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Tue January 16, 2007 - National Edition

Volvo Construction Equipment’s C-Series excavators — the EC160C and EC210C — have arrived in North America.

The C-Series offers Tier III compliant Volvo engines, which have been united with intelligent hydraulics and a more rugged undercarriage and superstructure.

The operator’s environment has been upgraded, giving operators more comfort, more space, a better climate, better visibility and improved controls, according to the manufacturer.

The primary, at-a-glance improvements include:

• New Volvo engine with V-ACT (Volvo Advanced Combustion):

A Tier III compliant engine offers high torque at low revs, leading to ultra-efficient fuel consumption.

The onboard computer balances maximum available power to hydraulic output, preventing the engine from becoming overloaded (regardless of engine speed or pump demand).

• Advanced hydraulic flow with boom, arm and swing priority:

In-cab operator selectable hydraulic flow and pressure increases performance, especially when regularly changing attachments. Hydraulically driven fan is only operational when needed, reducing fuel consumption further.

• Better controls, more space, more glass, less noise, less vibration:

A larger Volvo Care Cab offers more room where operators really need it, with particular attention given to allowing plenty of space for big site boots to work without restriction.

Visibility also is improved. The enhanced suspension system surpasses emerging cab vibration requirements. In-cab noise levels also are reduced because of the low revving engine, redesign of the cooling system and the pressurized insulated cab itself, which blocks sound. A color LCD display can be read in very bright conditions and offers real time information.

• Climate control:

The electronic climate control boasts 14 vents.

• ROPS cab:

All steps and platforms feature punched steel plates for increased grip. The new windshield wiper cleans a wider area, including both upper corners. An optional rear view camera provides a safer view while slewing or during travel.

• Easier to service:

Ground level access makes inspection and service more convenient. Centralized lubrication points and long service intervals reduce downtime. An LCD monitor conducts a self-diagnostic check routine.

• More rugged:

Strengthened high-tensile steel undercarriage frame absorbs stress with rigid strength. Sealed-for-life greased track link prevents leaks, reduces noise and ensures longevity.

Protected hydraulic lines and bolt shields help prevent collision damage.

• Parts commonality:

The C-Series shares more than 100 components found on other Volvo equipment, including the wheeled excavator.

• Environmental awareness:

Ninety-five percent of a C-Series Volvo excavator can be recycled and the external paint is lead free.