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Volvo Trucks are a major global player in the truck manufacturing industry. Part of the Volvo Group, the Swedish company has a solid reputation for engineering which results in reliable trucks with a safety focus. Sister companies that are part of the Volvo Group are the French Renault Trucks and Mack Trucks in the USA. The focus on their product range is towards the heavy-duty end of the spectrum – Volvo does not manufacture 7.5 tonne trucks, for example. As this is a used truck site, we understand that you may be eager to check out the latest used Volvo trucks for sale here, so we have included the latest listings and a link to view all Volvo trucks for sale at Truckpages.

Latest Volvo Trucks for Sale

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2005 Volvo FL 220 manual gearbox 4x2 Steel body tipper 
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If you are looking for a cheap Volvo truck and don’t want to pay dealer prices, you may consider buying one at a truck auction. Once again, to help you, we have included the most recent Volvo Trucks added to the Truckpages database.

Latest Volvo Trucks for Auction

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Volvo Trucks Range

Let’s look at not just the Volvo trucks that you can buy new today, as the chances are you are considering the purchase of a second hand model. Thanks to their build quality, you will still find plenty of Volvo Trucks for sale from the model year 2000 onwards at Truckpages.  Many of these will be destined for export sale or perhaps advertised for salvage. The best examples of trucks from this era will be heading for vintage truck collections – especially the top of the range FH16.

VOLVO FH RANGE

Although introduced back in 1993 and updated in 1998/9 with the new D12C engine – already meeting Euro 3 standard ahead of the 2001 deadline. The first changes in the new millennium saw a revised front end to the cab and yet another new engine – this time the D12D using turbo compounding for the first time and the introduction of Volvo’s legendary I-Shift gearbox. The FH16 went on the missing list for a few years from 2001 while Volvo spent some time perfecting the 16-litre replacement, based on existing technology in the 9- and 12-litre engines. Launched in 2003, the result was an in-line 6-cylinder FH16.610.

Volvo FH 1993 Launch
Volvo FH, the company’s best-selling truck ever – the launch image from 1993.

2005 FH Range Change: As with the FM range, 2005 saw the FH12 change to the ‘FH’. As with the FM, the FH range also received the new 13-litre engine in readiness for the Euro 4 and Euro 5 legislation. Available with outputs of 400, 440, 480 and 520HP

2011 FH16 Upgrade: The launch of the FH16.750 in 2011 saw Volvo take the ‘most powerful truck’ title back.  Also available at 550 And 650HP for more sensible operators.

2012 New Volvo FH: With a Hollywood-style launch, the 2012 model Volvo FH was set for the impending Euro 6 legislation and therefore was packed with new innovations. There was a choice between four cabs: short day cab, normal sleeper cab, Globetrotter cab and extra-spacious Globetrotter XL cab.  Using just one engine size, it was available as a 420 up to a 540HP – operators could upgrade to the FH16 for yet more power.

2020 New Volvo FH Launched: As part of a total range review of their heavyweight trucks, Volvo revamped the FH with new dashboard flat screen technology, revised headlights and a larger Volvo logo on the grill. The company said the new FH was about making life better for the drivers.

2020 A Brand new Cab for the FH: Although looking similar in outward appearance, the slightly large new cab was launched in 2020. In addition, there are new light shapes, extra room for drivers as well as a host of extra technology – both for driver comfort and safety. Two flat screens – one for driving information and the other for infotainment. 

To coincide with the launch of the new FH cab, Volvo put together a limited edition ‘FH Unlimited’ version.

2022 saw driveline updates which further improved the fuel economy of the FH model.

2023 saw Volvo FH Electric win the 2024 International Truck of the Year award – the first time an electric truck has earned the gong.

2024 – New FH Aero Cab Launched

Making use of the revised rules on truck dimensions, Volvo announced the addition of 24 centimetres to the cab which gives improved aerodynamics and cross wind stability.

