Volvo handed lucrative NFT contractVolvo Trucks and Hartshorne Group have been jointly awarded the exclusive vehicle supply partnership contract for chilled food and drink logistics company, NFT.

The contract, which is for the exclusive supply of all 6×2 and 4×2 tractor units, involves an order for 100 trucks in the next two years. All are replacements for existing fleet vehicles; any growth will further be added to the exclusive deal. The exact split between two- and three-axle tractors is to be decided.

“We conducted a thorough tender process with four vehicle manufacturers,” said Andrew De’Vere, NFT managing director of shared user operations. “Volvo came out top, and in particular for innovation and technology, which are key attributes NFT is looking for in its partners.”

NFT said fuel performance from two Euro 6 demonstrators also influenced the decision.

Specification of the trucks, which are all Euro 6 Globetrotter FM tractor units, includes Volvo’s D11K, 11-litre engine fitted with the Volvo Engine Brake and rated at 450 bhp. All are equipped with I-Shift gearboxes, I-See fuel-saving tech and Dynafleet telematics.