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201315 May

S60

Volvo S60

 

Volvo Car Group has embarked upon the production stage of the maiden engine variants in the new, high-efficiency four-cylinder engine family. The engineering and production stage is being undertaken in-house at Volvo Car Group and form a crucial aspect of the company's strategy for attaining self-reliance.

 

The strategy of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines and driveline electrification is the method that Volvo Cars has identified for the future. With 100 per cent grip over the development and production of engines and drivelines and by cutting the number of engine variants, the outcome is increased flexibility and greater ability to influence quality.

 

"This marks a milestone in Volvo Cars' history. With our new engine family we are focusing on two additional vital properties - driving pleasure and fuel efficiency," said Derek Crabb, Vice President Powertrain Engineering.

 

XC-60

Volvo XC 60

 

An Overview of Modern Production Plant with Efficient Assembly

 

In Volvo Car Group's engine unit in Skovde, laying path of the production initiated involving the new Volvo Engine Architecture (VEA) engines has been under way for about two years. One of the highlights is a brand-new, state-of-the-art addition to the plant for assembly of the new engines. All the engine versions are built on the same line, which runs through the new part of the plant and makes for very efficient production.

 

"One of the biggest challenges was the remodelling of the line for cylinder block processing. 30 machining cells were replaced or converted at a cost of about half a billion kronor," added Oskar Falk, Vice President Global Engine Production.

 

Billions Pumped into a Competitive Engine Family

 

Development and investment in the new engine family is part of a comprehensive expansion plan at Volvo Cars. About two billion kronor (approx. INR 1661 crores) was pumped into the Skovde plant. This secures operations there and a large number of jobs for a long time to come. The investment is the most important in the engine plant's history.

 

Engineered at Volvo Cars

 

The new VEA engines were developed by a Swedish team of engineers. The new, smaller engines are of optimum quality and deliver better performance than that of prevailing six-cylinder units, while offering lower fuel consumption than the current generation of four-cylinder units.

 

"During the development of VEA the starting point was our customers and what we wanted to offer them in regard to good fuel economy, low environmental impact and immense driving pleasure at an attractive price. At the same time, however, it's also about the fact that Volvo Cars gets a sound basis for developing future-generation technologies featuring fuel economy of absolute world class," added Derek Crabb.

 

Introduced this Autumn

 

VEA comprises of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Together with driveline electrification, VEA has taken the place of the previous eight engine architectures on three different platforms. The new engines will be unveiled within the next two years. Around 20,000 engines will be produced in 2013, and by the end of the year the production pace will be 2000 units a week. The first variants will be attached to the Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 in autumn 2013.

 

V60

Volvo V60

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