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A little over two years ago, Volvo introduced four-cylinder engines to the V70 and S80 models. This year, with new clean diesel powerplants, the two models also get the company's DRIVe badging and now emit just under 120 grams of CO2 per kilometer – one gram under that level, to be exact. The 119 figure is available in either model, but which trim levels achieve that goal was not spelled out. Previously, the lowest CO2 figures available in the S80 and V70 were 129 grams per km.

The new DRIVe V70 and S80 use a 1.6 liter turbocharged diesel engine that boosts fuel economy by 5.1 miles per gallon to 62.8 mpg (UK) on the combined cycle. This means that any range anxiety drivers of these cars have won't kick in until they've driven almost 1100 miles.

[Source: Volvo]



* Emitting as low as 119 g/km of CO2
* Up to 62.8 miles per gallon
* Both cars fall into Vehicle Excise Duty Band C costing motorists only £35 per year

Volvo Car UK has revealed 119g/km DRIVe versions of its S80 executive saloon and V70 premium estate, the fourth and fifth body style it's launched delivering CO2 emissions below 120 g/km.

Delivering 109bhp and 240Nm of torque, the modified 1.6 litre turbocharged diesel engine provides improved fuel economy by 5.1mpg to 62.8mpg on the Combined Cycle, increasing both cars' range to nearly 1100 miles.

Both cars fall into Vehicle Excise Duty Band C - costing motorists just £35 per year - and Volvo estimates the new 119g/km engine reduces annual carbon emissions by 150kg over the S80 and V70 DRIVe's previous low of 129g/km.

Volvo believes the two new cars offer the best environmental performance in their respective classes. Both cars provide lower Benefit-in-Kind tax bills for company motorists and fuel savings - 60 litres per annum - equivalent to receiving a free tank of fuel each year.

Like all DRIVe models, drivers do not have to compromise on high levels of comfort and specification with both models being available to order in SE, SE Premium, SE Lux and SE Lux Premium trim levels.

Volvo has employed two main techniques to reduce CO2 emissions further on both cars.

Intelligent battery recharging ensures that the car's control system only allows the alternator to charge the battery when the engine is operating at low load, for instance when driving downhill. In addition the belt that drives the alternator and air conditioning compressor benefits from reduced friction helping lower fuel consumption and emissions.

"There has been a swift pace of development since the launch of our first 119-gramme models in Paris in autumn 2008. Now that we have brought two of the larger models in below the magical 120 g/km limit, few of our competitors can now match us when it comes to offering customers an extensive range of low emission cars," says Volvo Cars President and CEO Stephen Odell

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      • 5 Years Ago
      In many european countries there is emission based annual tax on cars. I have VW polo 1.4TDI(122g of CO2) and have to pay 90USD every year. For SUV's it can be many hundred dollars per year(In Finland, I think that owning a humvee would cost 600-700usd a year). So that's why CO2 is so "big" thing in europe when you are buying a new car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay, that makes sense.

        We could definitely use that law here, or at least a gas tax. Too many assholes driving to work alone in a 4500lb SUV every day. It makes me sick.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Also the tax % that you have to pay for a new car depends on emissions. This can make for thousands of euros/dollars difference in different models with same gadgets, just different engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In Sweden, below 120g/km is considered a "green" car and you'll get tax credits (no tax) the first five years. Regular tax is based on CO2, even for ethanol but only 50% of that for gasoline.

