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2018 Volvo XC40 small premium SUV makes its official debut

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.

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Which automaker was able to best use the solar eclipse for marketing?

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.

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9 major automakers will not attend 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

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.

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Volvo files trademark for S50 name, raising speculations about a future sedan model

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.

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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.

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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 Meresearch 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.

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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.

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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.

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Despite the fact that Volvo has just recently launched the 90 Series models, specifically the S90, the V90, and the XC90, the brand is not stopping there as it has revealed that the models will be getting an upgrade.

The first is in terms of connectivity and while the models are already integrated with Apple CarPlay, they are now also compatible with Android Auto. The range will also include an update of the Over-The-Air navigation which allows the vehicle to have access to the latest maps.

Volvo will also be updating the powertrain with new Drive-E units that the brand says will bring in a good mix between drivability and fuel economy. The S90 for example will now have the 4-cylinder D3 diesel engine, allowing it to enjoy fuel economy of 4.3 1/100 km (54.7 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 114 g/km. This is true whether the engine is paired the automatic 6-speed transmission or the new manual 6-speed version. Additionally, the engine will be offered with an all-wheel drive.

Read the entire article Volvo upgrades safety, powertrain, connectivity features of S90, V90, and XC90

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

Not a few Volvo vehicle owners leapt for joy after learning that the Swedish carmaker is offering an app-based on-demand service called Volvo On Call app. It comes with a variety of features that should make the lives of Volvo drivers a lot easier. Now, Volvo is launching an expanded version of the Volvo On Call app that includes a pilot program called Volvo Concierge Services.

Up until now, the Volvo On Call includes Roadside assistance, which allows the driver to talk with an operator, who could dispatch assistance to the car’s location, as indicated by its GPS coordinates. Volvo On Call also allows drivers – through their smartphones – to lock or unlock doors, remotely start or stop the engine, start car warnings or access the driving journal. The app also provides drivers with pertinent vehicle information. In case someone had forced his or her way into a Volvo car, an alert is sent through the app, and Volvo could use its GPS location to find it or, if necessary, immobilize the vehicle.

But with Volvo Concierge Services, vehicle owners could do more. In creating the expanded version of the Volvo On Call app, the carmaker has made changes based on its own research that shows that around 70 percent of owners would like an on-demand refueling service. Likewise, around 56 percent of Volvo owners indicated that they want their rides to be picked up for servicing, while around 49 percent would want to be able to have their Volvo vehicle moved to another location as they need it. The new Volvo On Call app would cater to all these services and for a few more features like cleaning (car wash) or servicing.

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Ever heard of the “Lynk & Co” automotive brand? Well, it is highly likely people haven’t. This is practically because this is new brand created by the joint venture between Swedish carmaker Volvo and Chinese parent Geely. Of course, Lynk & Co is expected to tap into the Volvo’s deep technology chest.

Lynk & Co will try to break the auto market with its first model, the Lynk & Co 01 compact crossover. Underpinned by Volvo-developed Compact Modular Architecture that also underpins the upcoming XC40, the new Lynk & Co 01 crossover measures around 178.4 inches (4.53 meters) in length, 73 inches (1.85 meters) in width and 65.1 inches (1.65 meters) in height. It also sits in wheelbase of 107.5 inches (2.73 meters), which allows the 01 crossover to boast of larger cabin space. This should sit well with the compact crossover’s main target market in China, where vehicles with ample rear legroom are usually a big hit.

Being underpinned by Volvo’s CMA means that the new Lynk & Co 01 will be powered by an array of turbocharged three- and four-cylinder engines that will serve as the core of Volvo’s new 40 series cars. These engines could be mated to a manual transmission or a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. It is possible that Lynk & Co will offer a plug-in hybrid version of the 01 later at its life cycle.

Read the entire article Geely-Volvo joint venture unveils new Lynk & Co 01 compact crossover

A big chunk of Volvo Cars’ legacy in developing the most durable and capable car is evident in its latest Cross Country collection. Suffice it to say, our planet has been experiencing strange climates lately and going to extreme places often leads to inevitable disaster. Therefore, a car that can endure all types of weather is just what we need.

Volvo Cars has recently unleashed the powers of the new Volvo V90 Cross Country luxury car. The gorgeous estate is the latest addition to Volvo’s 90 Series line-up. Almost two decades ago, Volvo introduced the first ever Cross Country model and since then, the same product has become one of the brand’s most popular all-weather and all-road explorer. Good thing, about 77% of Sweden consists of lakes and forests, which makes the country viable for extreme road tests.

Since there’s an increasing demand for a rugged luxury vehicle, the Swedish car manufacturer considers the Cross Country to be its most significant product at the moment. As Hakan Samuelsson explains it, the V90 Cross Country sets aside elegance and replaces it with an adventure packed vehicle that features performance, comfort as well as safety.

Read the entire article Volvo introduces all-new V90 Cross Country Wagon

Volvo Cars has unveiled the athletic Volvo S90 R-Design saloon (sedan) and R-Design V90 estate, both featuring an advanced sport chassis for a more dynamic road-hugging road performance. These R-Design models of the S90 and the V90 feature a new front end design with a distinct grille and spoiler-integrated fog lights. Both its front and rear ends are marked by piano black trim. The sides are accentuated by new five-spoke matt black diamond-cut wheels. Meanwhile, the interior is laden with a selection of styling cues like distinct deco trim, pedals and mats as well as special steering wheel and the sporty contour seats.

Moreover, the interior comes with a high-level illumination package. Interested customers could now place an order for S90 and V90 R-Design models. Bjorn Annwall, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Cars, remarked that R-Design provides the estate and saloon models of the 90 Series with a sportier edge and more responsive drive, as well as impressive performance styling.

Volvo introduced the Volvo S90 in Gothenburg, Sweden, installed with a number of features seen on the Volvo XC90 SUV. It is Volvo’s aggressive entry in the luxury sedan market, featuring superior materials and technology while providing supreme comfort and best-in-class semi-autonomous elements.

Read the entire article R-Design versions of 2017 Volvo S90 and V90 introduced

Volvo, one of the world’s foremost automotive manufacturers, introduced two new small concept cars today, signalling the Swedish company’s venturesome leap into the international small-car market.

The introduction of the 40 series concept models shows Volvo’s clear intention to enter the vast and profitable international premium small car market. The concept cars represent Volvo’s strategic marketing of a range of small cars featuring striking external and internal design, leading-edge technological and connectivity features, and autonomous driving systems.

These concept cars are the prototypes for future production cars under Volvo’s newly created Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) where their engineers and designers are free to conceptualise new small car designs and technologies.

Read the entire article Volvo unveils Concepts 40.1 and 40.2
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