2018 World Car Awards: Volvo XC60 Becomes World Car Of The Year
Volvo XC60 has grabbed the title of the World Car of the Year 2018 at the ongoing New York motor show. The Swedish automaker has won this award for any of its cars for the first time. Earlier this year, the premium luxury SUV had also won the North American Utility of the Year Award. The SUV won this prestigious award by beating the Range Rover Velar and Mazda CX-5. It was the second year in a row that the top three finalists in the World COTY award were SUVs. The list of other worthy candidates include the Nissan Leaf hatchback, sedans like the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Toyota Camry, and aforementioned Kia Stinger, and SUVs like the BMW X3, Land Rover Discovery and Volkswagen T-Roc.
Receiving the award, Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars, said at the occasion, “I am pleased to see our company’s product investments paying off. We are up against some tough competition, but this award for the XC60 show that Volvo has the right combination of design, connectivity and safety that appeal to customers across the world.”
The Volvo XC60 is offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines, including a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain globally while in India it comes powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre diesel engine capable of 235 hp power and 480 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to an eight-speed automatic that send power to all-four-wheels. Available in a single Inscription trim in India, the SUV is priced at Rs 55.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India). In terms of features, the Volvo XC60 offers air-suspension, a segment-first massage function for the front seats, and a variety of radar-based features such as blind spot assist, lane-keeping aid, autonomous braking, and adaptive cruise control as the premium feature.
Also, addressing the media at the event, John LaSorsa, chairman of the New York motor show said, “The New York International Auto Show is proud of the tradition it has built with the World Car Awards to recognize the 'best of the best' in the auto industry."
Other cars that won at the 2018 World Car of The Year Award in New York include the Nissan Leaf, which won the World Green Car, the Audi A8 received the World Luxury Car category, the Velar, won the World Car Design award, the BMW M5 claimed World Performance Car award and the Volkswagen Polo that grabbed the Urban Car class. The car that won at the 2017 World Car of The Year Award was the Jaguar F-Pace SUV, while the Mazda MX-5 won the same in 2016.
This year seems that the Chinese owner Geely's investment has paid off well when it acquired the Swedish brand in 2010. Swedish luxury automaker’s another car- the XC40, was named European Car of the Year at the Geneva Motor Show just a few months ago. Also, the XC60 has picked up its second award of 2018, following the North American Utility of the Year Award earlier in the year. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates from the automobile industry.
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