Volvo is the best European carmaker when it comes to reducing carbon dioxide emissions

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 19, 2011

Volvo Car Corporation is leading the race among the automakers in Europe when it comes to decreasing the CO2 emissions, as revealed in the sixth yearly analysis performed by T&E, the European Federation for Transport and Environment. Stefan Jacoby, CEO and President of Volvo Car Corporation, said that they are delighted and "very proud" of the result, adding that they are following their "ambitious plan," which focuses on carbon dioxide emissions reduction.

Eight of Europe's biggest vehicle manufacturers had slashed their CO2 emissions by around two to six percent in 2010. However, Volvo Car Corporation beat them all, with a CO2 emissions drop of at least nine percent.

This is the result of a serious environmental emphasis under the "DRIVe towards zero" campaign. Sales of fuel-efficient diesel engines from the DRIVe lineup have been remarkably high and have contributed to the major decrease in CO2 emissions.

Samples of popular models include the V70 DRIVe with emissions of 119 g/km and the V50 DRIVe with 99 g/km. Volvo's CO2 approach includes electrified automobiles with various levels of hybridization, more efficient petrol and diesel engines, and alternative energy sources.

Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo, shared that the goal is to bring down emissions to an average of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer all over the company's total vehicle sales in 2020.

He added that it is entirely feasible in theory, but it will depend on the developments in incentives, legislation, energy availability and customer demand. He further stated that the EU intends to launch a new strategy for calculating carbon dioxide, a method that will affect its plan too.

Style-wise, the Volvo V70 is not just a head-turner but also shows its brand-new on-road dynamism. This is due to lines that are sportier and smoother, side pillars that are blacked-out, dynamic tailgate angle, rakish windscreen, and the taillights that are clearly inspired by the C30. The interior is just as new as when compared to the previous V70 generation, it offers more space.

The front seat, back seat, and even the rear load space, are all larger. That the quality is higher is obvious as well especially with the superior trim and a whole lot of new features included in the interior. With the rear seat allowing for a 40:20:40 split, it ensures that two adult passengers can sit in the back while at the same time, long items can also be stored and transported.

Though the load space is larger by 55 liters, there is also better boot access compared to the previous model. One reason is that instead of being placed on the rear pillars, the upright taillights are now placed on the tailgate thus resulting in a bigger opening. To get that added convenience, it is possible to have a powered tailgate, either for closing or opening.

Without a doubt, the Volvo V70 is a luxury estate car that is versatile enough to meet the needs of tough drivers or even the most demanding of families. While the new Volvo V70 does get its styling cues for the outgoing yet successful previous model, it is sportier, roomier, larger, offers more functionality, and is more environment-friendly.

Even then, the architecture, chassis, and even each body panel, are all new. Volvo Cars President and CEO Fredrik Arp reveals that for the brand, what defines its models is the fact that they’re safe, practical, and offer premium quality.

When it comes to the large estate car segment, the brand has remained a leader. Though the brand did pioneer this particular market more than half a century ago, he continues, it remains committed to dominating it. Volvo knows that the Volvo V70, on so many levels, is the crucial model for the brand and is, without question, the supreme estate car, he says.

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