Aug 21, 2007

Volvo to introduce C30 “Efficiency” diesel in Europe

Goteborg, Sweden – Volvo has announced that it will introduce a special diesel-powered version of its C30, named “Efficiency”, in Europe. The new model has fuel consumption below 4.5 L/100 km and CO2 emissions below 120 g/km. The company has also announced a Powershift gearbox that reduces fuel consumption by about eight per cent.

The Efficiency model uses a 1.6-litre, 105 hp turbo diesel engine and will be introduced in 2008. The reduction has been achieved through aerodynamics, new low-friction tires, higher gearing, and powertrain efficiency, including new low-friction transmission oil, and the optimizing of steering servo assistance and engine management.

“We are firmly committed to lowering the fuel consumption of our conventional petrol and diesel engines,” says Magnus Jonsson, Senior Vice-President of Research and Development at Volvo Cars. “By doing this, we will continuously reduce the overall CO2 emission level for our whole model range.”

The Efficiency improves on the current diesel model, which achieves 4.9 L/100 km. Translated into CO2 emissions, the company says it is a reduction from 129 g/km to below 120 g.

“This is a science of small adjustments and gains,” Johnsson says. “Many systems and details in a car model have been dimensioned to suit all engine variants, from the smallest diesel to the most powerful petrol unit. This gives possibilities for fine adjustments to individual engine variants, particularly the smallest alternatives.”

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