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Volvo Car launches automatic DRIVe diesels

ABR Staff Writer Published 05 December 2011

Volvo Car has launched two new CO2 cutting initiatives a 1.6-litre diesel combined with automatic Powershift gearbox which now comes with the same low fuel consumption and CO2 levels as the manual DRIVe versions.

The company said that, CO2 emissions from the turbocharged, 1.6-litre T3 petrol engine with manual gearbox are down to 135 g/km.

The new possibility to combine the four-cylinder, 1.6-litre diesel engine (115 hp) with the six-speed Powershift gearbox is available in four models: Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80.

The automatic versions of these models all have a combined fuel consumption of 4.5 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 119g/km while the automatic S60 has combined consumption of 4.3 l/100km and CO2 emissions of 114g/km.

The engine is Volvo's newest four-cylinder 1.6-litre turbo diesel which pumps out 115bhp and 199lb-ft of torque.

Improvements to the powertrains include reduced friction, modified engine and gearbox software, a stop-start function to cut off the diesel engine when the car is still rolling below 3mph and brake energy regeneration.

The company said that the production on these models will start in February 2012 and the order books will open in early next year.

Volvo Car senior vice president of research and development Peter Mertens said for the first time ever, the company has managed to bring the fuel consumption in variants with automatic gearbox down to the same level as in the manual versions.

"Keeping the CO2 emissions below 140 grams is essential since this is a level used by many fleet customers and we have managed to do this in the T3 version through a number of small, significant improvements," Mertens said.

"We have also optimised the gearbox gearing for maximum fuel efficiency without loosing the engine characteristics."