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22nd October, 2010

  • Pedestrian Detection available for the first time in Australia
  • City Safety and Advanced Stability Control a first for segment
  • Deliveries to commence mid-December

Volvo Car Australia has announced pricing for its all-new S60 range, which brings new levels of active safety to the medium luxury segment.

The new model will be available in three models: the 224 kW 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-charged petrol T6, Volvo's recently updated 151 kW 2.4-litre five-cylinder twin-turbo diesel D5, and introducing Volvo's new 177 kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder GTDi (Gas Turbo Direct Injection) petrol engine in T5 guise.

Power for both the T6 and D5 models will be distributed to all four wheels by Volvo's All Wheel Drive system and matched to Volvo's six-speed Adaptive Geatronic transmission, offering the choice of manual gear selection or a more responsive 'Sport' mode. This transmission also features a neutral control function, which lowers fuel consumption and reduces emissions by automatically switching from Drive to Neutral when the car comes to a complete stop. The T5 model's new engine will drive the front wheels and feature Volvo's Powershift dual-clutch automatic transmission.

In addition to benefiting from class-leading standard safety features including City Safety, Advanced Stability Control (including roll over sensor and torque vectoring), Intelligent Driver Information System (IDIS) and Pyrotechnical seatbelt pretensions for all passengers – plus Volvo's usual array of standard active and passive safety systems.

Volvo's pedestrian detection and avoidance system will be offered for the first time in its S60 range. Available as an option (Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist function and Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection) or as part of Volvo's Drive Support Pack, the pedestrian detection system introduces revolutionary technology to the segment making it available for Australian customers for the first time.

The system, which has been in development for over 10 years and tested in some of the world's most densely populated cities, aims to protect our most vulnerable road users by either avoiding a collision or significantly reducing the impact speed.

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Using a camera and radar, the system is a driver aid that is designed to activate in the event of driver distraction. In takes just 0.5 seconds for the system to detect a pedestrian and determine whether or not he/she is in danger of being hit by the oncoming car. If so, an audible alert and visual display on the windscreen is activated to alert the driver. If the driver fails to respond full braking power is applied. This entire process takes under one second.

At speeds of up to 35 km/h an accident with a pedestrian can be avoided, while at higher speeds the focus is on reducing the impact speed. For example, if the vehicle is travelling at 50 km/h the impact speed is reduced to just 25 km/h – the difference from free-falling from 10 metres to just 3 metres. Put simply, it may be the difference between life and death.

The all-new Volvo S60 will also introduce Volvo's new infotainment system, which features a five or seven inch multi-function screen, full iPod and Bluetooth connectivity as standard combined with the convenience of steering wheel control and voice activation.

In addition, the interior will feature Volvo's simple yet intuitive Scandinavian design, full leather trim and an interior that complies with the strict international standard Oeko-Tex 100, which ensures that all material and metals are free from hazardous substances.

Commenting on the introduction of the all-new S60 range, Alan Desselss, managing director of Volvo Car Australia, said the model would be a game-changer for Volvo.

"The all-new Volvo S60 range will bring a new level of excitement, performance and style to the Volvo brand. We have high expectations for this model and believe it will be a key part of our aggressive growth plans for 2011 and beyond."

The All-New Volvo S60 Pricing*:
S60 T5 $51,950*                 
S60 D5 AWD $57,950*
S60 T6 AWD $64,950 *

Driver Support Pack Option - $4,990

  • Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist Function (ACC)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Driver Alert Control (fatigue warning system)
  • Blind Spot Identification System (BLIS)

Note: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) is mentioned in this news article. The MLP excludes dealer delivery charges and the state/territory statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice.


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