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Volvo Trucks’ Enhanced Powertrain Improves Performance

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Volvo Trucks’ unique powertrain – consisting of the enhanced D13 engine and the I-Shift gearbox – improves performance while cutting fuel consumption.

With the latest generation of Euro-6 engines and the integrated intelligent Volvo I-Shift transmission, Volvo Trucks is taking yet another step on the path towards efficient transportation.

The engine is a perfect example of how several small advances together can result in a big improvement. The two most significant updates are increased compression ratio on the D13 420 and 460 hp versions, and a new optimised turbocharger on the 500 and 540 hp variants of the D13 engine.

“For many of our customers, maintaining a high average speed is important in order to save time – time that may be crucial to the transport mission. In the same way, it’s important to minimize fuel costs. What we have now achieved is an engine and gearbox that utilise their full combined potential to deliver more efficient transportation,” says Mats Franzén, Product Manager Powertrain Components – Engines at Volvo Trucks.

Just how much fuel the latest improvements can save depends on the truck’s specification and application area. For a Volvo FH on long haul operations, fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 3%. For heavy haulage, such as timber, the saving may be even higher if the engine is combined with Volvo Trucks’ recently-introduced I-Shift with crawler gears and Tandem Axle Lift, the unique driven liftable rear axle.