Volvo Bringing 100+ MPG, Diesel Hybrid Wagon to NY Auto Show


Volvo V60 diesel hybrid wagon

Volvo’s European-market V60 wagon is the only plug-in diesel hybrid currently on the market, and the company is ramping-up production from the 1000 it built last year to more than 6000 for 2013, prompting many industry insiders to speculate that the car would be headed to the US as a 2014 model. While no formal announcements have been made to that effect, Volvo is fanning the flames by announcing that it will be bringing one of its hybrid diesel wagons to the 2013 New York Auto Show.

Volvo will show the car, it says, on the merit of its being named a finalist for the “World Green Car of the Year” award. The wagon will be judged on the merits of its 35-mile electric-only range in “Pure” mode, as well as its combined 120-ish MPG European fuel economy rating and ultra-low-emission 5-cyl turbo/diesel engine. The other two finalists are the “you can’t buy one of these, either” Renault Zoe and the Tesla Model S sedan.

One thing Volvo has confirmed is that it will be announcing a new US-market model at next week’s NY show. Smart money may be on something unsurprising (like a new R-Edition of the recently updated S60 sports sedan, for example), but something a bit more “quirky” and exciting and V40 or V60 flavored may yet be in the cards. Here’s hoping Volvo brings one of its diesel hybrids, anyway … which is all we can do, for now.

Source: Volvo, via MotorAuthority.

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  • Hate to think that Volvo engineers went to all that trouble – so U.S. Oil Barons could jack the price of diesel fuel and make even more profits off the poor U.S. dumbed down saps that don’t see the light for all the spin and splash. Sound bitter? Damned right it is!

    • Jason Carpp

      Unfortunately, I think these oil barons will jack up the prices either way.

    • Drew

      Hey, it’s not like modern diesel engines can’t run on biodiesel with no modifications already…

  • Kelly R. Olsen

    If it could run on B100 biodiesel made from used cooking grease (yes, there is such a product) then it might make sense.

    • T Adkins

      It might void the warranty but it should run B100.

      I would hope that most people who frequent the site understand that B100 from cooking grease exist.

    • Jo Borras

      Some EU models are rated for bio-diesel, but I’m not sure if there are grading policies or certifications. Would be cool!

    • Drew

      pretty much every modern diesel engine can run on straight biodiesel, too. Older ones had trouble wtih biodiesel eating away at the natural-rubber gaskets but modern engines use synthetic tuber that doesn’t decay when exposed to vegetable oils.

      It voids the warranty, depending on the company, and you lose a bit of efficiency without tweaking (unmodified engines run only 90% as efficient on biodiesel as they do regular diesel) but it’s not out of the question…

  • A 5 cylinder diesel is too big. Use a 1.4L diesel and then you will get good MPG. The non-plugin MPG is not nearly as good as stated

    • Jo Borras

      Luckily, we were talking about the plug-in!

  • jem thomas

    The Citroen DS 5 Hybrid which runs a very similar system chronically underachieves on the MPG front so much so that the normal DS5 diesel is actually more economical in the real world.

    It is a pity as the layout makes sense and I am sure in time it will be refined. A smaller more economical engine would help. Why do manufacturers always go the high power route in a vehicle aimed at the environmentally conscious.

    • Jo Borras

      Because not all customers are the same, and there are a great many people who want a plug-in option *AND* a high-powered ICE option.

      “Environmentally conscious” doesn’t mean what you seem to think it means, in other words. Try to widen your view.

  • Jason Carpp

    I hope that Volvo is able to offer a diesel-electric hybrid vehicle for North American customers. Diesel power may not be for everyone, but so what? Why should the only choices be the Toyota Prius, the Honda Civic hybrid, the Chevy Volt? What’s wrong with offering a diesel engine for those who need it or want it?

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