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Car of the Year broadens its appeal

Car of the Year broadens its appeal

January 2008

Volvo has increased the number of S80 models available in New Zealand.

Since its launch in New Zealand at the end of 2006, Volvo’s flagship sedan has only been available with a 4.4 litre V8 engine coupled to an All Wheel Drive transmission.

This combination was good enough to win the overall AA Car of the Year award in March 2007.

Now a six cylinder 3.2 engined model, still with All Wheel Drive and a turbo diesel car have joined the S80 model range. Both cars have six speed Geartronic automatic transmissions.

The 3.2 litre straight six petrol motor is also fitted to the new price leading model of the XC90 range. (More details below).

“The new models allow us to offer the S80 at even more competitive prices,” said Mark Patterson, the General Manager of Volvo Cars.

The 2.4 litre turbo diesel will sell for $84,990 and the 3.2 litre AWD car for $89,990.
The S80 V8 continues at $109,990.

The five cylinder turbo diesel has 136 kWs and 400 Nm of torque, while the straight six 3.2 litre petrol engine provides 175 kWs and 320 Nm of pulling power.

The new models offer the same comprehensive specification as the S80 V8, apart from the turbo diesel’s 17 inch alloy wheels – the other pair ride on 18 inch wheels – and the front wheel drive transmission of the turbo diesel. All three have Volvo’s adjustable Four C suspension system.

The trio all come with dynamic stability and traction control, ABS brakes with EBA and EBD, 6 airbags, active head restraints, rain sensing wipers, park assist, fog lights, and active bi-xenon headlights with washers and automatic height adjustment.

There is leather upholstery, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, trip computer, cruise control, electric windows, electric retractable door mirrors and a choice of 8 or 12 speaker sound systems with 6 stack CD and iPod/MP3 compatibility.

An alarm system, electronic immobiliser, remote control central locking, keyless start, homesafe and approach lighting, personal car communicator, dual zone climate control air conditioning with pollen, dust and exhaust particle filters are also standard.

The S80 D5 meets strict Euro 4 emission regulations, while the S80 3.2 AWD will be compliant with future Euro 5 guidelines and come with a three years unlimited kilometres warranty and seven year anti-corrosion warranty.

“Compared to their prestige class rivals, these S80 models represent terrific value for money,” said Mr Patterson. “They have high levels of standard equipment and a comprehensive range of safety features as you would expect in any Volvo.”

At $89,990, the XC90 3.2 is now the price leading model in the XC90 range, with specification matching the XC90 D5.

The seven seater has a Haldex All Wheel Drive transmission, self levelling suspension, meets Euro 5 star NCAP crash testing standards with the same comprehensive list of electronic safety features as the S80 and six airbags.

There is leather upholstery, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, moveable and folding second and third row seating, cruise control, trip computer, 17 inch alloy wheels, roof rails, heated retractable door mirrors and electric windows.

There are the same security systems as the S80 and climate control air conditioning with separate outlets for the second and third row seats. There is a choice of sound systems with main audio controls on the steering wheel.

Like the S80, the XC90 3.2 will meet future Euro 5 emissions standards.

“This model makes a seven seater Volvo SUV more affordable,” said Mr Patterson.
“Once again compared to the other luxury class seven seater SUVs it is a very competitive proposition.”


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