Fuel Efficient car of 2013
The new Volvo V60 hybrid could be the most fuel efficient car launched this year. In fact the electric motor combined with a diesel engine is a world first and is capable of an impressive 155.2mpg.The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the synthesis of close cooperation between Volvo Car Corporation and Swedish electricity supplier Vattenfall. The two companies have financed the development project jointly. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo Car Corporation said "the V60 Plug-in Hybrid is a unique car, a historic step, not only for Volvo Car Corporation but for the entire car industry.” The clever hybrid drivetrain is controllable via three buttons on the central console. You can opt for full electric mode, hybrid mode or a "power" mode. Driving the Volvo V60 in purely electric mode gives you around a thirty-mile range in city driving after a full charge, and it is incredibly quiet. The hybrid mode delivers the most in terms of economy both diesel and the electric motor work in symbosis, achieving a whopping 155.2 mpg. It has minimal emissions of 48 grams of CO2 per km. Also in ”Hybrid” mode you can enjoy your journey without any unnecessary stops and interruptions. To charge the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid takes around 7.5 hours on a 6A socket. The Power mode makes the diesel and electric motor join forces giving you power when you need it . It delivers up to 280 horsepower, also achieving 0-62 mph in just 6.1 seconds. This car is priced from £48,775, the government offers a £5000 plug-in allowance which brings it down to approximately £43,775 but there is no road tax to pay and it is congestion charge exempt plus there is all the money saved on fuel. The interior of the car is extremely luxurious and most definitely on par with executive cars in the same price bracket. The satnav screen displays power flow and battery information while you drive and the central dials change colour depending on what driving mode you are in. If you like music for every moment in your car, then the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid has you covered with Spotify. This system allows you to be able to stream music with a 3G/4G dongle or via your mobile phone connection through the dashboard. You will also be able to play any Spotify track you want by just saying its name. Safety is also of the highest standard, the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid has scored the highest score ever in the Euro NCAP for an electric car and everything from automatic braking to pedestrian recognition can be optioned on to the car.
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