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has major plans for fuel-saving technology. The Swedish automaker will begin fitting its
shapely little sedans and coupes with stop/start in the next few months and plans to move the technology up through its entire line shortly thereafter. Of course, the automaker offers diesel
engines in Europe and is strongly considering bringing them Stateside as well. What's most exciting, though, is news that the automaker will combine its diesel engines with an advanced hybrid
system by 2012. The Volvo system will be a full hybrid with either oil-burning or electric power driving the vehicle without assistance from the other, or the two can be combined. Front wheels would be motivated by the traditional diesel engine while the rear wheels would be motivated by electricity.
Following the diesel hybrid would be a plug-in version of a large car or crossover
. Once that's ready, the automaker will begin phasing the hybrid technology downward to its smaller cars.