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Volvo’s performance brand, Polestar, is all-set to redefine the way people purchase their new vehicles. But even before it rolls out it this innovative brand and retail concept, Polestar is opening its very first showroom based on traditional network of dealerships. Its new showrooms – to be called as Polestar Spaces – will have it first brick-and-mortar location in Oslo, Norway. The Polestar Space in Oslo will commence its operations in the middle of 2019.
Thomas Ingenlath, chief executive of Polestar, called Polestar Spaces as a vital part of the brand’s customer experience, as it serves as the location where the carmaker physically meets its customers. The new Polestar Space will be found on Ovre Slottsgate in downtown Oslo, as located in a prominent retail environment along with other progressive brand stores.
Actually, the performance brand’s choice of location didn’t come as a surprise. Oslo is the capital city of Norway, where people are more likely to buy an electric vehicle instead of a conventionally powered one. Ingenlath remarked that it is logical to start the Polestar Space story in Oslo, since Norway is considered one of the most important EV markets in the world.Read the entire article First-ever Polestar Space to open in Oslo, Norway by mid-2019
Have you been imagining yourself driving a Polestar 1? If you have, now is the time for you to pre-order the 600 horsepower (447 kilowatt) hybrid coupe before it arrives in showrooms in 2019. A couple of days ago, the automaker decided to begin taking orders for interested buyers in exactly 18 countries including the United States, United Kingdon, China, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Norway, the Netherlands, and Italy.
For one to get a reservation slot, a $2,500 (2,500 euros or 20,000 yen) deposit must be made, and the great thing about this is that it is refundable.
Since the Polestar 1 made its debut in the public, the company found out that around 7,000 people were interested in owning one of these, and this idea encouraged the automaker even more, according to Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. This is what motivated them to take orders this early, and soon they will be taking the next step towards delivering this beautiful car to their first batch of customers.Read the entire article You may now pre-order a Polestar 1 for only $2500
Very recently, Polestar unveiled its very first production model in the form of the Polestar 1 high-performance hybrid coupe. Yet, there are already people who are wondering how a Polestar 1 would look like once it transforms into a convertible. Imagining such could be hard, so a rendering by graphic artist X-Tomi could provide some help.
X-Tomi had actually rendered the Polestar 1 coupe as the Polestar 1 shooting brake or estate wagon. This version of the Polestar comes with a full-length roof and a rear end similar to a hatchback. In a way, the Polestar 1 shooting brake would allow Polestar to offer a unique mix of performance, range and practicality. It looks gorgeous too.
Now, X-Tomi didn’t stop at the shooting brake rendering. He chopped off the roof, the B- and C-pillars, and then added some features that we would usually find in a convertible. With a couple of visual changes, X-Tomi managed to render the Polestar 1 convertible with an exterior that is wrapped in a midnight blue finish and an interior in black.Read the entire article Polestar 1 high-performance hybrid coupe is rendered as a convertible by X-Tomi
It was just a few days ago that Polestar officially took off the wraps from its very first production model called the Polestar 1. While this was inspired by a vintage-inspired coupe, it comes with modern technology and a powerful plug-in hybrid powertrain. At first glance, one may be reminded of the Volvo P1800. This has led to it being imagined as a shooting brake like that of the P1800ES. In fact, an artist from X-Tomi Design already made a rendering of the long-roof model as early as now.
But instead of rendering it to look like the P1800ES with a huge rear glass, it was the outgoing V90 wagon that gave X-Tomi Design the inspiration. It was designed with a higher roof that appears to give the cabin more space and comfort, while also replacing the tiny bench in the back of the standard Polestar 1 coupe.
Whether this is a coincidence or not, Volvo has actually already considered a vehicle much like the Polestar 1 shooting brake, and it was introduced back in 2014 as the Concept Estate. And three years later, it turned out to be the current V90.Read the entire article Would a Polestar 1 Shooting Brake work?
After the highly dynamic Polestar 1 two-door coupe – Polestar’s first ever production car -- was recently unveiled, not a few people’s curiosity was piqued as to how much they should shell out to purchase a unit of this 600-hp four-seater hybrid coupe. Sorry to say, but Polestar isn't planning to sell its first production model in a conventional manner. Not yet at least.
According to Polestar’s plan, customers could get hold of its Polestar 1 performance coupe only through its subscription plan. This means that no one will be able to buy the Polestar 1 coupe, but instead they have to become subscribers to the company’s plan. The subscription plan is good for two to three years. Once the subscription period has expired, a subscriber has to return the Polestar 1 to the company, or its representatives would knock on his or garage to pick up the performance coupe.
