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TORONTO (May 2, 2006) – The Volvo S60 sport sedan sharpens its already sporty image with refinements and improvements for 2007.
“We’re making the S60 even sportier in every respect,” says Gerry Keaney, Volvo Car Corporation Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service. “We’ve both spiced up the design and fine-tuned the chassis to create a car with even greater driving appeal.”
The refinements are apparent from every angle.
The available front spoiler has been redesigned to get a more pronounced and protruding contour at the bottom and compliments the new optional rear spoiler. The 2007 S60 also gets a new grille with a larger and more pronounced Volvo emblem in the form of the classic iron symbol. The door mirrors now feature integrated side indicator lights which, working in combination with the front and rear indicators, have a new lane-change feature. A gentle press on the turn signal stalk and the indicator lights flash three times to indicate a highway lane change.
The new Maple Red exterior colour adds to the sporty persona.
The interior has a number of new features, including new Grid Aluminium metal decor panels. These panels are optional and have been designed to create a more three-dimensional impression and tactile feeling.
Aluminum highlights have also been added to the column stalks, the air intake controls and the steering wheel. An interior rear-view mirror with built-in compass is a new option. Similar aluminum highlights are included on the new three-spoke sports steering wheel of the optional Sport Package. The Sport Package also includes trunk lid spoiler, new gear shift knob and an instrument panel with the same type of watch-like instruments found in the new Volvo S80 and S60 R.
The range of upholstery options has been refreshed with the availability of sport leather seating with two contrasting shades and textures topped with contrasting stitching.
Advanced chassis tuning
In order to highlight the car’s sporty nature out on the road, the standard suspension tuning has been refined in a number of areas. Firmer shock absorbers and springs front and rear increase the car’s torsional rigidity by about 25 per cent. The anti-roll bars are upgraded and the bushings are solid, which promote a harmonious balance between reassuring road manners and supple ride.
“The further-developed chassis makes the S60 even sportier and more enjoyable to drive without compromising on comfort,” says Keaney.
Active Bi-Xenon lights
The Volvo S60 can also be equipped with Active Bi-Xenon Lights – moving headlights that follow the curve of the road. A mini-processor is used to measure and analyze a number of parameters and optimize the beam pattern accordingly. The headlight beams can be turned up to 15 degrees in either direction in response to steering input and vehicle speed, illuminating a larger stretch of road even in curves.
Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. 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, the compact and sporty S40 and V50, and an XC-line of vehicles that includes the rugged XC70 and the award-winning XC90 sport utility vehicle. For 2006, the company is proud to introduce the second-generation C70 convertible with a new retractable three piece hardtop.
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