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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