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Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid

  • Fold-out solar pavilion for Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid (Image: Synthesis Design + Architecture)

    Solar panels are great, but they can be a bit... well, bland sometimes. We can't argue with their benefits, but unless you've a keen eye for photography, they aren't really works of art. Apart from Synthesis Design + Architecture's (SDA) solar pavilion of course, because that's most definitely a work of art. It's called the Pure Tension Pavilion, the result of the "Switch to Pure Volvo" competition launched by Volvo Car Italia and organized by international architecture magazine The Plan. The brief was to construct a temporary pavilion that expressed "a strong and creative identity" to...

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    Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid Proves Popular: Production Doubles In Europe

    There is, at the moment, only one production diesel plug-in hybrid car on sale, and it's currently only sold in Europe. That car is the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid, combining the long-distance touring ability and economy of a diesel powertrain with the short-distance cleanliness and inexpense of...

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    Volvo V60 Plug-In Diesel Hybrid: Quick Drive Of NY Auto Show Debut

    Diesel cars are at their most economical on long, steady journeys, and plug-in hybrids are at their best for shorter trips. So why haven't the two been combined yet? Actually, they have--and you're looking at the very first one. The Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid is the first diesel plug-in hybrid...

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    2013 Volvo V60 Diesel Plug-In Hybrid Enters Production

    Diesel hybrids are now no longer a new concept--even if none are sold in the U.S.--but Swedish carmaker Volvo is the only company offering a diesel plug-in hybrid. That car, the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid, is now in full production at the maker's Torslanda plant in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo V60...

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    2013 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Sold Out Before European Launch

    Yesterday, at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Volvo quietly announced that it had sold out of its first-year allocation of V60 diesel plug-in hybrid wagons, well before the model’s official showroom launch. While it won’t be making the trip to the U.S., the oil-burning plug-in hybrid wagon...

  • Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Unboxing Video
    Volvo Unboxes V60 Plug-in Hybrid...Literally

    Unless you’ve been living in a tech-free bubble for the past decade, you’re probably familiar with the concept of the unboxing video. Common since Internet video-sharing site YouTube became popular, the archetypal unboxing video documents the almost ceremonial removal of a new computer...

  • 2012 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

    After nearly a year of waiting, Volvo has announced the full specifications and pricing of its first plug-in hybrid car, the 2012 Volvo V60 Diesel Plug-in Hybrid Wagon. Last February, we were invited to Sweden to get an exclusive sneak peak of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid Wagon concept. Then in June we were given the chance to get behind the wheel of one of Volvo’s early prototype cars at the 2012 Challenge Bibendum Now we can tell you about our pre-launch visit to Gothenburg, where Volvo executives displayed the production V60 Plug-in Hybrid wagon for the first time, strongly hinting that...

  • Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid safety
    Plan On Crashing Your Plug-In Car? Volvo Will Keep You Safe

    Cars of today are immeasurably safer than those even a decade ago, and manufacturers have been working very carefully to ensure that the different requirements of electric car construction don't mean taking a step back in safety. Volvo has always been known for safety and its plug-in cars are no...

  • 2012 Volvo V60 PHEV
    2012 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Confirmed For Europe, U.S. Will Have To Wait

    Volvo has just confirmed that its first ever plug-in hybrid electric car -- and the world’s first plug-in hybrid station wagon -- will go on sale in early 2012. But the Swedish automaker has reiterated that while Europeans will get the Diesel-electric through-the-road plug-in hybrid, there...

  • 2012 Volvo XC60
    Volvo Downsizes Engines, Continues Drive Towards Greener Cars

    Volvo isn’t the largest automaker in the world -- but it is one of the safest thanks to a long-standing passion about passenger and pedestrian safety dating back to when the company was founed nearly 85 years ago. But recently Volvo has developed a new passion to put alongside its aim to have...

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    Volvo Partners With Siemens On Electric Cars, Develops New Car

    German electronics giant Siemens is no stranger to electric motors or electric cars -- and now it has announced a formal partnership with the Volvo Car Corporation to work on a new generation of electric car technology. Confirmed at a joint press conference held in Munich, Germany, the two...

