Very few European manufacturers included Conventional/N trucks in their product range in the 1970s and the 1980s. Instead they devoted all of their design resources to the F truck type of vehicles. Swedish manufacturers were unique in offering N trucks for a wide variety of tasks.
The N trucks were continuously updated with modern features such as roomier cabs (of all types, including day cabs, sleeper cabs and crew cabs), cleaner and even more economical engines, more efficient, easy-handling gearboxes, both manual and automatic, as well as continuously updated and more versatile chassis components.
The basic characteristics of the N truck type of vehicle have always been extreme toughness. For this reason the chassis models of the N7, N10 and N12 trucks (introduced in 1973) had always been able to stand up to even the toughest of transport tasks. For extreme cross-country mobility, options such as, all-wheel-drive were available, intended for both civilian and military service.
Down in Brazil
The N truck has always been a popular choice in 'overseas' Volvo markets, e.g. in areas such as Africa, South America and Australia. Brazil has become one of the major markets for Volvo trucks, with N trucks playing a major role. For this reason a new Volvo N truck, the 'NL' was introduced in Brazil in 1989.
This was in fact an improved version of the N10/N12, incorporating features of major interest in countries with characteristics similar to those in Brazil.