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Mark Engelen, President and CEO of Volvo Canada, unveiled the 2015 V60 Sportswagon at it's Canadian premiere at the Montreal International Auto Show. At the same time, he said that the V60 would be immediately available at all Volvo dealers, starting at the suggested price of $39,800. Orders for several of these vehicles had already been reserved in advance. We can therefore assume that there is indeed an interest in these cars.
This car will be joining the Volvo family worldwide. The V60 Sportswagon has a very sporty silhouette that moves away from the traditional family vehicle. What remains is Volvo's continued tradition of not compromising on safety. A new, sophisticated software program has extended the information available, including a blind spot alert and lane departure warning systems. Volvo's City Safety program now works at speeds of up to 50 km/h and also detects both pedestrians and cyclists.
As the V60 Sportswagon is clearly derived from the S60, the choice of motors is not surprising. We're talking about a T5 AWD 250 horsepower engine, as well as a 300 hp T6 AWD. Shoppers can also choose the R-Design variant with it's 325 horses. What's new is the four cylinder Drive-E engine that is paired to an eight speed transmission. This smaller engine provides power curves that enhance maneuverability over that of larger engines. Fuel consumption is also reduced, as is CO 2. Developed in house by Volvo, this range of Drive-E motors marks the beginning of a new era at Volvo.
For several years, Volvo hid under Ford's wing. The company now has more independence since being swallowed up by China's Geely. Volvo can now afford to do more research and development for future models. They are also working to meet their Vision 2020 goal, which states that nobody should suffer serious injury or death in a Volvo from 2020 on.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca