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2011 Volvo V60 news, pictures, and information
The new Volvo V60 sports wagon - blend of style, performance and groundbreaking safetyThe Volvo V60 makes its entry onto the car market wîth its sights firmly set on giving the all-new S60 sedan model a tough match over the title of 'The Most Dynamic Volvo Model Ever'.
'Many of the customers who had an advance look at the new V60 during the development process feel that its attitude is at least as sporty as that of the all-new S60,' says Volvo Cars Design Director Peter Horbury.
No less than 90 percent of the annual V60 production of 50,000 cars will find European buyers.
The response of the enthusiastic customers is music to the ears of the project group, which has always had its sights set on giving the V60 the emotive aura, sporty design and dynamic driving properties of a genuine sports wagon.
'The typical sports wagon customer is an S60 buyer who would like some extra space and flexibility, but without the slightest compromise on sporty design and exciting driving properties,' says Volvo Cars President and CEO Stephen Odell, and adds:
'The competition is razor-sharp and the customers in this §egmènt know exactly what they want. That is why we have further boosted the interior's sense of exclusive quality and packed the car wîth safety- and comfort-related technical innovations. The result is a truly unique sports wagon, in total harmony wîth its sporty attitude.'
Coupe rather than estate carThe pronounced wedge shape and the slim coupe-like roof line of the new V60 are accompanied by the shoulder profile along the car's sides, creating a gentle yet powerful double wave from the headlamps at the front to the tail lamps at the rear.
'From the design viewpoint the focus was on making the car as close to a coupe as possible, while retaining that handy extra space at the rear. Our sports wagon does not aim to compete wîth the traditional estate car. For the customer who wants a lot of load space, there is our V70 or XC70,' says Örjan Sterner, head of exterior design for the new Volvo V60.
'The dip in the middle of the double wave visually pushes the car down. This enhances the stance and makes the car look sleeker and lower. The sculpted bonnet and the short overhangs front and rear also emphasise the sports car feel.'
The dynamism of the design is further enhanced by what Volvo's design team calls the 'racetrack' design. The car's lines do not end abruptly but instead continue to flow organically, continually, echoing the smooth shapes of the racetrack.
Exciting styling pack
A styling pack gives the V60 buyer the opportunity to boost the sporty attitude still further. Available in the accessories range, the styling pack includes skid plates front and rear, a front decor trim, side scuff plates, special exhaust tailpipes and unique 18-inch wheels.
'The styling pack gives the car the robust look inspired by the ruggedness of the XC60,' explains Örjan Sterner.
Volvo's designers have integrated LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology to create distinctive light patterns both front and rear. The vertical position lights at the front, the eyebrow-like side-marker lights, the turn indicators integrated into the door mirrors and the tail lamps at the rear all give the new V60 an unmistakable profile even in the dark.
New copper and gold colours
The new Volvo V60 is being launched wîth a range of exterior colours selected wîth immense care to emphasise the model's inspiring lines. Among the 15 colours available are two new shades, the radiant Vibrant Copper and the more classic Electrum Gold.
'Exclusive metals such as gold, silver, copper and bronze are strong colours in both the fashion and sports industries, as well as in interior design and architecture. In recent years, improved techniques and processes have made these pigments increasingly available to the automobile too,' says Anders Sachs, who is responsible for colours and materials in the new Volvo V60. He adds:
'Our ambition is to give customers a flair of sportiness and exclusivity in a new, exciting way. Combining either Vibrant Copper or Electrum Gold wîth the new Beechwood Brown interior accent colour creates a strong Scandinavian flavour.'
Like the S60 sedan model, Volvo's new sports wagon exhibits a clear driver focus, making it the ideal companion for the keen driving enthusiast. In contrast to this individualistic attitude, the new model integrates a high-tech innovation that helps it protect one of the most vulnerable road-users in modern traffic: the pedestrian.
Pedestrian Detection wîth full auto brake is a groundbreaking technological solution. It can detect pedestrians who walk into the road in front of the car, then warn the driver of their presence - and automatically apply full braking power if the driver does not respond in time.
European target group
The initial annual target for the new Volvo V60 is 50,000 cars. Of these, no less than 90 percent will go to European buyers. The five largest markets are Sweden, the Únited Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany.
The new V60 is built at the Volvo Cars production plant in Torslanda, Sweden. The first cars will be delivered to customers in autumn 2010.
