Volvo's New Engine Family Certified by EPA to '07 Standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified that Volvo Trucks North America's new engines for 2007 will meet new lower emissions requirements taking effect January 1. This means Volvo's new engines will be dramatically cleaner than engines sold today.

The Volvo D11, D13 and D16 engines were certified by EPA to meet the very stringent new emissions standards which apply to all heavy-duty diesel engines built after January 1 for on-highway trucks. The new standards reduce allowable emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 50% and emissions of particulates (soot) by 90% from today's levels.

"This is another clear indication that Volvo's 2007 engines will perform to the expectations of our customers," said Peter Karlsten, president and CEO. "We filed for certification in July and have used the time since then to continue our preparations for 2007. Our engines will meet the very high standards of our customers, while at the same time preserving clean air for future generations."

There are currently more than 70 trucks testing Volvo's new engine family for 2007, with nearly 30 trucks in customer fleets; the remaining trucks are in corporate testing, including in high altitude and climatic extremes. Approximately 2 million miles have been accumulated to date in Volvo's testing program, with a number of trucks accumulating between 50,000 and 150,000 miles to date.

Volvo Trucks North America assembles its Volvo VT, VN and VHD trucks in the United States, at the ISO14001 and ISO9001 certified New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia. Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Maryland. Volvo sponsors the America's Road Team national highway safety outreach program.

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