Hagerstown, Maryland – Volvo Trucks will begin production of its I-Shift transmission at its plant in the U.S. starting later this year.

Volvo introduced its I-Shift transmission to the North American market in 2007. The unit is a mechanical transmission with automated gear-changing function. Last year, 26 per cent of Volvo trucks sold in North America used the transmission, which customers report improves fuel economy significantly.

The transmission is currently assembled in Sweden and then sent to the U.S. production plant in Maryland for adaptation to North American market requirements.

Volvo Trucks will invest US$7 million in Hagerstown to build a new assembly line, install new equipment and tooling, and train its employees. The new assembly line is primarily intended to supply the North American market.

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