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All-New Volvo XC60 Named 2018 Detroit Free Press Utility of the Year


ROCKLEIGH, NJ (December 28, 2017) – The all-new Volvo XC60 luxury compact SUV has been named 2018 Utility of the Year by the Detroit Free Press, Detroit’s largest daily newspaper.


Completely redesigned for 2018 the XC60 is an SUV not designed to look down on others, but to drive. The exterior has an athletic stance thanks to Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture platform (SPA) with exquisite details including signature Thor’s Hammer headlights.


The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology - all perfectly blended together. The XC60 provides a true Scandinavian experience which will make Volvo customers feel special.


The XC60 seats five and features all the safety of a Volvo. Pricing starts at $41,500.


 “The XC60’s value, design and advanced safety features set it apart from other utility vehicles,” Detroit Free Press auto critic Mark Phelan said. “It sets a high standard for other SUVs.”


The Detroit Free Press presents annual awards for the car, truck and utility vehicle of the year. Winners are selected for their performance, value, technology, innovation and overall excellence.


“It is incredible to have the XC60 named Car of the Year by the biggest daily in The Motor City,” said Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars USA. “For everyone at Volvo, we are really proud to take this special award.”


The XC60 is available with a wide range of powertrains including the award-winning T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid at the top of the powertrain range delivering 400-horsepower and an EPA-rated economy of 56 mpg equivalent.


The new XC60, one of the safest cars ever made, is fully-loaded with new technology. Steer Assist has been added to the ground-breaking City Safety system. A new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions.


Pilot Assist, Volvo’s advanced semi-autonomous driver assistance system, which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80 mph, is available in the new XC60 as an option.


Volvo Cars’ driver infotainment and connected services offer, Sensus, and the Volvo On Call app both receive a graphical update with improved usability. Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.


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