Volvo FH Aero model 2024 Model
New 2024 Model Volvo FH Aero Cab

VOLVO FM RANGE

Originally launched in 1998, the FM range originally came with a three-engine line-up, but in 2001 the 7-litre option was dropped, leaving just the 9 and 12-litre FM9 and FM12. The FM was designed to be as close to the FH as possible, except for a lower cab – which means a higher engine tunnel, although in Globetrotter guise, the driver should still be able to just about stand up.

2001 FM Facelift: The 9-litre engine replaced both the 7-litre and the 10-litre outgoing engines and saw the I-Shift available in the FM range for the first time.

2005 FM Range Change: After 2005, Volvo renamed the ranges, dropping the swept volume part of the model number, so the FM9 and FM12 became simply the FM range. The new range was introduced with three cab options – day, sleeper and the famous Globetrotter cab.  Just two engines; the 13-litre engine (the same as in the FH) and the 9-litre engine (which is unique to the FM range).  Many truck buyers refer to these trucks as the FM13 and FM9, but these were never put on the cabs of the trucks.

2010 FM Facelift: Volvo launched the completely facelifted FM in 2010 alongside the launch of the FMX for construction industry use.

Another lift in 2013: With styling leaning heavily on the new FH range, the new FM received dynamic steering running lights and a new interior – of course with Euro 6 engines in time for the 2014 deadline.

Volvo FM 2024 Model
Note the rear view cameras and the larger Volvo logo on the 2024 model Volvo FM Electric

January 2024 saw updates to the FM range. The facelifted version received a larger Volvo ironmark logo plus a new camera monitoring system replacing the rear view mirrors. Updates to the interior include USB-C, improved speakers and an integrated microwave.

2020 also saw an update to the FMX range – using the same brand new cab platform from the FM sibling. Check out the Volvo FMX brief history here.

VOLVO FMX RANGE

Launched in 2010, the FMX is a standard FM truck, beefed up for arduous work on construction sites. Remember that Volvo also manufacturer plenty of construction equipment under their Volvo CE division, so they know what it takes to make something suitable for a building site. Engine choice at launch was the 11 or 13-litre units with outputs in a huge range of between 330 and 540HP – transmission choice was manual, automated and fully automatic ‘Powertronic’. Prior to the 2014 Euro 6 deadline, the FMX was updated to the current specification 2020 saw the introduction of the new cab for the FMX range – it shares the cab with the less-beefy FM – a more roomy interior, new fabrics plus flat screen technology makes the new FMX a better place to be for the drivers.

Volvo FMX - New 2020 Model ready for Order now
Volvo FMX – 2020 Model Year

VOLVO FE RANGE

Introduced in 2006, the medium duty truck sits above the FL in the Volvo range.  Designed for local operations, such as inner-city fork for refuse collection, the truck has a whole series of length and cab options, plus different heights, including an urban tractor unit.  At launch the truck was available with engines from 240 to 320HP. A revision to the FE came in 2013 as a part of the range renewal in time for the Euro 6 emissions deadline.  Using the Volvo D8 engine, the FE is now available with the I-Shift automated gearbox.

Volvo FE 2013 Model
Euro 6 Ready Volvo FE range – 2013 Model Year

VOLVO FL RANGE

First to receive attention at the turn of the new millennium was the FL – the cab was still relatively modern, but Volvo’s engineers felt that a new chassis was needed. This meant that the technical systems were brought into line with the FH and FM ranges so that Volvo’s Dynafleet system could be introduced.

2006 saw the launch of the FL range with a new cab and became available as a ready-bodied truck – in early readiness for the whole vehicle type approval that came later.  Available as a day cab, larger comfort cab and a crew cab with the 7-litre D7E rated at a choice of 240 or 280HP. Starting at 12 tonnes GVW and increasing to 16 tonnes GVW, Volvo chose not to compete with the FL range in the highly competitive 7.5 tonne segment. Alongside all the other trucks in the Volvo range, the FL had a revamp in 2013 in time for the 2014 Euro 6 deadline.  As with the FE, the FL uses the Volvo D8 engine rated at 250 or 280HP and can be specified with the automated I-Shift, automatic Powershift or manual gearbox.

