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Last year was probably one of the busiest years for the European New Car Assessment Programme, with a total of around 70 cars tested. But amongst that huge pack of vehicles, one model managed to really stand out, and this was the second-generation Volvo XC60. After going through all those cars, the European NCAP made a decision that this is the safest car overall.
Ever since, Volvo has had a good reputation when it comes to car safety, and that is why we are not surprised that the new XC60 got the highest score during the tests. It scored 98% for the Adult Occupant category, and for Safety Assist, it got 95%, which still is pretty impressive as most cars do not ever get a score that high.
Malin Ekholm, Vice President of Volvo Cars Safety Center, promised that no one should ever get seriously injured or killed ever riding a Volvo car by the beginning of next decade. And based on the results we just saw, it seems like the automaker is right on track with fulfilling this promise.Read the entire article 2018 Volvo XC60 gets the Euro NCAP’s best ratings for 2017
Today, Volvo has a pretty complete range of new SUVs. These models vary from the largest XC90 to the smallest model which is the XC40. At the top of the range is the S90 along with the V90. Now, it is time for them to update the smaller cars in its lineup, and we mean their sedans and crossovers. In fact, the company is already testing for the new S60 and V60, and according to Auto Express, Volvo executives exactly know what they want from the new V40.
Starting with the V40 hatchback, the next generation model will now sit on a CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform just like that of the XC40. They will be built on the same wheelbase too. Apart from that, Volvo thinks that both vehicles can share a number of components, such as their powertrains and infotainment systems.
When Volvo launches the V40, it will initially be equipped with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Aside from this, a plug-in hybrid may be available from the beginning too, if not later on towards its life cycle. In Europe, a diesel option will be available too following a fully electric version later on.Read the entire article Next Volvo V40 will get two battery options for the EV
At this year’s FIA World Touring Car Championship, it was Volvo that stood out and became the victor with an S60 TC1 race car. So to celebrate this victory, the Swedish automaker dished out a handful of special edition S60s and V60s that get their inspiration from the motorsport. For your reference, it was Thed Bjork who took the driver’s championship during the FIA World Touring Car Championship. He was the guy behind the S60 Polestar TC1, and if you didn’t know, this is the very first time a Swedish company won the championship.
Having said that, the new V60 Polestar Performance World Championship Edition and the Volvo S60 package are available on all D4, D5, T5 and T6 models. The package includes visual enhancements such as a set of 19-inch bespoke Polestar light alloy wheels that are dressed in performance focused tires, a sculpted diffuser, and a new rear spoiler. There is also a Polestar gear lever that can be found in the cabin.
As for the mechanical bits, the special edition model gets a free flow stainless steel exhaust system, a sports air filter, and updated suspension dampers and springs that come with the package. With Polestar’s optimisation, horsepower has also increased by 10 (7 kilowatts), and torque is improved by 36 pound feet (50 Newton metres). The current engine is paired to quicker gearshifts and improved throttle response.Read the entire article Volvo comes out with Polestar Champion Editions of the S60 and V60
The other day, it was confirmed that Volvo will finally bring the XC40 to US soil, where it will first make an appearance at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now, the small crossover will finally hit production phase at the Swedish company’s Ghent plant in Belgium. Having said that, we can expect to see the first batch of production models roll off the production line and head off to their respective owners sometime next year.
This early, the automaker has already received 13,000 orders, so they will definitely be busy producing enough examples of the XC40 in the next couple of months. To be more specific, customers should be able to receive their vehicles early next year, according to Volvo.
Volvo Cars chief executive and president Hakan Samuelsson said that the beginning of the XC40’s production is a special day for both Ghent and Volvo, and this particular model represents a bright future for the aforementioned companies.Read the entire article 2018 Volvo XC40 production begins in Belgium
While the Volvo XC40 isn’t new anymore to European buyers, it’s only now that the Swedish brand’s smallest SUV will be brought to the United States. The Volvo XC40 SUV will make its American debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, together with what the company refers to as a new “subscription-based” car buying experience.
To enlighten you guys, the program called “Care by Volvo” is a car-buying service that will make purchasing a car as simple as owning a cell phone. Hakan Samuelson (Volvo CEO) and Anders Gustafsson (Volvo President) are both scheduled to talk about this new system on November 29 in the city of angels, so people would have a clearer understanding of it. Of course, they will show off the subscription service together with the new XC40 for the first time in North America.
