Sept 19, 2016
Volvo Penta is delighted to have been awarded ‘Engine-Propulsion of the Year’ during the prestigious World Yachts Trophies 2016 ceremony at the Cannes Yachting Festival. Additionally, the company was also recognized in conjunction with Amer Yachts for the ‘Most Innovative Yacht’.
Photo: Johan Wästeräng (centre, Volvo Penta’s Vice President of Marine Leisure Product Management, and Gilles Poirier (second right, Volvo Penta Marine Sales Manager) accept the ‘Engine-Propulsion of the Year’ award.
Volvo Penta has been recognized for its ingenious Inboard Performance System (IPS) at the illustrious World of Yachts celebration on Saturday, September 10, at the Cannes Yachting Festival in the south of France. The awards were presented in front of more than 500 industry professionals and customers. The trophies reward the leading innovations in the luxury boating industry throughout the past year.
Johan Wästeräng, Volvo Penta’s Vice President of Marine Leisure Product Management, accepted the ‘Engine-Propulsion of the Year’ award.
“Innovation is in our DNA and we are very appreciative to have this recognition of Volvo Penta IPS,” he said. “It is testament to the research and development we continue to do with IPS and the way that the system is regarded as the ideal choice of propulsion system for an increasing number of marine applications.”
Volvo Penta IPS was hailed as revolutionary when it was first launched in 2005, due to its forward-facing twin counter-rotating propellers, which sit below the hull in undisturbed water. Superior grip ensures better performance and fuel efficiency than traditional inboard shaft engine installations; and the individually steerable pods enable excellent maneuverability. Lower emissions and greater onboard space and comfort are also features of the system.
Earlier this year Volvo Penta extended the range to match it perfectly with its new 8-liter engine, to launch the D8-IPS700 and D8-IPS800. Volvo Penta IPS is available in twin, triple or quadruple installations.
Continued innovation in yachting
The internationally-renowned Cannes Yachting Festival saw hundreds of exhibitors showcasing their latest superyachts, luxury boats, and other high-end marine applications for a discerning leisure market. The World Yachts Trophies 2016, organized by Yachts France magazine, is an annual highlight of the festival and is preceded by a yacht parade and fireworks display in the stunning marina.