Volvo has given its V60 Plug-in Hybrid a boost, with news that production plans have more than quadrupled beyond the carmaker's original forecast.
From 2014, Volvo expects to produce between 4000 to 6000 of the green wagons each year, growing well beyond the initial allotment of 1000 cars.
A strong buyer response to the world's first production diesel-electric plug-in hybrid has prompted the growth, and Volvo has attributed its appeal to the model's uniform feature list.
"The integration in the standard production flow gives the plug-in hybrid buyer the possibility to choose in principle all options available for the standard V60," Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo, said.
Volvo worked with development partner Vattenfall, a Swedish electricity supplier, to ensure easy integration of V60 Plug-in Hybrid production with regular models on the S60 and V60 assembly line.
All V60 Plug-in Hybrid models have their electric motor and drive shafts fitted on the same line that regular models have their all-wheel-drive systems installed, and the lithium-ion battery pack adds only 60 seconds to the process.
Volvo's local arm has already put its hand up for the V60 Plug-in Hybrid, but restricted supply has been the major roadblock.
With production numbers set to grow, an Australian debut is now more likely than ever.
But, with the increase in production not set to take effect until 2014, confirmation of a local launch could still be some time away.
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