• Jan 27th 2011 at 1:31PM
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Volvo has announced plans to bring a "virtually production ready" V60 plug-in hybrid to the Geneva Motor Show this March, and if it makes it to market, it will be both the automaker's first gasdiesel-electric production model and the first all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid to be sold in the States.

The V60 hybrid will essentially pack two separate drivetrains: a 215-horsepower turbodiesel 2.4-liter five-cylinder up front and a 70-hp electric motor mounted between the rear wheels. A 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack feeds juice to the rear electric motor and Volvo claims that the V60 hybrid can be driven for up to 31 miles on electricity alone. Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby is adamant that the V60 will be a sports wagon for the enthusiast, which we can hopefully confirm when sales begin in 2012.

[Source: Volvo]
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The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid - another world-first from Volvo Car Corporation

At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Volvo Cars will be unveiling the V60 Plug-in Hybrid - a virtually production-ready car with carbon dioxide emissions below 50 g/km, which translates into fuel consumption at 1.9 l/100 km.
In 2012 Volvo Cars will be the first manufacturer on the market with this new breed of hybrid - which is the result of close cooperation with the Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall.

The V60 Plug-in Hybrid features the very best properties from three different car types in one, single attractive sports wagon. This includes a possibility for the driver to drive up to 50 kilometres on pure electricity.
"This second-generation hybrid is the perfect choice for the uncompromising buyer who wants a superbly carbon dioxide-lean car packed with driving pleasure," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.

D5 engine and Electric Rear Axle Drive
The front wheels of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be driven by a five-cylinder 2.4-litre D5 turbodiesel, which produces 215 horsepower and maximum torque of 440 Nm. The rear axle features ERAD (Electric Rear Axle Drive) in the form of an electric motor producing 70 horsepower, which receives its power from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The car features a six-speed automatic transmission.

"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," says Stefan Jacoby.

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be revealed at a press conference in Geneva on March 1st 2011.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      No part of this car can justify that cartoonish, ugly, oversized, droopy snout.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks like some serious overhang up front
      • 4 Years Ago
      you say their first gas-electric, don't you mean first diesel-electric?

      If you build it, I will buy it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Had me at diesel-hybrid and station wagon. Yes please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If AB is going to fix the article, they should at least leave the comments in that call them out on their errors. Now it looks like they are taking credit for someone elses editing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the interior looks a bit like a cartoon version of audi's layout, but its otherwise a pleasant place to be... rear end is well thought out, but the Streisand nose? why? why take a page out of acura's fail book and muddle up an otherwise alright idea with a horrid nose?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm having a hard time getting past the nose as well, I'm looking forward to a refresh, but it does look better in person, no where near as bad as Acura.

        And the interior looks nothing like Audi, it's a much simplier and cleaner layout, the floating center stack is pure Volvo design. After seeing both at the auto show, the materials are on par or better than an A4.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm surprised that it took this long for a hybrid drive layout to come out like this one. Rather than developing a new power transfer mechanism like the Prius, you basically keep a standard FWD setup. Adding the electric in the back gives you not only the ability to be a hybrid, where you can run on gas or electric, but you also pick up the AWD.

      I'm sure there's a lot of good reasons that Toyota picked the path they did, but this seems much more like an evolutionary change that would work better in more vehicles since it requires changing less.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did somebody say diesel-hybrid??? SIGN ME UP PLEASE!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Article was updated to correct some errors, but still specifies "gas-electric" which is clearly is not.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think they should have added either "car" or "wagon" to the end of that sentence.

      In my mind, this may be the perfect vehicle....diesel, hybrid, AWD, WAGON....bring it, Volvo!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, this could be a great way for Volvo to reinvent the wagon here in the US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AWD hybrid station wagon?....You hear that Subaru?
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is because Volvo is now part of a Chinese company and Subaru is not. Chinese are way smarter than Japs.
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