Richmond Hill, ON. February 24th, 2015. After substantially exceeding customer demand expectations in 2014, the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar get a renewed production of 750 cars in 2015 and expand to 13 countries around the world.
”We are delighted to see the positive response from customers all over the world on our very first production car. This marks another important milestone for Polestar,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.
The Canadian market will again receive a limited availability of Polestar in 2015. Polestar vehicles were deemed a success in Canada this past year and an illustration of such success was determined when the V60 Polestar won Best New Sports / Performance Car (over $50,000) at the 2014 AJAC Canadian Car of the Year awards. The V60 Polestar finished first in voting ahead of the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
After rolling out the cars to customers in eight countries last year, the S60 and V60 Polestar will be expanded to the Middle East for 2015, a region showing strong interest for Polestar. The new countries to get the MY16 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar include Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
The following markets will have Polestars in-market for 2015: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA.
“The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar are selling faster than we expected, and we have, as a result decided to expand into new markets. Polestar remains an integral performance brand partner and this is a clear sign of confidence in the potential of this partnership,” said Anders H. Gustavsson, Vice President Special Vehicles at Volvo Car Group.
The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar are designed to carry Polestar’s engineering philosophy to deliver an engaging, precise and confident driving experience in all weathers, on all roads and in all seasons.
The S60 & V60 Polestars are equipped with a 3.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-6 engine with a 6-speed Polestar calibrated transmission offering adaptive quick shift and paddle shift capabilities. Each vehicle features a Polestar Ohlins shock absorber system and Brembo braking system. Equipped with a launch control and Polestar calibrated stability control system, each Polestar Edition offers an output of 345 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The S60 Polestar records a 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds and the V60 Polestar recording a time of 5.0 seconds with both models sprinting to a top speed of 250km/h.
The S60 Polestar offers a combined fuel consumption of 10.2 l/100km, the V60 Polestar offers a combined fuel consumption of 10.3 l/100km. The Polestar Edition vehicles will only be available in Rebel Blue and Black Sapphire and are equipped with all-wheel-drive capabilities.
About Volvo Cars of Canada
Volvo Cars of Canada Corporation is part of the Volvo Car Group of Gothenburg, Sweden. The company provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to the 38 Volvo automobile retailers across the country. The S60, S80 and XC60 are among only 22 vehicles that have been awarded the prestigious new Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). Volvo Cars is committed to Vision 2020, our goal that no one shall be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo by the year 2020.
About Volvo Car Group
Volvo has been in operation since 1927. Today, Volvo Cars is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales of 465,866 in 2014 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) of China since 2010. It formed part of the Swedish Volvo Group until 1999, when the company was bought by Ford Motor Company of the US. In 2010, Volvo Cars was acquired by Geely Holding.
As of December 2014, Volvo Cars had over 25,000 employees worldwide. Volvo Cars head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars head office for China is located in Shanghai. The company’s main car production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium) and Chengdu (China), while engines are manufactured in Skövde (Sweden) and Zhangjiakou (China) and body components in Olofström (Sweden).