Perhaps despite the fact that the Volvo truck has for a long time been considered 'The Drivers´ Truck', the main feature of Volvo trucks has always been that of efficiency. This feature has not been more evident in any segment than in heavy-duty trucks with 'medium-size' engine capacity of between 6 and 7.5 litres.
A proud heritage to defend
The 'Viking' and the 'F86' are two of the most famous trucks ever, regardless of make. For this reason, the F7 had a proud heritage to defend and improve when it was introduced late in 1978. Many people certainly had doubts, since there were numerous truck owners and drivers who considered the F86 to be unbeatable. But the F7 succeeded in defending the Volvo leadership in the 'light heavy-duty' class.
Deciding on a larger cab
The F7 had in fact been developed in parallel with the F10/F12, and there had been thoughts of using a slightly narrower F10/F12 cab for the new truck. In the end, however, it was found that the larger cab frame was a bit too sophisticated and slightly too heavy for the new F7 truck, and it was instead decided to develop a wider version of the smaller F6 cab (partly within the framework of the 'Club of Four').
As a result, the F7 cab became fairly simple (with rubber mountings to the chassis instead of spiral suspension) and slightly wider than the F4/F6 cab (but still within the maximum width limit of 230 cm, which applied at this time in countries like Switzerland and Holland). The F7 shared the day cab with the slightly lighter F6S, but featured also a light sleeper cab, and crew cabs with seating for four to six persons were even offered.