2009 Volvo XC60
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2009 Volvo XC60


G�teborg, Sweden – Volvo Car Corporation has released pictures of its all-new XC60, in advance of the crossover’s world debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 4. The new XC60 will arrive at Canadian retailers in early 2009, with prices to be announced closer to launch.

“This car is charged with more emotive form and more energy than any other Volvo,” said Steve Mattin, Volvo Cars Design Director. “We’re elevating our design DNA to an entirely new level by literally turning up the visual volume. If you say that you’d recognize a Volvo from a hundred metres away today, I dare say the XC60 radiates a clear Volvo presence from at least twice that distance.”

The new XC60 will be built in Ghent, Belgium and will be launched in Canada exclusively with a 281-horsepower turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission with Geartronic manual mode and all-wheel drive with the company’s Instant Traction. The company is forecasting sales of 67,000 units per year, with the majority of vehicles destined for the U.S., Germany, Great Britain, Russia and China.

The XC60 will also include a variety of safety systems, including City Safety, which can help the driver avoid or reduce the effects of low-speed impacts common in city and stop-and-go highway traffic. The system, which the company says is a world first as standard equipment, uses sensors to detect imminent collisions and automatically engage the brakes if the driver does not react.

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