Volvo increases options open to car leasers

JonathanDecember 2, 2011

Car leasing customers who prefer the ease of automatic transmission on long road trips could choose to opt for the latest offering from Volvo.

The Swedish manufacturer has announced that four of its DRIVe models will now combine diesel engines with automatic gearboxes.

For the first time the S60, V60, V70 and S80 cars will be fitted with the company’s Powershift dual-clutch gearbox.

Car leasing customers who are concerned that the new models may affect their fuel economy need not worry, as Volvo states that the cars will be just as efficient as the manual versions.

Peter Mertens, the firm’s senior vice-president of research and development, said the feat was an impressive engineering achievement.

The company explained that the low consumption statistics were down to some technological advances, including modifying the gearbox so that there is less friction between its components.

Volvo also announced that as part of its ‘DRIVe Towards Zero’ initiative it had made improvements to its petrol engine range.

The manufacturer’s 1.6-litre T3, four-cylinder engine – which is capable of producing 150 horsepower – has been tweaked by the company’s engineers and now emits carbon dioxide levels of 135 g/km – a reduction of 17 g/km compared to the previous version.

“Keeping the CO2 emissions below 140 grams is essential since this is a level used by many fleet customers,” said Mr Mertens.

The company now states that it has one of the best records among European car firms in terms of reducing the carbon dioxide emissions of its vehicles after dedicating a third of its research budget to the project.

In 2010, Volvo reduced its total emissions by nine per cent – a figure that compared favourably to Europe’s eight other largest car manufacturers.

The car company recently announced that it had seen an increase in the number of people who were using its vehicles for personal leasing.

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