Volvo Car Corporation has announced the latest step in its 'DRIVe towards Zero' emissions strategy with the launch of an automatic gearbox option in four Volvo DRIVe models - the S60 DRIVE, V60 DRIVe, V70 DRIVe and the S80 DRIVe. For the first time, these DRIVe models can now be ordered with Volvo's Powershift dual-clutch automatic gearbox. And buyers of these cars won't compromise on environmental care or economy as the automatic gearboxed cars deliver exactly the same fuel economy and emissions as the class-leading manual 'boxed variants.
"For the first time ever, we have managed to bring the fuel consumption in variants with an automatic gearbox down to the same level as in the manual versions. An impressive achievement by our powertrain experts," says Peter Mertens, senior vice president research and development at the Volvo Car Corporation.
Fuel consumption (combined cycle) and CO2 figures are as follows:
Volvo S60 DRIVe Automatic - 65.7mpg & 114g/km
Volvo V60 DRIVe Automatic - 62.8mpg & 119g/km
Volvo V70 DRIVe Automatic - 62.8mpg & 119g/km
Volvo S80 DRIVe Automatic - 62.8mpg & 119g/km
Customers will be able to order a DRIVe Powershift in early 2012 with production starting mid-February. On the road prices start at £25,230 for the S60 DRIVe, £26,405 for the V60 DRIVe, £27,730 for the V70 DRIVe and £26,980 for the S80 DRIVe.