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Volvo's 124 mpg V60 plug-in hybrid diesel to debut in Geneva


January 27, 2011

Volvo will unveil the V60 plug-in hybrid diesel at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show

Volvo will unveil the V60 plug-in hybrid diesel at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show

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Volvo will introduce a "virtually production-ready" plug-in hybrid version of it's V60 sports wagon at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Expected to hit showroom floors in 2012, the hybrid V60 splices together a 2.4-liter D5 turbodiesel driving the front wheels with a 70 horsepower electric motor at the rear axle. According to Volvo this configuration delivers incredibly miserly fuel consumption of 124 mpg (1.9 l/100 km) along with the ability to cover 31 miles (50 km) using only the electric drive.

The 2.4-liter D5 turbodiesel driving the front wheels produces 215 horsepower and maximum torque of 440 Nm while the ERAD (Electric Rear Axle Drive) is fed by a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Carbon dioxide emissions are slated at below 50 g/km.

"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," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Cars. "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,"

Volvo collaborated with Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall to develop the plug-in hybrid system.

More details when the V60 Plug-in Hybrid takes to the stage in Geneva on March 1, 2011.

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THANK YOU VOLVO !!! I was thinking I was the only one in the world that thought it was silly to use anything but diesel ICE in a hybrid.


finally something close to a common buyer, not like volkswagen. The world is full of ideas like it.

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Well, we\'ll see what kind of mileage numbers EPA comes up with. But if Volt can get 60 (combined), I would think the diesel might get close to 100 (combined).


Sound like a good thing but since Volvo is owned by Geely (Chinese car maker), I am not sure if the car quality will be reliable as before. I am not ready for a \"made in China\" Volvo

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FINALLY a common sense vehicle-thank you Volvo--now if you would please make a van that we can take a family in like the old VW hippie van MILLIONS of us will but one-promise-an efficient mileage high enough powered van would be brilliant-HELLO please please build us some! Add some options like solar panels built into the roofs, a pop-up camper like top for more sleep space, maybe a little sink stove-awning etc?


Volvo makes fine luxury cars and the hybrid V60 should sell well if permitted into the US for buyers who are able to afford the price which I approximate to be in the USD $60-75,000 range. These vehicles should prove durable and sturdy, though a little on the heavy side. Those desiring luxury cars would be getting excellent mileage and should be able to recoup some of their costs through the savings in fuel. Going 100,000 miles on only about 800 gallons is pretty good. The new diesels are quiet and produce few particulates as compared to the older versions.

Adrian Akau

Weird how market competition is driving the free market for higher MPG vehicles and electric hybrids... who\'d a thunk? ;)

Matt Rings

Why can\'t anyone manufacture an ultralight, aerodynamic, econ car? This car is big and fast, but not everyone needs or wants that. I want a small EV that seats two luggage and gets 100 mpg.


I agree with Voluntaryist. We need an affordable car that gets at least 100 mpg. I think that the Dolfin shaped Volkswagen Qatar fits the bill better than the V60 for the following reasons:

The V-60 does not appear very aerodynamic in comparison with the Qatar which has a Cd of less than 0.19.

The weight of the V60 was not given but it appears to be about double that of the Qatar (1760 pounds).

The turbodiesel displacment of the V60 motor (2.4 L) is 4 times that of the Quatar (0.6 L)

Adrian Akau
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