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The 2015 Volvo V60 Review had the most eyes on it this past week on AutoGuide.
Boost or Double-Boost?
Volvo is in the midst of a vehicular revolution. Forget the minor styling tweaks to the XC60 and S60 last year, this year the real action begins. The older-than-dirt XC90 will be redesigned in 2014, but the big news is that Volvo has decided to start the small project of overhauling the brand’s entire engine lineup with a new family of power plants called Drive-E.
Initially, two gasoline Drive-E engines will be offered here, a pair of 2.0-liter four cylinders. T5 models will come equipped with a turbocharger while T6 models will come with a turbocharger and supercharger. For now, these engines are only available with front wheel drive (FWD) and an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission.
The goal is to eventually have the entire lineup of Volvo vehicles powered by Drive-E engines. Until then, Volvo will continue to offer all-wheel drive (AWD) variants of the XC60 with the old six-cylinder engines alongside the new Drive-E FWD units.
Having to see what all the fuss is about, we were able to sample the 2015 Volvo XC60 T6 FWD recently in Las Vegas. Here are the five things you need to know about the 2015 XC60 and its Drive-E engines.
Gone But Not Forgotten
A lot went down in 2013. It was something of a banner year for the automotive business. Products continued to get better, sales steadily improved and alternative propulsion, whether in the form of electricity or diesel gained significant traction.
Volvo just unveiled the second of three concepts meant to preview its future product design based on its new Scalable Product Architecture.
Win, Lose or Drive
The numbers are in, figures tabulated and Champaign corks popped. It’s a brand-new year and 2013 is forever in the rear-view mirror. New-vehicle sales for December have finally been reported.
Overall deliveries were pretty flat across the board. Roughly 2,600 vehicles separate last month’s performance from the same period in 2012. Cold, snowy weather kept would-be buyers away from dealerships. Still, steady as she goes beats a big drop any day.
As for they the whole of 2013 things were considerably better. Sales were up about 8 percent compared to the year prior with deliveries falling just shy of 15.6 million units. That is a major victory for the automotive industry as it continues to recover from the great recession.
As for December’s numbers, here are the top sales winners and losers for the 12th month of last year. Naturally this list excludes brands like Maybach and Suzuki that have bowed out of the market.