March 28, 2012

UK’s First Volvo FH Globetrotter XXL cab for Simon Gibson Transport

The first Volvo FH in the UK to be equipped with a Globetrotter XXL cab has gone into service with Goole, Yorkshire-based Simon Gibson Transport Ltd. It is also the 50th truck to wear the company’s distinctive blue and white livery.

Originally developed for the Australian,
and more latterly Norwegian, markets, the XXL cab is 245 mm longer than the ‘standard’ Globetrotter and the bunk is consequently that much wider. The exterior lockers (on both sides) are also significantly larger, which facilitates the storage of bulky items like PPE, work boots and wet weather gear.

The FH with XXL cab joins a fleet of 36 trucks of which 33 are Volvos. They are engaged on UK and international tanker duties hauling bulk powder and granular materials for a wide variety of industrial sectors. Of the FH XXL, the company’s Managing Director Simon Gibson says, “As it’s the 50th truck to go into service with the fleet, we wanted a flagship and something that was a bit special.”

Simon Gibson also rates the support his business receives from supplying Volvo dealer Crossroads Truck and Bus at Hull, “The product is good, but Crossroads back-up is primarily why most of our trucks are Volvos,” he says.

In addition to the XXL cab, the FH is equipped with Volvo’s D13C engine rated at 540 hp and the I-Shift automated transmission. The cab interior features include a built in fridge, microwave and television as well as leather upholstery, a reclining backrest for the bunk and a passenger seat that swivels round for use with a built in table. Exterior spec includes extra lights and horns and Durabright wheels.


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