- New XC60 praised for its style, quality, technology and comfort
- Described as “the complete package” by Auto Express
- XC60 will soon be available in petrol, diesel and petrol-electric plug-in hybrid form
The Volvo XC60 has been voted ‘Best Premium SUV’ at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2017.
The new XC60 won praise for its interior quality, design, technology, spaciousness and comfort-oriented approach. Auto Express’s expert testers also said the XC60 has “a level of safety, connectivity and autonomous technology that leads the sector” and that it “will be a very easy car to live with day-to-day”.
Commenting on the award, Steve Fowler, Editor-in-chief of Auto Express, said: “Volvo has done it again with the XC60. The XC90 has been a serial winner at our Awards and now the XC60 wins at the first attempt. It’s another super-stylish SUV from Volvo that offers a level of quality, comfort and technology that rivals can’t – it really is the complete package.”
This second-generation model has all of the advanced connectivity and safety equipment introduced in Volvo’s award-winning range of large premium cars. It also brings Volvo’s latest elegant Scandinavian design to the mid-size SUV class, along with the brand’s ground-breaking Sensus touchscreen control system.
The XC60 will be available with a range of powerful yet efficient engines, including the innovative T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. This combines a petrol engine with an electric motor, making it a near-silent zero-emission city car one minute and a high-performance family SUV the next.
Volvo NZ’s general manager Coby Duggan says the next generation XC60 is expected to be well received by Kiwi motorists when it launches in November this year.
“Since its launch in 2009, the Volvo XC60 became the best-selling premium mid-size SUV in Europe with nearly a million units sold globally, and represented 30 percent of the brand’s annual sales in 2016.
“Receiving early recognition such as the Auto Express ‘Best Premium SUV’ award is an indication the car’s style, sophistication and cutting-edge connectivity will offer New Zealand consumers a new level of automotive quality when it arrives here later this year,” he says.
The XC60 wasn’t the only successful Volvo at the Auto Express Awards. The XC90 – a two-time winner of the ‘Best Large SUV’ award – was also highly commended in the ‘Best Large Premium SUV’ category this year, showcasing Volvo’s expertise when it comes to SUVs.
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More than half of Kiwis say they are eating less meat, and a quarter expect to be mostly meat-free by 2025, as they focus on their health and budget according to the results of a new survey.
It seems the days of a nightly meal of meat and two veg may soon be behind us too, with one in five of those surveyed (21%) saying they choose to have a meat-free dinner for more than half of the week.
The Bean Supreme survey which investigated the eating habits of more than 1,000 New Zealanders found that one in four (24%) of those surveyed expect to be mostly meat-free within the next seven years.
Health played a key role in their selection of a vegetarian meal choice with four in 10 (42%) respondents giving this reason, this was followed by cost (28%) and concerns for animal welfare or the environment 14 percent. Only two percent of those surveyed said they did not eat meat due to religious considerations.
Around 14% of Kiwi women and 13% of Kiwi men do not eat red meat, with health a primary driver for males (44% vs 41% of females) and cost more relevant to women (for 30% of women vs 25% of men).
The survey also found that Kiwis were more likely to reduce their meat consumption and instead, opt for vegetarian meals as they aged. According to the results, one in five (21%) 18-24 years olds (compared to half of those aged 65 or older) selected ‘health concerns’ as the main reason for choosing a meat-free meal.
Millennials aged 18-24 were the most common age group to believe they would follow a diet that was mainly meat-free over the coming decade.
When it came to special dietary requirements it was Aucklanders who said they were most likely to follow vegan or vegetarian nutritional plans with those in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty regions less keen on embracing this trend.
Wellingtonians and Otago/Southland residents were most open to adopting a flexitarian/semi-vegetarian approach to dining – with nine in ten (88%) removing meat from their diets at least once a week.
The survey also revealed that vegetarians and vegans were most frequently found to be aged 25-54, female and live in Auckland or Canterbury.
While more than eight in ten (81%) Kiwis include red meat in their diet, a seventh (14%) excluded red meat with 1% of the population identifying as vegan, 2% as vegetarian and almost one in 10 (9%) saying they ate poultry or fish but not red meat.
Liz O’Meara from Bean Supreme says it was interesting to see that a similar proportion of men and women chose not to eat meat but men were more likely to choose vegetarian meals for health reasons and women more likely to chose vegetarian options for their lower cost.
“Kiwis’ developing interest in a ‘flexitarian’ diet has led to the introduction of more products which fit this lifestyle option.
“According to new industry data, NZ sales of products made from plant based ingredients such as vegetarian burgers, sausages, tofu and falafel increased by over 20% in the last year alone,” she says.
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Two traffic engineers responsible for developing safety technology used by hundreds of Kiwi drivers have been recognised with a major award for their contribution to improving traffic safety and reducing fatalities.
Per Lenhoff, senior manager, and Magdalena Lindman, technical expert in Traffic Safety Data Analysis, who work at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre, one of the most advanced testing facilities in the automotive industry, have been recognised by US based National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for their contribution to enhanced traffic safety.
Over the years they have worked on developing a range of systems including run-off road occupant protection and both physical and CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) test methods that capture and replicate real-life crashes.
Volvo Cars’ New Zealand general manager Coby Duggan says the safety systems developed by Lenhoff and Lindman have been installed on hundreds of Volvo’s driven on New Zealand roads and says their latest advancements will be launched in NZ later this year in the new XC60 which will have one of the highest levels of standard advanced driver assistance and steering support systems on the market.
“Over the past 90 years, Volvo has been a pioneer of new technology to protect vehicle occupants while driving and now with their advances in autonomous driving technology, we are entering a new generation of safety for all road users.
“With each new model introduced by Volvo we get closer to our goal that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020 – the technology onboard the new XC60 will be the latest step towards this objective,” he says.
Duggan says the company has been collecting data from thousands of real-world accidents since 1970 with the aim of better understanding and addressing real-life safety needs. The Safety Vision and Real-Life Safety are part of Volvo Cars’ sustainability programme – Omtanke.