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Volvo V60 goes hybrid

By SYF77 on 06 Feb 2011

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The 2011 Geneva Motor Show will host the world premiere of the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, a near production-ready model that is said to return a very impressive 1.9 liter/100 km with CO2 emissions under 50 g/km.

Such green credentials are achieved by combining a diesel engine with an electric motor. The front wheels are driven by a 2.4-liter 5-cylinder turbo diesel powerplant capable of 215HP and 440 Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. At the back, there's a 70HP electric motor that powers the rear wheels together with a 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack. In all-electric driving mode, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid has a driving range of up to 52km.

“In order to get true car enthusiasts to think green, you have to offer them the opportunity to drive with low carbon dioxide emissions without taking away the adrenaline rush that promotes genuine driving pleasure. The V60 Plug-in Hybrid has all the traditional properties of a genuine sports wagon. What we've done is to spice it up with spearhead technology”, said Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.

The V60 Plug-in hybrid is a joint project between energy supplier Vattenfall and Volvo, and is scheduled for production in 2012.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



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Jetabout777 Feb 07 2011 02:24 AM
I believe this hybrid engine setup is by far the best you can find on the market. The combination of the diesel engine with a battery pack plus plug-in option is the ultimate. Coupled with good looks of the V60, this is a winner.
Soran Feb 07 2011 07:18 AM
Which will of course get utterly screwed by LTA's "Special Tax" on diesel car....xD
Dankoo Feb 07 2011 09:28 AM
Will it make it to our shores???
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