Metal componentmanufacturer and supplier,Folsana Pressed Sections,has taken delivery of anew Volvo FH6x2Globetrotter XL pusher axletractor unit,after being impressed by aVolvoFM12that has been on its fleetfor 15years, covering nearly1,000,000km.Supplied by Paul McNicholas, Customer Solutions Managerat Thomas Hardie Commercials,the FHbenefits from Volvo’sD13K,Euro-6,Step D engine, which is capable of producing up to 460 hp and2,300 Nm of torque, with excellent driveability and low fuel consumption.

The new vehicle also featuresVolvo’s 12-speed I-Shift automated gearbox, which evaluates information about speed, weight, road grade and torque demand to perform every shift with precision –constantly communicating with the engine to allow it to adjust the revs and brake-effect for maximum performance.Driver, Wayne Cavanaugh, who has driven for the company for 18 years, says:“The FM served me wellover the years and was always a lovely drive, however the new FH is something else completely, particularly with the amount of living space it gives meinside the Globetrotter XL cab.“The I-Shift gearbox is also a game changer;I have only ever drivena manual,so the FH now makes my job so mucheasier. I’d hearda lot of positive thingsabout I-Shift from other drivers, and it’sdefinitelyliving up tothem.

Darren Marsden, Director at Folsana,says:“I was always going to chooseVolvo Trucksfor this latest order because we’ve been very happy with the quality ofthe FM12, ever since it joined the fleet in 2005. In fact, we’re even going to keep hold of it for smaller jobs!Looking to the future, if this new FHperforms as well,itwill be looking atasimilar stretch on the fleet.

”Commenting on the local dealer support, he adds: “The team at Thomas HardieCommercialswere extremely helpfulthroughout the ordering process and were able to deliver everything we asked for.We don’t upgrade our vehicles often,so when we do,having access to the best possible advice and support is invaluable.”Finished in metallic silver,the new truck will be used to transportthe company’s metal components to blue-chip companies within a vast array of industriesacross the UK.

Operating from thefirm’s headquartersinBolton it will be on the road fivedays per week, with its Globetrotter XLcabfeaturinga twin bunk,providingsecure and comfortable accommodation for up to two people. Ithas also been spec’d with a 33-litre under bunk fridge/freezer, as well as a microwave oven and TV preparation kit. Thomas Hardie Commercialssupplied the new vehicle with a VolvoBlue Contractwhichcovers all preventative maintenance, enabling the customer to know its planned service costs upfront. All maintenance will be carried out by its dealershipinTrafford Park, using Genuine Volvo Parts.