2016-05-02

Volvo Penta Next-Generation Gasoline Engines Named One of Boating Industry’s Top Products of the Year



by Volvo Penta of the Americas

Boating Industry, the monthly U.S. boating business magazine, has selected Volvo Penta’s new 5.3L 300 and 350 hp V8 gasoline sterndrive engines to the annual list of top products. The 2016 winners were announced in the magazine’s May issue.

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – May 2, 2016 – Boating Industry, the monthly U.S. boating business magazine, has selected Volvo Penta’s new 5.3L 300 and 350 hp V8 gasoline sterndrive engines to the annual list of top products.  The 2016 winners were announced in the magazine’s May issue.
 
“This year’s selections were chosen from hundreds of products introduced or significantly updated since the beginning of 2015,” said Boating Industry editor in chief Jonathan Sweet. “These products were selected for their innovation, their impact on the industry, creativity and more.”
 
These next-generation engines introduce fresh features that have never been available to the sterndrive market from any engine supplier. They are the first and only V8 marine gas engines combining the following technical advancements:

  • Variable Valve Timing (VVT) producing higher torque and acceleration across the full range of RPMs
  • Common-rail direct fuel injection for better fuel economy and lower emissions
  • Lightweight all-aluminum block for industry-leading weight-to-horsepower ratio
  • Freshwater cooling (FWC) for longer engine life in the marine environment
  • Wideband oxygen sensors to accommodate blended fuels and fuel quality

The V8-300 and 350 are based on GM’s highly acclaimed Gen V aluminum blocks introduced at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. They are engineered into marine engines and extensively tested at Volvo Penta’s factory in Lexington, Tennessee.
 
“We were impressed by not only the new Gen V technology of Volvo Penta’s new engines, but also its efforts to simplify service and accessibility with the Front Engine Accessory Drive,” noted Sweet.
 
“We believe new technologies and innovations like these new V8s and our award-winning Forward Drive play a key role in growing boating by creating unprecedented levels of fun and excitement,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “We’re making it possible for boat builders to bring to market state-of-the-art sterndrive boats to exceed the expectations of today’s consumers. The V8s are also up to 10 percent more fuel efficient and the most environmentally friendly engines in the industry – by a large margin.”
 
“The Boating Industry Top Products selection is an honor, and the credit goes to our talented engineering team who devoted countless hours into developing and fine-tuning these remarkable engines, as well as our valued partners who inspire us to deliver the latest in transformative marine technology,” Huibers added. “At Volvo Penta, innovation is in our DNA.”



About Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta, with 3,500 dealers in more than 130 countries, is a global manufacturer of engines for leisure boats and commercial vessels, as well as industrial applications. The propulsion program includes diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs between 10 and 900 horsepower. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.
 
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For further information, please contact:

Christine Carlson
Volvo Penta of the Americas
Phone: +1 (757) 436 2800
E-mail: christine.carlson@volvo.com

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
Phone: +1 (757) 451 0602
E-mail: jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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