Volvo has achieved the greatest reduction in CO2 emissions in the last 12 months, so the Lord Mayor of Dublin is happy to choose the Volvo S80 DRIVe as the official Mayoral car for 2012.
The Lord Mayor, Andrew Montague, has chosen the Volvo S80 DRIVe as the official Mayoral car for 2012. Tradition dictates that the first citizen of Dublin has the first car registered in the capital each year, for use as transport for official engagements.
Vincent Norton, Executive Manager in the Office of the Lord Mayor commented "In his official capacity the Lord Mayor of Dublin represents the capital at many events and it is important that an appropriate vehicle is available to transport him around the City of Dublin and country. It is also important that the impact of the vehicle is minimised in both financial and environmental terms. The Council is delighted that Volvo are prepared to offer such a luxury, energy efficient car to the Lord Mayor at no cost to the city. The Volvo S80 provides the perfect blend of a luxury executive vehicle which in the DRIVe version offers an incredibly low emission diesel engine that falls into the lowest emissions band.
"We are delighted to be able to support the work of the Lord Mayor of Dublin in this way", added David Baddeley, Managing Director of Volvo Car Ireland. "It is a visible endorsement of the unique combination of executive luxury and very low environmental impact that the Volvo DRIVe range provides, including the Volvo S80. The fact that Volvo is the European car manufacturer which has achieved the greatest reduction in CO2 in the last 12 months1 influenced the decision in favour of Volvo."
Volvo's safety reputation is well known and the latest versions of the Volvo S80 are fitted with City Safety as standard, a system using cameras and lasers to identify stationary or slow moving city traffic. If the driver does not react in time the car will automatically apply the brakes, eliminating low speed shunts under 30km per hour or reducing the severity of higher speed accidents.
The Lord Mayors car for 2012 is a Volvo S80 DRIVe SE Lux, with the added benefit of the Volvo Drivers Support Pack which combines a number of safety and driving aids including BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control with full autobrake. The car, which is in Black Sapphire Metallic, is also specified with soft leather upholstery and heated front and rear seats in addition to all the usual executive features you would expect. With emissions of just 119g/ km (Band A for VRT and Road Tax) and fuel consumption of 62.8 mpg (combined cycle) the Volvo S80 DRIVe is fitted with a 1.6 litre diesel engine optimised for low CO2.
The DRIVe badge (pronounced Drive-e) is used on any Volvo car with class leading environmental performance. There are DRIVe variants of the Volvo S40, V50, S60, V60, S80, V70, XC60 and XC70 ranges.