This year's product news from Volvo Penta include the new 9-litre D9 diesel engine and the world's highest-power diesel engine program so far for sterndrives - the new D6-350 and the D4-260.

On the accessories side, noteworthy new items include an entirely new system for trim planes and a silent, belt-driven bow thruster.

New powerful engines for demanding tasks

The Volvo Penta D9-500 is a robust 9-litre diesel engine with new engine electronics and an innovative turbo. With its 500 h.p., compact design and high torque even at low engine speeds it is perfectly adapted for patrol boats, fast fishing boats and other demanding marine applications.

Volvo Penta's new 16-litre is a power package for truly demanding applications. The engine is based on Volvo's thoroughly tested 6-cylinder design, but contains several new features including an electronic control system that provides added operational reliability and optimal combustion.

Volvo Penta introduces two new diesel engines for electrical power generation: TAD721GE at 180 kVA and TAD722GE at 200 kVA.

Volvo Penta's new 9-liter engine for processing machines, special vehicles and electrical power generation represents many technological advances. The leading is EMS 2 - an entirely new electronic control system that optimizes both performance as well as fuel-efficiency and also enables the engine to be easily integrated with other machine electronics.

This year, Volvo Penta is also launching the D3-160 engine with a Duoprop drive, suitable for twin installation in sport cruisers of up to approx. 30 feet in length.

A few examples of this year's deliveries

• Volvo Penta is delivering diesel engines to newly built tourist boats that will traffic one of China's extensive inland lake systems. The environmental features of the engines were decisive in the Chinese authorities' selection of supplier.

• Volvo Penta is listed as the total supplier of engines and propeller driveshaft systems for an exclusive megayacht being built in the Ukraine.

• Australian Mustang Cruisers continues to increase its sales of ultra-modern sports cruisers. In a short time, Volvo Penta has become the main supplier of engines to this fast-growing boat builder.

• As the fishing industry in Iceland is undergoing change, the demand for high performance engines for high speed fishing boats is growing. Volvo Penta's D12-650 engine provides these boats with the features that are ideal for small scale fishing.

• Volvo Penta in Brazil has received orders for auxiliary engines and complete genset systems from two shipyards in Rio de Janeiro.

• Volvo Penta's 12-litre diesel engines are gaining increasing numbers of customers among machine producers worldwide. When KCI Konecranes of Finland, a leading manufacturer of lifting equipment, secured a major order for gantry cranes, the power unit chosen was Volvo Penta's 12-litre engine.

New President of Volvo Penta

Göran Gummeson is appointed the new President of Volvo Penta. He succeeds Staffan Jufors, who was earlier appointed President of Volvo Trucks.

D6-310 honoured

New D6-310 marine diesel engine has been honoured with the Editors' Choice Award by the American boating magazine Motor Boating.