VOLVO V60 PLUG-IN HYBRID STARS IN NEW YORK AS ONE OF THREE CANDIDATES
FOR THE WORLD GREEN CAR OF THE YEAR
The world's first diesel plug-in hybrid - the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid
- will make its American display debut and take centre stage at the
New York International Auto Show. The plug-in hybrid is one of three
remaining candidates for the prestigious 2013 World Green Car of the
The winning environmental car, which is selected by 66 top motoring
journalists from 23 countries around the world, will be announced at
the New York International Auto Show on 28 March.
The Volvo Car Group press conference in the Jacob Javits Center at
10:30 AM on 28 March will also include the world premiere of Volvo's
latest R-Design models as well as the announcement of a new and
exciting addition to the North American Volvo model line-up.
The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid in detail
The groundbreaking V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the world's first diesel
plug-in hybrid. It includes two complete drive trains and a powerful
battery. The driver can select the preferred driving mode via three
buttons that give the car three entirely different temperaments: Pure,
Hybrid or Power.
"The ingenious on-demand possibility makes the V60 Plug-in Hybrid
superior to all other hybrids on the market. Thanks to the Pure,
Hybrid and Power modes, the car is the perfect choice for the
uncompromising customer who wants to minimise his or her carbon
dioxide emissions but maximise driving pleasure," says Doug
Speck, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at
Volvo Car Group.
Pushing the Pure button gives the driver up to 50 kilometres (31
miles) on pure electric power.
In Hybrid mode, the carbon dioxide emissions are 48 g/km. This
corresponds to fuel consumption of just 1.8 l/100 km (NEDC
certification driving cycle for hybrids), translating into 130 mpg.
The Power mode releases the combined capacity of the diesel engine and
electric motor, creating a veritable driving machine with a total
power output of 215+70 horsepower and maximum torque of 440+200 Nm.
The electric motor's lightning-quick torque delivery contributes to
the car's acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds.
The outstanding properties of the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid have been
confirmed by several achievements since the car was introduced in
2012. The first year's batch of model year 2013 cars was sold out even
before the car reached the showrooms.
In 2012, the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid achieved the highest ever
Euro NCAP score for an electrified car. The five stars in the test,
which included a frontal offset collision at 64 km/h (40 mph),
demonstrate that the V60 Plug-in Hybrid has the same high safety
standards as a conventionally powered V60.
"Over 50 per cent of the Plug-in Hybrid buyers are conquests from
competitor brands. The access to two drive trains and three driving
modes makes it the perfect choice for consumers who want green
motoring without compromises," says Doug Speck. "The success
of the plug-in hybrid is probably the most powerful signal of the
revitalisation of the Volvo brand since we began our independent
journey in 2010."
The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the synthesis of close cooperation
between Volvo Car Group and Swedish electricity supplier Vattenfall.
The two companies have financed the development project jointly.
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