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Volkswagen’s vocational unit adds aerial lifts


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Press Release / November 11, 2014

Already offering factory-installed mixer, tipper, refuse and beverage bodies, VW’s vocational truck unit is now offering a range of aerial lift trucks.

The flagship of the line-up is based on the company’s 26.280 8x4 vocational chassis and features an Embark service body paired with an insulated, articulated and telescopic VersaLift model VST-9000-MHI with a 29 meter (95 foot) working height able to reach high voltage transmission lines.



Customized for electric utilities, the first production unit has been delivered to CEEE Group, a power and energy company based in the Brazilian city of Rio Grande do Sul.

Prior to body installation, wheelbase lengthening and other custom modofications to meet customer requirements were performed by Volkswagen’s in-house factory modifications center.

VW’s 26.280 8x4 vocational chassis is powered by a Euro-5 (EPA2007) emissions 6.9-liter 275 horsepower MAN D08 engines paired with either a 16-speed ZF 16S1455TD manual transmission, 12-speed ZF 12AS1630TD AS Tronic AMT or six-speed Allison 3000 series transmission.

With the addition of aerial lifts to its vocational range, Volkswagen plans to aggressively target new business in the energy sector.

"With higher and more sophisticated power transmission networks, a new demand is being created for equipment of this size. With the ability of our factory mod center to offer customers turn-key customized truck and body configurations, we are positioned to serve this promising market,” says Ricardo Alouche, vice president of Sales, Marketing and After Sales at MAN Latin America.




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