In the 1980s, trucks became even more sophisticated. Engines became better, stronger and, above all, more environmentally friendly. With increased use of air suspension systems, roads, goods and drivers enjoyed a much more comfortable life.
When Volvo introduced the FL6 and the FL7/FL10 family of heavy-duty trucks in the summer of 1985 it was a demonstration of strength. Both families of trucks were completely new and had innovative characteristics compared with other, competitor-made trucks in the same sector of industry. The FL7/FL10 trucks constituted a completely new class of truck, combining the efficiency and light weight of their predecessor, the F7, with the option of a very powerful 10-litre engine with an engine output of up to 318 bhp.