Volvo has sold its first batch of 1000 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid wagons before the cars have even reached showrooms.
And Volvo Car Corporation marketing, sales and customer service senior vice president Doug Speck says the order books are already filling up for 2014's allocation of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid – the world's first diesel-powered plug-in.
"None of our competitors can offer customers an equally ingenious car. Its uncompromising attitude to green motoring elevates hybrid technology to an entirely new level," Speck said.
The first 1000 units of the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid were sold as a limited ‘Pure Edition’ and came equipped with features such as an electric silver livery, aero-inspired 17-inch wheels, gloss black bodywork details and integrated exhaust tips.
Production will rise to 5000 V60 Plug-in Hybrids in 2014, but that too may not satisfy global demand for the innovative wagon.
The Volvo V60 Plug-in hybrid boasts an impressive set of numbers, headlined by its combined cycle fuel consumption of 1.8 litres per 100km in hybrid mode and average CO2 emissions of just 48 grams per kilometre.
With a choice of three driving modes - Pure, Hybrid and Power - drivers can choose to run the V60 solely on electric power for up to 50km with zero emissions.
It’s not slow, either. The Volvo V60 Plug-in hybrid can launch from 0-100km/h in just 6.1 seconds when utilising the combined capacity of the diesel engine and electric motor, with the powertrain's total output rated at 212kW of power and 660Nm of torque.
Volvo Car Australia has already put its hand up for the V60 Plug-in Hybrid, and although the local brand can't specify exactly when we may see the car down under at this stage, a 2014 launch is not out of the question.