Volvo Car UK has revealed 119g/km DRIVe
versions of its S80 executive saloon and V70 premium estate, the fourth
and fifth body style it's launched delivering CO2 emissions
below 120 g/km.
and 240Nm of torque, the modified 1.6 litre turbocharged diesel engine
provides improved fuel economy by 5.1mpg to 62.8mpg on the Combined
Cycle, increasing both cars’ range to nearly 1100 miles.
Both cars fall into Vehicle Excise Duty
Band C - costing motorists just £35 per year - and Volvo estimates the
new 119g/km engine reduces annual carbon emissions by 150kg over the S80
and V70 DRIVe’s previous low of 129g/km.
Volvo believes the two new cars offer
the best environmental performance in their respective classes. Both
cars provide lower Benefit-in-Kind tax bills for company motorists and
fuel savings - 60 litres per annum - equivalent to receiving a free tank
of fuel each year.
Like all DRIVe models, drivers do not
have to compromise on high levels of comfort and specification with both
models being available to order in SE, SE Premium, SE Lux and SE Lux
Premium trim levels.
Volvo has employed two main techniques
to reduce CO2 emissions further on both cars.
Intelligent battery recharging ensures
that the car’s control system only allows the alternator to charge the
battery when the engine is operating at low load, for instance when
driving downhill. In addition the belt that drives the alternator and
air conditioning compressor benefits from reduced friction helping lower
fuel consumption and emissions.
"There has been a swift pace of
development since the launch of our first 119-gramme models in Paris in
autumn 2008. Now that we have brought two of the larger models in below
the magical 120 g/km limit, few of our competitors can now match us when
it comes to offering customers an extensive range of low emission cars,"
says Volvo Cars President and CEO Stephen Odell.