Volvo unwraps new XC60

Volvo Cars has announced it will start production of its new XC60 mid-size SUV this month, with plans for it to leave the factory 90 years to the month after the first-ever Volvo was released back in 1927.

This first Volvo sold a total of 275 vehicles in its lifetime, but the current XC60 makes up about 30% of Volvo’s total global sales and this month its sales will surpass 1,000,000.

Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo Cars, ‘Volvo is very proud of its history. The past 90 years have been exciting, but the 10 years left until the 100-year anniversary may come to be more exciting as industry focus shifts to autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity. The new XC60 is in many ways the embodiment of these trends.’

The new XC60 includes the new Oncoming Lane Mitigation system, which uses Steer Assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while its semi-autonomous driver-assistance system, Pilot Assist, which takes care of the steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 km/h, is available in the new XC60 as an option.