Volvo Car Group started production of the first engine variants in its new, high-efficiency four-cylinder engine family.

The development and production take place in-house at Volvo Car Group and form a vital part of the company’s strategy for independence.

The strategy of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines and driveline electrification is the path that Volvo Cars has chosen for the future.

With total control over the development and production of engines and drivelines and by reducing the number of engine variants, Volvo said the result is increased flexibility and greater ability to influence quality.

­”This marks a milestone in Volvo Cars’ history. With our new engine family we are focusing on two additional vital properties – driving pleasure and fuel efficiency,” says Derek Crabb, Vice President Powertrain Engineering.

Volvo_V60-668The new Volvo Engine Architecture (VEA) engines were developed by a Swedish team of engineers. The new, smaller engines are optimized and deliver higher performance than today’s six-cylinder units, while offering lower fuel consumption than the current generation of four-cylinder units.

“During the development of VEA the starting point was our customers and what we wanted to offer them in regard to good fuel economy, low environmental impact and immense driving pleasure at an attractive price. At the same time, however, it’s also about the fact that Volvo Cars gets a sound basis for developing future-generation technologies featuring fuel economy of absolute world class,” says Derek Crabb.

The VEA family consists of four-cylinder gas and diesel engines.

Combined with driveline electrification, the VEA family replaces the previous eight engine architectures on three different platforms.

Gone will be the previous four, five and six cylinder engines.

The new VEA engines will be introduced between 2013 and 2015.

Volvo expects almost 20,000 engines will be produced in 2013, and by the end of the year the production pace will be 2000 units a week.

The first variants will be found under the hood of the Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 in the autumn of 2013.