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World debut for a new Volvo V60 engineered by Polestar
The New Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar are Here
- S60 and V60 model
- 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds
- Top Speed of 155 mph
- Limited Edition
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Nov. 26, 2013) – The new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar are here, set for sale on four continents around the world in 2014. The countries set for the S60 and V60 Polestar include Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States, with further markets and final production numbers to be revealed next year.
“We are proud to present the S60 and V60 Polestar. A car developed for those who share our passion at Polestar: That driving really matters and that a true driver’s car should enable you to enjoy driving all year, on all roads and in all weather conditions. This is a driver’s car for real life,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.
“With the introduction of the V60 model, we are proud to continue the heritage of fast Volvo wagons, such as the racing 850 BTCC, a tradition deeply rooted among Volvo enthusiasts,” continued Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.
“Our motorsport cooperation with Polestar has been going on for almost two decades and it is rewarding to see how Polestar can use their experiences from motorsport to engineer such an exciting and competent car,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director at Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars).
“It is very satisfying to see how Polestar has been able to combine this level of driving performance in their interpretation of the S60 and V60 with maintained original service program, class leading safety features and certified fuel and emission ratings. Customers buying this car will get the best from both Polestar and Volvo,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales & Customer Service at Volvo Cars.
The car is based on the latest generation Volvo S/V60 and marks the start of an extended Polestar production model range. Development of the car has been ongoing during the past years, picking up from the C30 and S60 Concept cars and the Australian S60 Polestar. Thousands of development miles have been driven on twisty mountain roads, on the Autobahn and test tracks from the south of Europe to the frozen north of Sweden.
“We have continued our work to create a true driver’s car, which is not limited only to a few specific driving conditions, but enjoyable on everything from your favorite winding roads to taking the family for a long journey, no matter summer or winter. And in my view, we have gotten very close to our goals, something that of course is best experienced firsthand behind the wheel,” said Robert Dahlgren, Polestar racing and test driver.
Polestar performance engineering
Upgrades include modifications made to increase rigidity of the chassis to cater for the 80 percent stiffer springs relative to the standard S60 R-Design. These changes, combined with the tailored high-performance Öhlins shock absorbers and 20-inch Polestar wheels, result in a precise, yet comfortable, driving experience.
The brake system has undergone substantial modifications. Most visible are the 371 millimeter ventilated front discs and six-piston Brembo calipers, guaranteeing a high level of braking performance.
To reflect the increased performance of the S/V60 Polestar, positive aerodynamic effects have been achieved through subtle, yet efficient, modifications based on data from tests in the Volvo Cars wind tunnel. The changes are visible with the front splitters, optimizing the airflow underneath the car, as well as a new rear spoiler and diffusor, increasing down force.
The six-cylinder, turbocharged T6 engine has undergone extensive development with a new twin-scroll turbo and intercooler to produce 350 hp at 5700 rpm and 369 lbs.-feet already at 2800 rpm. The engine breathes through a 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust system, making for a throaty engine note.
The six-speed automatic gearbox features a new paddle shift system that together with the Polestar-developed, Haldex four-wheel drive system takes the car from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and to a limited top speed of 155 mph. The gearbox as well as the four-wheel drive system and traction control system has been recalibrated to provide an active driving experience and maximum grip in all situations.
The interior has been reworked with new details, materials and Polestar colors, such as the steering wheel, seats and more, with the sole purpose of increasing driver support and control.
“All in all, we have taken a major step forward in all areas, from chassis and engine to interior and exterior details. Development work has been focused on the overall package in order to create a car that you want to use every day, both from a practical and emotional perspective,” said Henrik Fries, S/V60 Polestar Technical Project Manager.
Sales and delivery
Polestar will begin delivery of the new S60 and V60 Polestar in June 2014 to the local markets.
“We are all very excited and proud over our launch of two new cars as yet another step toward a range of Polestar engineered Volvo cars available for people like us around the world. To do it together with Volvo, one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, is greatly satisfying and we look forward to an exciting future,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.
Visit www.nextpolestar.com for more information.
0-100 km/h 4.9 sec
0-200 km/h 17.7 sec
80-120 km/h 4.7 sec
Top speed 250 km/h / 155 mph – Electronically limited
Polestar Öhlins shock absorber system
Polestar bespoke rims, 8x20” ET53 with 245/35R20 tires
6-cylinder inline T6 engine, 2953 cc
257 kW (350 hp) @ 5700 rpm
500 Nm (369 lbs.-feet) @ 2800-4750 rpm
Max 6500 rpm
New twin-scroll Borg Warner turbo
Polestar 2.5 inch stainless full-flow exhaust system with twin 3.5 inch tail pipes
S60 Polestar: 1752 kg
V60 Polestar: 1822 kg
AWF21 automatic gearbox with paddle shift system
Polestar transmission calibration for faster gearshifts, launch control and curve-hold functionality
Polestar Haldex calibration for more rear torque dynamic distribution
Polestar calibrated stability control system
Front: Polestar/Brembo 6 piston brake calipers
371x32 mm ventilated and floating Brembo discs
Rear: 302x22 mm ventilated disc
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Volvo Cars of Canada announces availability, pricing of V60 Sportswagon
TORONTO, ON (Nov. 26, 2013) – Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. is excited to announce the availability and official pricing of the 2015 Volvo V60 Sportswagon. Already a success story in other parts of the world, it will be arriving in Canadian showrooms January 2014.
