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 unique, even historic, car because it integrates the plug-in hybrid concept into an already established production line.
The world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid is known for another first. As you will see in the trio of short commercials for the car, Volvo has also mastered the art of communicating very serious information in a light-hearted fashion. You will laugh out loud at the narrator’s understated tone as he manages to explain that the new V60 plug-in can travel 620 miles on a single tank of fuel. And from a standing start, the V60 reaches 62 mph in 6.2 seconds. Other tests, besides range and acceleration, are performed and the results will probably surprise you.
The next wave of V60 hybrids, like the first, will be manufactured in Volvo’s facilities in Gothenburg, Sweden. At that location, the company also produces its XC90, S80, XC70, V70, and V60. The powerful diesel engine is paired with an electric motor that draws power from an 11.2 kWh battery. The car is able to operate in all-electric mode for approximately 31 miles. Some auto industry analysts think the popularity of Volvo’s diesel hybrid plug-in is due to a combination of three factors, namely the company’s good name, the overall desirability of diesel cars, and the growing popularity of plug-in hybrid vehicles worldwide. Depending how quickly the next 6,000 V60 hybrids sell, Volvo might be faced with another production increase at the end of 2013.
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