Volvo Starts Production of New VEA Engine Family

Volvo, once known for making safe and boring family cars, is now wrapping its brand identity around fuel efficiency. At the core of its plans is a new family of very efficient four-cylinder engines, production of which has just started at Volvo Car Group's engine plant in Skövde.
2014 Volvo V60 1 photo
Photo: Volvo
­"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," says Derek Crabb, Vice President Powertrain Engineering.

Volvo's engineers have developed these engines to be as powerful as the current six-cylinder units, yet also a lot more fuel efficient. The four-bangers will have both diesel and petrol forms and will be available in Volvo's cars starting this autumn.

The first variants will be fitted to the Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 in autumn 2013. Rumors suggest that even the mighty XC90 will have four-cylinder engines when a new generation hits the market in a couple of years.

"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," says Derek Crabb.
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram Twitter

 Download: Volvo Car Group starts production of a new engine family (PDF)

About the author: Mihnea Radu
Mihnea Radu profile photo

Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories