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The Swedish automaker to develop its own engines but had to wait the 2010 sale to Geely was Today, the Drive-E launch of two new engines for the U.S. is under

SHANGHAI Volvo Car engineers working quietly on a family of engines in 2007, but a full-blown project didn’t get under way the Swedish automaker’s 2010 to China’s Geely Automobile.

Ford was still in control to 2010, Volvo powertrain had spent several months a case for engines unique to its instead of those that had designed and built by Ford.

suddenly realized we’re a fortune adapting Ford to our vehicles unique fuel unique software,” Derek Volvo’s senior advisor and vice president-powertrain engineering, WardsAuto in an interview here.

“We turned that case around and said, if we did our own engines?’ The business case was so he says, referring also to for Ford. “We also disturbing Ford’s manufacturing by demanding certain features for headed to Volvo.

Without Ford was in advanced talks a suitor for Volvo, Crabb and his took the matter straight to top decision maker.

“We went to (CEO) Alan eventually and said the business shows Volvo should its own engines,” Crabb recalls. that point, he said agree, but by the way there is a sale going on. Can you go talk to Geely?’

“That was, as you can imagine, an adventure going to Mulally and the next day going to Geely.” says the internal engine ultimately became an important of the sale process.

Four later, the strategy is bearing as Geely investments have Volvo to design a family of 4-cyl. engines at its technical in Gothenburg.

The first two 2.0L powerplants, as part of the new modular Engine Architecture, will this year in the U.S. in the 240-hp V60 T5 wagon and the 302-hp T6 CUV, which employs turbocharging and supercharging.

Both using 8-speed automatic were part of a test here for 150 Chinese journalists to the new engines. Reviews were

A Drive-E diesel is available in but is not planned for the U.S. at this

Ultimately, the VEA plan calls for gasoline and four diesel that share many components and can be manufactured on a single line in Skövde, Sweden.

The attributes follow the industry’s trend toward lightweight, packages that employ heads, forced induction, shafts, increased compression higher specific output, friction and direct fuel

Volvo has used piezo-based injectors in the past but switched to solenoid units. That carries over to the new VEA family.

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The new gasoline and diesel engines cylinder pitch, as well as and stroke, and both use high-pressure aluminum crank cases and with cast-in iron

The blocks would be identical for the higher deck height and robust liner strength for the Mazda also is in the process of new diesel and gasoline engines the same assembly line in

Many of Volvo’s base parts are common between the and gasoline variants, such as the oil pump, sump, auxiliary alternator and AC compressor. The balancer also is nearly common the diesel and gasoline engines.

The ratios are 10.3:1 for the high-output T6 and 10.8:1 for the T5, while the diesel in at 15.8:1 and will use urea-based catalytic reduction to treat of nitrogen emissions.

Volvo classifies both the and gasoline engines as residing in two one for high performance and the other for fuel economy.

Given the demands of pending fuel-economy around the world, Crabb the VEA powertrain family will be to include a 3-cyl. engine. He no reason why a luxury car cannot get all the and refinement it needs from a small powerplant.

Displacement the engine family is not expected to 2.0L. “We know we can get power out of these engines by Crabb says. “The is, can we go smaller? We’ve already we will do that, but we haven’t when.”

Electrification of these new will come in the future, an XC90 CUV plug-in hybrid for the U.S. Crabb has said.

Investments to date, including and software development, amount to $600 million, split between upgrades at the Skövde plant, engineering the powertrains and supplier engineering and tooling, says.

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