Turns out, people want a highly efficient Volvo. The Swedish automaker originally was going to offer only 1,000 of its first production diesel plug-in hybrid (PHEV), the V60 PHEV, but now it is apparently having trouble keeping up with demand.

Last September, Volvo said it had sold out of its first 1,000 units made, so the increased production target isn't a surprise. Volvo had originally planned to boost annual production to about 5,000 in 2014 – up from about 1,000 this year. A report in Cars UK says Volvo may now try to double that number for next year. The reason for the 10,000 new diesel PHEVs is because Volvo's been "inundated" with orders for the car, which retails for about $80,000. The car can go as far as 32 miles on electric power alone and can scoot from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about six seconds. Plus, hey, diesel plug-in efficiency.


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      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The BMW 5 series sold 360,000 units but the 5 series starts at only $47,000 or so........" Then again, that's within spitting distance of a Model S after Federal and state incentives. http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/energyhome/state-electric-vehicle-incentives-state-chart.aspx
      chambo622
      • 1 Year Ago
      As cool as this car is, $80k for a Volvo wagon? craycray. Makes the Tesla seem like an even better deal. They happen to be selling like hotcakes across the pond as well.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chambo622
        Well, not everyone can afford to add 50% to the price and get a Tesla instead.
        Dave
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chambo622
        "Makes the Tesla seem like an even better deal. They happen to be selling like hotcakes across the pond as well." Interesting how perceptions can be manipulated. If Tesla set a goal of 50,000 cars per year, 20,000 sales would be a horrible failure. Properly predicting demand creates the perception that they are selling "like hotcakes."
      napoleon
      • 1 Year Ago
      diesel hybrids here they come!!!! watch other makers try to do the same prius are gonna be **** against it!!!!
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      The BMW 5 series sold 360,000 units but the 5 series starts at only $47,000 or so........ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bmw_5_series#Production_and_sales
      Jon
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Tesla is the best selling car in it's price range. Note, not best selling electric car. Best selling car. Period. I'd say that is hotcake status.
      Jon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah, I missed the "across the pond" part. And only one question mark was really necessary. Maybe two for good effect.
      crazyrog17
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd tap.. I mean, drive that
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The Tesla is the best selling car in it's price range." Really? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_S-Class#Sales The Mercedes S Class sold 65,000 units in 2012. The BMW 7 Series sold 59,000 units in 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_7_Series#Production_and_sales Tha Audi A8 sold 36,000 units in 2012 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audi_a8#Production
      dewd7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rear 3/4 is reminiscent of classic Volvo. Nose? Reminds me of the levels of ugly that occurred when designers first had to slap 5 MPH bumpers on existing platforms. There have been recent regulation changes for front ends to ensure pedestrian safety. I suspect they came after the original design?
        itsmegp46
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dewd7
        Chrysler was the only car company that was able to integrate a well designed 5mph bumper onto its cars without it looking like a after thought.
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      For me, this car succeeds on a number of levels. Firstly it's a station-wagon, not an SUV. Secondly it has very useful EV technology. In Europe, thirty-two miles on electrons is sufficient for most journeys. Lastly, the diesel option is much favoured in Europe, ( the truly green can always use bio-diesel ! :). At $80,000, ( $70,000 in some Euro areas) I can understand why this vehicle has it fans. In most jurisdictions the Volvo V60 PHEV enjoys all the benefits and incentives associated with EV ownership, and Volvo has always had a very loyal buyer demographic. More encouraging, is that Volvo's ownership by Geely, doesn't seemed to have proved fatal for this Icon of Swedish pride
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marcopolo
        Holland has rather generous tax incentives for leased plug-in company cars. In 2013 the following cars apply for 0% taxation: 1) Plug-in Prius, well known but widely criticized for it's looks, dash-board and driving characteristics. 2) Fisker Karma, about 340 sold. 3) Ampera / Volt: doing nicely but being a four seater hinders wider acceptance. It would be nice if it were available as a stationwagon. Moreover, Opel suffers a bit of an image problem; don't know about Vauxhall. 4) Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, a practical 5 seater. Allotment of 10K for Dutch market for 2013 completely sold out. 5) Volvo V60 PHEV, first allotment for Dutch market also sold out. As you pointed out, a practical station wagon with diesel for highway efficiency. It wouldn't surprise me if a large chunch of Volvo's extra production will be assigned to the Dutch market before the rules tighten in 2014 (from 0% tax to 7%). http://www.government.nl/issues/taxation/vehicle-taxes http://www.thenewmotion.com/english-information/
          • 1 Year Ago
          Now you just have to work hard on getting rid of the coal based electricity production. Your neighbours don't appreciate the second hand smoking you put us through. But it takes a lot more time to change the car park than to close down/change fuel in a power plant so adding cars able to drive on electricity most of the time is great, keep it up!
          Marco Polo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ MV from Holland Good for the Netherlands ! (Or do the incentives only apply to Holland?). It would be nice if the tax incentives could be maintained beyond 2014 !
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The model s is only sold in the US right now? " Do you realize that you are replying to a comment thread that started with "They [Model S] happen to be selling like hotcakes across the pond as well."???????????????????????????
      Jon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Perhaps the info I was given is wrong but aren't those worldwide sales numbers you are quoting? The model s is only sold in the US right now? What are US sales numbers for fair comparison?
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