Volvo spared no hype as it announced today that its V60 diesel PHEV will go on sale in Europe at the beginning of 2012, with a starting price of 57,000 euros.
Volvo spared no hype as it announced today that its V60 diesel PHEV will go on sale in Europe at the beginning of 2012, with a starting price of 57,000 euros. According to the fanfare, this is Volvo’s “most technically advanced model ever, an electric car, hybrid car and muscle car all rolled into one.”
As the world’s first diesel hybrid, it’s certainly a milestone, and it features a unique design: a 2.4-liter, 5-cylinder turbo-diesel with a six-speed automatic transmission powers the front wheels, while a 70-hp electric motor drives the rear wheels. The driver can choose from three modes: electric-only Pure Mode, which gives the V60 a range of about 30 miles; Hybrid Mode; and 4-wheel-drive Power Mode.
Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby wasn’t being shy: “None of our competitors can offer customers an equally ingenious car. It elevates hybrid technology to an entirely new level. The on-demand possibility to choose between the car’s three different temperaments makes the V60 Plug-in Hybrid superior to all other hybrids on the market. The V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the perfect choice for the uncompromising customer who wants minimum carbon dioxide emissions combined with maximum driving pleasure.”
The company plans to produce a small batch of 1000 cars for model year 2013, ramping up to 4000-6000 units for 2014. It expects to sell about 30 percent of the V60s in Sweden and the other Nordic countries, and predicts that 80 percent of total sales will be company cars. The new Swedish supercar is available in any color you like, as long as it’s Electric Silver.