Volvo Penta ensures supply of 8.1L big blocks through 2010

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Despite future plans by General Motors to stop production of its 8.1L engine blocks, Volvo Penta has worked closely with General Motors to ensure its ability to supply customers with the 8.1L engines for sterndrive and IPS power throughout 2010, the company said in a recent statement.

“Just as the industry is beginning to show positive signs of sales recovery, we recognize that now is not the time to be making disruptive changes to our big block power options,” commented Bob Apple, senior VP of sales and marketing. “With that in mind, we have worked very closely with General Motors, the supplier of the 8.1L block, and taken a very aggressive supply and inventory position to be sure our global customers can continue with uninterrupted supply of this important power range.”

The 8.1 engine package includes “Penta Protection,” which consists of two parts: a two-year Volvo Penta factory limited warranty and a three-year Volvo Penta Extended Protection limited warranty that provides coverage for mechanical breakdowns that may occur following the expiration of the Volvo Penta limited factory warranty.

Volvo Penta’s 8.1LGiE is fuel injected and electronically controlled and is also available with and without an emissions catalyst in 2010. The engine builder said this will allow boat builders to continue to offer non-catalyzed engines for export to regions where catalysts are not required.

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