After the acquisition of Seven Marine in mid 2017, Volvo Penta has finally stated that they are building the super-powerful engines in Lexington, Tennessee.
Today Volvo Penta announced the start of production and assembly of Seven Marine outboards at the company’s wholly-owned facility. And, from January 2020 the entire lineup of Seven Marine engines has been incorporated into Volvo’s production process.
More models, more markets, more features
We know SM engines for being the most powerful outboard motors available on the market. What they were not, on the other hand, is big-numbers units. But the strategy for Volvo has been to develop the company’s outboard offering. Since acquiring Seven Marine in 2017, efforts have focused on expanding their product lineup and integrating Volvo Penta solutions.
In 2018, through close collaboration with the Volvo Penta team, they were able to extend its horsepower range to include 527 hp and 577 hp models, and enhance its 627 hp flagship model. At the same time, Volvo said they were working to get the CE certification for the US-built engines, in order to enter the European market.
Another key milestone came in 2019 when Volvo Penta integrated all Seven Marine outboards with the company’s proven Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) and associated easy boating solutions such as DuoProp, joystick docking and driving, Glass Cockpit and more. The Volvo Penta Integrated Outboard Experience debuted first on a Tiara Sport 38LS and earned the NMMA Innovation Award in the outboard category at the Miami Boat Show.
In addition to the Lexington operations, an outboard engineering office has been established in Germantown and Rick Davis, founder of Seven Marine, will continue to work together with the Volvo Penta team.
The 210,000 square foot (almost 20,000 square meters) facility in Lexington houses Volvo Penta’s production of all gasoline engines and drives for worldwide distribution. It also houses a final assembly line for production of industrial off-road engines. Adhering to the Volvo Production System (VPS), the facility operations aims to high levels of precision through the use of advanced production techniques.
The factory holds several ISO certifications in the areas of production process management, environmental management and occupational health and safety.
A Seven 627 is on display in the Volvo Penta booth, and engines are also available for sea trials at the Miami International Boat Show, February 13 – 17, 2020.