To cope with increasing environmental pressures, Volvo has announced plans to axe their six-cylinder engines.

This will probably raise a few eyebrows, but the company says their future engine lineup will consist exclusively of four-cylinder petrol and diesel powerplants. According to Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President of Research and Development, "It's time to stop counting cylinders."

As part of the initiative, Volvo will introduce a new range of VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture) engines which promise to be lighter (up to 90 kg / 198 lbs), more powerful and up to 35% more fuel efficient than the current six-cylinder units.

Additionally, the automaker will develop a new SPA (Scalable Platform Architecture) platform. It will underpin a variety of models and allow the vehicles to weigh approximately 100-150 kg (220-330 lbs) less than the cars they replace.

Volvo will provide additional information at the Frankfurt Motor Show, where they will unveil a new concept which rides on the SPA platform.

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