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Volvo comes out with Polestar Champion Editions of the S60 and V60

At this year’s FIA World Touring Car Championship, it was Volvo that stood out and became the victor with an S60 TC1 race car. So to celebrate this victory, the Swedish automaker dished out a handful of special edition S60s and V60s that get their inspiration from the motorsport. For your reference, it was Thed Bjork who took the driver’s championship during the FIA World Touring Car Championship. He was the guy behind the S60 Polestar TC1, and if you didn’t know, this is the very first time a Swedish company won the championship.

Having said that, the new V60 Polestar Performance World Championship Edition and the Volvo S60 package are available on all D4, D5, T5 and T6 models. The package includes visual enhancements such as a set of 19-inch bespoke Polestar light alloy wheels that are dressed in performance focused tires, a sculpted diffuser, and a new rear spoiler. There is also a Polestar gear lever that can be found in the cabin.

As for the mechanical bits, the special edition model gets a free flow stainless steel exhaust system, a sports air filter, and updated suspension dampers and springs that come with the package. With Polestar’s optimisation, horsepower has also increased by 10 (7 kilowatts), and torque is improved by 36 pound feet (50 Newton metres). The current engine is paired to quicker gearshifts and improved throttle response.

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Volvo S60 Polestar has broken Nurburgring’s record for fastest 4-door production car

A racing team is claiming that it has managed to break the lap record in its category in the ever-demanding Nurburgring circuit in 2016 while driving a road-going Volvo S60 Polestar, but it elected to keep things in secrecy – until now.

Cyan Racing -- the official Volvo factory auto racing team based in Gothenburg, Sweden – said that it did break the record for the fastest four-door, road-legal production car in the Green Hell.

According to the account, after the FIA World Touring Car Championship round in the Nordschleife in Germany, Cyan Ryan opted to stay behind and conduct a so-called secret test involving a road-going Volvo S60 Polestar. This secret test was conducted by Cyan Racing in order to harvest more know-how about the Volvo S60 Polestar as well as to bring more improvements into the car. Taking advantage of their motorsport expertise, Cyan Racing went on to boost the performance levels of the Volvo S60 Polestar, thereby making it more potent on the road.

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Polestar launches line of performance parts for Volvo S60, V40, V60 and XC60

Owners of Volvo cars who want to boost the performance of their cars for that added driving pleasure would surely love the new customization options now available. Volvo subsidiary Polestar Performance Parts recently unveiled a wide range of enhancements for the Volvo S60, V40, V60 and XC60 models.

The numerous enhancement options being offered include chassis parts, exhaust, interior and exterior details designed to improve driving experience while reflecting owners' preferences. Polestar Chief Operating Officer Niels Möller explained that for a long time, the company has known of a strong demand for their products from Volvo owners all over the world.

This time, the company is happy to oblige these loyal customers by developing these enhancements aimed to improve driving pleasure, performance and handling of their cars. With Polestar's and motorsport partner Cyan Racing's 20-year motorsport experience, all Polestar Performance Parts were designed under the philosophy "Made to Perform."

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NAIAS: 2015 Volvo S60 Inscription comes all the way from China

Volvo Cars is again offering another premium vehicle that caters to the needs and wants of its customers in the United States. Dubbed as the Volvo S60 Inscription, this vehicle tries to meet the most common features that US customers are looking for in a car.

One of these features is comfortable seating for rear passengers. Those occupying the posterior part of the cabin usually complain of not having enough legroom. Volvo addresses this by increasing the rear seat legroom of the S60 Inscription by 3.5 inches.

Such revamp means the Volvo S60 Inscription offers best-in-class rear accommodation. Moreover, the Volvo S60 Inscription features materials that do not only speak of the vehicle’s premium quality and class but also convey the Volvo brand’s Scandinavian roots.

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Volvo promises to surprise its audience at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show as the Swedish carmaker will bring the S60 Cross Country. A segment first from Volvo Cars, the new S60 Cross Country promises to continue the tradition started by the V70 Cross Country in 1997.

S60 Cross Country will be the first premium sedan with the same level of capability and rugged design cues of the brand new Cross Country wagons. The vehicle will arrive with a T5 all-wheel drive powertrain with 250 hp (254 hp in Europe and 249 hp in Russia for taxation reasons).

