Volvo
said it has cut its European fleetwide emissions from its gas- and diesel-powered vehicles by 13 percent during the past few years and is looking to reduce emissions even further starting next year.

For the 2013 model year, the Swedish automaker will debut a five-cylinder 2.0-liter, 136-horsepower turbodiesel engine – called the D3 – for its S60, V60, XC60, V70 and S80 models. All but the automatic-transmission XC60 crossover will have start-stop functionality.

Additionally, Volvo will also introduce a 115-horsepower diesel engine – the D2 – that will have the same emissions with both an automatic and manual transmissions, which Volvo says is a first.

Volvo is looking to use a combination of diesel technology and electric-drive powertrains to meet progressively more stringent European greenhouse-gas emissions. The company said in 2010 that, for the eight years ending in 2014, it will have sunk more than $2 billion in research and development specifically towards boosting fuel economy and reducing emissions.

Last June, Volvo debuted a battery-electric prototype version of its C30 with a 93-mile single-charge range and estimated that about 250 would be built by the end of this year for leasing to European customers. Volvo, which isn't selling the car, is charging about $2,100 a month for lessees the EVs.
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Volvo Car Corporation reinforces efficiency leadership with new initiatives in model year 2013

Volvo Car Corporation reinforces its European leadership in fuel efficiency improvement by new CO2 initiatives. From model year 2013 the majority of all diesel-powered versions of the Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80 will have CO2 emissions below 120 g/km. All of the larger cars in Volvo's model range can also be equipped with the new systems Road Sign Information, Active High Beam and Tunnel Detection.

"The conventional diesel and petrol power trains continue to play a major role on the environmental agenda. We continuously improve their efficiency. In the last two years Volvo has brought CO2 emissions from our diesel and petrol model ranges down by 13 percent and in model year 2013 we introduce several new improvements," says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Corporation.

New diesel with 136 hp
Volvo Car Corporation extends the diesel offer with a new entry-level 5-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbo diesel in the Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70 and S80 models.
The engine, which has an output of 136 hp and maximum torque at 350 Nm, will be badged D3. The engine is available both with a manual and an automatic gearbox. All variants except the XC60 D3 with automatic gearbox have start/stop.
The new diesel engine offer also includes the D2 with 115 hp, the D4 with 163 hp and the D5 with 215 hp.
"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," explains Peter Mertens.

Strong figures
The new CO2 figures (EU Combined) for manual versions of the Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80 demonstrate Volvo Car Corporation's leading strength when it comes to fuel efficiency.

Model/Engine D2 (115 hp) D3 (136 hp) D4 (163 hp) D5 (215 hp)
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 low fuel consumption and CO2 levels as the manual versions in the Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80.
"For the first time ever we have managed to bring the fuel consumption in variants with automatic gearbox down to the same level as in the manual versions. Another impressive achievement by our powertrain experts," says Peter Mertens.

New driver support systems
The Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 can also be equipped with the new systems Road Sign Information, Active High beam and Tunnel Detection.
Road Sign Information supports the driver by displaying road signs in the instrument cluster.
The new Active High Beam technology offers automatic switching between high and low beam at the right moment.
Tunnel Detection automatically turns on the headlight when the car enters a tunnel.
All models with automatic gearbox come with the new illuminated gearshift knob, first introduced in the all-new Volvo V40. The gearshift knob is transparent and LED-illuminated from inside. The pattern is reflected to create an exclusive 3D illusion.

Other model year 2013 news
A new 5-spoke forged, 18-inch aluminium wheel is available for the Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80.
The 11-spoke, 17-inch Saga wheel for the Volvo V70 and S80 is updated with black contrast paint on the diamond-cut parts.
The Volvo V70 gets an updated grille with glossy black details.
The brushed aluminium décor for the Volvo XC60 will also be available in the S60 and V60.
The model year 2013 versions of the Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 will be available before the summer 2012.


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      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Month Ago
      It is easy to improve by an impressive percentage if you have been neglecting efficiency for years. If they were 13% more efficient than all other brands then they would have something to boast about. As it is they are just 13% less brain damaged than they were before.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 1 Month Ago
      Exciiiiiting
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Month Ago
      What, 2100$ per month.. Does it have flying capability with 4000 miles range ?
      EZEE
      • 1 Month Ago
      Everyone is offering their opinions (which is fine) but does anyone know if Volvo was better, worse, or average on emissions, prior to this? I know Honda has gotten some pretty old engines out there, but no clue on Volvo. If they were already food, well, this isn't so bad then. If they sucked...well...
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 1 Month Ago
      but not green at all. heavy primitive fossil fuel burning vehicles. volvo, you betray the world
        marcopolo
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        @ Dan Frederiksen, Geely, DF, Volvo is owned by PRC automaker, Geely Holding Group (吉利控股集團). direct your complaints to Volvo Chairman Li Shufu of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, not Gothenburg, Sweden. Maybe he'll listen!...He's not to happy with Stefan Jacoby , or Hans-Olov Olsson , so this could be your great opportunity !
          EZEE
          • 1 Month Ago
          @marcopolo
          Marco Well now you sorta have to fine the address. Too bad Ford didn't still own Volvo. I used to live in Michigan and there was a great bikeride from where I lived into Dearborn, and near the Ford Headquarters. I went through this long park - about 20 miles - and would see all sorts of freaky Ford test miles, and Fords from all corners of the planet, as I rode. This was pre-Internet, so no blogs to sell photos too. If I was still there, I could print any angry letter and just drop it off...
          marcopolo
          • 1 Month Ago
          @marcopolo
          @Ezee Of all the major manufactures, Ford is easily the most approachable. Since Henry Ford 2, (except for the Nasser years) the Ford Family, (and Ford motors) , have been heavily involved in community issues and environmental activities. Then there's the Ford Volunteer Corps and Ford Green IT .Volunteers. It's a little startling to realise the guy digging sandbags with you to help rehabilitate a degraded shoreline, in low income area, is William Clay Ford jr. Or the guy helping finance and lecture in a community apprentice training scheme in a poverty stricken area, suffering from urban decay, is Edsel Ford 2, or other family members ! Great sons of Michigan.
          marcopolo
          • 1 Month Ago
          @marcopolo
          @ Dan Frederiksen Well, An Conghui at Geely Automotive in the PRC, is the effective boss of Volvo, but more importantly, until recently he was responsible for the entire groups power and drivetrain development. If it were me, i would study carefully one suggestion on how Volvo could gain profitability, and present it through Geely's CCP partners. (especially if you could explain how this technology could be transfered to the PRC). Alternatively, you could befriend Lars Ask, who is the Union Representative on Volvo's board. A long time environmentalist and committed Christian, he is very approachable. Giving more than 30 public speaking events per year. Just attend one of his lectures and seek his advice. Good luck !
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 1 Month Ago
          @marcopolo
          yeah right. the world is jam packed with people who listen to reason. if you can get me an email address to anyone of any consequence at Volvo, I'll give it a shot. it's basically a certainty that they wont listen to reason, not even the tiniest bit but if you get some contact information (and not some dumb low ranker suffering from the secretary syndrome) but some higher up that suffers from the not my idea syndrome, then I'll give it a serious shot.
      • 1 Month Ago
      If they went all electric, they could cut their emissions 100%. 13% is not impressive at all. If I made 13% on a standardized test, I'd be called an idiot.