A delight for car enthusiasts
|Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 203 hp
Torque: 221 ft-lbs
In an historical perspective, Volvo's brand has attracted more pragmatists than enthusiasts. However, wîth each successive generation of Volvo models offering increasingly emotive appeal, that picture has changed - and the new V60 is packed wîth all the ingredients from the enthusiast's favourite menu.
'The figure ‘60' in our model range nowadays indicates our sportiest models. The XC60 was the first step. We took the next step wîth the all-new S60 sedan - and now we're launching the V60 sports wagon,' says Stephen Odell.
The new Volvo V60 - true sports wagon created with uncompromising passionVolvo Cars' chassis experts have chiselled out the driving experience in the new Volvo V60 wîth the same passion and uncompromising approach that characterised the development of the all-new S60 sedan. (concept carz)
The result is an authentic sports wagon wîth driving properties that do the sporty lines full justice.
'We've pushed the envelope to limits we've never previously approached. You simply have to drive this car to appreciate how we've driven chassis development to its pinnacle. Take the car out on a narrow, winding country road where every bend brings a new challenge and the new V60 will demonstrate its agility wîth sparkling enthusiasm,' says Stefan Sällqvist, who headed the development of the chassis in the new V60. He adds:
'Now that we had the chance to take daring initiatives, we seized the opportunity wîth both hands. We've constantly matched our technical choices wîth the very best that the competition has to offer, all so as to confirm that we've developed the dynamic driving feel that is demanded of a genuine sports wagon.'
Dynamic chassis standard in EuropeThe new Volvo V60 is 4628 mm long, wîth a wheelbase of 2776 mm. The track is 1588 mm front and 1585 mm rear.
Volvo's new sports wagon is available wîth a choice of two chassis. On the European market the newly developed dynamic chassis is standard, while some other markets will have the touring chassis as standard wîth the dynamic variant available as an option.
The difference between the two chassis alternatives is to be found in the dampers and the front and rear subframes. Here the touring variant has a somewhat softer setting to give a smooth ride on poorer road surfaces.
'The spotlight was on giving the concept of comfort a whole new dimension. The dynamic chassis has an alert, quick-responding character that puts the focus on the driving experience, yet without diluting ride comfort,' explains Stefan Sällqvist.
In addition to the two standard chassis, all variants of the V60 can be specified wîth the optional FOÚR-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) active chassis, which has been modified and refined for better control and comfort compared wîth previous Volvos. This is an advanced, self-adjusting chassis system that uses a number of sensors to continuously monitor the car's behaviour. In mere fractions of a second, the dampers are adjusted to suit the current driving situation.
With three alternative chassis settings, all it takes is for the driver to press a button to alter the car's character: Comfort, Sport or Advanced.
Faster §teering, thicker spring struts and stiffer bushes
During the development process, the chassis team worked on the new Volvo V60 in parallel wîth the all-new Volvo S60. The result is an holistic solution that just like the sedan model features changes and refinements to virtually every single detail that influences a car's driving properties.
The §teering gear ratio has been made 10 percent faster than in previous models for enhanced §teering feel and sharper response. The §teering column's thicker tubing and stiffer insulator increase torsional rigidity by 100 percent. This also contributes to the enhanced feeling of direct contact wîth the wheels and the road.
'Really good §teering is intuitive, the car appears to sense your driving intentions even while they are just thoughts in your mind. In this area I feel we have taken a huge step forward,' says Stefan Sällqvist.
The front spring struts have thicker piston rods compared wîth the sports chassis in the Volvo S80. The 47 percent increase in stiffness means that the structure is better able to absorb lateral loads. The springs themselves are shorter and stiffer than before. The Eigen frequency has increased by 10 percent.
The bushes are generally stiffer than in Volvo's current sports chassis. At the front spring strut mountings, stiffness has increased by 50 percent. The subframe bushes front and rear are up to twice as stiff compared wîth previous models. The link arm bushings have also been optimised for sporty driving pleasure wîth full control.
More damping than ever before
The dampers offer more damping than in any previous Volvo model. The damper mountings at the rear are made of PÚR (polyurethane) instead of rubber, a solution that provides better balance between comfort and dynamic control.
'We spent many weeks fine-tuning the dampers out in the English countryside. A perfect environment for finding the right damping qualities - well-controlled and free from roll and bounce tendencies,' says Stefan Sällqvist.
The software in the AWD (All Wheel Drive) system has been modified to allow the four-wheel drive variants (AWD is standard in the T6 and optional wîth D5 wîth automatic gearbox) of the new V60 to exploit the sporty new chassis to the limit.
The first sports wagon wîth Advanced Stability Control
'We have one of the world's most advanced systems for brake regulation. The Dynamic Stability and Traction Control in the new V60 has several sophisticated features that offer a unique blend of improved driving pleasure and safety,' says Stefan Sällqvist.
Like the all-new S60, the new V60 is fitted wîth Advanced Stability Control. With a new roll angle sensor, it is possible to identify any skidding tendency at a very early stage. This means that the anti-skid system can step in earlier and wîth greater precision. Advanced Stability Control is a great asset in dynamic driving involving considerable lateral forces, which improves handling and rapid avoiding manoeuvres.
Engine Drag Control prevents the wheels from locking during engine braking on a slippery surface.
The DSTC system also has a sports setting that makes it possible to drive more actively. By disabling the spin control system, the car permits more oversteer and allows a bigger rear slip angle.
Trailer Stability Assist helps dampen the snaking action that may occur when towing a trailer or caravan. The car is stabilised by braking one or more wheels and by reducing torque.
New Corner Traction Control for smoother cornering
Corner Traction Control is a new feature that uses torque vectoring so the car corners even more smoothly. This technology is a further refinement of the Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) system.
When cornering, the car's inner driven wheel is braked, causing more power to be transmitted to the outer driven wheel. This allows the driver to corner more tightly while reducing any tendency to understeer.
'You can accelerate out of the curve while retaining your grip on the road. This system makes it easier to smoothly maintain your desired line on winding roads, in roundabouts and on wet surfaces. Corner Traction Control is a huge asset when you want to swing out from a small side road to merge wîth a highway and need to accelerate swiftly to join in wîth the flow of traffic,' says Stefan Sällqvist.
Advanced, integrated braking functions
A highly advanced braking system is an important part of the dynamic driving properties of the new V60. Volvo's new sports wagon is equipped wîth a number of features that interact to provide the shortest possible stopping distance in all scenarios.
Ready Alert Brakes can predict when swift braking is needed. The brake callipers are applied lightly to the brake discs even before the driver presses the brake pedal.
Hydraulic Brake Assist helps the driver brake in the shortest possible distance. In an emergency situation where the driver does not press the brake pedal fast or hard enough, Hydraulic Brake Assist can help utilise the ABS system optimally and thus shorten the overall braking distance.
Optimized Hydraulic Brakes is a system that amplifies braking ability during firm braking by using hydraulics to compensate for low vacuum pressure in the brake servo.
Fading Brake Support uses the hydraulic system to gradually build up brake pressure during long, hard braking. This helps reduce the risk of brake fade and maintains pedal feel.
An electronic parking brake is fitted as standard.
Broad range of engines, led by an even more powerful T6 version
During its first year of production, the new Volvo V60 will be available wîth a variety of diesel and petrol engines spanning the range from an economical 115 horsepower DRIVe version to an eager high-performance turbocharged version producing 304 horsepower. All the engines have been developed to meet the highest demands on sporty, dynamic driving wîth competitive fuel consumption.
The focused drive to cut CO2 emissions has lowered fuel consumption throughout the engine range.
The T6 petrol engine has a displacement of 3.0 litres and has been improved still further, primarily thanks to lower internal friction. It now pumps out 304 bhp and no less than 440 Nm of torque. Maximum torque is achieved between 2100 and 4200 revs. This promotes fast acceleration and smooth progress on the road. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 6.6 seconds and top speed is limited to 250 km/h.
At the same time, Volvo Cars' engine specialists have succeeded in cutting fuel consumption by about 10 percent to 10,2 l/100 km (EÚ Combined).
The engine's power is delivered to the wheels via Volvo's second-generation six-speed automatic Geartronic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) New valves and lower friction mean faster gearchanges than before. AWD (All Wheel Drive) is standard on the T6.
New direct-injected two-litre engine
The new four-cylinder 2.0T GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) engine has a displacement of two litres and produces a generous 203 bhp, wîth 300 Nm of torque available from 1750 rpm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 7.9 seconds wîth a manual gearbox and 8.4 seconds wîth automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) Top speed is limited to 230 km/h wîth the manual gearbox and 230 km/h wîth the automatic.
