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2011-01-27 12:02

GOING GREEN: Volvo's near production-ready V60 Plug-in hybrid is set to make its global debut at the 2011 Geneva auto show.

Volvo is set to reveal it's latest green-friendly model at the 2011 Geneva auto show - the V60 Plug-in hybrid.

The new model has a claimed best-possible fuel consumption of 1.9 litres/100km with an emissions rating of 50g/km and a battery-only range of 50km.

Stefan Jacoby, CEO of Volvo, said: "This second-generation hybrid is the perfect choice for the uncompromising buyer who wants a superbly carbon dioxide-lean car packed with driving pleasure."


All four wheels will be powered by a diesel engine as well as a lithium-ion battery pack. The front pair will be turned by a five-cylinder, 2.4-litre D5 turbodiesel capable of 160kW and 440Nm.

The rear axle has Volvo's ERAD (electric rear axle drive) in the form of an electric motor producing 52kW, which receives its power from a 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The engine and battery will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Jacoby added: "To get true car enthusiasts to think green, you have to offer them the opportunity to drive with low carbon-dioxide emissions without taking away the adrenalin rush from genuine driving pleasure.

"The V60 Plug-in Hybrid has all the traditional properties of a genuine sports wagon. What we've done is to spice it up with spearhead technology."

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