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Volvo announces 2007 engine lineup

BOSTON, Mass. -- Volvo has announced it will offer a complete line of diesel engines complying with the 2007 emissi...

BOSTON, Mass. — Volvo has announced it will offer a complete line of diesel engines complying with the 2007 emissions standards ranging from 11 to 16 liters.

While the new family of engines will use high-powered Exhaust Gas Recirculation (HEGR) to meet the new emissions requirements, the new engines will deliver a new level of performance and productivity, the company insists.

“Volvo plans to use its resources and expertise as the largest manufacturer of heavy-duty diesels in the world to give our customers an exceptionally broad, powerful and reliable line of diesels,” said Peter Karlsten, president and CEO of Volvo Trucks North America, at the American Trucking Associations annual convention. “These new engines are designed to surpass the excellent record of the Volvo D12, while also giving our customers the ability to fine-tune their engine choice, based on their application and other requirements. These engines embody more than 60 years of Volvo innovation and experience in diesel technology.”

Volvo’s ’07 engines will be introduced to customers and dealers during the first quarter of 2006, the company announced at a press conference.

“Volvo has a clear vision and plan for bringing these outstanding new engines to market,” said Karlsten. “We are where we need to be with our testing and development to ensure that our customers receive engines with the performance, fuel economy and reliability they demand from Volvo.”

In addition to HEGR, the new engines will be accompanied by a diesel particulate filter to reduce particulate matter. All the new engines are designed to use ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel which will be mandated by the government and available in the second half of 2006, the company confirmed.

Volvo’s new engines will also feature: advanced, high-pressure fuel injection with multiple injections per stroke; increased peak cylinder pressures; single-stage variable geometry turbocharger; reinforced base engine components to handle internal loads; and high capacity cooling systems that are fully integrated into the truck’s design. Volvo officials say the new engines will be fuel neutral.

“Our testing indicates that the new family of engines will maintain the level of fuel economy demonstrated by the current Volvo D12, while delivering driveability even better than the D12’s already excellent performance,” said Karlsten. “We are taking full advantage of our EPA’02 experience to optimize the 2007 engine family for our customers.”

Volvo customers wanting Cummins power will still be able to spec’ the 15-liter Cummins ISX as an option in the company’s VN and VT highway tractors.

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