Volvo Improves Emission Levels for Automatic Transmissions

Usually signing up for a car loan on an automatic car meant having to deal with the vehicle’s higher fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels.  This is no longer necessary: Volvo has improved the automatic transmissions on its DRIVe models to such an extent that these cars now boast the same fuel economy and emission levels as manual models.

The Swedish car manufacturer, which takes pride in being a market leader when it comes to carbon emissions, now offers customers a 1.6-litre diesel with an automatic Powershift transmission that delivers the same fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels as manual models.

The company’s Senior Vice-president of Research and Development, Peter Mertens, said “For the first time ever, we have managed to bring the fuel consumption in variants with automatic gearbox down to the same level as in the manual versions.  An impressive achievement by our powertrain experts.”

The 4-cylinder 1.6-litre diesel delivers 115bhp and comes in four different models: Volvo S80, V70, V60 and S60.  The fuel consumption of the S60 model with a 1.6-litre diesel engine is an impressive 65.7 miles per gallon.  The car’s CO2 emission level is 114g/km.  The V60, V70 and S80 come with the same engine, but fuel consumption is 62.8 miles per gallon and CO2 emissions are 119g/km.

Volvo’s engineers achieved this remarkable feat by making a couple of adjustments.  Firstly the friction between individual transmission components was significantly reduced.  Then they also improved the gearbox and engine software and modified the start/stop system to switch off the diesel engine when the vehicle is travelling at below 5km/h.

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