Volvo expands FlexiFuel range

Those needing a new car but who also want to keep an eye on their eco-friendliness may be interested to hear that Volvo is expanding its range of FlexiFuel bio-ethanol engines.

Bringing the total of FlexiFuel options up to five, the manufacturer is set to offer a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre engine this year and a five-cylinder, 2.5-litre engine in 2008. The units have been designed to power the V70 estate and S80 executive saloon respectively.

Of the new development, senior vice president of brand, business and product strategy at Volvo Cars Lex Kerssemakers said the company wanted to take advantage of the potential of FlexiFuel in larger vehicles.

"We plan to continuously expand the implementation of this technology over the coming years," he remarked. "It’s a move that is being driven by the extended availability of biofuels throughout Europe."

FlexiFuel can emit up to 80 per cent less carbon than its petrol equivalent, according to Volvo.

The company was first established in 1927 in Sweden.


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