Volvo commences production of new four cylinder engines
First announced at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Volvo’s new family of next-gen four cylinder engines under VEA – Volvo Engine Architecture have entered production, revealed the company. The new VEA range of engines will include both petrol and diesel four cylinder engines besides a three cylinder engine which will debut later.
Production has commenced at the company plant in Skövde, Sweden wherein Volvo has invested an amount of Kr. 2 billion (US$ 302 million) for the production of these new engines. These engines are ultimately expected to replace the current 8 engine lineup. Volvo will start introducing these new engines starting this fall, beginning with S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80. The entire transformation is expected to be completed by 2015.
Volvo has also introduced i-ART technology that is expected to reduce fuel consumption in new diesel engines. Each injector has a small computer fitted atop which monitors injection pressure. This information is transmitted and i-ART system ensures that just the right amount of fuel is injected during each combustion cycle, thereby ensuring optimum use of fuel while at the same time lowering emissions and offering higher performance output.