New Volvo FM on the road

I-Shift. Forget the gearbox. Just drive.

I-Shift gearstick

Eases your mind.
And lets your left foot rest.

Driving I-Shift is a real pleasure. Without the clutch pedal, you can safely sit back and concentrate on the other two. I-Shift uses its built-in intelligence to quickly and automatically choose the right gear at all times. And the software provides shifting skills that are impossible for even the best of drivers to match. Still, if you want to get more involved, you can. The buttons on the shift selector allow you to step in and shift gear manually.

I-Shift dashboard buttons

An unexpected option.
I-Shift without gearstick.

If you’re used to driving with I-Shift, you’ve probably noticed that you don’t actually use the shift selector that much. That’s why the new Volvo FM offers you the option of getting rid of it altogether and have it replaced with four switches on the dashboard (still within easy reach, of course). Freeing that precious space makes it a little bit easier to move around in the cab.

Save fuel with I-Shift

Let I-Shift save you fuel.
The money will roll right in.

I-Shift is designed to save fuel. First of all, the internal energy losses are low – actually lower than on manual gearboxes. But it’s the electronics that really make the difference. When driving in Economy mode, every gearchange is timed precisely, to let the engine work at its most efficient rpm range.

How I-Shift works

How it works.

It may seem strange. Beneath the surface of I-Shift, the hallmark of modern transmissions, hides an old-school unsynchronised manual gearbox. (Hence the compact design and low internal losses.) But of course there’s much more to I-Shift than that. The secret lies in the intelligent electronic control unit. It’s responsible for controlling the pneumatic system that handles the clutch and shifts. By constantly receiving information about vehicle speed, acceleration, weight, road grade, torque demand and more, it can carry out every shift with extreme precision. It also communicates closely with the engine, which in turn adjusts revs and engine brake effect for fast and comfortable shifting.

I-Shift range, Volvo FM.

Type Top gear Engine torque Axle/bogie load (tonnes)
AT2412D Direct 2400 Nm 44 t
AT2612D Direct 2600 Nm 60 t
ATO2612D Overdrive 2600 Nm 60 t


How would you like your I-Shift?

The software makes it possible to tailor I-Shift to your driving conditions


I-Shift software – Distribution & Construction I-Shift software – Long Haul and Fuel Economy
Distribution & Construction

Tailors the gearbox’s work for distribution and construction operations. Features include functions that aid the driver when starting and in close-quarter manoeuvring.


Long Haul & Fuel Economy

Contains intelligent functions that minimise fuel consumption. This makes the program package particularly suitable for long-haul operations.


I-Shift software – Long Haul and Fuel Economy with I-See
Long Haul & Fuel Economy with I-See

Adds I-See, including I-Cruise, to the Long Haul & Fuel Economy package, for even larger fuel savings.

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