationship of over a decade with the Swedish truck major.
Mr. Pierre Jean Verge Salamon – President, Volvo Group Truck Sales, India, did the honours along with Mr. Rama Rao A S – SVP Sales, Marketing & Aftermarket, Volvo Trucks, VECV, at the ceremony conducted in Bengaluru.
Since its rollout of the first truck way back in 1998, Volvo Trucks was the first to introduce fully air-conditioned and crash tested cabin in trucks in India. They’re also the ones to pioneer the Driver Training concept by establishing the Driver training center even before first truck was rolled out, apart from introducing the concept of container workshop at remote mining locations and on-road assistance through Volvo Action Service.
Elucidating the development since 1998, Mr. Rama Rao A S, Senior Vice President, Sales Marketing and Aftermarket, Volvo Trucks, VECV said, “Our commitment to continuous improvement drives us forward and inspires us to be focused on driving progress the industry. You can see our innovative approach at work in all our processes, but we don’t innovate just to impress ourselves or others. We do it to meet a real life need. Our long tradition of developing market-leading technology and solutions with products operational for over 45,000 engine hours in tough and challenging Indian mines is proof of this. Today Volvo Trucks facilitate around 1/3rd of coal production in India by moving overburden in the mines and in the process has been driving progress for the country. The support from the industry has been encouraging and has helped us deliver what it takes. Yet, for Volvo Trucks and our customers, our most recent innovation is just the beginning.”
Speaking at the handover Mr. Pierre Jean Verge Salamon, President, Volvo Group Truck Sales, India said, “Over the last 17 years Volvo Trucks has been driving progress in the Indian commercial vehicle industry. From the first high performance European tractor trailer to the recent launched technologically advanced truck range, we have personified performance, productivity and profitability for our customers. We understand what our customers need and will come to need. That is why we constantly innovate.” He further added, “Reaching the 10,000 mark is a testimony to the fact that the new high tech capabilities and the wide range of benefits of our offerings are suiting the Volvo customer.”
Mr. Pierre Jean Verge Salamon, President, Volvo Group Truck Sales India, outlining the path for Volvo Trucks backed by these major developments said, “Volvo faces with considerable confidence a future characterised by major opportunities in the industry, not least the demands & aspirations placed by the industry. We at Volvo Trucks want to maximize our operations with the range of technologically advanced transport solutions, offering total peace of mind to our customers and facilitate their growth and thereby continue to be the No.1 preferred truck brand in the premium European segment.” He further mentioned that, “With the gradual turnaround the economy is witnessing and this milestone of our 10,000thtruck delivery is a reiteration of the need for such technologically advanced solutions in the market. We are looking at exciting times and I am happy to say we are ready to meet these opportunities.”