Volvo S60 arriving in NZ end of 2010

Volvo S60 arriving in NZ end of 2010

The Volvo S60 is a sedan with coupe styling and has officially been launched at the Geneva Motor Show. The medium sized prestige model will go on sale in Europe in the middle of the year and reach New Zealand at the end of 2010.

It is being labeled as Volvo’s most sporting saloon yet and is ready to compete against several German brands with its combination of sharp design, advanced safety features, while apparently offering more driving pleasure from a Volvo than ever before.

The S60’s design has a flowing organic shape to emphasise its dynamic ability.

The S60 will be available with a number of petrol and turbo diesel engines ranging between 1.6 and three litres. There will be manual and automatic transmissions and All Wheel Drive will be optional on some models. However, no final decision has been made yet on what power trains will be used in the New Zealand market cars.

The S60 will also debut Volvo’s Pedestrian detection system with automatic braking. Sensors can detect pedestrians in front of the moving car and brake to avoid hitting them if the driver does not take evasive action at speeds up to 35 km/h. At higher speeds the system will reduce the impact speed as much as possible.

S60 also comes with Volvo’s City Safety technology, which is designed to avoid or minimise the impact of collisions with other vehicles in front of the car. Other safety features include Dynamic Stability and traction control, with an additional corner traction control system and rollover protection system.

The S60 interior is set to be the most advanced high tech environment ever offered to a Volvo driver.

“The interior of the all new S60 is all about innovative design in two areas: form and technology. The design is characterised by sporty freshness down to the smallest detail. The technological aspect includes all those smart solutions that contribute to a driving experience unlike that of any other Volvo — from collision avoidance safety and comfort systems to infotainment and audio excellence of absolute world class” says Tomas Ahlborg, Project Director for the all new S60.

In the cabin there is more rear seat legroom than the current S60, while the instruments and Volvo’s now trade mark centre stack are angled towards the driver.
The sport’s front seats have more lateral support than before and the boot opening has been made 107mm wider than in the previous generation S60.

As part of Volvo’s marketing of the S60, goatskin driving gloves will be available as an accessory, with the same stitching and finish as the upholstery. And for the ladies there are three choices of nail polish to match the car’s exterior colour.

Click the link below to see images of the new Volvo S60.

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