Volvo has begun production the first engines of the highly efficient four-cylinder engine family.
The development and production of the new engines will take place at Volvo Car Group. They represent a part of utmost importance for the automaker’s independence strategy. The future Volvo vehicles will also be fitted with the four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines and driveline electrification. The company wants to get increased flexibility by reducing the number of engine variants.
“This marks a milestone in Volvo Cars’ history. With our new engine family we are focusing on two additional vital properties – driving pleasure and fuel efficiency,” says Derek Crabb, Vice President Powertrain Engineering.
It’s been two years since the automaker’s engine plant in Skövde has began preparing for the new Volvo Engine Architecture engines’ production. One of the main modifications the plant has made was to make a brand-new, state-of-the-art addition to assemble these engines. All engine versions are manufactured on the same line, running through the new part of the facility.
“One of the biggest challenges was the remodelling of the line for cylinder block processing. 30 machining cells were replaced or converted at a cost of about half a billion kronor,” says Oskar Falk, Vice President Global Engine Production.
The new VEA engines include four-cylinder petrol and diesel variants and were developed by a Swedish team of engineers. The engines are to be introduced beginning with 2013 when the company plans to manufacture 20,000 units. The first variants will come with the Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 models this autumn.