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Gothenburg, Sweden-- A competitive diesel engine is nothing less than a matter of survival in Europe. In 2002, 40 per cent of all cars sold in Europe will be diesel cars. This figure is forecast to increase to 46 per cent by 2005. <BR>There is considerable demand in all segments, although it is found primarily in those segments where the Volvo XC90, S80, V70, XC70 and S60 compete. <BR>“The negative perception of the diesel engine’s inadequate power and poor comfort is a thing of the past. Nowadays even the most discerning customers want diesels. In our position in the premium segment, this provides us with an exciting and tough challenge,” says Hans-Olov Olsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation.<P>The Largest Markets<BR>Germany is the largest diesel market for Volvo Cars, with sales of 14,000 large diesel-engine cars expected there in 2002. Germany is followed by the UK with 8,500, Italy with 8,400 cars, Belgium with 6,000, Spain with 5,400 and France with 5,200 cars. <BR>In France 92 per cent of all large Volvos sold will be diesel cars, while Belgium and Italy will exceed the 80 per cent mark. Austria has a 77 per cent diesel share, followed by Portugal with 73 per cent.
 

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It seems unlikely, but do you know whether there is any consideration to bring this engine to the US?<P>One of the hotest models for VW is their TDI Golfs, Jettas, and Beetles. This would be an interesting niche for Volvo.<P>My view of current events in the world is that we as Americans are too heavy in our consumption of global resources. I want to not be part of that problem. My biggest inhibitor to the entire US Volvo product line is that there is not a very efficient vehicle in the lineup. A diesel V70 would be perfect, and I'd pay a premium for it.<P>Mark
 

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Well, I'll tell you what I know. When I ask people from VCOA, they don't sound all that keen on it. However, I believe that diesel standards in the US in 2004 will be at a point where this motor would be eligible for production.<P>Now, consider that it will probably fit in the smaller and presumably more affordable V50 and S40. Further, those cars, being based on the next gen Ford small car platform. This'd put fuel economy on the same crazy levels, or close to them, as the VW TDIs. <P>I could see how there'd be a market for it at that point. You never know, but right now I think they'd have supply probs anyway with the current demand on the engine already.
 

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Just imagine the next gen S40/V50/V50XC with the D5 engine producing 163hp and 251 lb.ft of torque! With Haldex AWD and a nice manual transmission, that would rock... <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>-Drew
 
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