Russian logistics company Sunflower has signed a contract to buy 300 trucks from Volvo Trucks in Russia. The contract includes financing for all the trucks through Volvo Financial Services and contributes further to the rapid sales growth in Russia.
 
Sunflower is one of the biggest transport companies in the Russian car haulage sector.
The company provides logistics services such as transportation, forwarding, storage, and customs clearance. Sunflower is expanding its fleet in order to meet the fast-growing market for passenger cars in Russia.


“This far-reaching order shows that Volvo Trucks is the most attractive business partner for advanced transport companies in Russia. It also proves that our focus on supporting and facilitating customers’ business development is effective,” says Lars Corneliusson, General Director Volvo Trucks Russia.
The order covers 300 Volvo FM trailer trucks powered by the D13 engine with a power output of 440 hp. The new Volvo FM will also have the latest-generation I-Shift, Volvo’s automatic gear changing system. The system enables the driver to focus solely on the road and the surroundings, thus improving traffic safety.


Deliveries of the new Volvo FM trucks will start at the end of May 2007 and will be completed during the first quarter of 2008.


Last year Volvo trucks sales in Russia almost doubled to 2,500 new units and the strong growth has continued in 2007. By tradition, there has also been a considerable import of used trucks from Western Europe (about 5,000 used Volvo trucks were imported in 2006), but Russian customers are now increasingly demanding new vehicles.


Today about 31,000 Volvo trucks roll on Russian roads, corresponding to 23% of the total foreign-make heavy trucks fleet. This makes Volvo by far the largest foreign brand on the market.