New in-house-developed turbocharged technology, direct injection and twin variable camshafts produce a unique combination of low fuel consumption, low emissions and a high and broad performance range, all packaged in a very compact format.
'We've succeeded in making a four-cylinder engine that matches a five-cylinder unit - and it is more energy-efficient than the larger engine. This is a good move both for the environment and for those customers who want high performance and good driveability. Our patented new turbo system is tailor-made for smaller, more energy-efficient engines,' says Tomas Ahlborg, Project Director for the new Volvo V60.
The turbocharger is the market's smallest in relation to the engine's maximum power output. The turbo not only offers excellent performance, it also improves aftertreatment of the exhaust gases.
Another new feature is that the exhaust manifold and turbo are made of sheet steel rather than a heavier casting. Steel is lighter, easier to form and, above all, the system has less heat radiation owing to the layer of extra insulation. This permits high temperature in the gas flow and thus more efficient combustion without noticeably raising engine compartment temperature.
A manifold made of sheet steel is admittedly nothing particularly new but thus far it has only been used in combination wîth a cast turbo housing. The new fully integrated sheet steel turbo system is a world innovation and has been patented by Volvo.
Later during the first year of production, the new V60 will also become available in a 2.0 GTDi variant producing 240 bhp and 320 Nm of torque.
Two new 1.6-litre GTDi engines
In addition there is a new 1.6-litre GTDi engine which is available in two versions: 1.6 GTDi (T3) wîth 150 horsepower and T4 wîth 180 horsepower
The 180 bhp engine offers maximum torque of 240 Nm from just 1500 rpm all the way up to 5000 rpm. During short-term overboost, it provides an impressive 270 Nm of torque. This gives excellent lugging ability throughout the speed range. The torque curve is relatively gentle, resulting in a particularly comfortable driving experience.
The 150 horsepower engine offers 240 Newton metres of torque.
'Small, high-performance GTDi engines are part of our drive to extract more energy from smaller engines,' explains Thomas Ahlborg.
The 2.0T, T5 and T4 are available in combination wîth Volvo's automatic six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox, while the T3 comes wîth a manual gearbox.
Powershift operates in principle as two parallel manual gearboxes wîth separate clutches, a system that provides lightning-quick and fuel-saving gearchanges.
Two five-cylinder turbodiesels
The engine range also includes two five-cylinder turbodiesels.
The D5 high-performance engine wîth twin turbos produces 205 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 7.9 seconds (manual and automatic). Top speed is 230 km/h (limited) wîth the manual gearbox and 230 km/h wîth the automatic.
In the most recent D5 version, which was introduced in spring 2009, performance and driveability requirements have been met by fitting two turbochargers of different sizes, one taking over from the other and providing added power across a broader rev range. The result is alert response and rapid acceleration at all speeds, wîth seamless transfers in the turbo rev range between the two turbochargers.
The complementary properties of the two turbos are utilised optimally for a combination of high performance and low fuel consumption of 5.4 l/100 km (EÚ Combined) putting this engine in the running for best in class.
Advanced fuel injection technology using piezoelectric fuel valves gives precise distribution of fuel in the combustion chamber, wîth efficient combustion and low emissions as a result.
In addition there is the newly developed two-litre D3 producing 163 bhp and 400 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 9.4 seconds (manual and automatic). Top speed is 220 km/h (manual) and 215 km/h (automatic).
The new five-cylinder 2.0D is in principle the same engine as the present 2.4D, but cylinder capacity has been reduced wîth a shorter stroke to optimise fuel consumption.
The engine has been optimised for low fuel consumption and the injection system has a different type of piezoelectric fuel valve compared wîth the D5 engine. These valves keep fuel consumption to a minimum thanks to exceptionally fast and precise injection pulses under high pressure. This results in far more efficient combustion.
In order to give the car better driving properties, the turbocharger has been fine-tuned for high torque from low revs.
A maintenance-free particulate filter that traps about 95 percent of the soot particles in the exhaust gases is fitted as standard in both engines, making them particularly environmentally suitable alternatives.
Both turbodiesels are available wîth a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox.
The D5 wîth automatic can also be specified wîth all-wheel drive.
During the course of the first year of production, a DRIVe version of the new V60 will also be introduced, featuring a 1.6-litre diesel engine. The engine produces 115 bhp and 270 Nm of torque, and will only be available wîth a six-speed manual gearbox.
