The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), jointly with a jury of boating journalists from Boating Writers International (BWI), selected the V8-380 as the best innovation in the engine category. The award was presented October 2, 2012 to Volvo Penta at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) in Louisville, Kentucky.
“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.
“This innovation award is another example of Volvo Penta’s longstanding leadership in the marine industry,” said 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,” said 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.