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Volvo to include i-ART technology on their new VEA engine range

Volvo to include i-ART technology on their new VEA engine range image

Text: / Photos: Volvo Press | posted April 24, 2013 15:14

New injection technology to cut fuel consumption in new diesel engines

Volvo Car Group's new engine family, the Volvo Engine Architecture (VEA), will be launched this September with the world-first i-ART technology that helps to cut fuel consumption in Volvo's new diesel engines.

The i-ART features small computer on top of each injector that monitors pressure feedback instead of using a traditional single pressure sensor in the common rail, making it possible to continuously monitor and adapt fuel injection per combustion in each of the four cylinders.

i-ART

"Increasing the rail pressure to an exceptionally high 2,500 Bar, while adding the i-ART technology, can be described as the second step in the diesel revolution. It is a breakthrough comparable to when we invented the groundbreaking lambda sensor for the catalytic converter in 1976. It's another world-first for Volvo," says Derek Crabb, Vice President Powertrain Engineering at Volvo Car Group.

The combination of higher injection pressure and i-ART technology gives the customer an engine with improved fuel economy, considerably lower emissions and high performance output as well as a powerful sound character. Aside from the VEA, Volvo will also introduce a new 8-speed automatic gearbox to help contribute to a refined drive and excellent fuel economy.

i-ART

"We will create smaller, more intelligent engines with so much power that they will turn V8s into dinosaurs. Our four-cylinder engines will offer higher performance than today's six-cylinder units and lower fuel consumption than the current four-cylinder generation. On top of that, electrification will bring us up into power figures in today's V8-territory," says Derek Crabb.

The engines will be built at Volvo Car Group's engine plant in Skövde, Sweden.