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Volvo drives home green ‘street cred’ with new models

Published 16/02/2011 | 09:42

VOLVO this week put on a big ‘drive’ to make the point that it has some of greenest cars on the road.

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So much so, it claims it is the first manufacturer of ‘premium’ cars to have three cars with conventional engines emitting below 100g/km.

They are the S40 DRIVe and V50 DRIVe which now line up with the C30 DRIVe in producing 99g/km. In other words, all three incur €104 a year road tax and 14pc VRT.

Helping to make that possible is the revamped 1.6-litre diesel engine. It doesn’t end there.

Volvo will soon have seven models (C30, S40, V50, S60, V60, V70 and S80) below 120g/km.

Among the elements critical in getting your fuel consumption down are reduced air resistance and chassis height.

Also critical are gearboxes with longer ratios for six-speed transmissions.

Ex-works prices start from €24,995 for the C30, €26,134 for the S40 and €27,984 for the V50 in ES specification.

Looking to the future, Volvo has a V70 with plug-in hybrid technology on the way as well as a C30 DRIVe Electric.

A V60 plug-in hybrid diesel is due in 2012.

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