Used Volvo FL Truck for Sale
Typical Used Volvo FL Truck for Sale – Here a Euro 6 Volvo FL250 box van with a 32ft box body

Volvo I-Shift

Although not strictly part of the model range, it is worth covering, as it is a key component across the model range. Launched back in 2001, the I-Shift gearbox brand is now over twenty years old, but it has changed plenty in that time.v

Volvo I-Shift Transmission (AMT)
From May 2022, improvements were made to the I-Shift transmission to speed up gear changes by 30%.

What Truck Body Types Best Suit a Volvo?

If you see a Volvo on the UK’s roads, the chances are that it will be a tractor unit or a multi-axle tipper truck. Together, these two body types make up more than 60% of the Volvos available in the used truck market in the UK. You can be confident that they are very good for tipping work and high end multi axle rigids in addition to tractor unit configuration as a 6×2 long haul unit. Check out the quicklinks on this page to take you directly to the type of Volvo you are looking for.

Which Weight Volvo Truck is the Best?

Volvo trucks are available from 10 tonnes GVW for the FL range right up to the heavy haulage variants of the mighty Volvo FH with gross train weights exceeding 150 tonnes. In terms of popularity, it should come as no surprise that Volvos are available most frequently as 44 tonne gross train weight 6×2 tractor units. Moving down the weight range, the second most familiar sight is a 32 tonne eight wheel Volvo, usually as a tipper, but also as a hook loader or grab loader. 26 tonne Volvos are also fairly common, but the lighter, 18 tonne versions (and lower) are less common in the UK’s used truck market.

The Most Powerful Volvo Truck? The FH16.780

In the ongoing battle to produce Europe’s most powerful truck, Volvo took pole position back from Scania in January 2024 who had held the position since 2020 with their 770S. With an enlarged 17-litre engine delivering up to 780 hp and 3,800 Nm of torque, the FH16 can run on biofuels.

Volvo FH16.780 Model Year 2024
The new engine is no longer a 16-litre, but a 17-litre. Does this mean that Volvo will be rebranding the FH16 as the FH17?

Volvo Trucks Alternative Fuels

HVO and Volvo Trucks

This is an exciting time as far as new technology for trucks is concerned as we turn away from diesel engines towards battery electric and hydrogen trucks. But there are important steps that owners of Volvo trucks can take prior to taking the plunge into battery truck operation. Many Volvo truck models are capable of running on HVO (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil). We recommend that that you check with your Volvo dealer whether your particular truck model and model year can run on HVO.

HVO is a second-generation biodiesel that can be produced from a wider range of materials. The production process involves adding hydrogen to vegetable oil to create a fuel that is very similar to conventional diesel. This means that the materials used to make the fuel can come from a broader range of sources.

Volvo Biodiesel Truck Range

Announced in May 2024, Volvo expanded their range of trucks able to run on B100 100% bio diesel. Volvo Trucks claim to have one of the industry’s broadest ranges of renewable fuel options, including biodiesel, HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oils) and biogas. B100 is available for a wide selection of engines in the Volvo FL, FE, FM, FMX, FH and FH16 models with certain variants of the 5-, 8-, 13- and 17-litre diesel engines. The “well to wheel” CO2 reduction from using biodiesel is between 30% and 70% compared to traditional diesel fuel, depending on the type of raw material used to produce the fuel.

Electric Volvo Trucks Range

Volvo were early out of the gate with the sale of electric Volvo FH, FM and FMX models starting as early as April 2021. Volvo trucks were the first to gain approval for the UK government’s plug-in grant of up to £25,000 on new registrations with their FH and FM Electric 4×2 tractor units using six batteries. Volvo claim to lead the market in electric truck sales across Europe.

