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Volvo Cars to Offer Just 4-Cylinder Motors in Hybrid Push

Volvo Car Group will offer only four-cylinder engines as the Swedish manufacturer owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. promotes hybrid systems to stand out from other upscale auto producers.

Customers who want more than the 190 horsepower generated by the standard combustion engines can order electric motors that give the vehicle as much as 400 horsepower, Volvo Cars Chief Executive Officer Hakan Samuelsson said in an interview today at the Geneva International Motor Show. The hybrid models will have four-wheel drive as the electric motors power the rear wheels while the conventional engines power the front.