Volvo
said it has cut its European fleetwide emissions from its gas- and diesel-powered vehicles by 13 percent during the past few years and is looking to reduce emissions even further starting next year.

For the 2013 model year, the Swedish automaker will debut a five-cylinder 2.0-liter, 136-horsepower turbodiesel engine – called the D3 – for its S60, V60, XC60, V70 and S80 models. All but the automatic-transmission XC60 crossover will have start-stop functionality.

Additionally, Volvo will also introduce a 115-horsepower diesel engine – the D2 – that will have the same emissions with both an automatic and manual transmissions, which Volvo says is a first.

Volvo is looking to use a combination of diesel technology and electric-drive powertrains to meet progressively more stringent European greenhouse-gas emissions. The company said in 2010 that, for the eight years ending in 2014, it will have sunk more than $2 billion in research and development specifically towards boosting fuel economy and reducing emissions.

Last June, Volvo debuted a battery-electric prototype version of its C30 with a 93-mile single-charge range and estimated that about 250 would be built by the end of this year for leasing to European customers. Volvo, which isn't selling the car, is charging about $2,100 a month for lessees the EVs.
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Volvo Car Corporation reinforces efficiency leadership with new initiatives in model year 2013

Volvo Car Corporation reinforces its European leadership in fuel efficiency improvement by new CO2 initiatives. From model year 2013 the majority of all diesel-powered versions of the Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80 will have CO2 emissions below 120 g/km. All of the larger cars in Volvo's model range can also be equipped with the new systems Road Sign Information, Active High Beam and Tunnel Detection.

"The conventional diesel and petrol power trains continue to play a major role on the environmental agenda. We continuously improve their efficiency. In the last two years Volvo has brought CO2 emissions from our diesel and petrol model ranges down by 13 percent and in model year 2013 we introduce several new improvements," says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Corporation.

New diesel with 136 hp
Volvo Car Corporation extends the diesel offer with a new entry-level 5-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbo diesel in the Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70 and S80 models.
The engine, which has an output of 136 hp and maximum torque at 350 Nm, will be badged D3. The engine is available both with a manual and an automatic gearbox. All variants except the XC60 D3 with automatic gearbox have start/stop.
The new diesel engine offer also includes the D2 with 115 hp, the D4 with 163 hp and the D5 with 215 hp.
"From now on the DRIVe symbol will not be used for denominating specific car models since we extend Drive-E to embrace all Volvo Car Corporation's sustainability efforts, from production to recycling," explains Peter Mertens.

Strong figures
The new CO2 figures (EU Combined) for manual versions of the Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80 demonstrate Volvo Car Corporation's leading strength when it comes to fuel efficiency.

Model/Engine D2 (115 hp) D3 (136 hp) D4 (163 hp) D5 (215 hp)
S60 114 g 114 g 114 g 119 g
V60 119 g 119 g 119 g 120 g
V70 119 g 119 g 119 g 126 g
S80 119 g 114 g 114 g 120 g

The D2 engine combined with automatic Powershift gearbox comes with the same low fuel consumption and CO2 levels as the manual versions in the Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80.
"For the first time ever we have managed to bring the fuel consumption in variants with automatic gearbox down to the same level as in the manual versions. Another impressive achievement by our powertrain experts," says Peter Mertens.

New driver support systems
The Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 can also be equipped with the new systems Road Sign Information, Active High beam and Tunnel Detection.
Road Sign Information supports the driver by displaying road signs in the instrument cluster.
The new Active High Beam technology offers automatic switching between high and low beam at the right moment.
Tunnel Detection automatically turns on the headlight when the car enters a tunnel.
All models with automatic gearbox come with the new illuminated gearshift knob, first introduced in the all-new Volvo V40. The gearshift knob is transparent and LED-illuminated from inside. The pattern is reflected to create an exclusive 3D illusion.

Other model year 2013 news
A new 5-spoke forged, 18-inch aluminium wheel is available for the Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80.
The 11-spoke, 17-inch Saga wheel for the Volvo V70 and S80 is updated with black contrast paint on the diamond-cut parts.
The Volvo V70 gets an updated grille with glossy black details.
The brushed aluminium décor for the Volvo XC60 will also be available in the S60 and V60.
The model year 2013 versions of the Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 will be available before the summer 2012.