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A Hybrid Sports Wagon By Volvo

When it comes to estates or sports wagon type vehicles Volvo has been leading the way for many years. Volvo will be unveiling a new Plug-in Hybrid V60, making Volvo the first manufacturer to introduce this new breed of Hybrid cars.

It is rumoured that Volvo will unveil the almost production ready car next month at the Geneva Motor Show, the plug in V60 emissions lower than 50g/km and can achieve 150 miles per gallon. Volvo has teamed up with Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall and aims to have the car ready for customer orders by 2012.

Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Cars said, “This second-generation hybrid is the perfect choice for the uncompromising buyer who wants a carbon dioxide-lean car packed with driving pleasure.”

The V60 is different from a normal Hybrid because its front wheels will be driven by a five-cylinder 2.4-litre D5 turbo diesel engine that has 215bhp, while the rear wheels will be driven by an electric motor that produces 70bhp. The technical term for the rear wheel drive set up is called ERAD Electric Rear Axle Drive.

Stefan Jacoby explained that Volvo wanted to make a plug in hybrid that would appeal to true car enthusiasts and he believes the plug in V60 does this, he elaborated, “In order to get true car enthusiasts to think green, you have to offer them the opportunity to drive with low carbon dioxide emissions without taking away the adrenaline rush that promotes genuine driving pleasure. 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.”

The V60 Hybrid will be officially released during a press conference at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and will be available at Volvo Oxford Botley in 2012.

The V60 Hybrid will be officially released during a press conference at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and will be available at Volvo Oxford Botley in 2012.

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