Volvo S60 released locally
Volvo S60 D5 (left) and T6 (right)
Volvo S60 D5
Volvo S60 T6
Volvo S60 D5
8th December, 2010
- World-first Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake
- City Safety and Advanced Stability Control a first for segment
- Roll Over Protection System a first for segment
- All-wheel drive standard in T6 and D5
The all-new Volvo S60 sedan is set to raise the stakes in Australia’s mid-size premium car market
with distinctive styling, breakthrough on-road dynamics and world-first safety innovations.
Behind the style of Volvo’s all-new S60 sedan lies a resolved design that combines high technology
with maximised efficiency - in terms of safety, mechanical function and total space utilisation.
With a host of new primary and secondary safety innovations, the all-new S60 sedan becomes the most
high-tech Volvo yet seen. Class-leading dynamic safety technology, including Roll Over Protection
System (ROPS), extended functionality to its Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) system to
include Advanced Stability Control (ASC) is complemented by two pioneering safety innovations: Pedestrian
Detection with Full Auto Brake, and Volvo’s City Safety, which was first seen on the Volvo XC60.
The new-generation S60 is also styled to attract.
Its profile incorporates a steeply raked windscreen and a roofline that flows in one smooth sweep into
the taillights. Volvo design director Peter Horbury says "You are almost surprised to see that it has
On the road, the S60 is the sportiest Volvo sedan yet made. "The ride is firmer and yet it is much
better controlled. I would say comfort has actually been increased," says Egbert Bakker, technical
expert responsible for vehicle dynamics at Volvo.
The all-new Volvo S60 has one of the most advanced stability control systems - part of Volvo’s
high-tech Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) - reducing the likelihood of wheel spin of
Corner Traction Control increases on-road agility by automatically braking the inner driven wheel as
extra power is applied to the outer wheel. This ‘torque vectoring’ improves turn-in, thus reducing
In addition, Volvo’s optional FOUR-C active suspension has been modified and improved for the S60,
while all-wheel drive is standard in T6 and D5 models.
Within, its premium interior combines high quality materials with Swedish comfort, style and
functionality, offering tangible increases in both passenger room and luggage space.
And while the all-new S60 embraces Volvo’s already comprehensive range of passenger safety functions,
it also introduces a new, world-first innovation: Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake.
Via a camera and radar that scan the road ahead, the all-new S60 is able to brake itself if a
pedestrian moves into the path of the car and the driver fails to respond to warnings.
Also part of the Volvo S60’s safety armament is City Safety, which is fitted as standard equipment
and reduces, or entirely avoids, low speed impacts up to 30 km/h, Driver Alert Control (DAC) to alert
drivers who have become tired or distracted, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) which helps detect
vehicles in the rear blind spots on both sides of the car, Lane Departure Warning (which alerts drivers
if the vehicle runs across the lane markers without the indicator being activated), Active Bi-Xenon
lights that ‘see around corners’ and numerous secondary safety features including seat-mounted side
airbags, pyrotechnic seatbelt pre-tensioners for all occupants, improved inflatable curtains and Volvo’s
patented whiplash protection system (WHIPS).
Peter Janevik, Volvo’s manager of active safety functions, says "This is the safest Volvo
According to Volvo Car Australia Managing Director, Alan Desselss, the all-new S60 is, "The most
dynamic, most emotionally involving car we’ve ever manufactured, a striking sports sedan that shows
Volvo’s passion for cars. Yet it is very much a true Volvo."
The all-new S60 will be a vital component of the company’s strategy for the Australian market.
"This is an extremely important new car for us,",/i> he says. "With its standout style,
exceptional on-road abilities, outstanding passenger comfort and the very latest Volvo safety
technology it sets new standards in Australia’s premium mid-size segment."
Stressing the significance of the all-new S60 in Australia, Mr. Desselss said Volvo Car Australia is
targeting around 1,500 annual sales in its first full year. "It will join the XC60 and XC90 as our
The annual sales split is planned around 800 T5 models, 500 T6 models and 200 D5 turbodiesel