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This Is What It’s Like To Live With The New Volvo XC60 19
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, reviews, video, VOLVO, Volvo Videos, Volvo XC60 on 01 19th, 2018

If you think that owning a premium SUV with modern safety and connectivity features will make your life easier… well, you're probably right.
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2018 North American Car, Truck, And Utility Of The Year: And The Winners Are… 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Car Of The Year, Detroit-Auto-Show, honda, Honda Accord, Lincoln, Lincoln Navigator, Reports, VOLVO, Volvo XC60 on 01 15th, 2018


The ‘Oscars of the automotive industry’ have been handed over to the big winners at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

One of the vehicles that managed to stand out in the 2018 North American Car of the Year awards, turning out to be more popular than the other two finalists – Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry, is the new generation Honda Accord.

Unveiled last summer and launched a few months later, it has a more modern styling and higher-tech cabin with new technologies, including 4G LTE connectivity and wireless smartphone charger, and three powertrains, including a hybrid.

Receiving top honors from the jurors is the new Volvo XC60, which walked home with the 2018 Utility of the Year award.

The small luxury SUV faced the Honda Odyssey and Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the final, but it managed to impress the 60 jurors from the United States and Canada, who appreciated its “safety and driver assistance systems” in “a package that exudes Scandinavian design”, according to the NACTOY President, Mark Phelan.

Last, but definitely not least, the Lincoln Navigator has been named 2018 North American Truck of the Year, being favored over the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Ford Expedition.

This is the first time a Lincoln vehicle walks home with such an award, making the brand’s President, Kumar Galhotra, say that the team “is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors”.

The road to the 2019 North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year will start this summer, when the nominees will be announced in each category.

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2018 North American Car, Truck, And Utility Of The Year: And The Winners Are… 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Car Of The Year, Detroit-Auto-Show, honda, Honda Accord, Lincoln, Lincoln Navigator, Reports, VOLVO, Volvo XC60 on 01 15th, 2018


The ‘Oscars of the automotive industry’ have been handed over to the big winners at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

One of the vehicles that managed to stand out in the 2018 North American Car of the Year awards, turning out to be more popular than the other two finalists – Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry, is the new generation Honda Accord.

Unveiled last summer and launched a few months later, it has a more modern styling and higher-tech cabin with new technologies, including 4G LTE connectivity and wireless smartphone charger, and three powertrains, including a hybrid.

Receiving top honors from the jurors is the new Volvo XC60, which walked home with the 2018 Utility of the Year award.

The small luxury SUV faced the Honda Odyssey and Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the final, but it managed to impress the 60 jurors from the United States and Canada, who appreciated its “safety and driver assistance systems” in “a package that exudes Scandinavian design”, according to the NACTOY President, Mark Phelan.

Last, but definitely not least, the Lincoln Navigator has been named 2018 North American Truck of the Year, being favored over the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Ford Expedition.

This is the first time a Lincoln vehicle walks home with such an award, making the brand’s President, Kumar Galhotra, say that the team “is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors”.

The road to the 2019 North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year will start this summer, when the nominees will be announced in each category.

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Can The New Volvo XC40 Beat The Germans At Their Own Game? 6
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Film, reviews, video, VOLVO, Volvo Videos, Volvo XC40 on 01 6th, 2018


Volvo’s latest SUV is called the XC40 – and it’s their smallest one to date, after the XC90 and XC60, and potentially the biggest seller as it is more affordable.

Coming as a Scandinavian alternative to the well-established Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes-Benz GLA, it’s underpinned by the brand’s new CMA architecture, which was co-developed with Geely, the brand’s parent company, specifically for compact cars.

Depending on the market, consumers will be able to choose from several powertrain options, including the D4 diesel with 190hp, and the T5 gasoline that makes 247hp. More importantly, Volvo will make the new XC40 even more affordable with a new T4 option, and it appears that the range will be expanded further with plug-in hybrid and electric versions, although it’s unknown when they might arrive.

The XC40 is a nice place to sit in. You get comfortable seats at the front, an infotainment system that can take some time to get used to, and the same overall feel that you get in the larger XC60 and XC90. Space at the rear is quite good too, even with the optional sunroof that shaves some of the headroom, and there are plenty of storage spaces – even a waste bin.

However, not everything is great with the XC40, as there is some road and wind noise coming into the cabin, which is more than you’d expect from a Volvo, as Edmunds pointed out in their review.

But is this the only drawback, or are there some other things that consumers would need to know about? Let’s see what the publication’s senior writer had to say about it, after driving it on the roads of sunny Spain.

