I don’t know why, but Volvo Trucks enjoys putting its presidents in precarious situations for the sake of advertising. Remember Volvo’s “The Hook,” where then Volvo Trucks president Claes Nilsson stood on the front of the Volvo FMX as it was suspended by a crane dozens of feet in the air? Well, Volvo is back at again, putting current Volvo Trucks president Roger Alm on top of a Volvo Truck that’s on top of three other Volvo semis. It’s a quadruple-stacked semi sandwich.
The new ad that went live on YouTube today shows off four redesigned Volvo Trucks models – Volvo FH, Volvo FH16, Volvo FM, and Volvo FMX – ahead of their official launch. According to the automaker, this is the company’s biggest launch ever with those four models accounting for about two-thirds of Volvo Trucks’ deliveries.
Imagine being in the meeting where someone suggested stacking four Volvo semis on top of one another and then plopping the president on top like a human cherry. The truck tower, which is real, stands 15 meters (49 feet) tall and weighs 58 metric tons (127,868 pounds). Most of the commercial’s special effects, including the truck tower and Alm on top, were real. The ad took about a month to design before it was shot in late 2019 at a testing ground outside Volvo’s hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden.
“I’m used to be on top of things, but for me, shooting the truck tower was definitely an unusual day at work. And let’s just say I have a certain respect for heights. I'm a down to earth guy,” said Alm.
Volvo Trucks has a unique way of making commercials that go beyond what you’d expect from a commercial vehicle company. Back in 2013, Volvo Trucks, demonstrating Volvo Dynamic Steering, had actor Jean-Claude Van Damme doing the splits atop the side-view mirrors of two Volvo FM trucks. What’s next for Volvo Trucks? A commercial on the moon?
Volvo launches four new trucks by stacking them on top of each other in spectacular film — complete with President on top
Volvo Trucks’ latest launch film has reached new heights. To demonstrate the power and strength of its four new vehicles, Volvo built a colossal 15-metre, 58-tonne truck tower, stacking its four new trucks on top of one another. Adding to that, they stood president Roger Alm on top.
In the truck industry, releasing one truck is a huge project. But releasing four at the same time is almost unheard of. When renewing the entire range of heavy duty cab-over trucks, Volvo Trucks went for a different approach.
The unusual film is set in the dead of night and starts by showing the truck tower as a huge monolith glowing in the distance. As it moves forward, we see wolves in the foreground and catch a glimpse of a female driver. As the film reaches its climax, complete with smoke and lighting effects, we see that the man standing on top of the truck tower is actually Volvo Trucks’ president Roger Alm.
The release of the film comes one day ahead of the official launch of the heavy duty cab-over range in Europe, which includes the Volvo FH, Volvo FH16, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX. The four trucks represent about two thirds of Volvo Trucks’ deliveries.
”This is our biggest launch ever at Volvo Trucks. They will have a huge impact on our customers’ profitability and ability to compete both for business and the best drivers. I´m used to be on top of things, but for me, shooting the truck tower was definitely an unusual day at work. And let’s just say I have a certain respect for heights. I´m a down to earth guy”, said Roger Alm, president of Volvo Trucks.
The film was shot in late 2019 on a testing ground outside Volvo’s hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. Both the truck tower and the majority of the visual effects are real, including the smoke and lights, which a behind-the-scenes film reveals.
”It took about a month to design and build the tower and make sure it was safe to drive. Essentially, this was made possible thanks to the sturdy construction truck, Volvo FMX, and its new 38-tonne bogie being able to carry the weight of the others. But it also required a steady speed and course, accomplished by the Volvo Dynamic Steering technology and a skilled truck driver”, said Markus Wikström, engineer at Volvo Trucks and part of the engineering team behind the tower.