Volvo Penta was founded in 1907 in conjunction with the production of the first marine engine, B1. The Penta company soon became an established internal combustion engine manufacturer, which in 1927 delivered the engine for Volvo’s first passenger car.
Volvo acquired Penta in 1935 and Volvo Penta has been part of the Volvo Group since then. It now provides internal combustion engines (ICEs) and complete power systems to the boating industry, power-generating equipment, and similar industrial applications. The business also manufacturers sterndrive and inboard drive systems such as the Volvo Penta IPS.The engine programme comprises petroleum fuel (diesel and petrol) engines with power outputs of between 7.5 and 1,500 kilowatts (10 and 2,039 PS; 10 and 2,012 bhp).
Marine engines and complete marine propulsion systems
Volvo Penta has introduced some innovations to the marine engine market, including the sterndrive and contra-rotating propellers, Duoprop. In recent years, Volvo Penta has launched IPS, a new “pod type” boat drive system with counter rotating forward-facing propellers operated by a joystick. Its engines are used by a number of boat manufacturers including Fairline Boats, Sunseeker, Riviera, Four Winns, and Cranchi. In conjunction with Volvo owned CPAC Systems, Volvo Penta and Yamaha Motor signed an agreement involving technological partnership in December 2010.
The company sells its engines to a variety of users, including many generator manufacturers such as Sdmo, Genpower, Kohler and Shanghai Dingxin Electric Group. Its engines are also used in mining equipment and stone-crushing machinery.
The company has a number of manufacturing bases for diesel engines at Vara, Sweden, Wuxi, China; and Lexington, Tennessee, United States, for all gasoline engines and sterndrives. Volvo Penta operates worldwide and has around 4,000 dealers in 130 countries.