Volvo V40 D4 with new Drive-E powertrains:
The most powerful, lowest emission engine in its segment
Volvo Car Group’s new Drive-E powertrains – offering a world-class blend of drivability and low CO2 emissions – are now also available for the Volvo V40 and V40 Cross Country. The CO2 emissions of the 190 hp Volvo V40 D4 with manual gearbox are down to an outstanding 85 g/km – an offer no competitor is even close to matching.
“The Volvo V40 D4 offers a massive 80 hp more driving pleasure than other cars in the segment with CO2 emissions at that level. This is yet more proof that the Drive-E powertrains take efficient driving pleasure to a new dimension,” says Michael Fleiss, Vice President Powertrain at Volvo Car Group.
Initially, the V40 can be equipped with two engines from the four-cylinder Drive-E engine family: the 245 hp petrol turbo T5 and the turbo diesel D4 with 190 hp. An 8-speed automatic gearbox contributes to the refined drive.
“Their outstanding take-off and responsiveness, combined with a smooth engine sound, will make the nimble V40 cars even more fun to drive, without compromising on modern customers’ demand for superb fuel economy and minimised CO2-emissions,” adds Michael Fleiss.
To deliver the desired responsive, smooth and fuel-efficient drivability, the Drive-E engines are teamed either with Volvo Cars’ new eight-speed automatic gearbox or an enhanced six-speed manual tuned for improved fuel economy. Versions with the automatic gearbox have paddles on the steering wheel for manual gear shifting.
Diesel with ground-breaking i-Art technology
The D4 turbo diesel comes with 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The engine features world-first i-ART technology with pressure feedback from each fuel injector instead of using a traditional single pressure sensor in the common rail.
Each injector has an intelligent chip on top of it that monitors injection pressure. Using this information, the self-adapting i-ART system makes sure that the ideal amount of fuel is injected during each combustion cycle.
“The combination of injection pressure at 2,500 bar and i-ART technology gives the customer an engine with high performance, improved fuel economy and considerably lower emissions,” says Michael Fleiss.
The diesel also features refinements such as a state-of-the-art twin-turbo, reduced friction and a smart valve solution on the cooling system for a more rapid heat-up phase after a cold start.
V40 D4 with fuel consumption at 3.3 l/100 km
Fuel consumption in a Volvo V40 D4 with a manual gearbox is down to 3.3 l/100 km (EU Combined), which corresponds to CO2 emissions at 85 g/km. The figure for the V40 Cross Country is 4.0 l/100 km (104 g/km) with the manual gearbox.
The four-cylinder petrol turbo T5 has 245 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption in a Volvo V40 with the 8-speed automatic is 5.8 l/100 km (136 g/km). All figures are preliminary.
Introduced in 2013
The first two-litre, four-cylinder Drive-E engines (called Volvo Engine Architecture [VEA] during the development phase) were launched in autumn 2013. From May 2014, all new Volvo models, except the XC90, will be available with engines from the new powertrain family.
Exclusive Volvo Ocean Race Edition and V70 & XC70 Edition released in Geneva
Exactly forty years after the completion of the first race, Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) is celebrating the upcoming 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race by presenting another special edition of sailing-inspired cars.
The fifth generation Volvo Ocean Race Edition, which includes the Volvo V40, V40 Cross Country, V60 and XC60, will be launched at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. At the same time, Volvo Cars will introduce the V70 and XC70 Editions for customers with a taste for a more dynamic look and handling.
The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s most grueling ocean adventure. The route includes 11 cities in 11 countries, and the teams cover 38,739 nautical miles – equivalent to 71,745 km.
“The Volvo Ocean Race Edition reflects our brand strategy to design cars around the customers. It reflects the values Volvo buyers look for when they choose a car for an active lifestyle and exciting adventures, without compromising on safety, environmental care and fuel-efficiency,” says Anders H Gustavsson, Vice President Special Vehicles at Volvo Car Group.
The models are available in four colors – Ocean Blue II, Bright Silver, Black Sapphire and Crystal White. The unique seven-spoke ‘Portunus’ wheel comes in 17-inch (V40 and V40 Cross Country) and 18-inch (V60 and XC60) dimensions. The Volvo Ocean Race identification is displayed on the tread plates and front fenders as well as in the start-up sequence on the Infotainment screen.
Unique interior with an orange touch
The interior features black or blond leather upholstery with orange stitching and the Volvo Ocean Race logo in orange. The stitching is echoed on the door panels and floor mats, which also have a special rubber tag attached. There is a unique deco inlay, and the load cover on the V60 and XC60 is decorated with a Volvo Ocean Race map and logo.
