Video at Geneva: Volvo shows 149mpg plug-in hybrid version of V60


Okay, so it might look like a standard Volvo V60, but in fact this is the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid. Expected to go on sale before the end of 2012, highlights include 149mpg fuel consumption and the fact it can go up to 31 miles solely on electric power.

Not entirely perfect, classic Volvo estate fans are going to be disappointed at the compromised boot space and it's not exactly lightweight at 1800kg either. Still, the ultra-low 49g/km CO2 emission figure and the ability to tow 1800kg might be enough to tempt buyers.

Geneva Motor Show 2011

Geneva Motor Show 2011

If buyers aren't tempted by how green the plug-in hybrid version of the V60 is, they will be surprised by the performance. Operating in three driving modes, the dash to 62mph takes just 6.9 seconds and the top speed is expected to be 125mph.