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Volvo to abandon its 5 and 6 cylinder engines.

By FaezClutchless on 22 Sep 2011

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Volvo has officially confirmed that its future vehicles will have no more than four-cylinders. The Swedish automaker hinted earlier this year that it was considering abandon its current five- and six-cylinder powerplants in the name of fuel efficiency.

Volvo has already axed its V8 engine, with its five- and six-cylinder engines the next to face the chopping block. Volvo says it will complete the shift to three- and four-cylinder engines within 10 years.

“Before the end of the decade, all Volvo models will have engines with no more than four cylinders,” Volvo r&d boss Peter Mertens said.

Volvo says the move is the direct result of more stringent fuel economy regulations in the United States and Europe.

Volvo’s future three- and four-cylinder engine will be based on the company’s new Volvo Environmental Architecture (VEA) engine architecture. Volvo’s first VEA-based engine is expected to launch in 2013 in one of the automaker’s current offerings.

Volvo’s VEA engine lineup will eventually include three-cylinder gas and diesel engines displacing 1.5L and a 2.0L four-cylinder that will also be available as gas or diesel. Despite a decrease in overall size, Volvo says the engines will hold the line on current performance figures.

“We will develop four-cylinder engines with higher performance than today’s six-cylinder units and lower fuel consumption than the current four-cylinder generation,” Mertens said.

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Some say that his blood is actually RON98 petrol and some say that his right foot weighs over 20kg. But all that we know about Faez is that he loves to drive and is a JDM enthusiast.

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ER-3682 Sep 22 2011 07:39 PM
First is BMW using 4 cyls engine for the 5 series,now is volvo,next maybe Mercedes Benz.??
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