Production of the Volvo V60 Plug-in Diesel Hybrid is being increased by 90 per cent to cope with strong demand for the cars across Europe.
The increased demand, especially in Holland, Belgium and Italy, means that Plug-in Hybrid production at Volvo Cars’ Torslanda plant in Sweden will be increased from 150 to 282 units per week. Volvo Cars will produce 7,600 plug-in hybrids in 2013 – and the 2014 target is 10,000 units.
With strong demand in the UK, 2014 will see an increase to around 300 production slots, many of which are expected to be allocated by the end of 2013 as this year’s quota gets sold and sales lead times extend beyond the end of the year.
The driver of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid selects the required driving mode via three buttons in the dashboard that gives the car three entirely different temperaments: Pure, Hybrid or Power.
In the default hybrid mode, the carbon dioxide emissions are just 48g/km. At the touch of a button, the driver can also choose to cover up to 31 miles on pure electric power – or use the combined capacity of the diesel engine and electric motor to create a driving machine with 215+70 horsepower and 440+200 Nm of torque.
Full Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid road test coming very soon