Volvo Penta Wants to Change the Way You Boat.
Written by Ben Ellison on Aug 1, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Six years after introducing its IPS engine-drive package, Volvo Penta announced that it had shipped its 4,000th unit this summer. The engine manufacturer says its IPS package has replaced shaft-and-strut propulsion on thousands of boats, making them more maneuverable, fuel efficient, quieter, cleaner, and easier to drive. “Volvo Penta IPS fundamentally changed the marine marketplace,” said Clint Moore, CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “For the first time in my experience, consumers start the boat-show buying experience at our booth, asking us which boat brands are available with Volvo Penta IPS. [IPS] owners report significantly higher overall satisfaction than owners of cruisers with traditional inboard propulsion.” The 4,000th IPS unit was installed in a Cruisers 48 Cantius.
Volvo Penta and Yamaha have signed an agreement to develop control systems for outboard-powered boats, including a remote-control system that would improve maneuverability and ease of docking for larger boats. “We are excited about the opportunity to combine the talents of Yamaha and Volvo Penta engineers to achieve new levels in state-of-the-art marine control design,” said Clint Moore, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas.