Volvo Starts Selling V60 Hybrid Exclusively in Europe
The car features Volvo’s familiar 2.4-liter 5-cylinder diesel engine with 215 hp which, in the hybrid, is boosted by a 70-hp electric motor. The diesel engine drives the front axle, while the rear axle is powered by the electric motor. This drivetrain combination gives the car an incredible fuel efficiency rating of 2l/100km (117 US mpg) and a theoretical battery-only range of 50 km (31 miles) - both figures are extremely good, even for a hybrid.
The hybrid car is only available with all the options and the highest trim level and it costs €61,150 (£49,300), which is €13,650 (£11,000) more than a V60 with the 2.4-liter diesel and the same trim level and options.
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The decision not to launch the V60 Diesel, or for that matter any Diesel, in the U.S. market is as troubling as the the decision not to launch the V40 here, especially at a time when other manufacturers are coming back in with wagon variants.
(Full disclosure: I own Volvo dealerships in the U.S.)