When an engine is manufactured, it's usually turned on and tested for 30 minutes to verify that everything is under control. Volvo thinks that 30 minutes is quite a lot of time and produces too much pollution, so the Swedish automaker has created a new testing system that reduces emissions by up to 85 percent while providing the same quality assurance.
Volvo developed this new testing method at its plant in Curitiba, Brazil. During 2008, the new technology will be introduced at the engine-production plants in Skövde, Sweden, and Hagerstown, Maryland, and by 2009 the equipment will be installed at all of the Volvo Group's engine plants worldwide. The implementation of this new testing system will also include upgrading and improving quality assurance of the engine production assembly process.