Despite the global drop in fuel prices that has pushed big trucks and big-bore muscle cars to new sales heights in recent years, the electrification of luxury brands continues with Volvo claiming that 1 in 5 of its new XC90 models sold are plug-in hybrids.
More significant than that 20% figure, however, might be the fact that the $68,000 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Plug-in Hybrid version of the car is a “limited availability” model in the US, with only 400 units available for sale in February. Volvo expects to sell even more of the popular hybrid SUVs as production ramps up and they become more readily available.
In the meantime, Volvo has also announced plans to launch exciting, 407 HP hybrid versions of its new S90 and V90 sedan and wagon models, as well as the next-generation replacement of its “not quirky” V40 compact.
What do you think of Volvo’s hybrid sales success? Do you think premium hybrid sales will slow down if gas prices stay low, or do well-heeled Volvo buyers just care more about buying “green” than they do about saving money? Let us know what you think about the future of Volvo’s XC90 in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Source | Images: Volvo, via Motorpasión.