In a recent interview with Gustafsson, he said that California is the place where technology cultures and transportation meet. He then added that the Los Angeles Auto Show will be the ideal place for them to introduce something like this, where both worlds are involved. The president also gave us a tidbit about the purpose of this new service, explaining that Care by Volvo, alongside the new SUV, will make life less complicated for their customers.Read the entire article Volvo XC40 will make its debut in the United States at 2017 LA Auto Show
As we know, Volvo will be holding the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race soon. And to celebrate the start of this event, the Geely-owned luxury automaker prepared an eco-friendly special edition V90 Cross Country rugged wagon. This unique vehicle was made by the automaker’s Special Vehicles department, in a bid to fight marine pollution. Parts of the car like the carpet inlays were made from manufactured fabric called Econyl - made from 100 percent recycled nylon. And believe it or not, the luxurious cabin was actually made from fishing nets that had been abandoned and extracted from the seabed.
What makes it different from a standard V90 Cross Country are the colour accents that it will come with. One will notice a combination of matte grey and bright orange accents on its Crystal White body, which the standard model does not have. If you remember, we actually first saw these styling details back in 2014 on the Concept XC Coupe, and it is finally being implemented on a production model. There are other novelties such as a new set of alloy wheels, while the seat upholstery gets a tailor-made stitching.
To give back, Volvo will donate 100 euros ($116) of the sales from each of the first 3,000 cars that will be assembled. That goes up to a total of 300,000 euros ($348,400). These funds will go to Volvo’s Ocean Race’s Science Program, which hopes to clean up ocean plastics. However, we do not know if the automaker will stop at making only 3,000 examples of the model.Read the entire article 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country will take part in campaign against ocean pollution
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?
With the introduction of the new Volvo XC40, the carmaker is now able to cover three size sections of the global SUV market, which is considered as the fastest growing segment. Volvo is hoping that the new XC40 would allow it to take advantage of the ever-growing demand for SUVs around the world, enabling it to rake in more sales and become more profitable.
At launch, the new Volvo XC40 will be available in various trim levels, like the Momentum and R-Design. The entry-level trim and range-topping Inscription versions are due to be introduced later after the launch. XC40 models with the Momentum trim are provided, as standard, with a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and a nine-inch touch screen infotainment system with navigation.
Also standard are LED headlights, Sensus Connect Internet, dual-zone climate control and rear parking assist as well as leather heated front seats and 18-inch alloy wheels. When the R-Design trim is availed, twin exhaust tips and a lowered sport suspension is provided. The R-Design trim also includes leather and aluminum trim in the cabin with black highlights on the exterior.Read the entire article 2018 Volvo XC40 small premium SUV makes its official debut
On August 21, 2017, many people in North America witnessed the once in a lifetime solar eclipse, as the last time it occurred was over 99 years ago. The eclipse crossed what they called the "Path of Totality" as the sun moved from west to east, covering some parts of the United States.
Unsurprisingly, this phenomenon was used by automakers as some kind of marketing tool. For instance, Nissan used this natural event to introduce the Midnight Edition, or blacked out version of models like the Titan, Titan XD, and the Frontier. This is a limited edition blacked out livery of the said models. Volvo, on the other hand, used the solar eclipse to present a protective screen that people can stick on their XC60 SUV's sunroof.
Apart from Nissan and Volvo, other automakers like Land Rover, Mitsubishi, and Karma used the solar eclipse to as a backdrop of their cars. Having said that, all three companies brought out their cars to the field, photographing them during the event.Read the entire article Which automaker was able to best use the solar eclipse for marketing?
Recently, we have been hearing news that some of the biggest automakers will not make an appearance at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Despite being one of the biggest motor shows, they seem to not be getting majority of the best brands - for this year’s event at least.
Normally, we would expect most brands to showcase their new cars here. But according to Automotive News Europe, companies like DS, Infiniti, Peugeot, Jeep, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Mitsubishi, Volvo, and Nissan will not be attending the grand event this year. And these brands take up about 20 percent of total sales in Europe.
You must be wondering why then? Firstly, taking part in the biggest shows means spending more too. And the Frankfurt event is probably one of the most expensive events for automakers to attend. Furthermore, spending a lot of money to put your cars on display in these events doesn’t necessarily translate to more sales. So sometimes, these companies lose more money than they expect to earn.Read the entire article 9 major automakers will not attend 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
When a company files a trademark application for a certain name, it usually means that it wants to exclusively use such moniker and effectively prevent others from using it. Of course, there are a number of other reasons why a company would apply for a patent. Just recently, Swedish auto maker Volvo filed a trademark application for the name “S50,” sparking several hypotheses on the company’s future plans.
The filing of a trademark for the “S50” name could that Volvo is planning to create a new product. It could be a future product being conceptualized or even a vehicle that is already in the works. For such a new product to use the S50 name, Volvo would want to keep the moniker from being used by other carmakers.
Volvo has never used the name “S50” to name its products. If we look at how the brand typically names its models, an S means that it would be sedan, with V standing for a wagon and XC for a sports utility vehicle. This was made clear especially with the carmaker’s new 90 series, with the S90 being a sedan, the V90 a wagon and the XC90 an SUV. It would only be logical to assume that a future product is in the concept or in the works, in the form of a sedan and it would be called the Volvo S50.Read the entire article Volvo files trademark for S50 name, raising speculations about a future sedan model
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
The next generation Volvo XC60 will be soon on its way to dealerships and customers as the Swedish carmaker has already commenced production of the mid-sized sports utility vehicle at its Torslanda facility in Sweden. In fact, the very first customer-bound Volvo XC60 has already rolled off the production line. This particular XC60 is a petrol-powered T5 Inscription AWD model wrapped in Crystal White exterior finish.
Magnus Nilsson, vice president of the Torslanda facility, remarked that they spent several months to thoroughly prepare the assembly site for the new 2018 Volvo XC60, adding that they are now ready to commence deliveries to customers.
Underpinned by Volvo’s self-developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), the new Volvo XC60 builds on the success of the first-generation model. It is the fourth model underpinned by this platform, which also underpins the 90 series. With almost a million examples already sold globally in the nine years since its launch in 2008, the first-gen XC60 was considered as the No. 1 premium mid-sized SUV in Europe, in terms of sales. In fact, the XC60 accounts for around 30 percent of the carmaker’s global volume. The second-gen XC60 is going up against the likes of Audi Q5, BMW X3 and the Jaguar F-Pace.Read the entire article Volvo starts production of XC60 at its Torslanda assembly site in Sweden
Fans have been kept on their toes ever since the lengthy teaser campaign, more so when the very revealing image of the second-generation Volvo XC60 was leaked. Finally, the wait is over, as details for the premium crossover have been revealed.
For starters, the 2018 Volvo XC60 carried over the great qualities of the XC90’s design, creating a smaller package which some believe works pretty well on the new model. The interior cabin of the XC60 is as opulent as its predecessor and is installed with a four-zone climate control. It also supports both Android and Apple CarPlay integration. The improvements on the XC60 are quite a breath of fresh air considering the challenges it will face in its segment.
What’s pretty surprising about the XC60 is that it is fitted with the same T8 Twin Engine setup as that of the bigger SC90 that will carry out the performance that it deserves. An electric motor works in conjunction with the turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter engine to produce a total output of 407 horsepower enough for the XC60 hybrid to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in a matter of 5.3 seconds.Read the entire article 2018 Volvo XC60 comes with upgraded powertrain and new exterior design
By 2020, Volvo aims to bring a host of active and passive driver aids to prevent serious injuries or deaths in all its vehicles. Just a few days before the Geneva Motor Show kicks in, Volvo has got a few more teasers to whet our appetites for the new XC60 SUV. The 2018 Volvo XC60 would come out with not just one but three driver assistance features--- one of which could autonomously drive you out of danger.
Since two out of three systems are mere updates, Volvo’s City Safety suite has been added with the new steering support feature that instinctively works alongside the automatic braking system in case it isn’t sufficient enough to prevent sudden impact. In other words, this clever technology could steer itself to thwart any possible collision ahead of time.