  • Volvo series hybrid (range-extended electric car) test vehicle layout
    Volvos A La Volt: Swedish Carmaker Tests Range Extenders In C30, V60

    Swedish carmaker Volvo now operates a test fleet of all-electric C30 hatchbacks, and it's also rolling out another experimental car, a V60 wagon with a diesel engine driving the front wheels, and an electric motor powering the rear. The two cars are now spawning a second generation of test...

  • Stefan Jacoby, Volvo Cars CEO, at Volvo "Innovations Toward Zero" seminar, June 2011

    Volvo likes to think of itself as a conscientious car company. "Why are we different?" asked Stefan Jacoby, Volvo's German CEO. "We are Swedish; we come from a human-centric company. We do things because they have a purpose for people." Safety, yes, but also green Those things used to revolve around safety, and Volvo still nurtures its safe reputation, adding each year to its hundreds of patents for technology to make cars safer. The company's official goal is that no one will be killed or injured in a Volvo car by 2020. But increasingly the purpose must also be producing greener cars, which...

  • 2012 Volvo V60 PHEV
    Volvo Listens to Fans, Brings V60 Plug-in Hybrid to U.S. for 2013

    Ever since we told you all about the 2012 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hyrbid Station Wagon after we were invited to Volvo’s Swedish headquarters to get a sneak peak before its 2011 Geneva Motor Show debut, most of you have been telling us one thing. You wanted it to be available in the U.S. Someone at...

  • V60 PHEV First Drive
    Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Wagon Prototype: First Test Drive (Video)

    A few weeks ago we were invited to the Challenge Bibendum - an auto-industry event devoted to fuel economy and green vehicles - in order to drive the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Station Wagon. We’ve already shared our own first drive report with you, but now it’s time to share our video...

  • Volvo flywheel Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS)
    Flywheel KERS Boosts Gas Mileage By 20 Percent, Volvo Says

    It's interesting to see the variations among green technologies as automakers, both in production cars and motorsports, strive for greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. The most common means for automakers to boost gas mileage thus far have been hybrid-electric technology and turbodiesel...

  • Volvo V60 PHEV, Pre 2011 Geneva Preview
    2012 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid First Drive Report

    When Volvo announced its plans to produce a plug-in hybrid station wagon capable of comfortably seating five, providing reasonable luggage space, a combined fuel economy of 150 miles per gallon, and the ability to tow just under 4,000lbs, many of you told us that you couldn’t wait to find out...

  • 2012 Volvo V60 PHEV
    2012 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: What do You Want to Know?

    Earlier this year were were granted exclusive access to Volvo’s Gothenburg headquarters where we were given a sneak peak of its 2012 V60 Plug-in Hybrid a full week before its official unveiling at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Although we were given a chance to look at the V60 PHEV’s...

  • Opel Ampera Prototype

    It’s the end of February, which means that winter is almost over for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, and Geneva’s prestigious autoshow is just days away. This year we’ve been given unprecedented access to many of the cars due to debut at this year’s show, but in case you’ve missed them here is our roundup of cars due to debut in Geneva this year. Production Cars 2012 Opel Ampera Production Version It may already be well into production in the U.S., but the European version of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, the 2012 Opel Ampera, produced by GM’s European...

  • 2012 Volvo V60 PHEV
    2012 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Preview Gallery, Animation

    This morning we brought you the first exclusive live images and official details on the production version of the 2012 Volvo V60, and now we have the official gallery and animation demonstrating how the car's hybrid system works. Promising 124 mpg in hybrid mode and all-electric range of 30 miles...

  • Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric car, 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Volvo’s Upcoming Plug-in Vehicles: What do YOU Want to Know?

    Let’s be honest: Volvo isn’t the first company that comes to mind when thinking of electric vehicles. In fact, until the display of a crashed C30 Electric at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year we’ve seen very little from Volvo’s plug-in fleet except a few...

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    Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid Wagon Coming At Geneva Motor Show

    While working energetically on its C30 DRIVe Electric battery-electric vehicle, Swedish carmaker Volvo has also been developing green powertrains for its larger vehicles for several years. Now, it's ready to unveil the first of these, a plug-in hybrid version of its V60 station wagon, a model not...

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