2011 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Volvo says its new diesel-electric sport wagon will go on sale in 2012.
- The V60 Plug-in Hybrid returns the equivalent of 124 miles per gallon.
- Driving range on pure battery power is about 30 miles.
GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Volvo Cars said it will begin selling its new V60 Plug-in Hybrid, a diesel-electric sport wagon, in 2012. The car, which will make its official debut in early March at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, is not expected to be sold in North America.
Volvo describes the show car as "virtually production-ready." It said the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will emit less than 50 g/km of CO2, with equivalent fuel economy of 124 miles per gallon. It has a range of up to 30 miles on pure electricity.
The car is powered by a D5 2.4-liter five-cylinder turbodiesel, which is rated at 215 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Power is delivered to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
The V60 Plug-in Hybrid also features a 70-hp electric motor and a 12 kWh battery pack, with power sent to the rear axle.
Volvo said it developed the hybrid system in cooperation with Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall.
Edmunds.com says: This should be one of the first diesel-hybrids on the market in Europe. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent