Volvo Car Corporation in Geneva:
Stefan Jacoby presents the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid - a second generation hybrid
At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show today, Volvo Cars unveils the V60 Plug-in Hybrid - a virtually production-ready car with carbon dioxide emissions at 49 g/km, translating into a fuel consumption of 150 mpg.
"This second-generation hybrid is the perfect choice for the uncompromising buyer who wants a superbly carbon dioxide-lean car packed with driving pleasure," said Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Cars in a press conference at the Volvo stand.
Stefan Jacoby continued: "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 that allows the driver to choose: zero emissions, high-efficiency hybrid or full-on performance. Just select the mode that suits you best."
The V60 Plug-in Hybrid features the very best properties from three different car types in one, single attractive sports wagon. The Pure, Hybrid and Power buttons on the centre console give the driver access to either:
D5 engine and Electric Rear Axle Drive
The front wheels of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be driven by a five-cylinder 2.4-litre D5 turbo diesel, which produces 215 horsepower and maximum torque of 440 Nm.
The rear axle features ERAD (Electric Rear Axle Drive) in the form of an electric motor producing 70 horsepower, which receives its power from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The car also features a six-speed automatic transmission and electric All Wheel Drive.
"In order to get true car enthusiasts to think green, you have to offer them the opportunity to drive with low carbon dioxide emissions. That should not, however, take away the adrenaline rush that promotes genuine driving pleasure," said Stefan Jacoby.