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2017-MY Buying Inclinations Point to Stable Order Year

The majority of commercial fleets report they will acquire approximately the same number of vehicles in the 2017 model-year as they did in the preceding year. However, energy-sector fleets signal decreased new-vehicle orders.

Volvo Testing Three-Cylinder Gasoline Engine

Volvo Cars is testing a new three-cylinder gasoline engine it says can produce up to 180 hp as the automaker seeks to revamp its powertrain offerings with a focus on "efficient power."

Vehicle Downsizing has Made Company-Provided Vehicles More Competitive Against Reimbursement

Commercial fleets began a widespread migration to four-cylinder engines and downsizing to a smaller class segment of vehicles in 2005. As a result, fuel costs and depreciation, the two largest fleet expenses, have been lowered by smaller displacement engines and vehicle segment downsizing. This has caused the breakeven point of a company-provided vehicle to shift downward, both in terms of minimum monthly miles and total costs, incrasing the competitiveness against reimbursement.

Volvo Begins New Four-Cylinder Engine Family Production

Volvo is beginning production of the different engines in its previously announced new four-cylinder family. The new Volvo Engine Architecture family engines are set to be introduced in production models between 2013 and 2015.