Volvo Cars will drive home its commitment to reducing fuel consumption and lowering CO2 emissions with the unveiling of its new DRIVe C30 model at the Australian International Motor Show.
With consumption and CO2 emissions figures as low as 4.4 litres/100km and 115g/km, the new C30, S40 and V50 DRIVe models are set to make a significant environmental impact when they go on sale in Europe by the end of 2008.
The introduction of the DRIVe range is the first phase of Volvo's new environmental strategy that will see an impressive new wave of innovations appearing in production models between 2009 and 2012.
Currently being evaluated for launch in Australia, the benefits of the new DRIVe technology include extremely low fuel consumption averages, as well as plans to further reduce CO2 emissions to 100g/km through the use of stop/start technology from 2009. This not only lowers emissions but also further improve fuel economy to as low as 3.8l/100km.
The C30 DRIVe uses the same 1.6D turbodiesel engine as the S40 and V50 models and utilises a more efficient driveline with optimised engine cooling, engine management and power steering, low-friction engine oil and a transmission with revised third, fourth and fifth gear ratios. The driver is also kept informed about when best to change gears via an indicator in the information display.
The C30 DRIVe is fitted with a maintenance-free particle filter that traps about 95 percent of all soot particles as well as a reduction of aerodynamic resistance that combine to allow Volvo to reach its emission goals.
“Changing the engine oil gave us a 0.75 per cent lower fuel consumption. Tyres with low rolling resistance added another two percent. Taken together, the small adjustments have helped us achieve our aim, with emissions below 120g/km. Without compromising on either driving properties or comfort, which was an important requirement,” said Magnus Jonsson, Senior Vice President for Research and Development at Volvo Cars.
As a result, the Volvo C30 DRIVe model can boast best-in-class emissions.
Flexifuel C30 1.8F
Fuel economy and alternative fuel options are highlighted by Volvo’s Flexifuel C30 1.8F, which will also be on display at the Australian International Motor Show.
The model incorporates modifications to the normally aspirated 1.8-litre four-cylinder Flexifuel engine to allow it to operate with typical Volvo reliability on bioethanol fuel. This produces a healthy 92kW, along with a strong 165Nm of torque.
Already a success in Europe, Volvo’s range of five biofuel models is one of the industry’s most extensive accounting for over 10,000 Flexifuel models sold each year. Modifications include adapted fuel hoses, valves and gaskets to handle bioethanol's more corrosive properties, reinforced fuel injectors and recalibrated engine management software that recognises and adapts to differing fuels.
By 2011, Volvo will deliver a wider range of DRIVe models, as well as a Gas Turbo Direct petrol injection (GTDi) four-cylinder that will reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions by as much as 30 per cent.
"GTDi technology makes it possible to step down one engine size from five to four cylinders with unaffected performance," says Magnus Jonsson, Senior Vice President, Research and Development at Volvo Cars.
By 2011, Volvo will also introduce next generation micro-hybrid technology incorporating stop/start functionality to both manual and automatic transmissions.
"A micro-hybrid gives fuel savings of 4-5 percent in a mixed driving cycle. However, the actual effect is considerably greater when driving in the city with its frequent stop-go traffic. Our system also has the benefit of being able to be adapted to most of our drivelines," says Magnus Jonsson.
In 2012, a start-stop XC60 diesel hybrid with an electric motor driving the rear wheels will also be introduced.
"The diesel hybrid is a highly interesting solution since it is based on a sophisticated combination of the already energy-efficient diesel and electronics. Unlike a petrol hybrid, our solution will offer considerable environmental benefits both in city driving and when out on the open highway," says Volvo Cars CEO and President Stephen Odell.
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