Electric Volvo Trucks
The Volvo Truck Range of Electric Vehicles in 2024

Volvo Hydrogen Trucks

Volvo have been working with hydrogen for many years and have two solutions that transport operators will be able to choose from in the future. The choice will be between hydrogen-powered fuel cells to produce electricity to power and charge on the move and a hydrogen-powered combustion engine alternative. May 2023 saw Volvo first run their hydrogen fuel cell trucks on public roads, with on-road testing of the Volvo hydrogen combustion engine versions starting in 2026 with sales planned for 2030. These engines will use renewable HVO as a ‘trigger fuel’ to help the combustion process and will be able to travel long distances between refuelling – important for areas with no battery recharging infrastructure.

Used Volvo Trucks

You can buy a used Volvo truck from an independent dealer, a truck auction or, of course, from Volvo Trucks’ own used truck remarketing operation. Under Volvo’s own scheme, there are three levels of vehicle quality; Selected, Approved and Economy. A ‘Selected’ truck is their best vehicles and comes with a 24 month/360,000 kms Volvo Driveline-Pro warranty. These trucks will have covered no more than 400,000 kilometres and will have been through a 200-point inspection. The mid-range ‘Approved’ choice gets the 12 month/180,000 kms warranty and have no more than 700,000 kilometres recorded and have at least 3 months MoT. The ‘Economy’ standard gets a basic 6 month driveline warranty and each truck is presented in a clean condition and passes a thorough safety inspection prior to delivery, with all and any safety defects are rectified.

In March 2024 Volvo Trucks announced that used truck warranties could be extended at the time of purchase.

Used Volvo Trucks Lineup
A Line Up of used Volvo Tractor Units

Volvo Truck Dealer Network

As a major player in the global truck market, it is comforting to know that if you take your Volvo Truck abroad, it can be repaired by one of some 2,200 service points in 130 countries. Back at home in the UK, There are some 45 independently-owned franchised full service dealer outlets and approximately 26 company owned dealership sites. In addition to this there is a handful of workshop only sites. Volvo Trucks have a userful Dealer Locator facility to help you locate your newest dealership.

Volvo Truck Parts Suppliers

Vovo believe genuine parts are better and, as a result, the company is prepared to offer a two year fitted parts warranty when the parts have been fitted by a Volvo workshop. Parts can be bought directly from Volvo online or through a local dealer. Volvo Truck parts remain in manufacture for at least 15 years after a model has ceased production.

There are plenty of suppliers of non OEM new Volvo truck parts plus suppliers of used refurbished Volvo parts. Here are a few of the better known suppliers:

  • Europa Truck Parts
    • Based in Barnsley, Europa has 23 years of experience of selling replacement truck parts in the UK
  • HGV Direct
    • With over 300 parts suitable for Volvo trucks, the website can be filtered by model years
  • Truck Spares 365
    • Preston-based Truck Spares 365 have over 300 Volvo parts in stock with free delivery over £50
  • Swedish Truck Parts
    • Rochdale-based Swedish Truck Parts have been sourcing Truck & Bus Parts for over 30 years
  • Bison Truck Parts
    • A massive choice of 2,500 Volvo Truck parts available to buy online from the Sheffield-based supplier

History of Volvo Trucks

In the mid-1920’s Sweden’s Volvo started out attempting to make cars, although soon realised that the company would be better served manufacturing trucks.  Production started with their ‘Series 1 in 1928 which was a lot more popular than the cars Volvo were making. This simple truck was sold without a cab so operators could have their own made.  The ‘Series 2’ had a few changes, but still had a payload of just 1.5 tonnes and a GVW of 4.5 tonnes with a whopping 28hp!

