Volvo Car Corporation launches automatic DRIVe diesels with the same fuel consumption as manual versions
Volvo Car Corporation is already in the lead among European carmakers when it comes to reducing carbon dioxide emissions - and the journey continues with two new CO2 cutting initiatives:
- The 1.6-litre diesel combined with automatic Powershift gearbox now comes with the same low fuel consumption and CO2 levels as the manual DRIVe versions.
- At the same time, CO2 emissions from the turbocharged, 1.6-litre T3 petrol engine with manual gearbox are down to 139 g/km.
The new possibility to combine the four-cylinder, 1.6-litre diesel engine (115 hp) with the six-speed Powershift gearbox is available in four models: Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80.
"For the first time ever, we have managed to bring the fuel consumption in variants with automatic gearbox down to the same level as in the manual versions. An impressive achievement by our powertrain experts," says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at the Volvo Car Corporation.
Fuel consumption in the Volvo S60 with the 1.6D engine and Powershift is 4.3 l/100km. This translates into CO2 emissions at 114 g/km. The corresponding figures for the Volvo V60, V70 and S80 with the same engine and gearbox are 4.5 l/100 km and 119 g/km.
The low consumption and emission levels are the result of a number of technological improvements:
- Friction between gearbox components has been reduced.
- The engine and gearbox software have been modified.
- The start/stop system cuts off the diesel engine when the car is still rolling (below 5 km/h).
- All electrical systems have been optimised to create lower energy consumption.
Petrol powered T3 under 140 g/km
Volvo Car Corporation's DRIVe Towards Zero also includes improvements of the petrol engines.
By optimising the four-cylinder, 1.6-litre T3 engine (150 hp), which is available in the Volvo S60 and V60, the engine experts have managed to bring fuel consumption down do 5.8 l/100 km in the S60. This corresponds to CO2 emissions at 135 g/km.
The figures for the direct-injected T3 engine combined with automatic Powershift in a Volvo S60 are 7.1 l/100 km and 164 g/km.
"Keeping the CO2 emissions below 140 grams is essential since this is a level used by many fleet customers. We have managed to do this in the T3 version through a number of small, significant improvements. We have also optimised the gearbox gearing for maximum fuel efficiency without loosing the engine characteristics," says Peter Mertens.
European leader in CO2 reduction
Volvo Car Corporation leading position among European carmakers when it comes to reducing carbon dioxide emissions is shown in the annual analysis presented by the European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E).
Volvo Car Corporation outperformed Europe's eight largest car manufacturers in 2010 by cutting overall CO2 emissions with no less than 9 percent.
"This excellent result is the outcome of a dedicated environmental focus under our "DRIVe Towards Zero" banner. One third of our research budget is earmarked for reducing CO2 emissions. Our new, upcoming Volvo Environmental Architecture engine range, which consists solely of four-cylinder engines, will ensure that we continue to beat our toughest competitors when it comes to fuel economy," says Peter Mertens.
Volvo Car Corporation appoints John Maloney as new President of Volvo Cars, U.S.
GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN (Nov. 28, 2011) -- John Maloney, 50, is appointed the new President of Volvo Cars, U.S. with immediate effect. He brings close to 30 years of automotive experience with him, most recently coming from a position as Vice President, Marketing and Product Planning at Volvo Cars of North America.
"The U.S. market is vital for the ambitious growth targets we have set for the company. Therefore, I am very happy that John has accepted to lead our U.S. business," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation.
John Maloney joined Volvo Cars of North America in 2000, arriving from Ford Motor Company. He became Vice President Marketing Communications in 2002 and in 2008 Product Planning was added to his responsibilities. He has been acting President of Volvo Cars of North America since May this year and he replaces Doug Speck who has been appointed Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Corporation.
"The future for Volvo in the United States is very bright and I'm honored to lead the brand during this very exciting time. My priority is to build upon the 2011 success and remain focused on delivering sustainable growth driven though our core volume products - the Volvo S60, XC60 and XC90," says John Maloney.
The United States is Volvo Car Corporation's biggest market with more than 60,000 sold cars year-to-date 2011 through 315 dealerships throughout the country. Sales this year are up 27 percent versus 2010, mainly driven by the successful Volvo S60, XC60 and XC90 models.
Volvo Announces Newest Polestar Performance Packages
Upgrade Now Available for 2011, 2012 XC60, S60 and XC70 T6
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Nov. 28, 2011) - Expanding on its recent announcement of performance packages for certain models with T5 engines, Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) today announced factory-authorized performance tuning software for several additional Volvo models will be available next week at Volvo retailers across the country.
The next wave of Polestar performance software packages will be available for 2011-2012 XC60, S60 and XC70 fitted with a T6 engine. The T6 performance software package carries an MSRP of $1,495 installed and goes on sale nationwide Dec. 5.
The T6 Polestar software package adds 25 horsepower and 30 lb.-ft. of torque, bringing the three carlines to 325 horsepower and 355 lb.-ft. of torque. Equally impressive is that the added power does not affect fuel consumption, as the efficient tuning of the engine only increases the power output when it is needed.
"Just a few weeks after announcing the performance package for select T5 models, we have already received tremendous feedback from our customers," said Chris Dauerer, VCNA's vice president of customer service. "With Polestar, we are able to deliver our performance-minded customers the enhanced driving package they have been looking for now across a variety of our carlines."
Currently, the Polestar performance software package is also available for the following carlines:
- XC60 T6 R-Design (MY2011-2012)
- C30 T5 (MY2008-2012)
- C70 T5 (MY2008-2012)
- S40 T5 (MY2008-2011)
Polestar Performance with its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, is Volvo Car's official Motorsport and Performance Partner. Polestar has collaborated with Volvo since 1996 and is currently responsible for all of Volvo's major undertakings in motorsport. Since 2009 Polestar also develops Performance optimization software for Volvo cars. In 2011 Polestar products are sold and installed by Volvo dealers in 15 countries.
For more information please refer to http://www.polestar.se/