Volvo reveals seven new cars with the green DRIVe badge

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

There will be four DRIVe versions that are set to be debuted by Volvo at next week's Geneva Motor Show. The carmaker started making fuel economical and low emissions cars late in 2008 after it met a successful debut at the Paris Auto Show. Coming with the DRIVe tag are the V70, S80, XC60 and XC70. It already comes with the C30, S40 and V50 versions, with the C30 DRIVe getting past the EU's cleanest band of cars by generating under 105 grams of CO2 per km.

One of the factors for this low emission rating is the utilization of a start-stop advance technology that automatically shuts down the car when it comes to a full stop or when the gear is placed on neutral. All three come with the 1.6-liter clean diesel engine which comes with a fuel economy of 50mpg (US) or 4.7 liters per 100km. A figure reported by Volvo has a combined rating of 4.0 liters/100km (58mpg US).

The new models, like others, they also receive a diesel powerplant with manual transmission. Featured included in the car are low rolling resistance and lowered air drag. The Volvo V70 and S80 will receive the same 109hp, 240Nm 1.6-liter diesel unit, but the similarities end there as they will come with different gear rations beginning with the third up to the fifth gear. Although this looks like a very low power rating for large transports, the focus really is economy.

The DRIVe models are not for those who want a larger engined car. Each of these vehicles come with a combined fuel efficiency of 4.9 liter/100km (48mpg US). Remarkably, these cars generate under 120 grams of CO2/km travelled. With the utilization of low rolling resistance tires, the V70 and S80 DRIVe receive better fuel consumption ratings. Steering aid comes from an electric power steering pump which provides exactly the amount of assistance the driver may require since excessive use of power may drain the power powertrain.

Features on the the V70 DRIVe is a covered grille and lowered chassis to eliminate or minimize drag. What is remarkable is that Volvo has succeeded in getting 160g C02/km for both the XC60 and XC70 crossover SUVs. The powerplant the DRIVe models employ is a 2.4-liter turbodiesel unit that can generate 175hp and an impressive 420Nm of torque.

Gear ratios are aimed at fuel economy, but the increase in torque provides a sporty riding sensation. The total fuel economy rating is 6.2 liters/100km (38mpg US) on the highway. FWD comes with the two DRIVe versions, with a lowered friction retuned powerplant.

Fuel economy comes with Volvo's expertise in cutting the pressure drop in the intake and exhaust. New high-pressure pumps largely improved fuel injection while the powerplant takes control efficient control of the combustion. It is expected that Volvo will push their fuel economy advances at next week's Geneva event. Beginning March 3 2009 all the seven DRIVe models will be shown at the said auto show.

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