• Aug 22, 2011
Volvo is methodically adding stop-start technology to its vehicles equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission over in Europe. The stop-start tech, which initially is only available on vehicles with the 2.0-liter D3 turbodiesel engine, cuts CO2 emission by approximately ten grams per kilometer and reduces fuel consumption by 0.4 liter per 100 km.

Beginning in September 2011, stop-start tech will be available in four Volvo vehicles: S60, V60, V70 and S80. Peter Mertens, Volvo's senior vice-president of research and development, said in a statement (available after the jump):
Continuously reducing CO2 emissions from conventional powertrains is an important part of our DRIVe Towards Zero emissions. It is the most effective way to cut CO2 throughout our model range in the short term.
Volvo's stop-start technology uses a brake pressure measurement system to trigger when to shut off the engine. The system is programmed to kill the engine immediately after the vehicle comes to standstill. A more robust starter ensures the engine refires as soon as brake pedal pressure is reduced. Volvo says all four start-stop-equipped, D3-powered models will return a rather remarkable 40-plus miles per gallon (U.S.), with the S60 grabbing the top spot at 43.6 mpg (U.S.).
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Volvo Car Corporation introduces start/stop technology in cars with automatic gearbox

Volvo Car Corporation now makes it possible for customers to combine fuel-cutting start/stop technology with an automatic gearbox.
The new start/stop technology, which initially is available together with the 2.0-litre D3 turbo diesel, cuts CO2 emission with 10 g/km - translated into 0.4 litres less fuel consumption per 100 km.

From early September 2011, the six-speed automatic gearbox with start/stop becomes available in the D3 versions of four Volvo models: S60, V60, V70 and S80.

"Continuously reducing CO2 emissions from conventional powertrains is an important part of our DRIVe Towards Zero emissions. It is the most effective way to cut CO2 throughout our model range in the short term. This work is running parallel with our innovative focus on electrification technologies," says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo Car Corporation.

Combining start/stop with automatic gearbox is a larger technology challenge than the manual start/stop version already available in most Volvo models. The engine must restart instantly when the driver moves the right foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator.

Agile response
"We have focused on achieving the same agile feeling as you get with today's conventional automatic. The response is so seamless that it feels like the car starts accelerating immediately when the engine restarts," explains Peter Mertens.

The technology uses brake pressure measurement to trigger when to stop and start the engine. The start/stop system is programmed to shut down the engine immediately when the car reaches a standstill (0 km/h).
An electric pump keeps oil pressure up in the automatic gearbox while the engine is stopped. The system also includes an improved starter engine.

Downsized five-cylinder engine
The two-litre D3 produces 163 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The five-cylinder 2-litre turbo diesel was introduced 2010 in the all-new Volvo S60. It is now available throughout Volvo Car Corporation's model range.
The five-cylinder D3 is in principle the same engine as the well-established 2.4-litre diesel, but its displacement has been reduced with a shorter stroke to optimise fuel consumption.

The piezoelectric fuel injectors minimise consumption with exceptionally rapid and precise injection pulses under high pressure. This promotes extremely efficient combustion. In order to give the car better driving properties, the turbocharger has been fine-tuned to provide high torque from low revs.

Lower fuel consumption
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions (EU Combined) with automatic gearbox and start/stop is now down to:

S60 5,4 l/100 km 142 g/km
V60 5,7 l/100 km 149 g/km
V70 5,7 l/100 km 149 g/km
S80 5,6 l/100 km 148 g/km

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      • 2 Years Ago
      make fun of me all you like, but I am keeping my 1984 Bonneville and 2003 Dakota R/T until I die... literally. I love old school not this crap.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Micro hybrids should've been on the market by now, while moving towards full hybrids. Well, it's good that they're getting there.
      Ele Truk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully they also include a more robust battery. Diesels require more cranking amps, and donig it a lot during stop and go traffic would quickly wear down a standard battery.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't rush to buy that. Actually many car enginneers and car marketers are paniking and are starting to promote and selling all kind of stupid products. First and foremost: do volvo engineers are actually driving these new cars and what are their feelings, i won't buy anything that is not driven on a daily basis by these proponents. I suggest that this is the driver that shut down the engines when he or she think that it is appropriate to do so and that the engine start when the driver press the gas pedal. Insist that this new gizmo been tested in rain, in traffic jams, in small town and in winter on icy congested full of pothole canadian highways.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No mention of regenerative braking to recapture energy otherwise wasted as heat. Other European diesels with micro- and mild hybrid will probably continue to get better fuel economy.