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Tesla Model X Exceeds Towing Limit, Pulls Volvo Semi In The Snow 5
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Electric Vehicles, Film, Offbeat News, Tesla, Tesla Model X, Tesla Videos, Trucks, video, VOLVO on 01 5th, 2018


Despite some very slippery conditions, this Tesla Model X managed to pull a struggling Volvo semi truck up a hill in Raleigh, North Carolina.

One reason why it looks as though it’s having a hard time is the snow. If the road was dry and there wasn’t an incline, that Model X would have probably done a cleaner and better pull.

If you think it wouldn’t, just remember that a Touareg V10 TDI once pulled a Boeing 747, and that a Cayenne S Diesel once towed a 285 tonne (628,317 lbs) Airbus A380.

On paper, the towing limit for the Model X is roughly 5,000 lbs (2,2 tonnes), but it’s safe to assume that the all-electric SUV can easily exceed that number over short distances – especially when fitted with the correct weather tires to improve grip.

When asked how far the Tesla had to tow the semi, the person who posted the video stated that it was “up the whole hill,” and confirmed that there “really wasn’t much stress on the car at all.” To be fair, the Volvo semi was doing its part to help itself, constantly searching for grip.

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Geely Buys $3.3 Billion Stake In Volvo Trucks 28
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in china, Geely, Reports, Trucks, VOLVO on 12 28th, 2017


China’s Geely Holding, which already owns Volvo Cars, has bought an 8.2 percent stake in Volvo Trucks for around $3.3 billion at current market prices.

Cevian Capital has agreed to sell the 8.2 percent stake of Volvo Trucks to Geely Holding but the two companies didn’t disclose the value of the transaction, Reuters reports.

This will make Geely Holding Volvo Trucks’ largest owner by capital and the second biggest by voting rights, following the investment firm Industrivarden.

Geely’s experience in the development of electric and autonomous vehicles should help the Swedish truck maker to expand, which also owns 45 percent of Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles, one of China’s largest truck companies.

“Given our experience with Volvo Car Group, we recognize and value the proud Scandinavian history and culture, leading market positions, breakthrough technologies and environmental capabilities of AB Volvo,” Geely Holding Chairman Li Shufu said in a statement.

Geely confirmed that there are no plans to connect Volvo Cars with Volvo Trucks, with the two companies being split since 1999.

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All-Electric Version Of Volvo’s New V40 Will Come With Two Battery Sizes 27
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in CMA, Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Reports, VOLVO, Volvo V40 on 12 27th, 2017


Volvo is reportedly planning a replacement for the V40, its contender in the compact hatch segment that goes against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, among others.

Expected to incorporate design elements from the 40.2 Concept that was shown last May, it will, according to AutoExpress, be underpinned by the same architecture as the new XC40 and will likely retain the same wheelbase length as well, thus making its interior more spacious than the current model’s.

Adopting the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) will give the new V40 access to a variety of engines. These include the D3 and D4 four-cylinder diesels alongside the T4 and T5 petrol units.

Moreover, since the platform has been developed with electrification in mind, the Swedish company’s compact hatch will go down the electrification route as well, with plug-in hybrid and pure-electric versions of the car, similar to those of its SUV sibling.

Volvo’s new hatch will also be offered with “at least two different battery sizes”, Volvo’s chief of R&D, Henrik Green, told the British publication, adding that “the base variant will be more cost-efficient, but with a slightly limited range”, whereas the “bigger option” will have “a higher price, but more range and more power”.

Although it’s unclear when exactly Volvo plans to introduce the successor of the compact hatchback, we’re probably looking at either 2019 or 2020.

The zero-emission variants of the XC40 and V40 won’t be the brand’s first fully-electric products underpinned by the CMA architecture, as this role is reserved for the Polestar 2 performance saloon, which is expected to arrive in the second half of 2019.

Note: Volvo 40.2 Concept Saloon pictured

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Volvo Air Study Helps Both The Environment And You 16
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Renderings, VOLVO, Volvo Concepts on 12 16th, 2017


Many car designers, and automakers themselves, believe that the car of the future won’t just drive itself but be an extremely comfortable and relaxing form of transportation. With this in mind, artist Pascal Grangier has created the Volvo Air.

Designed to improve the well-being of occupants without expelling toxins into the environment, the Volvo Air has been envisioned with an all-electric powertrain that maximizes interior space.

To make journeys comfortable for passengers, the Volvo Air has an advanced air filtration system and even includes some small plants throughout. Additionally, the two seats are highly configurable and can be used in a traditional seating position or easily converted into a small bed.

