FRANKFURT – Volvo will stop making the biggest engines in its lineup in the next 10 years to help it meet tougher emissions rules in Europe, the United States and China.
"Before the end of the decade, all Volvo models will have engines with no more than four cylinders," Volvo r&d boss Peter Mertens told Automotive News Europe.
Starting in 2013, a new family of three- and four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines will replace the carmaker's five- and six-cylinder gasoline engines, as well as its five-cylinder diesel.
The first application of the VEA (short for Volvo Environmental Architecture) engine will most likely appear in 2013 in one of Volvo's existing models, Mertens said in an interview at the auto show here last week.
The VEA family will include four engines: 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline direct-injection and diesel engines as well as 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline direct-injection and diesel engines.
"We will develop four-cylinder engines with higher performance than today's six-cylinder units and lower fuel consumption than the current four-cylinder generation," Mertens said.
Volvo says the new engines are up to 90kg lighter than its current units and that the new powerplants improve fuel economy by up to 35 percent.
The new VEA engines are a crucial element in Volvo's plan to more than double annual sales to 800,000 cars by 2020. The Swedish automaker plans to invest $11 billion over the next five years to tap demand in markets including China.