The latest safety feature will work when you’re driving between 50-100kph and will then increase the odds of being able to detect possible road threats such as large animal, pedestrian crossing or if another vehicle is on the way. Rather than limiting itself to a semi-autonomous cruise control system, all three assistance technologies are using the new automated steering to help the driver maintain his or her safety on the road. This new steering assistance device helps the driver avoid a crash if brakes are not enough to do the job.Read the entire article Volvo teases new autonomous steering driver assist for 2018 XC60
Volvo’s stylish premium station wagon is heading to the market, and it doesn’t come cheap. As Swedish carmaker Volvo has indicated, its new Volvo V90 midsize wagon won’t be available through traditional means in the United States. This means that even if you go to the US dealer nearest your location, you won’t be able to simply come out of the showroom driving a 2017 Volvo V90 premium station wagon. This is because Volvo has decided not to stock the V90 stylish wagon in the US, as it has deep concerns over the low demand for regular wagons. Thus, if you want to get Volvo’s premium station wagon as your ride, you have to place a special order for the V90.
Good thing is that Volvo has launched an online configurator for its new products. This would allow interested customers to decide on the specs, features and elements of their new Volvo V90 without having to go their local dealers. Interestingly, the prices are also indicated, which means customers could also fit their Volvo V90 to their budget, giving them a clear idea how much money they need to shell out for their new premium station wagons.
The least expensive Volvo V90 – yes, this stylish wagon fetches a high price – could be availed for a base price of $49,950. When the destination fee of $995 is included, the total price surges to $50,945. This goes for the front-wheel drive V90 R-Design grade that is powered by a T5 turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine that delivers up to 250 hp of output and up to 258 lb.-ft. of torque.Read the entire article 2017 Volvo V90 premium station wagon priced from $50,945 in the US
Like other car companies, Volvo is also busy preparing for the autonomous future. As a matter of fact, the Swedish manufacturing firm is giving its first customers their firsthand experience of what self-driving technology has in store for the coming years. To prove it, a family from Gothenburg Sweden will be given this great opportunity of riding a fully-autonomous Volvo.
Volvo’s full autopilot feature is expected to be ready by 2021. In line with their research program, the Hain family from Sweden was chosen to take part in the experience. This extraordinary offer means that they will be riding on a fully-autonomous vehicle in the most realistic traffic environment. With the driver’s role in mind, this type of strategy will help Volvo in enhancing their technology even further.
Following the launch of its “Drive Me” research program, Volvo has provided its first 100 customers the chance to ride the autonomous-ready XC90 SUVs. These vehicles will be going around Sweden, China and the UK. The engineers at Volvo are slated to perform public road tests within California even if the US is excluded from the project.Read the entire article Volvo offers self-driving technology to its first 100 customers
We will be frank. Tesla Motors’ electric technology, exterior looks, aerodynamics, speed and quickness are all superb – except for its interiors. Yes, the inside of the Tesla Model S is sporty, but it is not luxuriously and comfortably sporty. In short, Tesla’s interior doesn’t live up to the brand’s reputation as a manufacturer of all-electric premium cars.
However, Tesla’s recent move indicates how serious it is of turning things around and putting the focus on interior quality and design. The California-based electric carmaker has tapped Anders Bell as its senior director of engineering.
According to Bell’s LinkedIn profile, he served as the head of the interior engineering department at Volvo Cars Group. His position gave him global responsibility for strategy, concept development and design & release as well as industrialization & launch of all future Volvo models. This department – consisting of 360 engineers in Sweden and 40 in Shanghai, China, is in charge of designing and creating the interior of Volvo’s vehicles. These include functional areas like the instrument panel, center console, and all interior surface materials as well as interior soft and hard trim.Read the entire article Tesla brings in Volvo’s interior engineering chief Anders Bell in a bid to improve cabin quality
Volvo has revealed that while its products are used by a number of police organizations around the world, it will be the Swedish police that will get the first chance to use the V90 as part of its fleet. Of course, it certainly doesn’t hurt that this model obtained the highest rating of the driving test conducted by the Swedish police, one of the most demanding there is.
Note that compared to standard vehicles running on the road, emergency vehicles have higher requirements. Sweden in particular has a strict policy for its police cars, pretty much the same way at a workplace. Thus cars to be used by the Swedish police have to meet numerous requirements as it relates to comfort, ergonomics, quality, and clearly, performance. Specifically, a potential police car must get high ratings in an obstacle course and brake test. It also has to rate well in terms of high-speed emergency driving as well as the evasive action test both without braking and with brakes.
With regards to the tests conducted, it was revealed that the Volvo V90 achieved an overall score of 9.2 out of a maximum of 10. This is considered as the highest rating there is for a model to have undergone the test.Read the entire article Sweden first to use Volvo V90 as police car
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