Motor group in Bedford celebrate awards for hybrid cars

Bells Motor Group Bedford has announced that Volvo has achieved a double success in the 2019 Carbuyer and DrivingElectric Awards.

Thursday, 27th December 2018, 5:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 11:01 am
Volvo XC60

The new V60 premium mid-size estate was crowned Compact Executive Car of the Year, while the technically advanced XC60 T8 Twin Engine, which is also available to Bedford drivers, claimed the DrivingElectric Large Plug-in Hybrid of the Year honour.

Carbuyer tailors its awards according to the latest preferences, opinions and requirements of the thousands of motorists who use its website. DrivingElectric provides the same expert service with a focus on the new generation of electrified vehicles.

Steve Fowler, Carbuyer and DrivingElectric editorial director, said: “Volvo is a brand on a roll at the moment, and the V60 could well be its most impressive model yet. Sharp looks, practicality and high levels of comfort make it a force to be reckoned with in this fiercely competitive segment. Right now, it’s the compact executive car we’d choose above all the others.”

Turning to the XC60 T8 Twin Engine, he added: “Combine Volvo’s classy XC60 with its T8 plug-in hybrid technology and you have a match made in heaven, with affordable running costs and a big hit of performance.”

Clive Bell, managing director at Bells Motor Group Bedford, said: “It’s great to see the V60 and XC60 win these awards because they recognise the advances Volvo is making as a brand. The V60 has enjoyed an unprecedented reception since its launch and established itself as the benchmark model in its class. At the same time, Volvo is setting new standards for design, practicality and customer appeal with both models, and is also investing in advanced Twin Engine plug-in hybrid technology that balances customer demand for performance, fuel economy and emissions efficiency.

“We are immensely proud of the two models and we encourage car buyers in Bedford to come and take a test drive to experience their award-winning features for themselves.”

The V60 commands instant attention with its elegant, contemporary styling, high-quality appointments and luxury equipment features, yet it also offers exceptional practicality thanks to a spacious cabin and class-leading boot space that’s sensibly shaped and easy to access.

The T8 Twin Engine brings an exciting, advanced performance dimension to the XC60 premium mid-size SUV. The plug-in hybrid system is a best-of-both-worlds package in which the 303hp petrol engine and 87hp electric motor work seamlessly together or individually according to your wishes or the road conditions.

For more information on the Volvo V60 and XC60 ranges, and to use the online configurator, visit or visit your local retailer, Bells Motor Group Bedford, on Riverfield Drive, Bedford, call 01234 360666.