the first Volvo car made in the USA
Volvo Cars Launches new S60 Sports Saloon
Volvo Cars, has revealed the new S60 mid-size premium sports saloon at the company’s first US manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina.
The new Charleston plant is officially inaugurated today. The combined car launch and factory opening reinforce Volvo Cars’ commitment to the US, an important market for the company and its new premium sports saloon. The new S60 is the first Volvo car made in the US.
“The new S60 is one of the most exciting Volvo cars we’ve ever made,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars. “It is a true driver’s car that gives us a strong position in the US and China saloon markets, creating more growth opportunities for Volvo Cars.”
The new S60 is the first Volvo car to be sold without a diesel offer, signalling the company’s industry-leading commitment to electrification and a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine. In 2017, Volvo Cars was the first global car maker to announce its strategy that from 2019 all new models will be electrified.
Two turbocharged and supercharged plug-in hybrid petrol engines will be available in the new S60: Volvo’s T6 Twin Engine AWD plug-in hybrid that generates a combined 340hp, and the award-winning T8 Twin Engine AWD plug-in hybrid that delivers 400hp*. Volvo’s proven T5 and T6 petrol engines will be available at launch in selected markets.
In a first for the segment, customers can access the new S60 via Volvo Cars’ new premium subscription service, Care by Volvo, which offers car access with no down payment via a monthly flat-fee subscription rather than ownership. Care by Volvo makes having a car as transparent, easy and hassle-free as having a phone.
“The active chassis and drive modes deliver excellent control and an engaged performance that makes this a driver’s car,” said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President for Research and Development at Volvo Cars. “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 saloons on the market.”
The new S60 shares Volvo Cars’ own Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, safety technology and infotainment system with the new V60 premium mid-size estate, launched earlier this year, as well as the top-of-the-line 90 series cars and award-winning XC60, all of which have achieved industry-leading safety ratings. This makes the new S60 one of the safest cars on the road.
The City Safety with Autobrake technology assists the driver in avoiding potential collisions, and is the only system on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world first for the mid-size saloon segment, City Safety now also engages auto braking to mitigate oncoming collisions.
The optional Pilot Assist system – which supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80mph – has been upgraded with improved cornering performance. The S60 also includes Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering-assistance systems. The optional Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake further enhances safety for people inside and outside the car.
Volvo Cars’ Sensus Connect infotainment system is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G, and keeps drivers connected at all times. The intuitive control is a tablet-style touchscreen interface that combines car functions, navigation, connected services and in-car entertainment apps.
Electrified versions of the new S60 also offer a performance handling upgrade called Polestar Engineered – developed by Volvo Cars’ electric performance arm, Polestar.
Polestar Engineered is available exclusively on the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid and is a complete offer that upgrades the car’s wheels, brakes, suspension and engine control unit, boosting the S60 T8's combined output to 415hp*.
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The pack includes:
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- Comfort Pillow
- Sunshade for windshield
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Car Shampoo 300ml
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European Touring Kit
If your travels take your Volvo overseas then everything you may need is included in this useful travel pack including:
First Aid Kit, High Visibility Vest, Gloves, One time use Breathalyser, Warning Triangle, Mini Wind up Torch, Foil Blanket, Headlamp converters, Optional Spare Bulb kit
Touring Kit (with bulb kit) - £34.99
Touring Kit (without bulb kit) - £25.00
Comfort Pillow - £27.00The Volvo padded neck cushion fills the area behind the head or shoulders and provides a comfortable support for the neck. Especially suitable for passengers who want to rest and sleep during a journey since the head is steadied by the side cushions.
Provides comfortable support for the neck.
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Washable at 40°C (warm).
Sunshade for windshield - £72
With a sunshade in the windshield, your vehicle will maintain a cooler temperature on hot days.
Helps maintain a cooler temperature in the vehicle.
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Safety, quality and customer satisfaction
Volvo wins Car Brand of the Year title in 2018 Which? Awards
Which? names Volvo as Britain's best car brand in its 2018 awards
• Honour reflects the company's exceptional achievements in safety, the comprehensive appeal of its model range and its development of cleaner engine technologies
• Which? also acknowledges the positive feedback received from Volvo customers
Volvo has emerged pre-eminent among the UK's car manufacturers, receiving the Car Brand of the Year title in the 12th annual Which? Awards.
Announced at a presentation ceremony in London last week, the award puts Volvo among those brands which have achieved positive change and deliver excellent products and services, scoring highly in rigorous Which? research and testing.
