New Volvo VHD series for the USA market receives Allison automatic transmissions

Volvo VHD heavy-duty trucks, recently introduced to the American consumers, have the option of incorporating Allison fully automatic transmissions.

SÃO PAULO, Brazil, June 2020 - The new Volvo VHD vocational series for extremely heavy-duty work recently landed in the USA. Among its main updates are a more modern and efficient design and solutions to increase its durability and productivity, such as the five-or-six-speed Allison fully automatic transmissions.

The new line of Volvo heavy trucks is available in four versions (VHD 300 AB, VHD 300 AF, VHD 400 AB and VHD 400 AF), two cabin alternatives (single or bed), two engines (D11 and D13 with powers varying from 325 to 500hp), automated I-Shift transmissions (12, 13 or 14 speeds) or Allison fully automatic transmissions (five or six speeds) and five wheel-drive options, 4x2, 6x2, 6x4, 8x4, 8x6.

The wide range of powertrains available for the new VHD vocational line is intended for concrete mixers, derricks and cranes, construction trucks, mining, quarries, refuse collection and roll-off. Allison automatic transmissions can equip them all.

According to the manufacturer, the Volvo VHD line was designed partially for drivers. Everything implied a more versatile and reliable trucks while increasing the vehicle's life, productivity, as well as driver safety and comfort. Drivers will appreciate this truck because it facilitates heavy lifting, particularly due to the automatic transmissions. With the Allison on the VHD models, they will have greater control of the vehicle when traveling at low speeds in adverse terrain and easy starting on steep grades.

“We do not have the VHD line in Brazil, but the fact that Volvo offers our transmissions to equip its trucks in the USA means quality assurance,” said Evaldo Oliveira, General Director of Allison Transmission for South America. "Surely, our automatic transmissions are the most suitable for the heavy-duty work this category intends to perform. They assure greater vehicle endurance, productivity and availability.”

29 Jun, 2020


Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is a leading designer and manufacturer of vehicle propulsion solutions for commercial and defense vehicles, the largest global manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions, and a leader in electrified propulsion systems that Improve the Way the World Works. Allison products are used in a wide variety of applications, including on-highway trucks (distribution, refuse, construction, fire and emergency), buses (school, transit and coach), motorhomes, off-highway vehicles and equipment (energy, mining and construction applications) and defense vehicles (tactical wheeled and tracked). Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. With a presence in more than 150 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil, manufacturing facilities in the USA, Hungary and India, as well as global engineering resources, including electrification engineering centers in Indianapolis, Indiana, Auburn Hills, Michigan and London in the United Kingdom. Allison also has more than 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit