Host: Volvo cars now unveil no less than seven extremely economical DRIVe models.
Volvo has put a great deal of effort into making even the larger models capable of being driven extremely economically.
Peter Ewerestrand: That has been our aim. I mean we've started with small cars and now we want to expand to the whole range. So, why shouldn’t you be able to drive with the big car and have low fuel consumption? That’s natural.
Host: Volvo’s experts have done an impressive job both in developing engines with remarkable fuel economy and at the same time engines that generate very low CO2 emissions. The Volvo C30 for example can now be driven at 3.9 liters per 100 kilometers and emit no more than 104 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
Peter Ewerestrand: We are determined to fulfill all demands that are put on us as a car manufacturer when it comes to low fuel consumption. And we started on a broad base two years ago, and now we see the results and a lot more is coming.
Host: Some of these engines also have a start/stop function which contributes to keeping down carbon dioxide emissions.
Peter Ewerestrand: The start/stop function requires some action from you as a driver. When you stop at a traffic light, you put the gear in neutral and you release the clutch; at that time the car stops. But the minute you start pushing down the clutch again, the engine starts. So by the time you're ready to put in first gear, the car is already up and running.
Host: Volvo’s technical team have also developed the technique with the help of an extra battery and shows that the air inside the car is perfect even when the engine is not running.
Volvo anticipates these new DRIVe models will be a great success.
Peter Ewerestrand: I'm proud of all the effort, all the skills and motions that have been put in by all the engineers that this company showing that we are determined really among the best when it comes to emissions and environment.
Host: And at Volvo cars the goal is to continue to be the best in respective classes when it comes to CO2 level.
Peter Ewerestrand: The most important thing with these seven cars is that they put us on the map. They show that we are determined to be leading when it comes to environment. I think these models will be a major part of our sales in Europe especially when we look at the product that is diesel engines.