Volvo's exceptional achievements in safety and the across-the-board quality of its model range were cited by Which? as decisive factors in securing the award. It reported: "Volvo impressed us with its high praise from customers, but it's the company's solid safety record that put it ahead of other shortlisted candidates."
Which? highlighted Volvo's consistent five-star ratings from independent crash test organisation Euro NCAP, including a Best in Class 2017 ranking for the new XC60 premium SUV, a car rich in new active safety technologies designed to prevent accidents from happening, as well as optimising protection in the event of a collision.
Which? focused further on product quality throughout the Volvo range and its clean powertrain technologies, reporting: "...there isn't a single Volvo car you can buy new that we'd advise against. We're pleased to see Volvo making efforts to reduce emissions with its Drive-E engines."
Its decision to award the title to Volvo was backed up by feedback from satisfied customers, quoting one owner who said: "I'm on my fifth Volvo and it's the best one. It fulfils all my family needs, looks fantastic and drives superbly. It is future-proofed technologically. It can cope with all road conditions and is totally reliable. A pleasure to get into, as a driver or passenger."
Jon Wakefield, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "At Volvo Cars, we always put people and safety first: our vision is that nobody should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car from 2020. Our latest models employ a range of increasingly advanced driver-assistance and collision-mitigation systems aimed at protecting the car's occupants, as well as pedestrians, cyclists and even large animals.
"We are very proud that Which? has recognised not only the strides we continue to make in safety, but also the high regard in which our products are held by our customers."
Volvo XC90 is a Genuine Life-Saver
• Government crash statistics back up Volvo's pioneering real-life crash investigation work
• More than 70,000 Volvo XC90s sold in the UK to date
• Entire Volvo range fitted with automatic emergency braking as standard since 2014
• Volvo's advanced safety technology designed to keep occupants and other roads users safe
Not a single Volvo XC90 occupant has died in a car-to-car accident in the UK, according to official Government crash figures.
The statistics, provided by the police as a result of personal injury accidents on public roads, show that no XC90 driver or passenger fatalities have been reported since records began in 2004.
The XC90, more than 70,000 of which have been sold in the UK to date, has been at the forefront of SUV safety ever since the first-generation model was launched in 2002. It was the first SUV in the world to be fitted with Roll Stability Control, which measures the car's roll angle in extreme manoeuvres and activates the stability control system to reduce the risk of a rollover accident.
The second-generation XC90, launched in 2014, came with two world-first safety aids: Run-off Road Protection and automatic emergency braking at junctions. Should the car inadvertently leave the road, Run-off Road Protection automatically tightens the front seatbelts to keep occupants in the safest possible position. To help prevent spinal injuries, a collapsible energy-absorbing section between the front seats and seat frame cushions the vertical forces that can occur if the car lands on a hard surface. The XC90 was also the first car in the world to feature automatic emergency braking that activates if the driver turns into the path of an oncoming vehicle at a junction.
Volvo's pioneering safety technology goes beyond protecting those inside the car, however. The XC60 mid-size premium SUV was the first car to come with automatic emergency braking as standard when it was launched in 2008, while every new Volvo model has been fitted with this life-saving technology since 2014. The latest version of automatic emergency braking can even detect pedestrians, cyclists and large animals, helping to keep all road users free from harm.
Volvo has an exceptional record in official crash tests, too. Both the latest-generation XC90 and XC60 were named the car with the best overall performance of the year when they were tested by safety organisation Euro NCAP, in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
Volvo even uses information from real accidents to improve the safety of its cars. Since 1970, its Accident Research Team has collected data from thousands of real-world accidents to help better understand and address real-life safety on our roads.
This continued focus on safety innovation and real-life accident data is all part of Volvo's Vision 2020 – that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020.
Matthew Avery, the Director of Research at Thatcham Research, the motor insurers' automotive research centre who analysed the Government data, said: "The extraordinary safety record of the Volvo XC90 in the UK is built on class-leading passive safety. In Euro NCAP impact testing, unrivalled protection was given to occupants of the car. Volvo has long been a pioneer in active safety, too, offering standard-fit safety technologies which help drivers to avoid crashes completely. This not only protects occupants, but also those outside of the car.
"It's that combination of outstanding passive and active safety which sees Volvo cars excel in Euro NCAP safety testing, setting the standard for all car makers."
Commenting on the XC90's safety record, Jon Wakefield, Volvo Car UK's Managing Director, said: "Volvo has been at the forefront of automotive occupant safety since we invented the three-point seatbelt in 1959, and our determination to build the safest cars possible has been backed up not only by the safety awards we have won, but most importantly by the real-life safety record of our cars. Put simply, there is no safer car on the road than a Volvo."