Volvo Car Corporation's launch of the all-new Volvo V40 is perfectly in tune with this year's efficiency and downsizing trend at the Geneva Motor Show.
"The V40 proves that class-leading fuel efficiency in a compact package can be combined with exciting driving dynamics and the full deck of features consumers expect from a true luxury car," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation.
With hard economic times and rising fuel costs looming over the automotive industry at this year's Palexpo show, Volvo Car Corporation's dedication to the exciting blend of efficiency and dynamics gives the company a sharp competitive edge in the race towards the future.
"An overall fuel consumption reduction of 13 percent over the past two years puts us in the top among European car manufacturers when it comes to fuel-efficiency improvements. In 2012, we are taking the next steps," says Stefan Jacoby.
The all-new Volvo V40 reinforces the company's leading position. The D2 diesel is the most efficient version with fuel consumption of 3.6 l/100 km, corresponding to CO2 emissions of 94 g/km.
"The V40 also features class-leading driving dynamics and a full deck of support and safety features that makes it the outstanding offer in the segment," says Stefan Jacoby.
Volvo C30 also at 94 g/km
Volvo Car Corporation's model range now includes four models with CO2 emissions below 100 grams. During the spring of 2012, the Volvo C30 will join the all-new V40 at 94 g/km. The D2 versions of the Volvo S40 and Volvo V50 have CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.
In addition, there are currently another four models with CO2 emissions below 120 g/km: the Volvo S60 (114 g/km), Volvo V60 (119 g/km), Volvo V70 (119 g/km) and Volvo S80 (119 g/km).
Sales of V60 Plug-in Hybrid start in 2012
Later in 2012, Volvo Car Corporation will also start selling the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid that comes with fuel consumption of just 1.9 l/100 km (49 g CO2 /km) in Hybrid mode.
In addition, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid driver can choose to cover up to 50 kilometres on pure electric power - or release the combined capacity of the diesel engine and electric motor to create a driving machine with 215+70 horsepower and 440+200 Nm of torque.
"The V60 Plug-in Hybrid boosts our pole position in electrification. None of our competitors can offer customers an equally ingenious car. It elevates hybrid technology to an entirely new level," says Stefan Jacoby. "It is the perfect choice for the uncompromising customer who wants minimum carbon dioxide emissions and maximum driving pleasure."
"We have also established a strong partnership with Siemens in developing the next generation of pure electric cars after the Volvo C30 Electric," continues Stefan Jacoby.
Downsizing with four-cylinder focus
In 2013, Volvo Car Corporation will start implementing the company's new four-cylinder VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture) engine range. Its diesel and petrol engines cover the entire spectrum from high-power variants to fuel-efficient derivatives. Certain configurations will benefit from enhanced performance through electrification or other spearhead technology.
"It is time for the industry to stop counting cylinders. 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," says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo Car Corporation.