The whole Canadian Volvo community has been waiting for the return of a Sportswagon since the V70 took its final bow with the 2010 model year. It has been a recurring demand from enthusiasts and journalists alike.
60 years of Wagons
While the V60 follows the rich heritage of safety and utility that Volvo has always stood for, it also marks a bold departure - featuring intuitive technology, stirring performance, dynamic handling and a luxurious interior that offers a true premium experience.
The V60 is the ideal blend of function and versatility, offering a spirited and rewarding driving experience that no SUV can. And of course, the V60 R-Design delivers a heart-thumping 325 horsepower, calling out to those V70R drivers ready to make a change. Responding directly to market demand and the enthusiastic requests from an incredibly loyal fan base, Volvo Canada President and CEO Marc Engelen championed the cause to offer the elegant V60 Sportswagon to Canadians.
“The no-compromise V60 Sportswagon makes perfect sense for the Canadian premium car buyer,” says Marc Engelen President and CEO Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. “We believe that it fills an unsatisfied niche in the market by offering sleek Scandinavian design, stirring performance, dynamic handling, intuitive technology and world-first safety technology like Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection.”
It’s a no-compromises car that provides all of the great new features launched with the 2014 model year, along with a bold new look for a Sportswagon by Volvo. While the V60 trim and option offer follows closely to the S60, there is one important difference; the V60 pricing outlined above includes a standard sunroof.
Starting MSRP by model:
- V60 T5 VEP FWD 245 hp $ 39,800 - June 2014
- V60 T5 AWD 250 hp $ 41,800 - January 2014
- V60 T6 AWD 300 hp $ 46,050 - January 2014
- V60 R-Design 325 hp $ 50,950 - January 2014
Customers who reserve their Volvo V60 Sportswagon by January 16, 2014 will receive a $1,000 bonus to be used towards options, Volvo accessories or purchase price.
Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection – a world first
Since the first wagon, safety has always been a priority. New advanced software, including more rapid vision processing, has made it possible to extend the present detection and auto brake technology to cover also certain cyclist situations. The world-first Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake can detect and alert the driver of a potential accident, with the ability to automatically apply full braking force if the driver fails to respond and a collision is imminent. The new functionality is an enhancement of the present detection and auto brake technology. All cars equipped with Pedestrian Detection will also incorporate Cyclist Detection.
"As a leader in automotive safety, we have been first in the industry with all detection and auto brake technologies, from the first-generation brake support in 2006 to Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake in 2010," adds Engelen.
Combining camera and radar
Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake consists of a radar unit integrated into the car's grille, a camera fitted in front of the interior rear-view mirror and a central control unit. The radar's task is to detect objects in front of the car and to determine the distance to them. The camera determines the type of the objects. Thanks to the dual-mode radar's wide field of vision, pedestrians and cyclists can be detected early on. The high-resolution camera makes it possible to spot the moving pattern of pedestrians and cyclists. The central control unit continuously monitors and evaluates the traffic situation.
Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. is part of the Volvo Car Group of Gothenburg, Sweden. The company provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to the 38 Volvo automobile retailers across the country. The S60 and XC60 are among only 18 vehicles that were awarded the prestigious new Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). Volvo Cars is committed to Vision 2020, our goal that no one shall be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo by the year 2020.
Volvo Cars returns to Tokyo with new design language
Volvo Car Group at the 203 Tokyo Motor Show:
The Volvo Concept Coupé will be the centre of attention when Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) returns to the Tokyo Motor Show this November, as the company introduces its new design strategy to customers and media around the globe. Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars, and Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Cars, will also attend the event’s press days on November 20 and 21.
Volvo Cars attends the Tokyo Motor Show this year for the first time in seven years, a sign of the growing importance of the Japanese market for Volvo Cars and the company’s strong momentum in the country. Volvo sales in Japan so far this year have been extremely strong, with sales up over 25 per cent compared to 2012 and at a level not seen since the late 1990s. Japanese customers have especially warmed to the Volvo V40, which was awarded the prestigious 2013 Imported Car of The Year award by the Automotive Researchers and Journalists Conference of Japan this month.
The rapid transformation of Volvo Cars is also highly evident in the Volvo Concept Coupé, which was first shown during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The Volvo Concept Coupé showcases the capability of the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture, as well as the new, highly efficient four-cylinder Drive-E powertrains (formerly known as VEA) that are already now available in six Volvo models.
Volvo Cars’ strategy is to use electrification to create the most powerful versions in the Drive-E engine family, taking power figures up into V8 territory. The Volvo Concept Coupé is equipped with Volvo Cars’ ingenious plug-in hybrid technology. A high-performance petrol engine teamed with an electric motor on the rear axle gives the Volvo Concept Coupé a total output of about 400 hp and over 600 Nm of torque.
The Volvo Concept Coupé is the first in a series of three concept cars that demonstrate the new design direction of Volvo Cars and paves the way for the introduction of the all-new XC90 in 2014.
“We are creating a new product portfolio that blends a strong heritage with innovative technology and emotional design. Every core area is brought into a new dimension, also injecting more emotion into the rational properties that are the heart and soul of Volvo,” says Lex Kerssemakers.
“The Volvo Concept Coupé shows what you can expect from our new architecture: the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures. Even though the all-new XC90 is a different type of car, you will recognise the connection instantly,” says Thomas Ingenlath.