Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

Volvo's 2013 V60 Plug-in Hybrid already sold out, debuting at Paris Motor Show

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The worlds first diesel plug-in hybrid, Volvo's V60 Plug-in Hybrid, is debuting at the Paris Motor Show, and Volvo has already sold out the first years production.

Volvo announced today, at the Paris Motor Show, that the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is selling rapidly. The first years production has already sold out before that plug-in hybrid has even hit show-room's, and that next years production is already filling up. The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the worlds first diesel plug-in hybrid.

Doug Speck, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Corporation, promising that "2013 will be one of the most intense years in the company's history," in which the company will be "renewing more or less our whole model range in less than two years," said about the V60 Plug-in Hybrid "None of our competitors can offer customers an equally ingenious car. Its uncompromising attitude to green motoring elevates hybrid technology to an entirely new level."

Volvo describes the V60 Plug-in Hybrid as "three cars in one" which puts an end to the supposed compromise in choosing to drive a hybrid. The three cars in one idea is implemented by three mode buttons on the dashboard: Pure, Hybrid and Power. In Pure mode the car is powered solely by its electric motor as much as possible. In Hybrid mode, the default upon starting the car, the diesel engine and electric motor cooperate to balance between driving pleasure and fuel efficiency. In Power mode the system is configured to deliver the most power possible.

In Pure electric mode the V60 Plug-in Hybrid has a 30 miles (or so) electric driving range. Recharging time is about 3 1/2 hours, for a full recharge. In Hybrid mode it has a very low emissions footprint and a total driving range over 600 miles. In Power mode, the diesel engine and electric motor have a total power output of 215+70 horsepower and maximum torque of 440+200Nm, and the electric motor is used to provide fast acceleration with a 0-60 time of 6.2 seconds.

The interior features leather seats, leather steering wheel, electrically adjustable driver's seat, and integration with bluetooth cellphones. Also standard is a High Performance Multimedia DVD audio system with 4x40 W amplifier, eight loudspeakers and seven-inch screen. The V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the first Volvo to replace traditional analog information gauges with a fully digital Driver Information Monitor (DIM). The dashboard, instead of the typical needles, is a one-piece LED display screen that offers a large number of display options. There is also a smart phone app available giving drivers access to a number of smart functions such as air conditioning, pre-cooling and after-cooling, and a reminder to connect the charge cable if this has not been done by a predetermined time.


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