In 2017, Volvo Trucks is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first entry proper of Volvo trucks to the UK market with the superb ‘Ailsa’ Edition.
This is a strictly limited edition with a production run of just 50 black on gold or gold on black FH 4×2 and 6×2 tractor units. The ‘Ailsa’ Edition focuses on Volvo’s class leading technology and safety equipment in the FH16-750 and the FH, which is equipped with the 13-litre engine rated at 540hp. With Dynafleet Services, with messaging included, this truck meets both driver and fleet needs.
The FH-540 ‘Ailsa’ Edition is fitted with the I-Shift Dual Clutch. This pays homage to the advanced driveline which has been at the heart of every Volvo Truck since the F86.
Each ‘Ailsa’ Edition has a very special, ‘custom’ interior upholstered in black and gold leather that complements the exterior with luxurious detailing that includes gold stitching and the specially designed 50th Anniversary ‘Ailsa Edition’ logo.
Drivers get Volvo Dynamic Steering (which reduces steering effort by up to 85%), I-Park Cool stationary Air Conditioning, I-See Predictive Cruise Control, TomTom navigation and the latest Media Package for streaming, as well as the fullest possible list of home comforts such as a microwave, television and fridge freezer, together with the Personal Protection Package, which includes a security box, laminated door glass and an alarm.
To support the ‘Ailsa’ Edition, the truck includes a three-year full Repair and Maintenance contract within the price. The aim today being to maximise uptime as opposed to the message of 50 years ago which was all about minimising down-time.
As John Comer explains: “The ‘Ailsa Edition’ project started back in summer 2016 and was driven by Cab Product Planner Peter Lindgren in terms of supply and the agreement on the use of the Ailsa name as part of the Volvo brand canon. With its overwhelming importance on what would become Volvo’s future customer and driver focused direction in the UK, there was really only one name we could choose for this 50th anniversary truck and that was the ‘Ailsa Edition’.
“We would also like to thank the 50th Anniversary Project Design Team in Gothenburg, led by Design Director Rikard Orell and Senior Designer Nigel Atterbury, for delivering a tremendous, attractive and uniquely sensitive design solution for this landmark, limited edition truck.”