Volvo Trucks Enhances Driver Comfort with Premium Factory-Installed Seat Options

by Brandon Borgna

Volvo Trucks today announced that the Bose Ride® seat suspension system is now available for order as a factory-installed option on its VNM and VNL highway tractors.

Volvo Trucks is the first North American truck manufacturer to offer factory installation of the Bose Ride system. Beginning mid-summer, Volvo will also become the first manufacturer to offer Sears Seating’s new premier driver’s seat, the Atlas® II, as a factory-installed option. Sears Seating’s value-oriented Sentry models will also be available as an option on Volvo VNM and VNL models.

“Volvo is continuously looking to leverage the latest product offerings and technologies as we build on our reputation for driver comfort and help ensure Volvo drivers are the industry’s most productive,” said Frank Bio, Volvo Trucks product manager – trucks.

Bose Ride® Seat Suspension System
The Bose Ride system is the industry’s only available solution that intelligently controls the motion of the driver’s seat to cancel harmful vibrations that can lead to pain and injury – during and after the drive. The system counteracts up to 90 percent of the vibrations that drivers feel from the road, making it similar to riding in a high-end passenger car.

“We are excited about collaborating with a company that shares our commitment to providing fleets and drivers with the best tools to do their jobs effectively,” Bio said. “The clear health and comfort benefits make the Bose Ride system a natural fit for Volvo trucks.”

The Bose Ride system continuously senses, analyzes and counteracts forces from the road to provide truck drivers with significantly higher ride quality. As a result, drivers are more comfortable, with less fatigue, fewer headaches, reduced soreness and improved back health. Improved driver comfort and health can contribute to reduced driver turnover. The system was engineered to replace conventional air-ride truck seats with a Bose suspension base and an integrated, custom-designed seat top. It has the same form factor as a conventional seat and is compatible with common installation and maintenance procedures.

Sears Atlas® II and Sentry Models
Building on their original Atlas® model, the Atlas II by Sears Seating features new contemporary styling, improved seat extension and tilt and redesigned, intuitive controls. Designed for maximum comfort, durability and serviceability, the driver’s seats can be customized from a variety of features, including heat, massage and swivel, and a wide range of colors in either cloth or leather fabric.

Sears Seating’s Sentry models provide excellent comfort, quality and reliability, while offering value. The high-backed cloth driver’s seats feature Sears Seating’s ToggleLink Air Suspension® and adjustable air lumbar support.

“We’re pleased to be the first manufacturer to offer Sear Seating’s exceptional air-ride seating options, built with a strong focus on quality and comfort,” Bio said. “The Atlas II and Sentry models give Volvo customers an excellent selection of driver-oriented features.”

Volvo Trucks is the first North American truck manufacturer to offer the Bose Ride® system as a factory option (left). Volvo will also begin offering the Sears Atlas® II (right) and Sentry models, beginning mid-summer.

Volvo Trucks North America’s operations and products are guided by the company’s three core values: Quality, Safety and Environmental Care. The Volvo VNM, VNL, VHD and VAH trucks are assembled in the United States at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Maryland. Both plants are certified to ISO14001 environmental and ISO9001 quality standards.

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs about 115,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. In 2012, the Volvo Group’s sales amounted to $45 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo shares are listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and are traded OTC in the U.S. For more information, please visit www.volvogroup.com or www.volvogroup.mobi if you are using your mobile phone.

March 15, 2013


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