production of volvo’s new XC60 mid-size SUV has started at the company’s torslanda plant in sweden. the first customer-bound car, a ‘T5 AWD’ model in ‘crystal’ white, rolled off the production line just before lunch time. the new car replaces the original ‘XC60’, which in the nine years since its launch became the best-selling premium mid-sized SUV in europe, with almost a million on the road globally. today, the ‘XC60’ represents around 30 per cent of the swedish-automaker’s total global sales, and it continues to gain strength with the vision, ‘by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new volvo car’.

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volvo’s ‘XC60’ is one of the safest cars ever made, and is loaded with new technology. steer assist has been added to the city safety system. a new safety system called ‘oncoming lane mitigation’ uses steer assist to avoid head-on collisions, while volvo’s blind spot information system (BLIS) now uses steer assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions. pilot assist, volvo’s advanced ‘semi-autonomous driver-assistance’ system, takes care of the steering, acceleration, and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 km/h, and is available in the new ‘XC60’ as an option. 
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the SUV offers volvo’s award-winning ‘T8’ twin engine petrol plug-in hybrid at the top of the powertrain range, delivering 407 hp and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds. but it is not just beneath the bonnet that the ‘XC60’ delivers healthy performance. its ‘cleanzone four-zone’ climate control system removes harmful pollutants and particles from outside the cabin to deliver fresh air on the inside.

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 volvo cars’ driver infotainment and connected services, ‘sensus’, and the volvo on call app, both receive a graphical update with improved usability, while smartphone integration with android ‘auto’ and apple ‘carplay’ is also available.



‘this is a proud day for everyone at the plant,’ comments magnus nilsson, vice president of the torslanda plant. ‘we have worked hard in recent weeks and months to prepare torslanda for this latest new volvo model, and now we are ready to start delivering new XC60s to customers.’

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  • Currently I drive an XC70 (delivered May 2016) and it’s a perfect driver height for me to enter and exit being approx 50mm higher than my previous V70. How does the driver enter/exit height differ with the XC60? Incidentally, I’m delighted with the XC70 D5 AWD model; it’s easily the most comfortable and enjoyable car I’ve driven in my last 50 years of motoring (albeit it I did like my Saab 900s.).

    David Walker says:
  • I absolutely love ❤️ the new look XC60 and can’t wait for its arrival in South Africa. I had the previous XC90 and loved the car. Since my children are all out of the house now i have to move to a smaller car since the XC90 was to big for just me and my wife. So, the new lokk XC60 was just what I was waiting for. Well done Volvo, again you show to the world that you are the number one automaker in the world. Well done!!! From a very loyal South African supporter, Kobus Schoeman.

    Kobus Schoeman says:

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