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Volvo Expands DRIVe Mild Hybrid Line-Up

Company now offers seven models with CO2 emissions below 120 g/km.

Published: 22-Feb-2011

First introduced at the 2008 Geneva Auto Show, Volvo's DRIVe mild hybrid system has now been expanded to its Series 60 line-up: the S60 and V60. By mating a 1.6-litre diesel engine to a six-speed manual transmission, and adding automatic engine stop/start, the company claims fuel economy ratings of 4.4 and 4.6 l/100 km (53/51 mpg), respectively.

The Swedish carmaker also reports that both vehicles achieve carbon dioxide emission levels below 120g/km, while also meeting Euro 5 emission standards.

Volvo Cars President and CEO Stefan Jacoby stated, "We have moved ahead very quickly since we launched our first three 119 gram models in Paris in autumn 2008. The fact that we now have seven models below 120 g/km, three of them below 100 grams, emphasises that few of our competitors can match us in the drive for increasingly eco-efficient cars."

This Spring the DRIVe mild-hybrid system will be extended to the Volvo V70 DRIVe (119 g) and Volvo S80 DRIVe (119 g).

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