Volvo ‘DRIVes’ towards zero diesel emissions

VOLVO has taken the next step towards its ‘DRIVe Towards Zero’ strategy by making further emission cuts to its diesel engine line-up.


From model year 2013, almost all diesel-powered versions of the S60, V60, V70 and S80 will have emissions below 120 g/km.


In combination with the engine refinements for model year 2013, Volvo has also upgraded its infotainment system, SENSUS, in-line with the all-new V40. This enables Volvo to offer new technology to its customers by being able to specify road sign information, active high beam and tunnel detection.


The new CO2 figures for manual versions of the S60, V60, V70 and S80 are:


Model/Engine D2 (115 bhp) D3 (136 bhp) D4 (163 bhp) D5 (215 bhp)
S60 114 g 114 g 114 g 119 g
V60 119 g 119 g 119 g 120 g
V70 119 g 119 g 119 g 126 g
S80 119 g 114 g 114 g 120 g

The D2 engine combined with automatic Powershift gearbox comes with the same fuel consumption and CO2 levels as the manual versions in the S60, V60, V70 and S80.


Peter Mertens, senior vice president research and development of Volvo Car Corporation, said: ‘The conventional diesel and petrol power trains continue to play a major role on the environmental agenda. We are continuously improving their efficiency and in the last two years Volvo has brought CO2 emissions from our diesel and petrol model ranges down by 13%.’


Meanwhile, the DRIVe symbol, which has been used to denote the lowest CO2 emitting engine in each of the models, will be re-named Drive-E and at the same time offer a more strategic approach and have a broader scope.


‘From now on the DRIVe symbol will not be used for denominating specific car models since we extend Drive-E to embrace all Volvo Car Corporation’s sustainability efforts, from production to recycling,’ said Mertens.


Additionally, Volvo has extended its diesel engine offer with a new entry-level five-cylinder, 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel in the S60, V60, V70 and S80 models.


The engine, which has an output of 136 bhp and maximum torque at 350 Nm, will be badged D3. The engine is available both with a manual and an automatic gearbox.


The current D3 (163 bhp) diesel engine will be re-named the D4 in order to make way for the new engine in the line-up for all the larger cars.


The new diesel engine enables Volvo to now offer a D2 with 115 bhp, the D3 with 136 bhp, the D4 with 163 bhp and the D5 with 215 bhp.


Model year 2013 versions of the S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 are available to order this month with production starting in May.


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