Volvo Construction Equipment

Volvo Compact Excavator Wins Prestigious International Product Design Award

The ECR88D short swing radius compact excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) beat thousands of international products and wowed a panel of design experts to win an esteemed iF product design award - an internationally renowned award that recognizes outstanding design achievement. The machine – which is designed for use in confined areas – was awarded the prestigious prize in category 1: transportation design and special vehicles. The jury thoroughly examined each entry – the evaluation criteria included design quality, degree of innovation, environmental impact, functionality and safety. The new Volvo FH from Volvo Trucks also won an iF product design award, making this a double success for the Volvo Group.

“The ECR88D is one of the first excavators from the new Volvo design generation and represents a complete redesign of a Volvo machine," says Stina Nilimaa Wickström, design director at Volvo CE. The ECR88D features a narrow body design, centrally positioned boom and compact superstructure which allows the rear of the machine to swing within its track shoe. This allows the excavator to get extremely close to objects without the risk of collision with the rear of the machine as it swings.

Around 2,000 guests from the world of international design, media, business and politics are expected to celebrate the iF award winners on February 28th in Munich, Germany. At the ceremony the ECR88D may still achieve further success – the jury will honor the very best designs with an iF gold award.