Aiding in the feeling of relaxation is a glass canopy and no visible pillars. All told, the interior is incredibly minimalistic and free of any unnecessary distractions, allowing occupants to remove themselves from the surrounding world and enjoy the pleasures of the car.

Does this type of car excite or worry you? Let us know below!

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Volvo Delays Autonomous Vehicle Plans To Perfect Technology 15
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Reports, Tech, VOLVO on 12 15th, 2017


Volvo has decided to delay its Drive Me autonomous driving project in a bid to ensure that the technology is totally safe when it is made available to the public.

Rather than adopting an approach like Tesla where self-driving features are offered to customers in beta form and later updated over-the-air, Volvo won’t launch its first Level 4 autonomous vehicle until 2021.

As part of the Drive Me program first announced four years ago, the Swedish manufacturer said it would have 100 self-driving cars on the roads around its home city of Gothenburg. However, Automotive News Europe reports that Volvo will instead have 100 people involved in the program within the next four years, handing them the keys to Volvo models with Level 2 semi-autonomous assistance systems.

Volvo’s goal is to have those families involved in the project provide customer feedback about the technology.

“On the journey, some of the questions that we thought were really difficult to answer have been answered much faster than we expected. And in some areas, we are finding that there were more issues to dig into and solve than we expected,” Volvo’s autonomous driving program director Marcus Rothoff said.

Volvo says one of the key reasons why it’s taking its time with the technology is that sensors and processors are developing so quickly that it doesn’t want to pick the hardware too early.

“The development in sensor performance and processor capabilities is going so much faster than we expected in 2013. Because advancements are being made at such a rapid pace, we want to make this decision as late as possible,” Rothoff said.

The carmaker believes that by early next decade, adding Level 4 autonomous functionality to a vehicle will add roughly $10,000 to the price.

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2018 Volvo XC90 Comes With Standard 3-Row Layout In USA 14
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, Reports, VOLVO, Volvo XC90 on 12 14th, 2017


Volvo has made a minor adjustment to the XC90 for the 2018MY, though it’s one that could mean a lot to consumers, as all versions of the mid-size SUV now get a 3-row layout, at no additional cost.

Adding the extra seats in the boot is standard even on the base T5 trim level, reports CarsDirect, as confirmed by the online configurator, which gives the Swedish vehicle a clear advantage over the BMW X5, whose third-row is available as an optional extra.

The additional seats fold fully flat into the boot floor. This means that all versions of the 2018 Volvo XC90 have a maximum volume of 85.7cu-ft (2,427L) with the two rear rows of seats folded down, 41.8cu-ft (1,184L) with the second row up, and 15.8cu-ft (447L) when all seats are in place.

Volvo’s XC90 starts from $46,900 in T5 Momentum, and $54,050 in T6 guise, whereas the R-Design and Inscription versions of the car can be had from $52,300 and $59,150, respectively.

For the top-of-the-line Excellence, the Swedish firm is asking $104,900, but leftover 2017MY examples benefit from a $20,000 discount, in addition to a “conquest” bonus that slices a further $3,500. Moreover, some dealers offer discounts of their own, so make sure you check the market before making a deposit for one.

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Volvo Starts Delivering Self-Driving Prototypes To Swedish Families 14
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Reports, Tech, VOLVO on 12 14th, 2017


Volvo has started delivering autonomous prototypes to select families throughout Sweden as the carmaker looks to further develop its self-driving technologies.

Earlier this year, the company revealed that roughly 100 people will receive self-driving Volvos as part of the Drive Me program. The first two families to take delivery of their specially-equipped XC90s were the Hains and the Simonovskis, both residing in Gothenburg.

During their ownership, the families will be required to keep their hands on the steering wheel and monitor the SUV at all times. Over time, Volvo will introduce more advanced assisted driving functionalities and the drivers will receive special training. Initially, these tests of the more advanced XC90s will take place in controlled environments.

Beyond the obvious benefit of increasing the number of miles Volvo’s fleet of autonomous prototypes have accrued, the program will provide engineers with invaluable data about how the families interact with their cars.

“Drive Me is an important research project for Volvo Cars. We expect to learn a lot from engaging these families and will use their experiences to shape the development of our autonomous driving technology, so that by 2021 we can offer our customers a fully autonomous car,” senior vice president of Volvo R&D Henrik Green said.

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Volvo Starts Delivering Self-Driving Prototypes To Swedish Families 14
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Reports, Tech, VOLVO on 12 14th, 2017


Volvo has started delivering autonomous prototypes to select families throughout Sweden as the carmaker looks to further develop its self-driving technologies.

