Volvo Auto India has officially confirmed the launch of XC90 T8 Hybrid & S90 saloon in 2016 in the country. The Volvo S90, being the company's new flagship saloon, had its world premiere at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show in January. It was also showcased at the Geneva Auto Show in March. As for XC90, it is expected to be launched in the next couple of months as the company intends to sell 1 million electric vehicles by 2025. And, for this to happen, India and China are two key markets.
Speaking on the sidelines of diesel vehicle ban in Kerala, Tom von Bonsdorff, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India says,” All our models in India are available in sub 2L engine options (from the entry level V40 to the latest 7-seater SUV XC90) and comply with the most stringent emission norms. All our vehicles are Euro 6 or BS VI compliant and now have some of the lowest CO2 emissions among all luxury car brands in the world. Volvo Cars was the first car company in India to make Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) standard way back in 2007. DPF reduces emission of particulate matter PM2.5 and PM10 by upto 99%. We have also taken the lead to further clean the air in and outside our vehicles. Inside our cars we have CleanZone carbon filters which restricts particulate matter from entering the cabin.
“Volvo Cars is a pioneer in the field of plug-in hybrid powertrain development. In 2012 the company was the first in the World to launch a premium diesel plug-in hybrid. Volvo Cars is launching the XC90 T8 in India later this year. It is a powerful 400hp petrol plug-in hybrid and the European mileage cycle of approx. 46 km/l. The S90 luxury sedan, also slated to launch in India later this year will be Euro 6 or BS VI compliant and have the lowest CO2 emissions in the category. Our global ambition by 2020 is to have 10% of Volvo’s global sales as electrified cars. At Volvo, we also hope for policies substantiated with accurate statistics and data. It is not about the size of the car. Large cars could be cleaner than most other smaller vehicles, if they have the right powertrain technology. With the right safety technology, it will never be a safety hazard. Also, we strongly believe that pollution performance and compliance with norms is the right way to evaluate with safety as the priority. Our Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform and Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) enables us to have Plug in hybrids across our product range” He further added.