• World’s first diesel plug-in hybrid
• Integrated into the regular production line
• Deliveries to begin early next year

The plug-in hybrid version of the Volvo V60 is has just gone into production, with the first batch of 1000 units set to be delivered early in the new year.

The new car will be the world’s first production plug-in hybrid model with a diesel engine and will be built on the same production line as the regular V60, V70, XC70, S80 and XC90 models at Volvo’s Torslanda plant in Gothenburg, Sweden.

This is the first time that hybrid production has been integrated onto the same production line as conventionally powered models. This is despite the fact that the plug-in hybrid uses more than 300 parts over and above those found in regular Volvos. This includes a powerful battery pack which allows the car to drive for up to 32 miles on pure electric power.

“We are first in the industry to integrate a plug-in hybrid in an established production flow together with other car models,” said Peter Mertens, senior vice president research and development at Volvo. “This gives plug-in hybrid buyers the opportunity to choose all options available for the standard V60.”

The V60 plug-in hybrid is available to order now and first deliveries will begin in January 2013.

By James Richardson

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