Matches the visual promise
The sporty design of the Volvo V60 serves not only as creative incentive for Volvo Cars' chassis experts - the daring lines also give customers a visual promise that the driving properties are going to be something truly exceptional.
'We know that buyers in this tough §egmènt have really high expectations regarding the driving experience. I am convinced they will be very satisfied indeed wîth what we've achieved wîth the chassis and engine,' says Tomas Ahlborg.Source - Volvo
The new Volvo V60 - enhanced safety both inside and outside the car
The new Volvo V60 is packed wîth high-tech solutions that actively help the driver avoid accidents - and help protect the occupants if an accident is unavoidable.
The safety technology also contributes to added safety for unprotected pedestrians and the occupants of other cars.
Pedestrian Detection wîth full auto brake can detect if a pedestrian steps out into the road in front of the car. If the driver does not respond in time, the car can automatically activate the brakes.
'Volvo has always led the way when it comes to protecting the occupants in our cars. In recent years we have adopted groundbreaking initiatives that help the driver avoid collisions wîth other vehicles. Now we are taking a giant stride forward wîth technology that can contribute to increased safety for unprotected road users as well,' says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo Cars. He adds:
'We are truly proud of our success in making our technology so reliable we can offer a complete system that can avoid collision wîth a pedestrian by detecting, alerting and applying full braking force.'
Safer detection wîth spearhead technologyPedestrian Detection wîth full auto brake consists of a newly developed radar unit integrated into the car's grille, a camera fitted in front of the interior rear-view mirror, and a central control unit. The radar's task is to detect a pedestrian or vehicle in front of the car and to determine the distance to it. The camera determines what type of object it is.
The function is also programmed to respond to vehicles in front that are stationary or moving in the same direction as the car fitted wîth the system.
Thanks to the newly developed dual-mode radar's much wider field of vision, pedestrians about to step into the roadway can also be detected early on. The camera has higher resolution than before. This makes it possible to detect pedestrians' patterns of movement.
'The auto-brake system requires that the object is confirmed by both the radar and the camera. Thanks to the advanced sensor technology, it is now possible to increase to full braking power,' explains Thomas Broberg. He adds:
'Detecting pedestrians wîth sufficient reliability has been a complex challenge. Our innovative technology is programmed to trace a pedestrian's pattern of movement and also to calculate whether he or she is likely to step into the road in front of the car. The system can detect pedestrians who are 80 cm tall and upwards, that is to say including children.'
The technology is built along the same principles as the human eye and, just like our own eyes, the camera's vision can be impaired in certain light conditions, in the dark and in poor weather.
New technology permits full braking force
In an emergency situation the driver first receives an audible warning combined wîth a flashing light in the windscreen's head-up display. In order to prompt an immediate, intuitive reaction this warning resembles a brake light. At the same time, the car's brakes are pre-charged. If the driver does not react to the warning and an accident is imminent, full braking power is automatically applied.
Volvo Cars has worked for five years on the development of Pedestrian Detection wîth full auto brake. Test cars have been in operation all over the world to cover all possible variations of traffic behaviour, road condition and climate.
'We've driven many test kilometres in real traffic to 'train' the system to recognise pedestrians' patterns of movement and their appearance in different countries and cultures. What is more, we use the information obtained from these tests to conduct advanced computer simulations,' explains Thomas Broberg
Avoids collisions at speeds below 35 km/h
Pedestrian Detection wîth full auto brake can avoid a collision wîth a pedestrian at speeds up to 35 km/h if the driver does not react in time. At higher speeds, the focus is on reducing the car's speed as much as possible prior to impact. Speed can be reduced by up to 25 km/h.
Statistics reveal that the car's speed has considerable importance for the outcome of the accident. A lower speed of impact means that the risk of serious injury is significantly reduced.
'The proportion of pedestrian fatalities is high today and our technology will play a major role in reducing this danger,' says Thomas Broberg.
Also brakes for other cars
Úp to 90 percent of all road accidents are caused by distraction. Half of all drivers hitting another vehicle from behind do not brake at all prior to the collision.
Pedestrian Detection wîth full auto brake is a further development of the Collision Warning wîth Auto Brake technology already introduced by Volvo Cars. The new V60 can also detect, alert and automatically brake if the car risks hitting another vehicle from behind.
