July 03 2018
Volvo takes production to the USA
In a shift away from normal protocol, Volvo has taken the production of its S60 over to the USA for the first time in its history. The Scandinavian premium car maker has revealed its S60 mid-sized premium sports sedan, which will be first model to be produced at the company’s US plant, in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Charleston plant, which was officially opened last month, is the first of its kind in America, and reaffirms Volvo’s commitment to producing more vehicles in the USA – an important market for Volvo, and the S60 is the first car to be manufactured across the pond.
The S60 is the brand’s first model to be produced without a diesel engine offering, signalling Volvo’s commitment to produce more energy efficient vehicles, and the electrification of its fleet. It also signals a break away from the internal combustion engine, which is a step further towards Volvo’s commitment to having a fully electrified fleet by 2019 – the first global car manufacturer of its kind in the world to make such a commitment.
The new S60 is available in two turbo-charged and super-charged plug-in hybrid petrol engines; the Volvo T6 Twin Engine AWD plug-in hybrid that generates a combined 340hp, and the T8 Twin Engine AWD plug-in hybrid delivers 400hp. The T5 and T6 petrol engines will be available from the launch.
Customers can choose to own their S60 on their own terms, thanks to Volvo’s Care by Volvo premium subscription service, which allows customers to pay off their vehicle in easy to manage monthly payments, with no initial down payment – Volvo has compared it to being as hassle free as a phone contract.
Hakan Samuelsson, president and chef executive of Volvo Cars commented on the new S60:
“The new S60 is one of the most exciting Volvo cars we’ve ever made. It is a true driver’s car that gives us a strong position in the US and China sedan markets, creating more growth opportunities for Volvo Cars.”
With cutting-edge technology throughout the vehicle, including the Volvo Cars’ Sensus Connect infotainment system, and an optional Pilot Assist system which assists the driver with steering, acceleration and braking up to 130 km/h.
Senior vice president for research and development at Volvo Cars commented on the new model:
“The active chassis and drive modes deliver excellent control and an engaged performance that makes this a driver’s car. It also brings the acclaimed technology from our 90 Series and other 60 Series cars into this segment, making it one of the best sports sedans on the market.”
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Posted on 3rd July 2018 at 2:42PM