Volvo is extending its green DRIVe range after dramatically reducing CO2 levels and increasing fuel efficiency in seven models. The full DRIVe range will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on 3rd March 2009 and will now include the Volvo XC60 crossover, V70 and XC70 premium estates and S80 executive saloon. The current DRIVe cars, C30 SportsCoupe, S40 saloon and V50 Sportswagon all offer class leading CO2 emissions thanks to an intelligent Start/Stop system. All the new DRIVe models will be available in the UK in summer 2009 with further specification and pricing details being announced closer to the time.
- Volvo is extending the DRIVe range after dramatically reducing CO2 levels and improving fuel efficiency in seven models.
- Start/Stop available on the Volvo C30, S40 and V50 to offer best in class CO2 emissions of 104 g/km in the C30 and 107 g/km for the S40 and V50.
- Introducing the 1.6D engine in V70 and S80 bringing CO2 emissions down below 130 g/km.
- Front-wheel drive versions of the Volvo XC60 and XC70 with the new 2.4D engine reduces CO2 emissions to 159 g/km, falling below the new Writing Down Allowance threshold for company cars due for introduction in April 2009.
Performance, Preliminary CO2 Emissions and Fuel Consumption
|Model||Engine||Power Output||CO2||Fuel Consumption|
|C30 Start/Stop||1.6D||109 hp/240 Nm||104 g||72.4 mpg|
|S40 Start/Stop||1.6D||109 hp/240 Nm||107 g||70.6 mpg|
|V50 Start/Stop||1.6D||109 hp/240 Nm||107 g||70.6 mpg|
|V70||1.6D||109 hp/240 Nm||129 g||57.6 mpg|
|S80||1.6D||109 hp/240 Nm||129 g||57.6 mpg|
|XC60||2.4D||175 hp/420 Nm||159 g||47.1 mpg|
|XC70||2.4D||175 hp/420 Nm||159 g||47.1 mpg|
All DRIVe models are equipped with a conventional diesel engine and manual gearbox optimised for extra-low fuel consumption. These cars are also tailored specifically for low rolling resistance and reduced air drag.
Improving The Efficiency Of The Entire Product Range
Volvo Car's improvements to the environmental properties of its product range are not limited to the DRIVe versions. All the automatic transmissions will be 5-7% more efficient in forthcoming versions within the next two years.
"Our aim is to offer cars that have the lowest CO2 emissions in each size class. DRIVe is the symbol for this process and the cars bearing this badge are those with which we have made most progress. However, the fuel-efficiency focus encompasses all our products and powertrains. By offering a broad-based product portfolio with highly economical and more powerful alternatives, the customer is able to choose his or her own level of environmental imprint," concluded Magnus Jonsson.
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