The aim of the initial warning is to alert the driver so that he or she can brake or avoid the danger. If the driver does not react to the warning, the car automatically activates full braking power before the collision is unavoidable. With automatic braking, the collision can be avoided if the speed difference between the two vehicles is below 35 km/h.
Alerts tired drivers
Driver Alert Control (DAC). A unique technology to alert tired and distracted drivers. This function monitors the car's progress between the lane markers and warns the driver if his or her driving pattern changes in a random or uncontrolled way.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) alerts the driver if the car runs across the lane markers without the turn indicator being used.
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) helps detect vehicles in the offset rear blind spot on both sides of the car. A warning lamp beside the relevant door mirror comes on to alert the driver to the danger.
Active Xenon Lights are articulated headlights that follow the curve of the road. For best possibility illumination when driving in the dark on twisting roads.
City Safety - prevents low-speed impacts
The new Volvo V60 features City Safety as standard. This system can lessen or even entirely avoid low-speed rear-end impacts at speeds up to 30 km/h.
Rear-end impacts are common in dense city traffic and when driving in traffic queues. About 75 percent of all these collisions occur at speeds below 30 km/h. What is more, investigations reveal that in 50 percent of cases, the driver has not braked at all prior to the collision.
City Safety keeps an eye on traffic in front wîth the help of a laser sensor that is integrated into the top of the windscreen at the height of the rear-view mirror.
With City Safety, the car automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops - or if the car is approaching a stationary object too fast. If the relative speed difference between the two vehicles is below 15 km/h, the collision can be avoided. If the speed difference is between 15 and 30 km/h, the speed of impact is reduced to minimise the effects of the accident.
The new Volvo V60 is also fitted wîth Speed Limiter, a function that helps prevent the driver from exceeding a given speed, for instance the legal speed limit.
High speed is a contributory cause behind a significant part of all fatal road accidents. Swedish Road Administration research shows that between 100 and 150 lives would be able to be saved on Swedish roads every year if drivers kept to the speed limits.
'With the Speed Limiter activated, the driver does not need to watch the speedometer but can instead concentrate on other vehicles and road users. The car itself ensures that the set maximum speed is not exceeded,' says Thomas Broberg.
Rollover Protection System (ROPS) fitted as standard
The new Volvo V60 is equipped wîth the Roll Over Protection System (ROPS) as standard.
Advanced sensor technology ensures that the belt pre-tensioners and the inflatable curtains deploy in the event of a rollover. This combined wîth the safety cage helps reduce the risk of occupant injury in such situations.
Collision safety including improved Inflatable Curtains
In a collision situation, the well-balanced combination of high-strength steel of various grades interacts to help prevent intrusion into the passenger compartment. The front body structure of the new V60 is divided into four zones, each of which has a different task in the event of deformation. The transverse engine installation creates more space for deformation and helps reduce the risk of intrusion into the passenger compartment in a frontal collision.
The new V60 has safety belt pre-tensioners in all the seats. The Pre-Prepared Restraints (PRS) regulate the airbags and the safety belt load limiters to optimise protection depending on the force of the impact.
Among its various other safety systems the V60 also has an advanced Side Impact Protection System, seat-mounted side airbags, Inflatable Curtains and the Whiplash Protection System - one of the market's most effective systems for avoiding neck injuries.
The SIPS (Side Impact Protection System) has been further developed in the new V60 to cover a wider range of collision scenarios, for instance if the car is hit from the side ahead of or behind the passenger compartment. This has been made possible through the unique use of a gyro to control activation of the inflatable curtains, side-impact airbags and safety belt pre-tensioners.
This is possible by combining information from sensors in the car wîth data from the gyro that is part of the Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) system.
'The new Volvo V60 is a worthy representative of our aim to build the world's safest cars - and it marks yet another step towards our goal of no fatalities or serious injuries in a new Volvo car by the year 2020,' says Thomas Broberg.
Child safety in the new Volvo V60
The all-new Volvo V60 can be equipped wîth two-stage integrated child booster cushions in the outer rear seats. The two-stage booster cushion can be set at two heights, allowing children of different sizes to sit high enough to see out through the windows yet at the same time get the most effective protection possible.
The lower setting is intended for children between 115 and 140 cm in height and weighing between 22 and 36 kg, while the upper setting is designed for children measuring 95-120 cm and weighing between 15 and 25 kg.Source - Volvo
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