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Volvo R-range receives new AWD system, automatic transmission


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TORONTO (July 4, 2005) – The high-performance Volvo S60 R and V70 R vehicles will be equipped with the next-generation all-wheel drive system with Instant Traction, and a new 6-speed automatic transmission for 2006.


The electronically-controlled AWD with Instant Traction is designed to distribute engine power to the rear wheels faster from a standstill. First seen on the 2006 XC90 V8, AWD with Instant Traction is now available with every 2006 Volvo vehicle.


A new 6-speed automatic transmission is also new for 2006. The new 6-speed is able to accommodate the engine’s full 295 lb.-ft. of torque, replacing last year’s 5-speed automatic.


V70 R vehicles will also be equipped with a new 12-volt outlet in the luggage area.


The 300-horsepower S60 R and V70 R, with a 2.5-litre, high pressure turbocharged 5-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission, has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $60,620 and $61,620, respectively. The new 6-speed automatic transmission adds $1,500 to the price.


Volvo Cars of Canada Ltd. is part of the Volvo Car Corporation of Göteborg, Sweden. The company provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to the 43 Volvo automobile retailers across the country. The company’s product range includes the flagship S80 luxury sedan, the versatile V70 wagon, the S60 sports sedan, and the completely redesigned S40 sports sedan and V50 sportswagon. For buyers looking for more rugged versatility, the Volvo XC-line of vehicles that includes the XC70 and the award-winning XC90 sport utility vehicle.


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Doug Mepham

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