Production of the Volvo Ocean Race Edition cars will start this spring, and Volvo Cars expects to sell over 16,000 units during 2014 and 2015.
The 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race will start on October 4, 2014 and finish with a final In-Port Race on June 27, 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. For more information, visit www.volvooceanrace.com
New V70 & XC70 Edition
The new V70 & XC70 Edition will also be launched in Geneva. These cars are designed for customers who want to add some extra spice to these flexible models.
“We have added a dynamic look and feel to the V70 and XC70. This includes a number of exterior and interior design features. The driver appeal is enhanced with a lowered chassis on the V70, and it is also the first time ever that the XC70 can be equipped with a dynamic chassis,” says Anders H Gustavsson.
The V70 Edition is characterized by a number of high gloss black details, including the ribs in the grille, the rear-view mirror caps, the side window frames and parts of the tailgate. 17-inch wheels in high gloss silver are standard, while 17-inch and 18-inch wheels in high gloss black are optional.
The XC70 Edition also features several high gloss black details. Specially designed 18-inch, diamond cut wheels in glossy black are standard.
Black leather and cream stitching
Both the V70 and XC70 have seats in black leather with contrasting cream stitching. The stitching is echoed on the door panels, the front center armrest, the floor mats and on the sport steering wheel. The dynamic look is enhanced with sport pedals.
Production of the V70 and XC70 Edition cars will start in spring 2014, and Volvo Cars plans to sell approx. 15,000 units during 2014-2016.
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Volvo Demonstrates Potential of Connectivity with Deliveries Directly to Your Car
Digital keys now make it possible to transform the car into a delivery pickup and drop-off zone
- More than half of people (60%) experienced delivery problems through online shopping last year
- Failed first-time deliveries generate significant costs for companies
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Feb. 20, 2014) - In a groundbreaking technological move for the automotive industry, Volvo Cars demonstrates the world’s first delivery of food to the car – a new form of "roam delivery" services. The service, which will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, allows consumers to have their shopping delivered straight to their car, no matter where they are.
Volvo’s new digital key technology means people will be able to choose their car as a delivery option when ordering goods online. Via a smartphone or tablet, the owner will be informed when a delivery company wants to drop off or pick up something from the car.
Having accepted the delivery, the car owner hands out a digital key and can track when the car is opened and locked again. Once the pick up or drop off is completed, the digital key ceases to exist. The system is based on the functionality of the telematics app Volvo On Call, which, among other things, makes it possible to remotely heat or cool the car, see its location, or check its fuel level via a mobile phone.
The technology was tested during a pilot program with 100 people, 86 percent of which agreed that roam delivery saved them time. The innovative use of digital keys will now make it possible to save time, money and reduce environmental impact, following completion of the first tests of the concept.
With connected services such as roam delivery, the future car will be much more than just a means of transportation. Earlier this year Volvo Cars launched Sensus Connect, an integrated on board navigation and infotainment experience. Volvo Cars’ strategic partnership with Ericsson builds further on the idea of the networked society -- by examining a host of consumer-centric concepts around the “Connected Vehicle Cloud” that will see the driving experience revolutionized over the coming years.
Saving time and reducing stress
Last year, 60 percent of online shoppers had problems with their deliveries. Research revealed that people across the globe feel increasingly stressed in their daily lives. In a report from the Future Foundation, between 2010 and 2011, citizens in all of the countries studied showed increased feelings of being under time pressure in their daily lives. Despite the rise of online shopping, research also revealed more than half of shoppers are not at home to receive online deliveries, leading to further inconvenience and time wasted.
Making deliveries directly to your car is one example of Volvo Cars' exploring the potential of connected cars to create solutions that simplify our everyday lives. The pilot program has also revealed 92 percent of people found it more convenient to receive deliveries to their car than at home.
New possibilities to deliver to where persons are – not places
“By turning the car into a pickup and drop-off zone through digital keys, we solved a lot of problems delivering goods to people, not places. The test customers also indicated that the service clearly saved time. And there are benefits for delivery companies as well because failed first-time deliveries generate significant costs for companies. We are now further investigating the technology of digital keys and new consumer benefits linked to it," says Klas Bendrik, Group CIO at Volvo Car Group.
“It's all about finding solutions that are intuitive, easy to use and create customer benefits. The important thing is to make these complex and advanced systems easy to understand for everyone, even behind the wheel. Having the ability to order deliveries directly to your car is just one early example of that," says Bendrik.