Volvo offering smaller engines
VOLVO has announced a new, downsized engine range consisting solely of fourcylinder petrol and diesel engines.
“It’s time to stop counting cylinders. At the Frankfurt Motor Show we will reveal a new concept car. It proves that downsized engines can go hand in hand with our customers’ expectations on luxury and driving pleasure,” says Peter Mertens, senior vice president for R&D.
“Our four-cylinder focus is the perfect way for us to quickly reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. We will develop four-cylinder engines with higher performance than today’s six-cylinder units and lower fuel consumption than the current four-cylinder generation.”
They are up to 90kg lighter and up to 35 per cent more economical.
Volvo is also developing a high-speed flywheel which is charged when braking to give extra power when needed.
Making its debut at Frankfurt is Eterniti which bills itself as “an independent, boutique British luxury carmaker, uniquely based in London (to meet) a growing demand for additional luxury, personalised specifications and exclusivity among car buyers, particularly in major cities and global wealth centres.”
At Frankfurt it shows the Hemera, here in 2012 and described as “the world’s first super SUV”. Big names on board include Alastair Macqueen, who worked on the Jaguar XJ220 and several Le Mans winning cars.
BMW, which has now made two million Minis, is offering September incentives to keep sales rolling. These include “low-rate” finance from £169 a month (example: Mini First) and a £500 deposit contribution on the One Countryman.