Volvo DRIVe Towards Zero
The Volvo DRIVe Towards Zero strategy aims for almost all diesel-powered versions of the Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80 models to have CO2 emissions below 120 g/km from 2013.
The question on many people's lips, though, won't be “will they do it?” Rather, I imagine most will be wondering why they chose to spell drive in such a way.
Yet Volvo seem to have taken such criticism – if indeed it even existed in the first place – on-board. The DRIVe symbol has been used to denote the lowest CO2 emitting engine in each of the Volvo S60 (pictured), V60, V70 and S80 models. Yet it is to be renamed Drive-E.
Says Peter Mertens of Volvo - "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.”
So from now on, when you see the Drive-E symbol, you'll be looking at an engine which doesn't just deliver startling efficiency and fantastically low CO2 emissions – but also an engine which was produced in such a responsible manner as to lower carbon footprints all-round.
Volvo also have a new D3 diesel-engine with 136hp under their hats. It's an entry-level 5-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel available in the Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80 models. It will boast a maximum torque at 350 Nm and will be available with either a manual or an automatic gearbox.
Meanwhile, the current D3 diesel-engine (which offers 163hp) will become the D4. This will leave room for this new D3 engine in the line-up for all the larger cars. Understand?
Because here's where it gets complicated. This new D3 diesel-engine will allow Volvo to offer a D2 with 115hp, the D3 with 136hp, the D4 with 163hp and the D5 with 215hp.
The cumulative impact of all this is the Volvo DRIVe Towards Zero project – diesel engine refinements which make for more efficiency and lower emissions across a large swathe of their range.
Says Peter Mertens: "The conventional diesel and petrol power trains continue to play a major role on the environmental agenda.
“We are continuously improving their efficiency and in the last two years Volvo has brought CO2 emissions from our diesel and petrol model ranges down by 13 per cent.”
And, by the looks of things, these figures are set to grow.