In the late 1980´s, Volvo planned the truck range for the last decade of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century. The result would be 'The Global Family of Trucks', where the FH-series (with a high cab floor level) would be supplemented with the FM (with a medium-height cab floor level) and the VN and NH Conventional trucks.
The FM9 and FM12
The FM-series was introduced in 1998, and at that time consisted of the FM7 (with a 7-litre engine), the FM10 (with a 10-litre engine) and the FM12 (with the same 12-litre engine as the engine used in the FH12). Since the major revision in 2001, the FM-series consists of the FM9 and the FM12.
In almost all respects, the FM family of trucks is similar to the FH-range, apart from the available engine (and transmission) options and the cab position, which is lower than that of the cab of the FH12/FH16.
For drivers who gets on and off
The lower cab position of the FM12 contributes, of course, to a safer and more ergonomic entry and exit to the cab, an advantage especially in transport missions where the driver has to enter and leave the cab numerous times every working day, like e g in local and regional distribution transport, as well as for garbage transport etc.
The lower cab position is, of course, also an advantage in transport operations where a low cab roof is of importance, e g when transporting numerous automobiles.