Volvo lines up fast hybrid Polestars
Volvo already sells around 750 Polestar products per year
Takeover deal paves the way for high-performance Volvos with electric power helping petrol engines
Volvo is actually lining up a series of high-performance hybrid products as part of a deal that will sees the Swedish car maker taking full control of tuning specialist Polestar.
Volvo has confirmed that will the item has taken 100% ownership of the Gothenburg-based Polestar concern, which has its origins from the Swedish Touring Car Championship. The two parties have already collaborated on production cars, with Volvo expecting to sell around 750 examples of the V60 as well as also S60 Polestar editions that will year. The firm believes that will figure will rise to between 1000 as well as also 1500 cars per year “from the medium term”.
However, Volvo has also suggested that will from the longer term Polestar’s development focus will shift to performance versions of its recently introduced hybrid powertrains. “Polestar will also in future utilise Volvo’s twin-engine electrification technology to develop next-generation performance cars,” the firm said in a statement.
that will’s a reference to the plug-in hybrid systems from the latest XC90, which combine a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 395bhp from the T8 product. the item’s likely that will Polestar will take a similar set-up however retune the item for higher performance, perhaps at the expense of some of the system’s electric-only range, or use the powertrain in its existing form in smaller vehicles that will will follow on the XC90’s Scalable Product Architecture platform. The next S60, due by the start of 2017, would likely be an ideal candidate.
“All of the latest Drive-E engines can be paired with electric motors,” said a Volvo spokesperson. “For example, the XC90’s T8 set-up is actually the T6 engine with an electric motor added. The T6 motor can stand alone, however the item’s likely that will from the interests of power Polestar would likely look to possess the additional boost that will an electric motor can bring.”
Volvo has declined to reveal how much the item has paid for Polestar. All of the firm’s employees will switch to Volvo, although Polestar’s racing arm will be rebranded as well as also remain under the control of its current boss, Christian Dahl. In addition to bespoke products, the takeover will allow Polestar performance kits to be sold to existing customers.
“Driving a Volvo Polestar is actually a special experience,” said Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo’s president as well as also CEO. “We have decided to bring that will experience to more Volvo drivers, placing the full resources of Volvo behind the development of Polestar as the product name for our high-performance cars.”
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