Volvo of­fer­ing smaller en­gines

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

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