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After being released just last year, Volvo’s V60 diesel plug-in hybrid has sold out throughout Europe. The commercial popularity of Volvo’s first-ever V60 diesel plug-in hybrid is mirrored by its acceptance by the critics. The car was a top three finalist for this year’s Green Car of the Year award.

The car that is behind Volvo’s most successful new vehicle launch ever may prove to be what opens the door for a Volvo plug-in to come to the U.S. However, there are some challenges an American launch would face. First of all, the base V60 plug-in hybrid starts at $74,000. Next of all, its single charge range is just 31 miles. Once its electric load has been spent, the car switches to a 2.4 turbodiesel engine that churns out 212 horses and 324 lb-feet of torque.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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