Volvo F10, F12 and F16
is a series of trucks manufactured by Volvo Trucks
. The F10 and F12 was launched in 1977, with many innovative features for its time, most notably a safety cab with high level of ergonomics
for the driver. The powerful F16 did not arrive until 1987.
This truck series was a tremendous success for Volvo, over 200.000 units were manufactured between 1977 and 1993. This really put Volvo on the world stage as a major truck manufacturer.
The basic chassis components and also the driveline components of the trucks when launched in 1977 were to a large extent based on the ones introduced in 1973 for the Volvo N-series trucks.The numbering on these models tells the engine displacement
in litres. Various power outputs were offered, and the engines have gone through several modifications through the years. All engines were straight 6-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines of Volvo's own make.
The series got two major upgrades during its production.The first one in 1983, which included major changes to the cabin, (larger windscreen and heightened roof) a new chassis with decreased weight and parabolic springs, and the spacious "Globetrotter" cabin was offered as an option. The engines also got an upgrade, but the power output was unchanged.
The second upgrade came in 1987, with the arrival of the powerful F16 and some cosmetic changes. The F16 truck had a new six-cylinder, straight-in-line engine with four valves per cylinder and a... Read More