The maiden test drives at the international forum in Europe this weekend were the latest step by Volvo in its Herculean effort to bring high-performance electric-powered cars to showrooms for purch
When it comes to Volvo most people know its big S80 sedan well.
Many will read the latest reviews and safety information from sites like JD Power and Consumer Reports.
Female motoring writers from around the globe made their choices for the 2011 winner and the voting was so close that both the BMW 5 Series and Citroen DS3 tied for the top spot.
It took all of two minutes for the 2011 Volvo S60 to grow on me. Hopping on the highway, I was impressed by the quick acceleration offered by the standard 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that delivers 300 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. According to published reports, it can hit 0-60 in six seconds, which is more than fast enough in real world driving situations.
Volvo is saying the V60 is the first plug-in diesel hybrid in the world and it might technically be correct because it appears to be the first being brought to market.
This has been the winter to try men's souls to badly paraphrase a historical saying.
The new all-wheel-drive Volvo S60s will be introduced at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, in late April for the fourth round of the World Challenge schedule.
Most noticeable in their absence from the finalists for the World Car of the Year are the North American Car and Truck of the Year winners: the Chevrolet Volt and the Ford Explorer.
It is a lesson in safety, according to an email sent to the media by Volvo.