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Volvo starts production of I-Shift gearboxes, 11-liter engines in Brazil

ABR Staff Writer Published 09 December 2011

Volvo do Brasil has started production of I-Shift gearboxes and will start local production of 11-litre engines at its plant in Curitiba, Brazil.

The I-Shift gearboxes produced at the in Curitiba plant in Brazil will be equipped in the FH and FM heavy vehicle lines.

The company said that the electronic gearbox reduces consumption of up to 5% compared to vehicles with manual equipment.

Apart from this, it provides more durability to the clutch, less tire wear, and increases the comfort and safety levels for the driver.

Volvo do Brasil president Roger Alm said the I-Shift gearbox has been getting outstanding acceptance in Brazil and in all the other countries of South America.

"It already equips about 80% of the FH and FM trucks and over 90% of the highway buses which leave our assembly line in Curitiba," Alm said.

"We were pioneers in the Brazilian market, introducing an electronic gearbox in this commercial vehicles segment. It is technically very advanced, but very easy to use.

With the nationalization of 11-liter engine, the Curitiba Volvo plant increases its portfolio of locally manufactured products.