UK multi-modal logistics specialists, The Malcolm Group has recently taken delivery of 40 Volvo FM11 trucks. The order follows an extensive trial of a 450hp FM11 Globetrotter 6×2 tractor unit, which returned in excess of 9mpg on the group’s demanding test schedules on a variety of customer contracts.
“Currently the Volvo FM11 tractor units are fleet leaders on fuel economy and we have recently placed another multi-vehicle order for some of the last of these Euro-5 engine FM models,” stated Group Chief Executive, Andrew Malcolm.
Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland’s Cardonald headquarters in Glasgow, the trucks feature Globetrotter cabs and 450hp engines, coupled to Volvo’s I-Shift automated gearbox. Volvo’s D11C six in line, turbocharged diesel engine has an extremely attractive power to weight ratio and offers superb payload figures when operating at 44 tonnes.
I-Shift has also proved pivotal in The Malcolm’s Group’s Construction Services division, as an FMX tipper equipped with this transmission system has prompted a company policy change to standardising on automated gearboxes for this demanding on / off road sphere.
Operating on a wide number of double-shifted tramping runs between the Malcolm Group’s extensive network of UK depots; the new FMs were supplied with factory-painted chassis, wheels and fuel tanks. The company’s distinctive livery is applied in a cab wrap vinyl by AST Signs.
Regular hauling of 4.5 metre high curtainside trailers meant the group were specified with additional Kuda roof mounted air deflectors which complement the FM aerodynamic cab design. Twin air horns and Malcolm Group’s long established tradition of three amber marker lights round off the FM’s spacious Globetrotter cab roofline.