Volvo, two traditional giants with varying degrees of ties to Geely, is seeking to work with Daimler to develop the next generation of internal combustion engines. Given that Volvo gave up diesel cars altogether two or three years ago, the co-operation is bound to focus on petrol engines. The German weekly Automobilwoche quoted a Volvo executive as saying volvo had made initial contact with Daimler but had not yet come up with a concrete plan.
As recently as early 2018, Volvo announced that it would end research and development of internal combustion engines in the next few years and move to electric drives. And in October, nine years after being acquired by Geely, Geely finally began merging its engine business with Geely. The new integrated engine division is scheduled to start operating in March this year, which may be an opportunity and a starting point for working with Daimler Ag-
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At present, Geely Group indirectly holds approximately 9.7% of Daimler Group shares. In September last year, Daimler’s head of research and development revealed that he would suspend research and development of internal combustion engines. Daimler and Mercedes-Benz were quick to dismiss the rumours, saying they had not made a decision to withdraw from fuel engine research and development.
While people remain convinced that fuel-only vehicles will soon be out of history, there is a growing belief that the internal combustion engine will not be completely terminated by electric vehicles as quickly as previously thought, and that the two will remain together for some time and that the internal combustion engine will continue to develop as part of the hybrid.
Volvo’s partnership with Daimler is not an exception, especially since Volvo aggressively announced all-in electric cars just two years ago. Jaguar Land Rover, another traditional giant that sees electric cars as a turning point, announced a full-scale transformation in 2017. Last year, however, Jaguar Land Rover began looking to partner with BMW to use the BMW Group’s internal combustion engine and entry-car platform.
Volvo’s main petrol engine is currently in service around 2013 in the VEA series. The VEA series is available in inline 3-cylinder (1.5L) and in-line 4-cylinder (2.0L) displacement, 1.5T, 2.0T and 2.0 mechanical turbine double boost three configurations, power output can cover 90kW-230kW. In addition to Volvo’s full line of models, the VEA series is also available on some models under the Geely and Neck brands.
Volvo’s two main vehicle platforms, the CMA and SPA, are the front-drive base platforms for the front-facing engines and have traditionally had no intention of developing rear-drive vehicles. If it does work with Daimler, Volvo can share a new generation of engines with Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class, CLA, GLA and other entry-level models based on the Mercedes-Benz MFA2 front drive platform.
Mercedes currently uses petrol engines for front-drive, mainly the M282 (1.3T) and M260 (2.0T) series. But the two series will not be in service until 2018, with relatively advanced technology, and Mercedes will not be in a hurry to renew these engines. Volvo’s VEA series engines, while developed earlier in the years, are not at the bottom of the rush to update. The intent of the two sides to cooperate can be understood as a proactive approach to future research and development costs.
This means that for at least the next 10 years, these traditional giants do not believe that the internal combustion engine will be completely history.
But on the other hand, once you die i live between the giants, began to work together on this, showing that although the internal combustion engine will not soon die out, but it will play a much less position in the future of the automotive industry than before – can not recover costs alone as in the past, it is not worth a lot of research and development investment, It will no longer play the role of decisive technology( as in the past).
WlTP, the EU’s new emissions regulations, is in place in 2018, putting a significant number of large-capacity V12 engines out of the market. The gradual tightening of carbon emission limits, on the one hand, makes car companies put most of their resources into electric drive technology, on the other hand, one by one to end large displacement, high-performance fuel vehicle products.
Not long ago, it was rumoured that Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance brand AMG would change its current 4.0T V8 engine to a 2.0T four-cylinder engine and hybrid system on the next generation of the C63. After a 12-cylinder and 8-cylinder engine-by-1, it may soon be a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that will be counted as “large displacement”. The internal combustion engine “not dead only withering” statement, in another way is: although not dead, but will eventually fall.