Volvo's S60 Cross Country is built to draw in customers who are looking for a sedan that is not only capable and thrilling, but also offers the advantages of a crossover. The S60 Cross Country crossover sedan features a ride height that is higher by 65mm (2.5 inches).

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Sales of the Volvo S60L in the United States are expected to reach at least 5,000 units annually. Volvo will start selling the long-wheelbase version of the S60 in the second half of 2015. Alain Visser, senior vice president of marketing, sales and customer service at Volvo, remarked that the potential of the S60L in the US is “very significant,” since although its wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than that of the S60, it does not look like an extended-wheelbase car.

Visser added that the S60L can be a key player for Volvo. While the S60L is built only in China, Visser said key dealers and customers in the US were “enthusiastic” about it. According to Volvo Car Group chief executive Hakan Samuelsson, the S60L will be positioned as “an executive car,” with more features and options.

The S60, on the other hand, will be positioned as the sportier model. He remarked that the Volvo will save lots of money by building and importing the S60L from China since its plants is not a joint venture, as the carmaker is owned by a Chinese company, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co.

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The first mainstream vehicle made in China will be arriving at showrooms in the United States next year, in form of long-wheelbase version of Volvo S60 sedan – the S60L. Volvo Car Group chief executive Hakan Samuelsson confirmed that the S60L will arrive in the US "absolutely" 2015. Volvo is now owned by Chinese company Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co.

The company started output of the S60L at its Chengdu site China in October 2013 and is ramping up to full production capacity of 120,000 vehicles annually. AutoPacific analyst Ed Kim said that while the S60L will be a low volume car, its significance shouldn’t overstated since Volvo will it as a litmus paper to determine the real-world quality of a China-built car in the US as well as consumer response.

The S60L boasts of a wheelbase that is 3.2 inches longer than that of the S60, which is built in Sweden. According to Samuelsson, Volvo is importing the S60L from China instead of Sweden due to costs, noting production in the Asian country is less expensive, adding that the Chinese yuan is tied to the US dollar rather than the euro, leading to gives more stability.

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Volvo has rolled off the first Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar from its Volvo Torslanda site for delivery to its first owners. Volvo’s Torslanda site recently marked 50 years of production with a total of over 6.8 million cars rolling off its production line, starting from the Amazon in 1964 and to the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar.

The Polestar model also marked the first time the site produced a vehicle for an independent partner. Henrik Fries, S/V60 Polestar Technical Project Manager, expressed delight in rolling off of the first Polestar from the Volvo factory.

He remarked that the car was “a satisfying result of many hours of work” by the people of Polestar and Volvo.

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Volvo is intending to commence exporting China-built cars to the United States and Russia as early as 2015, a senior Volvo executive told Reuters. With support from Chinese owner Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, Volvo would commence shipping the S60L -- a long-wheel-based version of the S60 -- to the US and the XC90 SUV to Russia as soon as end of 2015.

A site in Chengdu started building the S60L sedan late 2013, and the second site in Daqing is ramping up output of the XC90. The executive said Volvo will eventually export around 10,000 S60Ls and a few thousand XC90s annually, noting that the carmaker believes it could minimize foreign exchange risks by adding China as a production base, despite worries about the quality of China-built products.

The executive said that the US dollar and the Chinese yuan have the “best relationship,” which is more stable than the euro and the dollar. David Ibison, Volvo's global head of media relations, has confirmed plans to start exporting from China, but said that the timing and target markets had yet to be determined.

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Volvo Cars is set to unveil the new Volvo S60L PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Concept Car at the 2014 Beijing International Auto Show. The new Volvo S60L PPHEV is a fusion of an electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car, thereby allowing the driver to enjoy both dynamic driving pleasure and superior fuel economy.

Volvo plans to introduce the production version of the S60L Petrol Plug-in Hybrid in China in early 2015, with the production set at its Chengdu assembly site. The new production version of the S60L PPHEV will employ a highly efficient 238-hp Drive-E petrol turbo and plug-in hybrid technology. The new hybrid car is part of Volvo Cars' plans to play in a role to the development and proliferation of new auto technologies in China.

Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President for Research and Development at Volvo Cars, remarked that the S60L PPHEV Concept Car combines a turbocharged petrol mill from the carmaker’s new four-cylinder Drive-E engine family and an electric motor, resulting to a hybrid powertrain with a power output of 238+68 hp and torque of 350+200 Nm. Mertens remarked that this combo resulted to Volvo’s most technologically advanced powertrain so far, making the S60L both the most efficient and most fun-to-drive car. He added that the S60L PPHEV Concept Car brings Volvo close to its vision of offering zero-emission vehicles in the future.

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Volvo announced today that the S60 Polestar will go into limited production, but the bad news is that the first batch will be exclusively built for Australian market. The first cars will be delivered to the customers in late June 2013 and each car will carry a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo-charged Volvo T6 engine delivering 350bhp or 257kW and 500+ Nm of torque.

With these numbers, the Volvo S60 Polestar is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h or 155 mph. Moreover, the car uses a Polestar-tuned six-speed automatic gearbox, which also features a launch control system and a Polestar-tuned Haldex 4WD system.

Polestar also took care of the engine and installed a new intercooler, a BorgWarner turbo and a full-flow stainless steel exhaust system with 3.5-inch tailpipes.

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Volvo has revamped the majority of the models in its lineup in what is said to be the “most extensive development” of current models in its history. The performance of the S60 saloon, V60 estate, XC60 SUV, V70 estate, XC70 4x4 estate and S80 saloon won’t be sacrificed as it gets a fresh family appearance, enhanced equipment levels, improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions.

However, these modifications won’t be just to the exterior. The S60 models get a new interior trim, which is believed to offer the updated car’s cabin the essence of a Swedish house, while adaptive cornering lights are now on hand. A new luxury "Executive" interior package is offered on the S80 saloon, giving it some bespoke trim options. The XC60, which is the top-selling model of the Volvo brand, doesn’t anymore have black trim of a "more urban look."

The torque vectoring comes as standard. The only models that won’t be changed are the newly presented V40 hatchback and the XC90 SUV, which is set to have a replacement in 2014. Last year, Volvo stopped production of the S40 saloon, V50 wagon, C30 hatch and C70 convertible. The appearance of the new models makes use of styling elements from the Volvo Concept You, a big saloon concept presented at the Frankfurt motor show in 2011.

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Talks are progressing between Volvo UK and Polestar for the 500bhp Volvo S60 Polestar Concept to soon enter production. Volvo UK’s managing director Nick Connor said that with the advancement in the negotiations, it’s possible that the S60 would be a reality.

Of course, Volvo S60 Polestar numbers would be very small but then again, they’re not making any attempt to conceal the fact that it would be a marketing exercise.

When it does enter production, it will be priced higher than £100,000, according to Autocar. It will also keep the power of the concept supercar, stemming from the 3.0-litre turbo’d inline six-pot, and four-wheel drive system.

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After an official teaser, Volvo revealed a new performance concept car based on the S60 sedan. Dubbed S60 Polestar, the new Volvo wants to take on the big boys such as the Bmw M3, Lexus IS F or the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. If the mentioned rivals are powered by big V8 engines, the Swedish sporty sedan carries a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine developing an impressive 508 hp and 575 Nm of torque (424 pound-feet torque).

In order to obtain all these numbers, Volvo engineers had to upgrade the engine with new cylinder head, combustion chambers, inlet manifold and intake but also with custom connecting rods and a new 3.5-inch stainless-steel exhaust system.

The new engine is bolted to a six-speed manual transmission. Due to the increased power, the Volvo S60 Polestar received a Haldex all-wheel drive system, new 19-inch alloy wheels which hide the Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers and 380 mm ventilated discs on the front and 302 mm at the rear. In terms of performance, the Volvo S60 Polestar is able to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph or 300 km/h.

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Production of a 500bhp, Polestar-developed version of the Volvo S60 will soon start, according to insiders. Spy shots were taken of the new model in Sweden for the first time last week. It’s also believed to be close to a market launch. Its development was handled by the team behind Volvo’s Swedish Touring Car Championship entry.

Sources said its power exceeds that of the BMW M3 but have given no further details. It isn’t likely that the six-cylinder engine won’t be stretched to get to this figure so power is likely to generate from a turbocharged version of the 4.4-litre Yamaha V8 used in the XC90 and in the Noble M600, according to Autocar.

