2020 Volvo V60 XC60 get the Polestar Engineered treatment

first_imgA trio of Polestar Engineered Volvos — how lovely. Volvo If you’re bummed you didn’t get one of Volvo’s superlimited-production S60 Polestar Engineered sedans before they sold out, well, buck up, little camper. Volvo announced Wednesday it’s bringing a few more high-performance treats to the US — and this time, they’ll even be wagon- and SUV-shaped.Starting this summer, you’ll be able to order Polestar Engineered versions of the V60 wagon and XC60 crossover. These cars get the same upgrades as the S60 Polestar Engineered sedan, including a nifty Öhlins suspension and bigger brakes with gold-painted calipers. On top of that, you’ll get a similar list of visual enhancements, including new wheels, black chrome tailpipes and a gloss black grille.Of course, you also get a power boost. All Polestar Engineered cars are powered by a higher-output version of Volvo’s T8 Twin-Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain, putting out 415 horsepower and 494 pound-feet of torque. Compared with the standard XC60 T8, that’s an increase of 15 horsepower and 22 pound-feet. And since Volvo doesn’t offer a T8-trim V60 in the US, this is your only way to get a plug-in hybrid version of Volvo’s excellent wagon.Volvo Polestar Engineered ModelsBig wheels and gold calipers look rad on the XC60 crossover. Volvo We’ll admit, the Polestar Engineered model isn’t our favorite version of the S60 sedan. Its powertrain isn’t as smooth as the turbocharged T5 and turbocharged-and-supercharged T6 options. Plus, the transition between regenerative and mechanical braking is really harsh. We found this to be true of the not-for-US V60 T8, as well.Volvo hasn’t announced pricing for these models, but based on current XC60 T8 numbers, it’s safe to assume they’ll land somewhere north of $60,000. Unlike the 2019 model year S60 Polestar Engineered, which was limited to just 20 cars for the US, there will be “considerably more” 2020 models, a Volvo spokesperson confirmed to Roadshow. That includes a second run of S60s, and Volvo says the 2020 models “will be available via traditional channels and not through Care by Volvo” (the automaker’s subscription service).Considering the buzz the S60 Polestar Engineered sedan generated when it launched, I can’t imagine Volvo will have a hard time finding homes for its latest batch of hot hybrids. Besides, that V60 just looks hella good. Polestar Engineered parts for Volvo 60-series T8 models Tags Hybrids Luxury cars Performance Cars More From Roadshow 7 Photos Comment Polestar Volvo 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Share your voice 1 Volvo Originally published April 3, 10:22 a.m. PT.Update, 10:40 a.m.: Adds comment from Volvo. 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than everlast_img read more

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4hr gassupply suspension for Mirpur Thursday

first_imggasLike other Thursdays, the residents of Mirpur and adjoining areas will have to remain without gas for four hours from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on this Thursday, 3 August.A short message of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, which is responsible for gas supply in Dhaka city, said the gas supply across vast areas of Mirpur will remain shut from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Thursday due to relocation of gas pipelines to facilitate the construction of Mass Rapid Transit Development under the Dhaka Metro Rail Project.According to the message, the areas where gas supply will be suspended are located on both sides of the Zoo road, Mirpur sections 1, 2, 6, 7, west side of Mirpur 10, 11 and 12, Eastern Housing, Rupnagar, Arambagh, Alubdi, Mirpur Cantonment and its adjoining areas.The supply will disrupt all kinds of consumers, including household, commercial and industrial, in these areas.last_img read more

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Car rams into soldiers outside Paris six injured

first_imgOfficials and rescuers gather near vehicles after a car slammed into soldiers on patrol in Levallois-Perret, outside Paris. Photo: AFPA car slammed into soldiers on patrol outside Paris on Wednesday, injuring six people, two of them seriously, police said.The vehicle took off after the incident, which took place at about 8:00 am (0600 GMT) in the northwestern suburb of Levallois-Perret.Police described the incident as an “apparently deliberate act”.France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015 and has seen a string of attacks on security forces who have been regularly targeted, particularly those guarding key tourist sites.An 18-year-old with a history of psychological problems was arrested on Saturday at the Eiffel Tower after brandishing a knife and shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest).He told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier, sources close to the case told AFP.In February, a man armed with a machete attacked four soldiers on patrol at Paris’s Louvre Museum, while in April another extremist shot and killed a policeman on the Champs Elysees.In June, a 40-year-old Algeria doctorate student who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.last_img read more