Earlier this year, the company revealed that roughly 100 people will receive self-driving Volvos as part of the Drive Me program. The first two families to take delivery of their specially-equipped XC90s were the Hains and the Simonovskis, both residing in Gothenburg.

During their ownership, the families will be required to keep their hands on the steering wheel and monitor the SUV at all times. Over time, Volvo will introduce more advanced assisted driving functionalities and the drivers will receive special training. Initially, these tests of the more advanced XC90s will take place in controlled environments.

Beyond the obvious benefit of increasing the number of miles Volvo’s fleet of autonomous prototypes have accrued, the program will provide engineers with invaluable data about how the families interact with their cars.

“Drive Me is an important research project for Volvo Cars. We expect to learn a lot from engaging these families and will use their experiences to shape the development of our autonomous driving technology, so that by 2021 we can offer our customers a fully autonomous car,” senior vice president of Volvo R&D Henrik Green said.

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Volvo’s Solution To Turbo Lag Is Quite Simple, Yet Really Clever 12
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Tech, video, VOLVO, Volvo S90, Volvo V90, Volvo Videos, Volvo XC60, Volvo XC90 on 12 12th, 2017


Volvo claims they’ve found the cure to turbo lag with a new system called PowerPulse and apart from being brilliantly clever, it’s also a really simple solution too.

Every turbocharged car suffers from turbo lag, that delay you get when you open the throttle after depressing it and while having the engine spinning within its boost zone. For years manufacturers have played with a lot of setups and different configurations in order to minimize its effect.

The delay is sourced at the turbo wheel, which can’t respond instantly to the driver’s input, requiring time to return back to its full speed in order to continue sending compressed air into the engine.

The only real solution to this problem is to keep the turbocharger fully spinning even at off-throttle situations and Volvo has done exactly that with the PowerPulse technology as Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained, er, explains.

The system includes a compressor drawing air from the air filter to a pressurized two-liter air tank, which then chucks it into the exhaust manifold to keep the turbocharger spinning and basically eliminate turbo lag.

Volvo’s PowerPulse is available only in conjunction with their 2.0-liter diesel engine at the moment. Of course, and If you prefer petrol power, the Swedish company also offers the T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain which combines supercharging and turbocharging with an electric motor in order to make sure that you’ll never experience any delay to your throttle inputs.

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Polestar 1 Production To Be Capped At 500 Units Per Year 12
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Polestar, Polestar One, Reports, VOLVO on 12 12th, 2017


When the head-turning Polestar 1 hits the roads, it won’t be a common sight. In fact, difficulties in producing the sports car will limit its production.

Automotive News Europe reports that the Polestar 1 will be based around a shortened version of the steel platform used by the Volvo S90. The 1’s carbon fiber body will then be bonded on to the chassis, a task that is both time-consuming and expensive.

With this in mind, Polestar only intends on building roughly 500 examples per year.

Consequently, the Polestar 1 will act as the brand’s halo model and help to ensure Polestar becomes a household name. From there, the company will launch its Tesla Model 3-rivalling sedan, dubbed the Polestar 2, in late 2019. A couple of years later, the Polestar 3 will arrive in the form of a crossover aiming to steal customers away from the Tesla Model X.

The company’s range will then be topped off by the Polestar 4, expected to be a convertible based around the Polestar 1.

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Check Out The Difference Between A Volvo XC60 D5 And A D4 10
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in diesel, Drag-Racing, reviews, UK, VOLVO, Volvo XC60 on 12 10th, 2017


If striking a balance between price and performance matters most to you, what would you choose between a Volvo XC60 D5 and its less powerful D4 version?

Granted, straight line speed isn’t the most important thing in a compact premium SUV, but that doesn’t mean performance is a non factor, especially since these cars often get packed to the brim during holiday trips.

So once you add passengers, luggage, maybe even a dog, you’ll need sufficient power and torque to safely overtake cars at motorway speeds or to quickly execute such a maneuver on a country road.

If the all-new XC60 happens to be your SUV of choice and you’re trying to decide between the D5 and D4 versions, here’s what you need to know.

Both have 2.0-liter turbodiesel engines, yet the former packs 235 PS and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque, while the latter is good for 190 PS and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. They both weigh about the same, so in the end it just comes down to how much quicker the D5 is compared to the D4.

According to Volvo, the XC60 D5 will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds, whereas the D4 needs 8.4 seconds, so on paper, there’s no denying who’s faster. Even so, Carwow put the two models to the test, and you can see how this turned out in the video that follows.

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