As for the returned model, it would be refurbished to return it to its near-pristine state, and would then be made available as a pre-owned model also through a subscription plan.Read the entire article Polestar 1 will cost up to $177,000
After months of dropping online teasers, Polestar finally reveals its very first production car virtually. The Polestar 1 is a two-door coupe that gets its design inspiration from the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe. It then shares an SPA platform that underpins the “90” series cars and the newest XC60. As for the hardware, half of it is derived from Volvo’s SPA, while the other half represents the partnership between Polestar and Volvo that’s made specially for this new product.
Therefore, the Polestar 1 is more than just a coupe version of the S90 Sedan, considering the fact that the four-seater has to step up its game when it comes to the powertrain. Having said that, its hybrid setup gives out an impressive 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet (1,000 Newton metres) of torque.
Besides that, it comes with a battery pack that can let the Polestar 1 reach 93 miles (150 kilometers). The automaker claims that in terms of range, the sporty coupe can perform better compared to any production hybrid out there. This is also because the coupe’s body is made entirely of carbon fiber, therefore cutting down a lot of its weight, while improving torsional stiffness by 45 percent. There is an electric axle between the rear wheels with torque vectoring capabilities for more power and precise handling.Read the entire article 600 hp Polestar 1 hybrid coupe is officially unveiled, production set to start mid-2019
Polestar is notably known to be Volvo's internal performance specialists, and around last year Polestar revealed to the public that it will utilize electrification to further advance the power of various Volvo vehicles. Only recently, the Swedish marque announced that Polestar is now a separately-branded electrified global high performance car company. Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President of Volvo, will immediately fill in the position of Chief Executive Officer at the former tuning studio in the bid to accelerate the process of establishing Polestar as a standalone organization. Ingenlath is also the one responsible for the company's magnificent new design language that is spotted on the XC70, XC90 and S90.
This news finally clarified the rumors flying about earlier this month, and now we can take a peek of the newly-made Polestar logo that will be adorned on the upcoming performance EV releases. Hakan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo cars, said that by putting Thomas up the Polestar organization ladder, it directly reflects the commitment to set-up a truly distinct standalone brand within the Volvo Car Group.
Samuelsson also said that Polestar will be a believable competitor in the emerging worldwide market for high performance electrified cars. And with this, the company will be able to market electrified cars to the world's most challenging, progressive drivers found in all parts of the world. Meanwhile, Jonathan Goodman will also join Polestar's organization by taking on the position of Chief Operation Officer, leaving behind his previous position as Senior Vice President Corporate Communication of Volvo Cars.Read the entire article Volvo's Polestar will now be a standalone electrified global high performance car company
A racing team is claiming that it has managed to break the lap record in its category in the ever-demanding Nurburgring circuit in 2016 while driving a road-going Volvo S60 Polestar, but it elected to keep things in secrecy – until now.
Cyan Racing -- the official Volvo factory auto racing team based in Gothenburg, Sweden – said that it did break the record for the fastest four-door, road-legal production car in the Green Hell.
According to the account, after the FIA World Touring Car Championship round in the Nordschleife in Germany, Cyan Ryan opted to stay behind and conduct a so-called secret test involving a road-going Volvo S60 Polestar. This secret test was conducted by Cyan Racing in order to harvest more know-how about the Volvo S60 Polestar as well as to bring more improvements into the car. Taking advantage of their motorsport expertise, Cyan Racing went on to boost the performance levels of the Volvo S60 Polestar, thereby making it more potent on the road.Read the entire article Volvo S60 Polestar has broken Nurburgring’s record for fastest 4-door production car
Volvo disclosed that following the acquisition of Polestar, the new subsidiary will be tasked with working on the planned lineup of electric vehicles. This is expected as Polestar has a long history when it comes to racing.
With this, Polestar can likely make new electric models, shared Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Cars North America. While people have compared this buyout with what happened between Mercedes-Benz and its purchase of AMG, Kerssemakers assures customers that the goal will not be building racing cars that display crazy performance. Rather, he continued, it is all about making cars that can also be used on a daily basis.