It’s also likely to be equipped with a Haldex all-wheel drive system, together with a couple of clever differentials used on the C30 Polestar concept. In the spy photos, Polestar’s bodywork revisions are masked but they’re likely to feature a bolder front end with more engine cooling plus wider sills and a diffuser at the rear.

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At the upcoming round of the Swedish TTA - Racing Elite League on June 16, expect to see a performance concept road car by Polestar. This vehicle, officially named the Volvo S60 Polestar, is based on the Volvo S60 platform. It will be seen during the third round of the new racing series, which will take place at Polestar's home track in downtown Gothenburg, Sweden.

Polestar Marketing Director Hans Bååth said that this performance concept road-car is a spin-off of its work to assess and develop the S60 for racing. There was instantly a lot of interest around the world after the introduction of the Volvo C30 Polestar in 2010. Polestar has received a ton of requests from interested consumers.

However, the first Polestar concept-car was not initially meant to be produced. Polestar was at the FIA World Touring Car Championship to campaign for the Volvo C30 WTCC. The first S60 Polestar is produced for a very enthusiastic bidder for the original C30 Polestar.

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There’s apparently a rising demand for both stretched cars and SUVs in China. There are rumors that Volvo will start to produce a Volvo S60L in its new Chengdu facility at the end of the year. Volvo is seeking to roll out around 200,000 cars annually at this new plant. It’s likely that the XC60 will enter production at the same time.

This means that Volvo will have two strong cars, which can be used as the basis of its plans in China. Volvo is reportedly going along with the obvious theme at the recently held Beijing Auto Show of stretched L cars. In China, lengthened cars are at the height of popularity. Citroen Elysee’s leg room is now bigger from the extra 10cm in its B-Pillar. Audi is available in L form as standard.

The precedent was set by the A6L while the A4L acquired the sales volume to make it successful. BMW was quick to get on this trend by presenting the BMW328Li at the Beijing Auto Show.

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Business users would most likely take interest in the launch of a Chauffeur package on Volvo’s S60, V60, V70 and S80 models. Volvo aims to offer even more value for every chauffeur car, which is available with a range of purchasing and finance options.

It gets a three-year 120,000 mile extended warranty that takes into account the major mileages that some chauffeur driver companies cover annually. In addition, Volvo is offering free metallic paint on each chauffeur car.

Volvo's new S80 is the newest addition to the chauffeur program. It’s on Business Contract Hire for only £369* (+VAT) per month. Selwyn Cooper, Volvo Car UK's National Corporate Operations Manager, said, “Volvo is at the forefront of the chauffeur market with its ground breaking relationship with Tristar Worldwide who service the Virgin Airways' Upper Class chauffeur contract.”

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Volvo’s economical DRIVe diesel variants of the Volvo S60, V60, V70 and S80 are now available with a new dual-clutch automatic option. They have the same fuel economy and emissions figures as the manual versions. This marks the first time that consumers can order the DRIVe models with Volvo’s six-speed Powershift auto ’box.

Volvo asserts that when the V60, V70 and S80 DRIVe models are equipped with the new automatic gearbox and Volvo's latest four-cylinder 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine, they all return 62.8mpg and 119g/km. It claims that the S60 that has the same transmission offers 65.7mpg and 114g/km on the combined cycle.

Volvo engineers made several technological enhancements so that it can attain the same economy and emissions figures as the manual-equipped DRIVe range. Volvo was able to reduce the friction between gearbox components.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued the recall for 7,558 units of the 2012 Volvo S60 over the risk of the engine stalling under some driving conditions. The affected units were produced from November 18, 2010 to May 5, 2011. The NHTSA said that the problem stems from fuel starvation.

Specifically, it’s possible that the software for the fuel pump units isn’t compatible with all fuel pumps and components and as a result, there’s insufficient fuel transfer in the pump unit.

The risk of a crash is increased when there’s engine hesitation or engine stall even as the fuel gauge shows that it has up to 1/4 of fuel left in the tank. Volvo revealed that so far, 23 complaints were recorded in the U.S. but it doesn’t know of injuries, crashes, or deaths due to this issue.

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