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Volvo’s clean burners

Volvo’s clean burners

April 2008

Larger engined cars need not be polluting monsters.

All Volvo six and eight cylinder cars sold in New Zealand already comply with Euro5 emission controls, which do not take effect in Europe until September 2009 at the earliest and in some cases not until January 2011.

Volvos other engines fitted to vehicles sold in New Zealand comply with the current Euro4 emission regulations which came into effect in Europe in 2005.

New Zealand regulations only require existing new models and second hand imports to comply with Euro3 standards which first came into effect in Europe in 2000!

All completely new cars sold here have to comply with Euro 4, while Euro 5 compliance will not be introduced in New Zealand until January 2011.

Successive European emission control regulations have reduced the amount of nitrous oxides and hydrocarbons that petrol and LPG engines can emit and particulates and nitrous oxides that diesel motors are allowed to put into the atmosphere.

The Volvo S80 is available in New Zealand with a choice of the cleaner burning 4.4 litre V8 and 3.2 litre straight six cylinder engines.

The V8 motor is also fitted to the XC90 SUV, while the 3.2 litre six cylinder engine is also available in the XC90, the V70 station wagon and the XC70 SUV.

“Volvo is well ahead of meeting all the regulatory requirements for emission controls,” said Mark Patterson the General Manager of Volvo Cars NZ.
“Some people still require larger cars because of the size of their family and our bigger Volvos meet that need while having the lowest level of emissions possible.

The next level of emission standards – Euro 6 – are not planned to take effect until 2016 in Europe.

“We expect to have all our models meeting Euro5 regulations by next year,” said Mr Patterson. “And with multi-fuel vehicles already available in many European markets Volvo is well on its way to meeting the regulations for the middle of the next decade.”


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