Currently, the brand is looking into how to it can benefit from the best of Polestar and the cycle plan that will be launched alongside it, Kerssemakers added. He said further that even if the focus is indeed on performance, it will remain to be about how the brand stands out when it comes to the drivetrain. It appears that in the future, electrification will have a significant part and Polestar is expected to play a role, he concluded.Read the entire article Volvo tasks Polestar with creating exciting and potent but “useable” electric vehicles
Owners of Volvo cars who want to boost the performance of their cars for that added driving pleasure would surely love the new customization options now available. Volvo subsidiary Polestar Performance Parts recently unveiled a wide range of enhancements for the Volvo S60, V40, V60 and XC60 models.
The numerous enhancement options being offered include chassis parts, exhaust, interior and exterior details designed to improve driving experience while reflecting owners' preferences. Polestar Chief Operating Officer Niels Möller explained that for a long time, the company has known of a strong demand for their products from Volvo owners all over the world.
This time, the company is happy to oblige these loyal customers by developing these enhancements aimed to improve driving pleasure, performance and handling of their cars. With Polestar's and motorsport partner Cyan Racing's 20-year motorsport experience, all Polestar Performance Parts were designed under the philosophy "Made to Perform."Read the entire article Polestar launches line of performance parts for Volvo S60, V40, V60 and XC60
Volvo Cars, which has recently purchased Swedish race-car maker Polestar, seeks to be able to compete with Mercedes-AMG and BMW's M models. Volvo will be using this name for a bigger high-performance range. Under a cooperation agreement entered in 2013, Volvo has already started to sell Polestar-tuned versions of the V60 wagon and S60 sedan.
In a statement, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said that Volvo will utilize its full resources to develop Polestar further and for more Volvo owners to experience what Polestar has to offer. The automaker will offer sportier versions of its regular models, a move that is copied from Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
The automaker also said that it has raised its estimate for Polestar sales from 750 units this year to about 1,500 units in the medium term. The monetary details of the deal weren’t revealed. The acquisition does not include the racing unit of Polestar as it remains to be controlled by racecar driver Christian Dahl, its owner and CEO.Read the entire article Volvo buys Polestar to develop sportier, high performance cars
The 2015 Volvo XC90 has just been unveiled two days ago but there are no words of a possible Polestar edition of the new SUV. Still, that didn’t stop X-Tomi Design to work its magic on the stylish Swedish SUV and transform it into a blue menace. As you can see from the photos, the XC90 became even more aggressive thanks to a new front bumper with larger air intakes and to the addition of a new set of rocker panels.
Moreover, the vehicle received a new set of five-spoke alloy wheels as well as a smurf blue exterior finish. For those who don’t know, the 2015 Volvo XC90 comes a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines but also with a plug-in hybrid version.
The T6 turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine generates 320 hp (239 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. Meanwhile, the T5 petrol engine develops 254 hp (289 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.Read the entire article Rendered Speculation: 2015 Volvo XC90 Polestar looks pretty awesome in smurf blue
Volvo is planning to expand its lineup of Polestar models and according to the latest rumors the Swedish manufacturer is currently deciding if it will work on the V40 or the XC60. Volvo already offers the Polestar S60 sedan and V60 estate models but wants to improve sales of its high-performance offerings.
Previous reports said that Volvo was planning a V40 Polestar but according to company’s powertrain boss Derek Crabb this is not true. Why? Because each of the individual markets want a different model such as a V40, XC60 or S60.
Still, the company considers that it can’t do it commercially and needs to rationalize that. If the current Polestar models from Volvo are powered by a six-cylinder engines that develops 350 hp, the upcoming models will get a high-performance version of the four-cylinder Drive-E powerplant.Read the entire article Volvo XC60, V40 models next in line for Polestar versions
Although the idea of a powerful plug-in hybrid car is something new, that didn’t stop Polestar to take a closer look at the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid. For those who don’t know, this model uses a 2.4-liter turbodiesel engine that generates 215 hp and 440 Nm of torque, as well as an electric motor with 68 hp and 200 Nm.
Thanks to a new optimization, the diesel engine was received an extra 15 hp and 30 Nm of torque, which means that the total output delivered by the hybrid system is now 298 hp and 670 Nm of torque. With these numbers, the V60 D6 Plug-In Hybrid accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds.
Despite the power increase, fuel consumptions remains the same: 1.8 l/100 km, which translates into 48 g/km CO2 emissions. What’s more interesting is that Polestar Performance is installed by a Volvo dealer with retained Volvo warranty.Read the entire article Polestar upgrades the Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid
We already know that Ford is working hard on the next-generation Focus RS that will rival the Audi RS3 Sportback and the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG. Still, the mentioned vehicles will have a new rival as Volvo is considering a Polestar version of the V40. According to Auto Express, the V40 Polestar will use the new 2.0-liter four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E engine that will power the upcoming Volvo XC90 ‘Twin Engine’ T8 Hybrid.
