Volvo S60

Volvo S60

Remember the time when Volvo invited artist Esref Armagan to its company headquarters in Sweden to paint the new 2011 S60 executive sedan ?

It took some time but finally, Armagan has finished his take on the new car. But while that whole thing would have been simple for any other artist, the catch is, Armagan painted the S60 despite being blind.

But of course that didn’t stop him from creating a remarkable depiction of the still-mysterious design. Even more amazing is that Volvo has decided to auction off Armagan’s painting with all the proceeds going straight to the World Blind Union.

According to Lukas Dohle, director of Live Communication and Social Media of Volvo, the whole experience of working with Armagan was nothing short of memorable. "It was an amazing experience to work together with Esref Armagan. He truly embraces life and we think that his approach matches exactly how we at Volvo embrace life. Through this auction and the donation to World Blind Union we will take this rewarding corporation even one step further.”

The auction is available on eBay and will start at 8 pm EST on December 7 until December 17.

We appreciate a good artwork when we see one and given his disability, Armagan’s work left out jaws on the floor, proving yet once more that despite the cards you’re dealt, nothing is impossible if you don’t let the negativity take you down.

Source: eBay

It seems that there are more and more visually impaired persons making their way into the automotive realm. This started off when the Ford Motor Company gave Roger Keeney a chance to get behind the wheel of a 2010 Mustang after 20 years of blindness. More recently the Johannesburg native, Hein Wagner , set speed record at over 200 MPH in an SL65 AMG Black Series. .

The Swedish automaker Volvo has just released a new video that features their future S60 luxury sedan , and even though we don’t see much of the car, we do find out a few important details about the upcoming Volvo. For example, it will be painted by a blind artist, Esref Armagan, a man known for his remarkable creative skills. If you want to discuss even more about the new car you can check out the S60’s new page on Facebook.

2011 Volvo S60 spied testing

The safety conscious Swedish automaker first introduced the Volvo S60 a concept at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show and then heavily promoted the new car with Volvo the Game , a PC based driving simulator starring none other than the bronze concept. The production version of the upcoming Volvo S60 is not ready for public consumption just yet, as seen by the heavy amount of automotive camouflage and test track background from the spy photo. The final product will debut in its finished form sometime in 2010.

The 2011 Volvo S60 will be powered by a 1.6 Liter turbocharged engine, the concept made 180 HP with the same unit, mated to a dual-clutch automatic transmission. On board active safety equipment will include Volvo’s Collision Warning With Full Auto Brake and a pedestrian detection system that can sense and avoid innocent bystanders crossing the street.

Source: AutoExpress

Volvo has just launched a special edition S60 to celebrate the end of an era. Only 880 Volvo S60 SEs will be offered in the U.S. when the car goes on sale later on this month. Prices for the special edition S60 will start at $30,950 for the front wheel drive version and from $32,750 for the all-wheel-drive model.

Volvo S60 Special Edition

The Volvo S60 SE is powered by a 2.5 Liter turbocharged inline 5 cylinder engine that delivers 208 HP and 236 lb-ft of torque.

Standard equipment for the special edition will include: leather seating, electronic climate control, moonroof, sporty 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated seats, Rainsensor windshield wipers and headlamp washers. The Sewdish automaker is planning an all new S60 for 2010

Press release after the jump.

If the car was going to look like this, why did Volvo tease us with only the dash design back in October ? Volvo released today the first details on the S60 Concept that will debut at the Detroit Auto Show. This is definitely a good look for Volvo, and should be a good preview for the 2010 S60 model.Taking some obvious design cues from the XC60 , this sedan has a streamline looks that is distinctly Volvo, but also suggests some fun as well.

Volvo S60

Another part that should make it into production is the engine. The S60 Concept is powered by a four-cylinder 1.6-liter unit using high-efficiency GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) technology and producing 180 horsepower. Volvo says GTDi technology combined with turbocharging makes it possible to reduce engine displacement with maintained performance, but with about 20 percent lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Press release after the jump.

Volvo will unveil the S60 Concept at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, and here’s the first preview photo of the car. The S60 concept gives a clear indication of what the all-new Volvo S60 will look like when it is introduced during 2010.

The first picture reveal the coupe-inspired silhouette that gave the original S60 its unique stance. It is now being even further accentuated. The sleek coupe-like roof line is accompanied by entirely new shoulder contours - a gentle double wave from the headlamps at the front to the tail lamps at the rear.

Uh oh, it’s usually a pretty good sign that a company is running out of ideas for the exterior of its cars when its big preview is of the interior’s center console. Then again, the concept for the new Volvo S60 features a custom piece of Orrefors crystal. This shimmering radio-holder should make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

While the pure expense of this crystal center stack will likely eliminate it from the production car’s option list, it is also unlikely that the company known for outright safety will let you drive away with a interior full of untempered glass.

Press release after the jump

The Volvo S60 was launched in autumn 2000 as a somewhat smaller sedan than the Volvo S80. The design brief was to create a car with the same basic lines and safety as the S80 model, but in a more compact body and with a sportier profile.


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