Volvo Penta's V8-380 wins 2012 IBEX Innovation Award

Volvo Penta’s recently launched new V8-380 sterndrive engine has been awarded an IBEX Innovation Award. The National Marine Manufacturers Association, jointly with a jury of boating journalists from Boating Writers International, selected the V8-380 as the best innovation in the engine category. 

The award was presented to Volvo Penta at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 2. ?

“I had an opportunity to test the V8-380 just before IBEX and was impressed by its performance and fuel economy throughout the powerband. This new-generation sterndrive sets a new standard for marine engines,” said Alan Jones, BWI board member and executive editor of Boating World Magazine, in a Volvo Penta press release.

“This innovation award is another example of Volvo Penta’s longstanding leadership in the marine industry,” added Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta Americas. “Volvo Penta has a more than 100 year history of being the first to market with innovative products such as the Aquamatic sterndrive, Duoprop, Volvo Penta IPS, joystick steering, and now the V8-380. This new-generation, high-performance engine provides not only unsurpassed acceleration, but it also helps the boater save money by using less fuel.

“To receive the IBEX Innovation Award is a great honor, as it validates all of the hard work that the Volvo Penta engineering team and our boat building partners have done to put together a great package,” continued Huibers. “Our longstanding, mutual commitment to innovation brings excitement — as well as new customers — to boating.”

The Innovation Awards recognizes those products that best meet the following criteria: innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured; benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; practicality; cost-effectiveness; and availability to the consumer within 60 days of award receipt.