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New XC60 produced on Volvo's 90th birthday

New XC60 produced on Volvo's 90th birthday
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Sunday 16 April 2017, 10:10 AM

Volvo rolls out the new XC60 from its factory in Gothenburg, Sweden to mark Volvo’s 90th birthday. The new model leaves the factory 90 years to the month after the first-ever Volvo, the OV4, was rolled out on April 14, 1927. Back then, the automaker reportedly sold a total of 275 units in its lifetime, which is quite an impressive feat for the automaker.

First introduced in 2008, the XC60 has witnessed a steady growth in terms of sales. Seven years later, the model earned the title of bestselling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe and currently in its ninth year, continues to be a best-seller. Reports indicate that currently the XC60 represents around 30 per cent of Volvo’s total global sales, and the company claims that this month the number of original XC60s produced will surpass 1,000,000.

Speaking on the occasion, Hakan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo Cars, “Volvo is very proud of its history. The past 90 years have been exciting, but the 10 years left until the 100-year anniversary may come to be more exciting as industry focus shifts to autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity. The new XC60 is in many ways the embodiment of these trends.” Making the XC60 safer than ever before, the new model gets Oncoming Lane Mitigation system with steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions.  The optional Pilot Assist function, semi-autonomous driver-assistance system maintains steering, acceleration and braking on marked roads at speeds of up to 130kph.

On the design aspect, the OV4, the first mass-produced Swedish car featured a conventional design with some similarity to the American car design, it was built over a wooden frame made of ash tree and beech. The vehicle was powered by a 1.9-litre side-valve engine and featured artillery wheels with wooden spokes.

 

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