Engines — By
Capt. Ken Kreisler
|Volvo Penta’s D-12 Series is just the latest in a long line of advanced marine engines.|
Volvo Penta has a remarkable history when it comes to marine power. The
company, which began in 1868 as a foundry specializing in cast-iron goods
and hardware, made its entry into marine engines in 1907 with a paraffin-fired
test engine dubbed the B1. In 1922 it introduced the U2, a two-cylinder,
two-stroke outboard, and in 1954, the world’s first series-manufactured
turbodiesel joined its growing line of engines, along with the MD1, the
world’s smallest direct-injection diesel. Two years later Volvo Penta
introduced the first charge-air-cooled marine diesel.
This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.