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Volvo S60 Named in Ward's 10 Best Interiors List

April 15, 2011

Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) announced Ward’s named the all-new S60 sports sedan to Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list. The S60 is also fresh-off-the-heels of taking home a Ward's 10 Best Engines award for its 300-hp T6 engine, the company stated.
 
"The Volvo S60 is a study in Scandinavian serenity,” said Tom Murphy, Executive Editor of Ward's AutoWorld “From the beautifully angular door panels to the floating center stack, the S60 is an undiscovered gem in the heart of the luxury market. Among the S60's best features are the sleek head restraints for front-seat occupants, which stand out in a world of intrusive head restraints up-sized to meet new federal crash standards. Leave it to Volvo to make a safety device sexy."

"Scandanivan design and functionality are hallmarks of what we do best," said Doug Speck, president and CEO of VCNA. "We designed this car to create a visual excitement every time the owner steps in. The S60 continues to exceed even our expectations for what it promises, as evidenced by the '10 Best' awards from Ward's for both the engine and the interior."

Volvo said its designers obtained their inspiration from the road racing tracks. The company said the instruments and center stack are angled toward the driver to create a sensation of focus and control. The new dynamic three-spoke steering wheel and new sports seats with extra side supports are standard.

Beige and black are the main colors of the upholstery range, with a new highlight shade Beechwood Brown. The décor inlays are available in Shimmer Graphite aluminum or Urbane Wood.

This year, Ward's evaluated 51 vehicles in their search to find the 10 best interiors. Ward's editors picked the winning interiors using the same methodology employed for the annual Ward's 10 Best Engines program. Scoresheets are completed for each vehicle driven based on materials, ergonomics, safety, the human-machine interface, comfort, fit-and-finish, overall value and aesthetics.

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