      Fuels are taxed according to energy content, but diesel only gets 70% of that tax, natural gas 20% while biogas, ethanol and biodiesel has no tax. The alternative fuels are actually also subsidied by taxes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      pgrt- you have no know idea what you are talking about. First of all the taxes here in europe for the cars/suvs goes as fallows; first is the what size motor you have. Your hummer of 6.0L V8 for example you have to cough about 1000 Euros yearly while a 3.0L from merc or vw is about 300E. Basically theres a % taxed on every 200CC that the goes beyond their priced list of size engine category(depends where you live in the EU). Second being is the year make of the car and what euro spec pollution your engine emits. Never mind the fact that this suv is a tank and gets about 30-40% per 100km on the european cycle and its about 1E per liter(gallon is about 3.78L). Nerver mind the fact that ull never find a spot to park in the small cities here. The fact that the hummer is Euro 3 spec while the Volvo (awesome diesel) in this article is a Euro 6 spec based on %g/km emitted. Apparently you dont know nothing about the us dept. Why do you use the term EVERY for the american population? Its like saying that EVERY european likes peugeot or fiat or dacia.You probably think that VW is the best. You really think that all americans
      (~350 million people) use loans or have debts? Yes the gov has its debt like so many other nations but my friend you are so wrong to say that every american has debts or loans. Americans are taxed heavily; a house in FL that costs about $$250K you are coughing up about $$4-5k yearly while a appt or a house in europe is what 100-300E yearly(again depends which EU state you are in). You are forgetting that business in the US have double tax duty n you have to report to the irs every 3 months for the business tax based on what profits you make. Yes Iam well informed n most important i got the us in one hand and the other hand the eu.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder why how much 'carbon per kilometer' is the primary selling point for cars in Europe. You never hear those figures mentioned her in America.

      What's the deal - are Europeans far more environmentally minded than us?
        • 5 Years Ago
        My question was not theoretical at all. Thanks for your reply.

        It's just so shocking to see how carbon-conscious everyone else is compared to us. America is on a totally different plane of existence it seems.

        Even China recently passed some laws mandating that everyone has to buy energy from renewable resources such as solar, wind, etc.

        At least we'll retain our spot as #1 polluter soon. We'll be #1 at something again, lol..
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's indeed a tax issue. Here in the Netherlands the CO2/km amount at present influences the retail price of the car and the monthly road tax. Both are fixed taxes on car ownership, not on car use (that is achieved by high fuel excise duty).

        The system is supposed to be replaced by a GPS based pricing system where you pay by the kilometre. Kilometers driven in peak hours and in cars with high CO2 output will pay extra:


        There's a majority in parliament for the proposals but it's highly controversial amongst taxpayers, mainly because it will affect second hand value of cars bought under the old system and because of the government's lousy track record with large IT projects.
        • 5 Years Ago
        CO2 emission is a component of car taxes in several EU countries.
        I don't know how it specifically works for the others, here in Germany you pay an 2 Euros for every g/km above 120g/km. This cap will decrease in the future to something like 95g/km in 2014.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Simple answer for neptronix: yes. Both European citizens and governments have shown their willingness many times to take serious measures to combat climate change. These include fuel taxes, creation of carbon cap-and-trade markets, and possibly a carbon tax in the future. None of these could pass the U.S. Congress, due to a combination of propaganda, protection of the energy industry in some states, and what I can only call selfishness.

        But perhaps your question was rhetorical...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The CO2 tax is brilliant. The mandatory always beats voluntarism. People will never voluntarily buy enough hybrids to make a real difference. An annual cost for driving a piggy car will start to lower CO2 immediately and effectively. And look at all the product development going on with almost weekly announcements of new low carbon autos. And it has to make you smile to imagine all those rich, anti-tax people driving around in FIAT 500s.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree.
        We already have a guzzler tax, but it is a one time thing, and an absolute drop in the bucket compared to the purchase price of a car. It is very lenient too, And whoever buys the car used doesn't have to pay it again. I think there is also an exemption for SUVs still in effect, which is why we drive a lot of those?

        I would say Europeans are taxed to death compared to here. But they do have some good ideas. The tax money could go towards renewable energy projects ..
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think a big difference is that for the high taxes we pay, we also get a lot back.

        Not to say that there's not some wasteful spending going on... inefficient govt programs, bailouts and tax cuts for the rich, unsustainable subsidies or questionable military expeditures etc. are all problems over here too. But by and large they're fixable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        USA's budget deficit is expected to be 1 560 billion dollars this year and you say that europeans are taxed to death. Funny way of thinking you have. Every US citizen has debt about 120 000USD and loaned money is never free. Could it be that USA is just waaaaay under taxed?
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