Volvo Truck milestones in Australia – the Early days

In 1967, Swedish Motor Importers P/L, under the leadership of Max Winkless, import four F86 4x2 trucks for evaluation. Two units operate with Mayne Nickless and two are used for demonstration and promotion

SKD assembly operations are established in Wollongong, NSW.

March 1968– the first retail sale occurs. Brambles Port Kembla buy a F86. A total of 27 trucks are delivered to customers

1968saw the release of the larger, more powerful F &#38 G88 models.

In 1969, 96 trucks are sold.

On 1 July 1970, Volvo Australia P/L formed – a collaboration between Swedish Motors and AB Volvo. In 1970, 200 trucks are sold

June 1972– Wacol Qld Assembly Plant opens. Considered to be the most modern truck plant in Australia and at the time, was the 2nd largest Volvo truck plant in the world !

487 trucks are sold in 1972

In 1973, the G89 - the most powerful Volvo truck so far is released. With its TD120 engine producing 243kW, the G89 extends the appeal of the Volvo truck range.

The N series conventional range is added in 1974to the popular F model COEs. Available with 7, 10 and 12 litre engines, the N series was aimed at tipper and heavy haulage.

1977 – AB Volvo’s 50th anniversary. In Australia, the 5000th Australian assembled Volvo truck is delivered – to Mr Gorono from Eudlo, Qld.


Swedish Motors - Truck Assembly in Wollongong (1967 - 1971)

 

The site for the first locally assembly operation was the Swedish Motors facility in W'gong
The site for the first locally assembly operation was the Swedish Motors facility in W'gong. A crated G88 cab can be seen on the bottom right-hand corner.

With the Mayne Nickless field trials of the F86s proving that the Volvo was going to be an appealing truck for Aussie truck operators, the task of supplying trucks got underway.

The site for the first locally assembly operation was the Swedish Motors facility in W'gong. After the initial few fully imported units, the trucks were bought in as Semi Knocked Down (SKD) kits.

In the SKD kit form, each truck arrived as a collection of crates, having first been fully assembled in Sweden then "knocked down" in sub assemblies. The cabs came in complete, the engine and gearbox as a unit, etc




Coming of Age - Volvo Australia (Pty Ltd)