Volvo Doing Alright Under New Management

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
volvo doing alright under new management

„Let’s see what Volvo has with Jacoby as chief and the Chinese as owners.”

If I would have a Euro for each time that sentence is uttered in Geneva, I’d be rich by now. Volvo shows a V60 plug-in hybrid wagon. It uses a 215 horsepower 2.4L diesel 5-cylinder engine to drive the front wheels, while a 70 horsepower electric motor powers the rear.

Three power modes are on tap: Pure electric, hybrid driving and one named “Power”.

In electric mode, the V60 can go as far as 30 miles without using any diesel. It can be charged in as little as 3 hours.

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  • BlueEr03 BlueEr03 on Mar 01, 2011

    It looks like a stretched, 4-door C30.

    • JMII JMII on Mar 02, 2011

      Yes it does... sort of. But something about it just doesn't look right. And as someone who just test drove a C30 I sure hope it has Volvo's patented blind spot warning system, because despite the C30s size the combination of high doors (for safety?), wide wheel arches (very stylish) and small mirrors (better areo?) makes seeing what is over your shoulder a touch tricky.

  • Kristjan Ambroz Kristjan Ambroz on Mar 03, 2011

    Who knows, if they are serious about it (i.e. if it is actually reliably running), they could be the first ones to offer a diesel-electric hybrid, with the added bonus of a plug in. I still somehow recon Peugeot will probably beat them to it, at least with the diesel part.

  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Ed That has to be a joke.