Volvo Penta and Garmin have joined their forces to offer the best way of cruising: simple, fun, touble-free, with good performance and low environmental impact.
The joint venture between Volvo Penta and Garmin has been announced in 2012, and becomes reality now. The cooperation will change (and is already changing) the way of approaching the onboard electronics. Several Shipyards have already introduced this technical solution, which brings integration to a further level.
The advantages are three.
First: the engine and the board computer “speak” the same language and can exchange loads of information.
Second: in case of failures the spokesperson is just one, that is Volvo Penta.
Third, all the components are fully integrated in the boat design.
We spoke with Nicola Pomi, Head of Marine Market with Volvo Penta in Italy. “Volvo Penta was looking for a top level partner in order to enlarge their offer. Garmin is a dynamic and innovative Company, well known in the marine business, and they decided to take on this challenge.
So, now Volvo Penta and Garmin can offer a full range of high-end products, the best in terms of technology. This venture matches perfectly with another, more ambitious one, launched in 2011: the challenge for Volvo Penta’s IPS to become the benchmark propulsion system even in the large yachts segment. In these years we have installed our IPS units on over 40 new models, including Azimut 77S, Absolute 60 Fly and Absolute Navetta, making this a strategic part of the market for our bigger IPS systems”.