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Australia readies for new PM

first_imgAustralia`s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull attends a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on 23 August, 2018. Photo: AFPAustralia was readying for a new prime minister Friday after a revolt against Malcolm Turnbull by hardline conservatives in his Liberal party, with the former banker’s near three-year reign all but over.Former home affairs minister Peter Dutton, an ex-police officer and right-winger, has been the driving force behind the move to unseat Turnbull after a party backlash against his more moderate approach to politics.Turnbull survived one attempt to knife him on Tuesday, winning a party room vote 48-35, but since then ministers have been defecting.Dutton needed to prove he had majority backing, or 43 signatures from within the party’s parliamentary group — a requirement for him to force a second crack at the top job ahead of national elections due by mid-2019.Turnbull confirmed he had received a petition showing this support.”I have just been provided with a request for a meeting of the Parliamentary Liberal Party. It has 43 signatures,” he tweeted.The party whip was personally phoning everyone on the list to make sure they had signed, broadcaster ABC reported.Turnbull said as soon as the names were confirmed, a meeting to decide the leadership would be called.The PM, who accused Dutton and his supporters of bullying and intimidation, on Thursday said he would not contest again and would leave parliament, although he did not set out a timetable.His departure from politics would spark a by-election for his Sydney seat, threatening the government’s one-seat parliamentary majority.Despite Dutton getting the numbers for a challenge, there is no guarantee he will assume the top job, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Treasurer Scott Morrison — both Turnbull allies — also in the running.During a three-way vote, whoever comes last in the first round will be eliminated with a second round taking place to decide who becomes leader.Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, a Turnbull ally, refused to say who he would be backing and hit out at disruptive elements inside his party.”I think some people should have considered the greater good of the people of Australia, and the government, rather than their own self-interest and ambition,” he said.- Owe you an apology -The unrest is the latest chapter in a turbulent decade for Australian politics, with no leader managing to serve out a full term since former Prime Minister John Howard lost the 2007 election.If a new prime minister takes office Friday, it will be the seventh in 11 years in a remarkable revolving door at Canberra’s parliament house.Complicating matters, Dutton was referred to the solicitor-general over his eligibility to sit in parliament due to family financial interests in childcare centres that receive government subsidies — a possible breach of constitutional rules.The nation’s top lawyer Friday cleared him to continue in parliament.If he succeeds in taking the top job, Dutton will push Australian politics further to the right with a shift in several policies.He has made clear already that he would slash the migrant intake to counter population pressures and has not ruled out withdrawing Australia from the Paris climate agreement.The move to oust Turnbull was sparked by his plans on Monday to embed carbon emissions targets in law.Coupled with the government long trailing the opposition Labor party in opinion polls, the move sparked a revolt that quickly spiralled into calls for his head.One minister was so disillusioned with the push to oust Turnbull that he took to Twitter to apologise to the Australian people.”Australia. We owe you an apology. I’m sorry. You deserve better than many of the things our Federal Parliament has served up to you for the past 10 years,” wrote Nationals MP Darren Chester, whose party is in a coalition with the Liberals.last_img

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Mamata leaves today for 3day Delhi visit to attend meet on 150th

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will set out for her three-day-long visit to Delhi on Tuesday.Banerjee will be attending a meeting, where there will be discussion over the programme schedule to observe the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be present in the meeting of the national level committee, comprising all chief ministers, Gandhians and eminent people from different walks of life. The Bengal government will also celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation and it will begin from October 2 at Gandhi Bhavan in Beliaghata. The state government has set up a 46-member committee with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as its chairperson and the committee has already held its first meeting. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe state government has taken all necessary measures for restoration of the Gandhi Bhavan. Besides organising essay competitions and publishing booklets, the state government has also decided to place a permanent chair in the name of Gandhiji at Calcutta University.The Chief Minister will be staying in Delhi till May 3. Though the main objective of her visit is to attend the May 2 meeting over the programme schedule to observe the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, her visit has come up to be a crucial one, at a time when anti-BJP leaders from different states are in constant touch with her to form the Federal Front, to ensure a one-to-one fight in the general elections in 2019. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be recalled that during her last visit to Delhi in March, she had met former Congress president Sonia Gandhi. She had held meeting with eminent leaders, including National Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar. In a recent development in connection with the formation of an anti-BJP front, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and DMK working president MK Stalin had a telephonic conversation with Banerjee on Sunday. It may be recalled that Rao had held a meeting with Banerjee in Nabanna on March 19.last_img read more

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