Volvo takes Cross Country brand into sedan territory
- Volvo Cars points to the future with the new S60 Cross Country
- A segment first from Volvo Cars
- Builds on a strong heritage of lifestyle-oriented products
Volvo Cars is stepping up to meet the demands of its core customers with the unveiling of the exciting S60 Cross Country at the Detroit Auto Show.
Back in 1997, when Volvo was the first premium brand to introduce an all-road capable variant of its successful wagons, no one could predict the future success of the crossover concept. Today, the crossover is ubiquitous and has helped to define a whole new category of lifestyle vehicle. Volvo is once again taking a bold step forward – this time in the luxury sedan segment – with the unveiling of the S60 Cross Country – the first premium sedan with the same level of capability and rugged design cues of the renowned Cross Country wagons.
“We want to further explore the market with our Cross Country brand. We did this back in 1997 with the V70 Cross Country and it led to the birth of a whole new segment. We have included all the capability-driven benefits of the Cross Country brand in this new model, while offering a completely unique expression of adventure and all-road readiness in a distinctly sporty and stylish package,” said Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars.
Like the recently introduced V60 Cross Country, the S60 Cross Country shares an increased ride height of 65mm (2.5 inches) and comes with the same capable All-Wheel Drive underpinnings of its sibling, making it the only truly capable and stylish all-road sedan crossover on the market. The S60 Cross Country will also be delivered with front-wheel drive in Europe and selected markets.
“The S60 Cross Country is the sole contender in the luxury crossover sedan segment. We have identified a clear niche in the market for a more capable sedan with rugged styling cues and a higher stance. The S60 Cross Country will appeal to people that are searching for an exciting and capable sedan, whilst enjoying the clear benefits that a crossover offers,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.
Reflecting Volvo’s legendary capability of nature and Scandinavian heritage, the S60 Cross Country offers both 18” and 19” wheels with high profile tires that add both comfort and all-road aesthetics, reduce road noise, and add increased wheel protection when needed for city or country.
Delivering an involved and focused driving experience with rugged substance, this dynamic design brings a sporty and adventurous edge to the sedan.
The S60 Cross Country will launch with a powerful T5 All-Wheel Drive gasoline powertrain delivering up to 250 bhp* available in the US, Canada, Russia and Europe. The S60 Cross Country is expected to be available on a limited basis this summer.
* NA 250 bhp/EU 254 hp/Russia 249 hp
It's Windy Out Here!
ALICANTE, Spain, Feb 20 – An incredible photograph from Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED) apparently showing three crew members suspended in mid-air as the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 leaders sped through the Pacific Ocean, has sparked a fierce social media debate: Is it faked or not?
The Dutch boat's Onboard Reporter (OBR) Stefan Coppers’ (NED) extraordinary picture (below) is, he insists, totally genuine and was set up and executed earlier this week.
Remarkably, they carried out the stunt while leading the fleet during the 5,264-nautical mile (nm) stage from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand.
The media team at Race Control opted at first not to publicise the picture because it looked too amazing to be true and only genuine photos are passed on to the media.
However, a close examination by picture desk staff, plus the race’s photographic partners Getty Images, has ruled that it is genuine.
At least, they think so.
Particularly incredible, is the pose of the sailor apparently hanging on by his fingertips from the halyard in the middle of the picture: Lithuanian Rokas Milevicius.
Coppers, the man in the middle of the debate, insists that there was no magical post-production hocus pocus involved; just good planning and even better shutter timing.
So just how did Milevicius manage to get into such an extraordinary position with his boat surfing through the Pacific? Is he some kind of Superman?
“Rokas made a sling and I pushed down (on the shutter) at the right time,” wrote Coppers in a message to Race Control on Friday.
“We took it in the leg from China to Auckland while we leading the fleet. By the way, we don’t need to be in the lead to have fun.
“Whether we’re first or fifth, as we were in the last leg, we are positive. Maybe this picture best shows how the guys are – 100 per cent pushing the boat all the time but in for a joke.”
Coppers added: “By the way: my granny* could have taken this picture, so credit should go to the athletes.”
Despite the shenanigans, Team Brunel still led the fleet by 27.1nm at 0940 UTC on Friday. The boats still have 2,265nm to go before reaching Auckland around the end of this month.
* Coppers' granny was unavailable for comment on Friday.
MAPFRE ‘sailing blind’
- Communications antennae malfunction hampers Spanish boat
- Team Brunel cashing in on bold decision to sail north
ALICANTE, Spain, February 16 – Spanish boat MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández/ESP) were ‘sailing blind’ in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Monday after a problem with communications antennae on board prevented them from receiving key weather and other data.
Race Control was alerted to the problem over the weekend and has since worked with their suppliers and the boat to find a solution.
Gonzalo Infante, who runs the Race’s high-tech communications control room with the six-strong fleet, said on Monday it was not clear exactly what had caused the issue, which involves two antennae not functioning. Communications with the other five boats are working as normal.
“We can still send and receive plain text but cannot send detailed weather data. This has impacted on their ability to make strategic decisions – they are sailing blind,” he said.
Infante added that the Race was working with its suppliers of communications hardware and software on the boat to find a diagnosis and fix.
In a message from the boat, MAPFRE’s Onboard Reporter, Francisco Vignale (ARG), wrote: “We only have email which works. Jean Luc (Nélias-FRA), our navigator, is very limited in his work and can not forecast or work out future routes.”
Additionally, the crew is unable to send out images or videos, which have kept their many fans up to date with progress so far in the race.
Vignale added: “The main thing is that we’d like to say that we are all well, despite not being able to talk with our families. Each one of us wants to send a big ‘hi’ to our nearest and dearest.
“We hope to solve this problem as quickly as possible – there’s still a long way to go in this leg.”
Despite their challenges, MAPFRE were very much in the thick of the battle to finish first in Auckland after the 5,264-nautical mile (nm) stage from Sanya.
At 1240 UTC on Monday, they were in third place some 74.4nm behind Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED), who were cashing in on their decision to sail north of the rest of the fleet early in the leg. The stronger winds and better angles towards Auckland that decision gave them, has propelled the Dutch boat 64.9nm clear of the main pack led by Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR).
Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) are tight behind fourth-placed Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA), the overall race leaders, with Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) still sailing north of the rest of the fleet and biding their time before making their own decision to bear south.