Volvo Series 2 from 1928
The Series 2 Truck became quite successful, and found favour with several truck owners

The 1930s saw Volvo making diesel trucks that stood up better to international comparison and quickly became the market leader in trucks across Scandinavia. Starting with the LV71, the range of trucks improved with better braking technology, greater GVWs.  Improvements in weight distribution and a more powerful engine seen in the heavy ‘Longnose’ LV18, 19 and 20. Volvo did start to make a forward control cab in the 1930’s – a precursor to the ‘F Range (F standing for forward control – or cab-over) – but there was not much appetite for this configuration so most Volvo Trucks were ‘conventional’ or bonneted with the engine out the front rather than under the cab.

VOLVO TRUCKS AFTER THE WAR

The 1940’s saw Volvo manufacturing trucks for the Swedish Ministry of Defence but saw some beautiful designs in the post-war period, including the trend towards ‘sharp nose’ trucks.  Proper heavy-duty diesels were introduced as Volvo moved up the weight range and moved away from the ‘Hesselman’ engines it favoured for the light and medium duty trucks.

Volvo 'Sharpnose' Truck from the 1940's
Volvo ‘Sharpnose’ Truck from the 1940’s

The 1950s saw Volvo Trucks become a lot more modern with sleeper cabs, turbocharging and direct injection diesel engines.  Volvo’s ‘Titan’ L49 saw horsepower levels reaching a huge 185hp but, more importantly, saw the introduction of air brakes, power steering and the Volvo safety cab.

Volvo Titan L49
The ‘Titan’ became one of the more famous model names in truck history

The 1960s saw Volvo Trucks that todays trucks still have their design cues based upon.  Check out the forward control ‘TIPTOP’ F88 that replaced the ‘Titan’ and the smaller F86 in 1965 – everyone loved this truck and was popular in the UK even with its 8 speed synchro gearbox and the fact that it was assembled in Scotland helped it gain UK market leadership.

Volvo F88 from 1965
The efficient tilt cab of the Titan TIPTOP gave even better access to the basic components than an N truck

VOLVO’S SWINGING SEVENTIES

The 1970s saw Volvo mixing it up with DAF, Magirus and France’s Saviem – the precursor to Renault Trucks to create a medium duty truck.  Volvo launched their ‘F light duty trucks in 1975, albeit with a stronger cab than the other partners and turbocharged engines. Called the F4 and the F6 range we still see their heritage in today’s FE range of trucks. The F7 joined the ranks – replacing the much loved F86 with the F10 and F12 hitting the roads in 1977 replacing the F89 but operators had to wait until 1979 to get the Globetrotter cab.

Volvo F6 Truck from 1975
When Volvo introduced this range in 1975, the heavier ‘F6’ model featured a direct-injection 6-litre Volvo engine, while the lightest version ‘F4’ featured a Perkins engine

The 1980’s saw Volvo concentrate on chassis improvements to match the standard of the safety cabs.  There were significant model upgrades in 1983 and 1987 which saw the launch of the F16 for the first time.  There was a refresh of the light/medium duty F range – relaunched as the FL6 and FL4 available from 7 to 26 tonnes GVW and the FL7 and FL10 appeared in 1985.

Volvo FL10 from 1985
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 engine output of up to 318 bhp

VOLVO TRUCK TECHNOLOGY LEAPS IN THE NINETIES

Technology was the main driver in the 1990s as the environment took on a more important role for all truck manufacturers. A new cab and new D12 engine for the F series saw the FH12 and the 16-litre FH16 born for the first time in 1993. The FH cabs were available in four different models; short day cab, sleeper cab with normal roof, Globetrotter roof with an extra high roof and (since 1995) the Globetrotter XL cab. The 1990’s also saw the launch of a FL12 range – a lower cab than the FH but using the same D12 engine – giving a choice of engines including a 7-litre, 10-litre and the 12-itre D12. Less successful was Volvo’s attempt at a lightweight truck – the FLC range which replaced the underpowered 3.6-litre FL4 seen in the 1980s. The back end of the 1990’s saw the Volvo FM range introduced to replace the FL range.  A low entry cab with a strong relationship to the FH range, sharing many of its components.

Volvo's FH range replaced the ageing F Series
Volvo’s FH range replacing the ageing F Series

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