The new Volvo XC60 mid-size SUV has been named World Car of the Year 2018 at the ongoing New York Auto Show, adding another accolade to Volvo’s growing list.
The World Car of the Year win is the first accolade of its type for Volvo Cars.
The XC60 also scooped the North American Utility of the Year Award earlier this year.
“I am pleased to see our company’s product investments paying off,” said Hakan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars.
Samuelsson also happens to be the recipient of the World Car Person of the Year award in Geneva earlier this month, in recognition of his work in driving the success of Volvo Cars in recent years.
“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 new XC60, which was Euro NCAP’s best overall performer in 2017, comes with Volvo’s City Safety Autonomous Emergency Braking system which has been enhanced with steering support for when automatic braking alone may not help avoid a potential collision.
In addition, Oncoming Lane Mitigation with Steer Assist which helps mitigate head-on collisions and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Steer Assist functionality has been added to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions.
The XC60 is available with a range of diesel and petrol engines as well as Volvo Cars’ award-winning T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid at the top of the powertrain range, delivering 407 hp and acceleration from 0-100 km in just 5.3 seconds.
Launched earlier this year, the Volvo XC60 is being sold in Malaysia in three trim levels between RM299,088 and RM344,088.