All-New Volvo XC60 on the awards trail
The All-New Volvo XC60 is following in the award-winning tracks of its bigger brother, the XC90, after scooping two significant accolades in Fairfax Media’s highly regarded Drive Car of the Year.
Drive has named Volvo’s second-generation XC60 its 2017 Best Luxury SUV Under $80,000, while the mid-sized model also secured the Safety Innovation Award for setting new benchmarks in safety.
The All-New XC60’s Best Luxury SUV win was achieved against its direct rival, the Audi Q5, as well as the German brand’s smaller Q2.
“The brilliance of the Volvo starts when you first jump inside,” wrote Drive. “The digital dashboard is legible and looks high quality, and even touch-points like the twist-to-operate starter-button is a little jewel in this car. The Volvo is generally finished to a high standard, too, with quality materials in evidence around the cabin.
“The Swedes' reputation for safety will only be strengthened by the new XC60. Dynamically, the Volvo also shines. The handling and ride equation, too, is beyond any real criticism…
“Overall… the Volvo XC60 represents a traditional approach to a luxury SUV with an attention to detail and smart-thinking approach.”
Read Drive’s Best Luxury SUV Under $80,000 Award article in full here.
Declaring the All-New Volvo XC60 as the winner of its Safety Innovation Award, which is co-presented with independent crash-testing body ANCAP, Drive acknowledged the model as a vehicle helping to make our roads a better place through advances in crash avoidance systems.
“Volvo has long been a pioneer of new safety systems,” wrote Drive. “It was the first car maker to introduce three-point seat belts, rear-facing child seats and whiplash-reducing seats.
Now, its newest car, the XC60 mid-sized SUV, sets new benchmarks in safety with the most comprehensive suite of electronic active driver aids in the business.”
Read more about Drive’s 2017 Safety Innovation Award here.
Prestigious awards for Volvo Cars haven’t stopped there. The company’s President and Chief Executive, Håkan Samuelsson, has received Germany’s prestigious Golden Steering Wheel for Best Performing Manager in the Car Industry.
The Golden Steering Wheel awards are presented annually by publishing house Springer and the Bild Group, a German magazine group that includes the country’s renowned car magazine AutoBild.
Håkan Samuelsson’s award was in recognition of Volvo Cars’ product quality and sales performance since he became Chief Executive in 2012, as well as the car maker’s industry-first move to announce all future Volvos would become electrified.
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