On the SUV, the new petrol engine is combined with an electric motor that delivers 80 hp, while the total output of the hybrid system is around 400 hp.
The 2.0-liter petrol engine is expected to develop on the V40 Polestar around 315 hp, which means it will be able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 6.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 km/h or 155 mph.Read the entire article Volvo considering a Polestar version of the V40
Volvo has rolled off the first Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar from its Volvo Torslanda site for delivery to its first owners. Volvo’s Torslanda site recently marked 50 years of production with a total of over 6.8 million cars rolling off its production line, starting from the Amazon in 1964 and to the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar.
The Polestar model also marked the first time the site produced a vehicle for an independent partner. Henrik Fries, S/V60 Polestar Technical Project Manager, expressed delight in rolling off of the first Polestar from the Volvo factory.
He remarked that the car was “a satisfying result of many hours of work” by the people of Polestar and Volvo.Read the entire article First Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar models roll off the production line
According to the latest reports from Autocar, the upcoming performance models from Volvo will be fitted with electric rear axles and diesel engines. These words came from Polestar boss Hand Baath. For those who don’t know, Polestar made its name running Volvo touring car teams and is already working on the next-generation hot models from the Swedish company.
We also found out that the new engines will not be larger than a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit, which means that Volvo will ditch the traditional six and eight-cylinder engines.
As a result, the upcoming Polestar models will be four-wheel-drive (AWD) and use tuned four-cylinder Drive-E engines that deliver to power to the front wheels, while the electric motor and battery pack will send the power to the rear axle.Read the entire article Upcoming Polestar models from Volvo will receive electric rear axles, diesel engines
Volvo introduced today the all-new V60 Polestar, a high-performance version of the popular V60 station wagon which promises to debut on four continents around the world in 2014. As expected, the new Volvo V60 Polestar comes with multiple upgrades such as modifications made to increase rigidity of the chassis to cater for the 80% stiffer springs, high performance Ohlins shock absorbers, 20-inch Polestar wheels as well as 371 mm ventilated front discs and six-piston Brembo calipers.
The 2014 V60 Polestar comes with improved aerodynamics thanks to new front splitters, the new rear spoiler and the air diffuser. Under the hood, there is a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo-charged T6 engine developing 350 hp (257 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque.
A new 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust system was added in order to make a throaty engine note.Read the entire article Volvo introduces the high-performance V60 Polestar
Volvo announced today that the S60 Polestar will go into limited production, but the bad news is that the first batch will be exclusively built for Australian market. The first cars will be delivered to the customers in late June 2013 and each car will carry a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo-charged Volvo T6 engine delivering 350bhp or 257kW and 500+ Nm of torque.
With these numbers, the Volvo S60 Polestar is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h or 155 mph. Moreover, the car uses a Polestar-tuned six-speed automatic gearbox, which also features a launch control system and a Polestar-tuned Haldex 4WD system.
Polestar also took care of the engine and installed a new intercooler, a BorgWarner turbo and a full-flow stainless steel exhaust system with 3.5-inch tailpipes.Read the entire article 2013 Volvo S60 Polestar officially unveiled
Volvo will release a new C30 Polestar edition model in the U.S. that costs $32,445. The interest for the Volvo C30 hatchback failed to match the popularity of the newer S60 compact sports sedan but this special edition model is expected to have a better showing. Volvo will offer only 250 units in the U.S. It will arrive in dealerships this November.
Volvo will be introducing a C30 hatch variant that gets a boost in power to 250hp. This car will arrive at showrooms this November. It will have a starting price of $32,445. As is typical of a Polestar-edition Volvo, the special C30 hatch delivers 250hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, standing for a boost of 23 hp and 37 lb-ft, due to the improved airflow in the combustion chambers and advancing spark timing.
During testing, the long-term 2008 Volvo C30 equipped with the stock turbocharged 2.5-liter I-5 engine and a five-speed automatic could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and could attain the quarter-mile mark in 15.5 seconds at 94 mph. Volvo said that the C30 Polestar edition offers the same standard EPA fuel economy estimates of 21/29 mpg city/highway with the six-speed manual and 21/30 mpg with the five-speed automatic.Read the entire article Volvo C30 Polestar to cost $32,445 in the United States
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