Thursday, 22 March 2012

NEWS - Volvo off to a great start in 2012

Volvo was the fastest growing luxury car brand in 2011. Initial figures for 2012 suggest there is no sign of this slowing, with the Swedish manufacturing seeing sales up 13% from the same point last year.

As well as the increasing sales, the Volvo range will soon see new cars with world firsts, bringing unique Scandinavian Luxury design to the premium car market. Latest figures show that year-on-year, Volvo has increased its sales performance by 13.4%. 60 seems to be a good number for Volvo with the three siblings, Volvo XC60 S60 and V60 being the best selling cars.

The Geneva Motor Show saw Volvo unveil its all-new V40, a five-door, five-seat hatchback that is set to arrive to market in July. The V40 aims to take on the BMW 1-Series and Audi A3 with a mix of Scandinavian design, enhanced safety features and the driving dynamics never seen before in a Volvo. Included in this is a world first; the pedestrian airbag.

2012 also sees the launch of the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid - the Volvo V60 D6, due to start production in October. With emissions of just 49 g/km of CO2 (NEDC combined, Hybrid mode) and fuel consumption of over (and it’s not a typo!) 100 miles per gallon (combined cycle), it is sure to cause huge interest amongst those who wish to leave a green trail from their exhausts. Not only will the V60 D6 give the driver the option of how he or she wants to be powered (electric or combustion engine), it will also give the ability to engage both power option at the same time to offer a maximum output of 215+70 hp with all-wheel drive capability. With only 125 cars available to UK buyers in the first model year, high demand is expected of those cars.

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