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Volvo's Bet for Fuel Efficiency

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Text: / Photos: | posted August 23, 2005 00:00

With the rise in petrol prices plaguing the motorists today, fuel-efficient cars seems to be the best bet for lower fuel consumption thus leading to more cost-effective measures.

With Volvo's dedication to the environment comes the element of fuel efficiency. In its holistic approach in building cars, Volvo comes up with products that not only make the car occupants safe but other road users as well. Its aerodynamic design and styling coupled with automotive innovations add up to one car that delivers dynamic performance, practical sensibility and enjoyable driving experience.

The Volvo S60's spirited in-line five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine yield a maximum of 240 Nm of torque from 1850 revs a minute allowing the driver to move off smartly and seldom need to change down for overtaking. Low internal friction and variable valve timing on the exhaust side give low fuel consumption and cleaner fuel emissions in all driving conditions. With highly efficient combustion and emission control, this engine already meets the strict European 2005 emission requirements. In the Philippines, the Department of Energy conducted a Passenger Car Fuel economy Run that were participated in by 43 vehicles, ten of which were entries from six car manufacturers, and drew 280 representatives from car manufacturers, government agencies, non-government organizations, transport sector organizations, and members of the media. In that testing activity, the Volvo S60 earned top results with 12. 7km / liter for its 2.0L engine while the Volvo S60 T5 chalked up 10.3 km a liter.

Stringent times call for stringent measures. That is why Volvo has several tips for motorists to reduce fuel consumption and at the same time help reduce the environmental impact of road traffic. Gentle, environmentally-aware driving or Eco Driving can save up to 15% of fuel consumption which of course further reduces emissions to the environment. Here are some helpful hints in reducing fuel consumption:

Accelerate quickly and decisively (at half throttle) up to the desired speed.
Change up as soon as possible, and then drive in the highest gear possible.
Drive smoothly and keep your distance from the vehicle in front.
Observe the speed limits.
Use engine braking whenever possible.
Avoid idling.
Remove the roof box and load carriers when not in use, and empty the luggage compartment.
Check the tire pressures regularly.

Volvo has always been at the forefront of safety and technological advances in automotives. One of its major efforts is to reduce fuel consumption that include the development of power train and vehicle technologies, a new generation of compact cars, a higher proportion of high-efficiency diesel engines and the continued commitment to methane-powered and Bi-Fuel models. Meanwhile, engine and transmission development programmes are ongoing, as is research into new methods of building lighter cars with lower drag and rolling resistance.