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New 2015 Volvo V60 in a class of its own

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The car new V60 exterior features a wide grille, V-shaped sculpted hood and lights form a prominent face.

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The car new V60 exterior features a wide grille, V-shaped sculpted hood and lights form a prominent face.

Volvo's 2015 V60, which arrived in the showroom at Jaguar Land Rover Volvo Winnipeg at the beginning of February, is in a brand-new class, says sales rep Aaron Ledohowski

"It's a sports wagon," he said, adding that the new model is a cross between Volvo's S60 sedan and the XC70 Cross Country. "Volvo is one of the few brands that are still building wagons."

The V60 is powered by a four-cylinder Drive-E engine, offering a choice of turbo and turbo-supercharged mills that produce 240 and 302 horsepower, respectively, in T5 and T6 trim levels.

The car's exterior features a wide grille, V-shaped sculpted hood and lights form a prominent face. Inside, the rear seats can be folded down in three 40/20/40 segments, so that the rear 430 litres of load space can be supplemented quickly and easily.

For parents, the V60 offers two-stage integrated booster cushions for children. With one simple movement, the booster cushions pop up from the seat base, giving a comfortable and safe ride height for children aged three and up.

Among the safety features are the standard City Safety, which prevents or mitigates slow-moving collisions with smart automatic braking, and the optional Pedestrian & Cyclist Detection, which can automatically stop the car at speeds up to 31 mph if a person steps out or a cyclist swerves suddenly into your lane.

The V60's base price starts in the low-$40,000 range.

"We are just beginning to market the new model, although we have had some pre-ordered," Ledohowski said.

Waverley Chrysler Dodge Jeep is sales leader

Dealer principal Steve Dennis and his staff at Waverley Chrysler Dodge Jeep had a very good year last year. The dealership at the Waverley Auto Mall was the top volume-selling Chrysler dealer for Manitoba and Saskatchewan for 2013. "We increased our new and sued cars sales last year," Dennis said. "But the biggest factor was a large increase in our fleet sales, thanks to the efforts of our fleet manager, Rick Schroth."

Dennis added that the store's January sales were excellent. "Our product line is being very well received," he said.

In other Waverley Chrysler News, the dealership's new fixed operations manager is industry veteran Craig Rogers, replacing Rudy Sigler who retired at the end of the year.

"This was a great opportunity to align myself with a great brand," said Rogers, who has been in the industry for 28 years. "This is a great place to work, with great people."

The dealership has also welcomed two veteran sales reps and two newcomers to its sales team over the past few months.

Ron Clark returned to work at the beginning of February after being off for a personal matters. "It's nice to be back," said the 16-year veteran sales rep.

Norm Levine joined the Waverley Chrysler team in early December after a change of ownership at his last employer. "I'm comfortable here," he said. "It's a nice place with good people, and I know the brand."

Edgardo Mateo and Yadi Sandhu joined the dealership's sales staff last summer. Both are new to the industry, Sandhu comes from the investment field while Mateo was most recently the food and beverage manager at the Inn at the Forks.

After 22 years in the hotel business, Mateo was in the market for a career which would allow him to spend more time with his young family.

"It's going great here," he said. "Just like working in a hotel, you have to deliver customer service and develop a rapport with your clients."

Sandhu said he's enjoying the challenge and that he has sold quite a number of vehicles.

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Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg also has a relatively new addition. Four-year industry veteran Evan Jakilazek joined the sales staff last spring.

"My dream was always to sell premium models," Jakilazek said. "Under the leadership of (president) Brian Lowes, this dealership's sales have been growing every year. Our commitment to customer service is a big part of that growth."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 21, 2014 E12

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