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Engine downsizing is considered an effective method for reducing emissions and improving fuel efficiency and that's precisely why many automakers have developed smaller mills to replace older, larger motors. Kia, Volkswagen, Fiat, Audi and many others already announced their intentions to introduce downsized engines in upcoming models. We can now add Volvo to the ranks of automakers developing new low-displacement powerplants.

According to Autocar, Volvo plans to introduce downsized gas- and diesel-fueled engines across its model range beginning in 2013. The automaker is also eying the addition of clean diesels that displace less than two liters – including a 1.6-liter engine that puts out 113 horsepower – and is even discussing the possibility of importing oil burners here to the States. Volvo's Chief Executive Officer, Stefan Jacoby, tells Autocar that the company is "taking a deep look at whether it will introduce the diesels to the U.S.," though nothing has been decided yet.

What do you think – would bringing over a range of diesels help improve Volvo's fortunes in the States?

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I am sick & tired of paying through the nose ridiculous gasoline prices to the oil oligarchs.
      Bring on the European diesels!
      First one to bring a reasonably priced diesel model will get my business!

      Will it be the BMW X1 diesel, or perhaps an Audi Q5 diesel?
      How about the Volvo Xc60 diesel?

      Bring em over guys and watch the North
      American market eat them up!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish you (Autoblog) would stop calling diesels "oil burners". It sure does not help when trying to educate North Americans about modern diesels...
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's still what they are...they put out more smog forming pollutants than ICs and the process of producing ULSD negates any MPG benefit a diesel offers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pete K - don't worry about Autoblog calling diesels "oil burners".
        The people who need the education about diesels don't read this site.
        They will have to get their education somewhere else.
        Personally, I would not want, or buy, a diesel vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Volvo trucks are known for having some awesome diesel engines, so even though the two companies are really only related in name only, I could still see a diesel being a natural fit for Volvo cars. If they bring out a good small diesel engine for their cars that doesn't require DEF and is available in an AWD model, I could see eventually adding one to my driveway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      they absolutely will sell, as long as they market it correctly! they need to BOAST about the mileage along with the safety and their new maintenance program, all at the same time. Diesels still have a place here!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Diesel powered Volvos is not a new concept.

      Some of you americans know the 6 cylinder 2.4 in the 200/700/900 series. Yeah, it wasn't great. Let's just leave it at that.

      Things got better with the 850 TDI which used a 2.5 liter 5 cylinder VW/Audi unit. I frequently see these cars rack up half a million kilometers. Some twice that. Volvo diesels have been good ever since.

      And they've had a ford/peugeot sourced 1.6 liter diesel for a few years already. Probably the same engine another commenter mentioned driving in a 307 HDI. They even put it in the S80 and V70. It's about as powerful as an oldschool 2.3 liter petrol 940 (read: not fast but perfectly usable) but drives a lot better thanks to the torque and gets absolutely stupid mileage for a big car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh no I see an 80's and early 90"s redux here coming: underpowered lightweight tinny cars that got good mileage and failed at everything else.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I don't see that at all.

        No wonder why your comment was down rated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, yeah, yeah--'Diesels, diesels, diesels--we're bringing all kinds of diesels to the States!'

      We're still waiting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      long live the t5!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have been a big Volvo fan since the day I got my license and I have owned 5 Volvos at this point. My current Volvo is an S60R. Anyway, I am thinking of trading in the Volvo for a VW Golf TDI just because Volvo does not have a diesel and I am sick of only getting 18 to 20 MPG. If they put a Diesel in there C30 and sold it here, I would buy it in a heart beat but because they don't have one is why I am leaving Volvo for VW.
      G. Huff
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had a V50 D2 as a rental car over the summer in Germany, and would have no problem buying it for here. If you can drive 100 mph on the autobahn and still average 40+mpg, why wouldn't you?
      • 4 Years Ago
      volvo diesel would sell and they are needed desperately for the XC60-90. i remember when volvo's got 30 mpg. they could get 40-50mpg with a diesel. i don't think they can
      wait until 2013. they need one in 2011, or sooner!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      For me one of the biggest issues that diesel will have to overcome (apart from the old stigmatism) is the fact that if you go to a diesel pump at a gas station (in the US) there is diesel spilled all over the floor from the people who you diesel trucks for work. So diesel looks bad; and you ineviabley get it on your shoes and climb back in you car smelling of what? Diesel!
      I think the modern consumer has a negative opinion of diesel just based on that too.
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