Published on July 9th, 2022 | by Subhash Nair0
Volvo V60 Recharge T8 // Performance Hybrid Of The Year VOTY 2022
The Volvo V60 Recharge T8 is our pick at VOTY 2022 for Performance Hybrid Of The Year.
This is a new category for us this year. Electrification is growing and soon hybrids may become the norm even in Malaysia. We have to adopt VOTY to this and so we decided to pay attention this year to special hybrid vehicles that managed to satisfy our taste for performance. Luckily, Volvo Car Malaysia dropped an unexpected product that ticked all the right boxed.
The Volvo V60 didn’t have to come to Malaysia. Wagons have long been ignored by premium and mass market brands alike here. But enthusiasts know that Volvo makes some of the best looking wagons on earth and they’ve got a history with performance wagons. Marrying this V60 wagon shape to the T8 powertrain allows them to give Malaysians a modernised take on the classic mid-sized Volvo sports wagon while still furthering their electrification goals.
The Volvo V60 Recharge T8 is a prime example of a company taking risks to make enthusiasts and fans of their brand happy and we salute Volvo Car Malaysia for their effort with this award.
About DSF.my-Allianz Vehicle Of The Year Awards (VOTY)
VOTY is sponsored by Allianz Malaysia Berhad and is judged by Daniel Sherman Fernandez, Ross Hadi, Amirul Mukminin and Subhash Nair from Drive Safe and Fast (dsf.my) and GohedGostan.com.
Our selection process is simple and clean. All cars launched in Malaysia within 13 months of our cutoff date are eligible for entry. We contact all car brands officially operating in Malaysia and ask for our judges to test out eligible cars. There is no participation fee, no tables/seats to buy, no package deals. No car company may buy their award and that makes unique in Malaysia. It is held annually and the way we determine the winners is by having each of the experienced judges vote on their favourite car in each category.
The categories are kept as consistent as possible from year to year, but we’ve made some revisions to fit the market. Some years there just aren’t any hot hatches launched but tonnes of new hybrids or electric cars. Our title sponsor Allianz recognises the integrity of our team and leaves the decisions to us with regards to categories and winners.