Born in the USA

Vol­vo’s new ma­nu­fac­tu­ring plant in South Ca­ro­li­na has re­cent­ly com­ple­ted the first ba­tch of the S60 mid-si­ze pre­mi­um sports se­dan.

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Voorblad -

Vol­vo Cars re­cent­ly re­vea­led the new S60 mid-si­ze pre­mi­um sports se­dan at the com­pa­ny’s first US ma­nu­fac­tu­ring plant in C­har­le­ston, South Ca­ro­li­na. The com­bi­ned car launch and fac­to­ry o­pe­ning rein­for­ces Vol­vo Cars’ com­mit­ment to the US, an im­por­tant mar­ket for the com­pa­ny. The new S60 is the first Vol­vo built in the US.

“The new S60 is one of the most ex­ci­ting cars we’ve e­ver ma­de,” said Hå­kan Sa­mu­els­son, pre­si­dent and chief exe­cu­ti­ve of Vol­vo Cars. “It is a true dri­ver’s car that gi­ves us a s­trong po­si­ti­on in the US and C­hi­na se­dan mar­kets, cre­a­ting mo­re gro­wth op­por­tu­ni­ties for Vol­vo Cars.”

The new S60 is the first Vol­vo to be sold wit­hout a die­sel of­fer, sig­nal­ling the com­pa­ny’s in­du­stry-le­a­ding com­mit­ment to e­lec­tri­fi­ca­ti­on and a long-term fu­tu­re beyond the tra­di­ti­o­nal com­bus­ti­on en­gi­ne. In 2017, Vol­vo Cars was the first glo­bal car ma­ker to an­noun­ce its stra­tegy that from 2019 all new mo­dels will be e­lec­tric.

In South A­fri­ca, the S60 will be a­vai­la­ble with two tur­bo-char­ged pe­trol en­gi­nes (T4 and T5), as well as a su­per-and-tur­bo­char­ged pe­trol de­ri­va­ti­ve (T6). The new S60 will be in­tro­du­ced lo­cal­ly next y­e­ar, but fi­nal da­tes and spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­on are not yet a­vai­la­ble. The T6 and T8 twin en­gi­nes are un­der con­si­de­ra­ti­on for SA.

The new S60 shares Vol­vo Cars’ own sca­la­ble pro­duct ar­chi­tec­tu­re (SPA) plat­form, sa­fe­ty techno­lo­gy and in­fo­tai­n­ment sy­stem with the new V60 pre­mi­um mid-si­ze e­sta­te, laun­ched e­ar­lier this y­e­ar, as well as the flags­hip 90 Se­ries cars and a­ward-win­ning XC60, all of which ha­ve a­chie­ved in­du­stry­le­a­ding sa­fe­ty ra­tings. This ma­kes the new S60 one of the sa­fest cars on the ro­ad.

Ci­ty sa­fe­ty with au­to bra­ke techno­lo­gy as­sis­ts the dri­ver in a­voi­ding po­ten­ti­al col­li­si­ons and is the on­ly sy­stem on the mar­ket to re­cog­ni­se pe­de­stri­ans, cy­clis­ts and lar­ge a­ni­mals. In a wor­ld first for the mid-si­ze se­dan seg­ment, ci­ty sa­fe­ty now al­so enga­ges au­to bra­king to mi­ti­ga­te on­co­ming col­li­si­ons.

The op­ti­o­nal pi­lot as­sist sy­stem sup­ports the dri­ver with s­teer­ing, acce­le­ra­ti­on and bra­king on well-mar­ked ro­ads up to 130km. The S60 al­so in­clu­des run-off ro­ad mi­ti­ga­ti­on, on­co­ming la­ne mi­ti­ga­ti­on and ot­her s­teer­ing as­sis­tan­ce sy­s­tems.

Vol­vo Cars’ in­fo­tai­n­ment sy­stem is ful­ly com­pa­ti­ble with Ap­ple CarPlay, An­droid Au­to and 4G and keeps dri­vers con­nected. The in­tui­ti­ve con­t­rol is a ta­blet-sty­le tou­chscreen in­ter­fa­ce that com­bi­nes car functi­ons, na­vi­ga­ti­on, con­nected ser­vi­ces and in-car en­ter­tai­n­ment apps.

E­lec­tric ver­si­ons of the new S60 al­so of­fer a per­for­man­ce hand­ling up­gra­de cal­led Po­le­star En­gi­nee­red, de­ve­lo­ped by Vol­vo Cars’ e­lec­tric per­for­man­ce arm, Po­le­star.

Po­le­star En­gi­nee­red is a­vai­la­ble ex­clu­si­ve­ly on the T8 Twin En­gi­ne plug-in hy­brid and is a com­ple­te of­fer that up­gra­des the car’s w­heels, bra­kes, sus­pen­si­on and en­gi­ne con­t­rol u­nit, boos­ting the S60 T8’s com­bi­ned out­put to 305kW. This mo­del is al­so un­der con­si­de­ra­ti­on for South A­fri­ca.

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