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Volvo Plug-in SUV Ready for 2015


Volvo Cars announced this week that its lineup for 2015 will include a plug-in hybrid version of the XC90 SUV, a 7-passenger redesign of the model that will feature a 400-horsepower output and a new family member, “T8.” The T6 gasoline version of the XC90 will be a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter that comes in turbo- and [...]

Volvo Plug-In Hybrid Headed to Beijing Show


Volvo will unveil its latest plug-in hybrid, the S60L, at the Beijing Motor Show later this month. Following in the footsteps of the company’s diesel plug-in V60, the new, gasoline-powered model will initially be sold in the domestic Chinese market only. The 306-horsepower (combined), 4-cylinder car should land in showrooms by 2015, and carries a [...]

Volvo, Tesla Reveal New Technology


Capping off a week full of surprising auto news and announcements, Tesla Motors officially demonstrated its new battery-swap system, while Volvo revealed its latest technological twist, the self-parking car. Tesla’s Elon Musk was on hand at the company’s Hawthorne, Calif., facility to personally show off the 90-second battery-swap method. Volvo spokespersons pointed to the self-parking [...]

Volvo to Offer Bi-Fuel V60


Sweden will be the first major market to see the new Volvo V60 bi-fuel car. The vehicle made its debut at the NGV 2013 Gothenburg event on June 11. Dealerships in Sweden will offer the first cars for sale to the public this coming October. The 213-horsepower V60 is able to run on either gasoline [...]

Volvo V60: “Sold Out”


Volvo’s initial run of 1,000 V60 plug-in hybrid cars has sold out in Europe. The company’s Pure Limited Edition version of the popular diesel hybrid went fast too, especially in Holland, the V60’s number-one market. Volvo plans to make about 6,000 models for 2014, many of whose buyers will be in the early adopter category. [...]

World Green Car of the Year: The Nominees


By the time you read this, you may already know who the winner is. In any case, it never hurts to know who made the finals, and why. The nominees for 2013 World Green Car of the Year are: The Tesla Model S Renault Zoe The Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid The winner will be announced [...]

Detroit Auto Show: Secrets, Shockers, Surprises


The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is set to open its doors to the public on Jan. 19. Organizers expect the 2013 installment to further solidify the show’s place as one of the world’s premier automotive soirées. NAIAS chairman Jim Seavitt noted, “This show is a reflection of the positive changes that are occurring [...]

Volvo V60: Diesel Plug-in Hybrid

Volvo V60 Plug-in hybrid

Volvo will increase its production target for the V60 diesel plug-in hybrid to nearly 6,000 units per year. The first 1,000 cars were sold before arriving in showrooms. Management decided to meet the public’s demand by upping the production numbers, effective as of January 2013. According to a company spokesperson, the V60 plug-in is a [...]

Volvo V60 Concept Wows Sao Paulo Show

Volvo V60 Racing concept car

A racing concept of the popular Volvo V60 hybrid plug-in is creating a stir at the Sao Paulo Motor Show. The V60 Racing, as the newly unveiled car is called, resembles the company’s 850 Wagon, a bit of competitive nostalgia itself, having been a popular entry on the prize circuit two decades ago. This new [...]

Volvo V70 PHEV

Volvo C30 EV

Unspecified future model, shown as a Volvo V70 PHEV concept car, AER 50 km (31 mi), Li-ion battery, recharge about 5 hr from 240V wall socket, diesel engine, “range will be class-leading” and CO2 emissions will be lower than 50 g/km under the NEDC driving cycle, Developed under Volvo’s DRIVe program in partnership with Vattenfall [...]

The Super-Quiet Volvo C30 Electric

Volvo C30's non-electric cousin

The Volvo C30 electric has had a strange, if short, history. Never produced in large numbers, the model garners very positive press when reviewed. This week came the announcement that C30 will be manufactured in China beginning in 2013. So far, Volvo has only made fewer than 300 of the C3’s, many of those being [...]

Volvo Commits to Hybrid Technology


Volvo, the Swedish-based automaker with a history of innovation, just announced that it is greatly expanding its focus on electric vehicle technology, in the form of several electric and hybrid cars arriving in showrooms soon, as well as a deep financial commitment to building hybrid drive-trains for numerous upcoming models. Two entries on the product [...]

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