A compact format is a matter of safety. It is particularly important that the engine takes up minimal space longitudinally in the vehicle. Volvo's engines are fitted transversely and a compact engine thus has more space to move inside the engine compartment in the event of an impact that deforms the car's front. This helps reduce the risk of engine penetration into the passenger compartment.

In principle, Cam Profile Switching creates two engines in one. For instance, we can satisfy customers who prioritize performance, as well as those who are more interested in driving comfort and fuel economy, with equal ease.