‘World Car of the Year 2018’ Volvo XC60 Now in All Volvo PH Showrooms
Recently-named World Car of the Year 2018 at the New York Auto Show, the new Volvo XC60 midsize SUV can now be seen in Volvo showrooms and pop-up stores nationwide.
“We initially could only bring in limited volumes of the XC60 due to high international demand. But we now have the volume to serve our discerning Volvo clientele,” quips Volvo Philippines‘ sales head Froilan Valencia.
“We are brimming with pride as another accolade is added to Volvo’s growing list of awards. The recognition given to our cars by people who really know cars is a nod to Volvo’s continued dedication to making excellent vehicles,” shares Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla, president and CEO of Volvo Philippines. “Volvo enthusiasts and loyal patrons will surely appreciate the perfect combination of masterful design, intuitive technology, and class-leading safety evident in this new generation Volvo.”
The XC60 also scooped the prestigious North American Utility of the Year Award earlier this year, while the soon-to-be-launched Volvo XC40 small SUV was named European Car of the Year at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month.
The new car replaces Volvo’s highly-successful original XC60, which in the nine years since its launch, became the bestselling premium midsized SUV in Europe with nearly a million units sold globally. Today, the XC60 represents about 30 percent of Volvo’s total global sales.
“We have a strong heritage in designing stylish and dynamic SUVs that offer the latest in technology. The new XC60 will be no exception. It’s the perfect car for an active lifestyle, and it represents the next step in our transformation plan,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive, Volvo Car Group.
New comfort and safety technology
The new XC60, one of the safest cars ever made, is fully loaded with new technology. Steer Assist has been added to the groundbreaking City Safety system. A new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions.
“We have focused on building a car that can deliver pleasure to all of your senses–from a commanding view of the road ahead in a beautifully appointed and calm cabin, to a safe, inspired and confident ride,” said Henrik Green, senior vice president, Product & Quality at Volvo Car Group. “We’ve paid particular attention to making life easier for our customers by providing them with the creature comforts and services that take the hassle out of everyday life.”
Pilot Assist, Volvo’s advanced semi-autonomous driver assistance system, which takes care of steering, acceleration, and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 kph, is available in the new XC60 as an option.
Locally, the Volvo XC60 is available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel D4 engine that produces 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The global XC60 stable also includes 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 kilometers in just 5.3 seconds.
But it is not just under the hood that the new XC60 delivers healthy performance. The new CleanZone four-zone climate system removes harmful pollutants and particles from outside the cabin to deliver Scandinavian-fresh air on the inside.
Volvo Cars’ driver infotainment and connected services offer, Sensus, receives a graphical update with improved usability. As in the 90 Series cars, smartphone integration with CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.
“The XC60 is an SUV not designed to look down on others but to drive. The exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology – all perfectly blended together. The XC60 provides a true Scandinavian experience which will make our customers feel special,” said Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president, Design at Volvo Car Group.