The new Volvo XC60 launch event

Last week, I was so excited to attend the Press Launch Event of the new Volvo XC60 on behalf of Blog by Grazielle and #MaltaTV. I love cars so when the occasion arises to welcome a new beauty or beast, I am always interested to discover it up close and personal and to get back to some of my roots in the automotive industry which are still  close to my heart despite everything that is going on in my life.  To attend this day event, I chose to wear a corporate look including a black shirt and a pencil skirt from Mangano’s new autumn/winter collection topped up with my cool Versace shades. Off I went to the event was  held on Wednesday 18th October


Posing in front of the new Volvo XC60 wearing: Mangano

Organised by Gasan Zammit Motors Ltd at The Galley Restaurant in Ta’ Xbiex, the new Volvo was unveiled by the sales team following a wonderful luncheon, lots of laughs and good vibes from press colleagues, with views of the magnificent Valletta Grand Harbour. It was such a pleasure to meet once again some press persons and TV personalities such as Tonio Darmanin of Paqpaq TV and Fleur Balzan of Wheelspin and key persons at The Times of Malta who are totally focused on featuring cars in their programmes and magazines. Their passion for what they do never fades with time and I admire them all very much for it!

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About the Volvo XC60

This new model replaces Volvo’s highly-successful original XC60, which in the nine years since its launch became the bestselling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe with nearly a million units sold globally. The XC60 today represents around 30 per cent of Volvo’s total global sales.

It’s been a remarkable couple of years for Volvo since the launch of the XC90 SUV and now it’s the turn of what Volvo calls its ‘60 cluster’ cars, starting with the XC60 SUV. The new XC60 is one of the safest cars ever produced and offers the latest in safety technology, including the new Oncoming Lane Mitigation system which uses a steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions. Volvo’s semi-autonomous driver assistance system, Pilot Assist, which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 km/h, is available in the new XC60 as an option.





Aesthetically, the Volvo XC60 is one of the most scintillatingly stylish cars on the road, with razor-sharp lines and an astonishingly contemporary interior that borrows heavily from Volvo’s other cutting-edge flagship models (the XC90, V90 and S90).

Indeed, the family resemblance is plain to see from every angle. Volvo’s new mid-size all-roader bears the dramatic Thor hammer headlights, proud bonnet and sharply folded side panels that characterise its larger siblings, making for a road presence that simply can’t be rivalled. I just wish to take it out for a test drive to be able to comment about its handling.. I’m sure I can get this organised some time soon!

Speaking at the Maltese launch of the new XC60, Mr Manfred Galea, Volvo’s Brand Manager at GasanZammit Motors Ltd. said, “undoubtedly the new Volvo XC 60 is a practical Swedish five-seater SUV, where hybrid technology is natural. Where every drive is a pleasure. Moreover, it offers strength, style and a level of quality and comfort.”

NT3A2502Paqpaq TV Presenter Tonio Darmanin and TV Crew in action interviewing Volvo sales manager




The XC60 is the fourth model based on Volvo’s in-house developed SPA vehicle architecture, following the introduction of the top-of-the-line 90 series in recent years. The SPA-related investments in Sweden have had positive effects on employment at the company, as thousands of new jobs have been added in production, research & development, and other areas.

The new XC60 will be launched with the diesel D4 engine at 190hp and will follow with Volvo’s award-winning T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid, delivering 407hp and having an acceleration from 0-100 Km in just 5.3 seconds.



So, if you want a vehicle that offers market-leading luxury, class, poise and presence – and can tackle a rugged trail without breaking a sweat – the all-new Volvo XC60 is the place to look. If you are looking for a corporate car that can easily switch to be the ideal family car for a family of 4 or 5, this is also a good place to look. Look forward to take it out for a spin on the road to be able to tell you and show you more …

Thank you to all the Gasan Zammit team for inviting me to this event!

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This is a video production by PAQPAQ TV. The host and producer Mr Tonio Darmanin interviews sales manager Manfred Galea during the launch. It is a Maltese programme for car enthusiasts. Enjoy!

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