To reward 2014 and 2013 models with superior crash protection, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is awarding the new Top Safety Pick+ accolade to vehicles earning good or acceptable ratings in the new IIHS small overlap test as well as top marks in other IIHS evaluations, including moderate overlap frontal crashes, side crashes, rollovers and rear crashes. We are extremely pleased to have the Volvo XC60 join the S60 in receiving this prestigious safety award.
The Crash Tests
Here are is one video that was recorded during the IIHS New Small Overlap Frontal
Crash Tests of the S60 and XC60. "Nearly every new car performs well in other
frontal crash tests conducted by the Institute and the federal government, but
we still see more than 10,000 deaths in frontal crashes each year," Institute
President Adrian Lund says. "Small overlap crashes are a major source of these
fatalities. This new test program is based on years of analyzing real-world
frontal crashes and then replicating them in our crash test facility to
determine how people are being seriously injured and how cars can be designed to
protect them better. We think this is the next step in improving frontal crash
Volvo Car Group starts production of a new engine family
Volvo Car Group is now starting production of the first engine variants in the 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, 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.
Developed at Volvo Cars
The new 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.
Launched this autumn
VEA consists of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Together with driveline electrification, VEA replaces the previous eight engine architectures on three different platforms. The new engines will be introduced between 2013 and 2015. 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 fitted to the Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 in autumn 2013.