Located in Berkeley County in South Carolina, the first American manufacturing plant for Volvo Cars has announced its first order of business — the creation of the automaker’s new S60, a luxury sedan designed for people who love to drive.
“The new S60 is one of the most exciting Volvo cars we’ve ever made,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “It is a true driver’s car that gives us a strong position in the U.S. and China sedan markets, creating more growth opportunities for Volvo Cars.”
Not only is the new S60 the first Volvo model to be manufactured on American soil, it is also the first car that won’t offer a diesel engine option. Instead, the S60 will offer the supercharged and turbo charged T8 Twin Engine Plug-In-Hybrid, an award-winner for Volvo Cars. The T8 Twin Engine Plug-In-Hybrid is capable of generating 400 horsepower thanks to its innovative rear electric motor. The S60 also presents the choice of the T6 AWD and T5 FWD.
For truly remarkable power, opt for the S60 Polestar Engineered trim, which is unique to the T8 Twin Engine Plug-In-Hybrid. You’ll earn 415 horsepower as well as design and engineering enhancements. This limited model’s availability started on June 28 and is only attainable via the Care by Volvo app.
The new S60 borrows the best features from other Volvo models including the advanced infotainment system of the V60, the Scalable Product Architecture platform featured across the Volvo Cars lineup and innovative and coveted safety technology found in the premium mid-sized wagon V60, award-winning XC60 and the sophisticated 90 series. Adopting these technologies distinguishes the S60 as a model for safety features, according to Volvo Cars.
Most notable safety technologies of the S60 are the City Safety with Autobrake and the available Pilot Assist System. As the only system available in the automotive industry to identify large animals, cyclists and pedestrians, City Safety with Autobrake is instrumental in alerting you to possible collisions. If avoiding a collision is impossible, the system works to lessen the impact of collisions by automatically engaging the brakes. The Pilot Assist System kicks in at speeds up to 80 mph by implementing acceleration, steering and braking assistance.
Additional steering assistance systems, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and Run-off Road Mitigation as well as the available Cross Traffic Alert help you safely maintain your course in the S60 and protect the safety of those around you.
Staying connected to your favorite smartphone features is effortless with standard Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and 4G, connectivity technologies easily integrated in the S60’s Sensus Connect infotainment system. You’ll be able to access and manipulate navigation details, connected services, car functions and in-car apps on the user-friendly tablet-style touch screen.
Volvo Cars broke ground on the South Carolina Plant in 2015 and will operate with a team of approximately 2,000 employees over the next 10 years with plans for a complete team of 4,000 employees in the future. The plant has the capacity to manufacture up to 100,000 cars annually. As a result, Volvo Cars reports that Dr. Frank Hefner from the College of Charleston predicts the plant will generate approximately $4.8 billion into the annual economy and create 8,000 total jobs.
This article is presented by Kundert Volvo Cars in Hasbrouck Heights.