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Can The New Volvo XC40 Beat The Germans At Their Own Game? 6
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.


Happy New Year With Carscoops’ Most Popular Articles For 2017 1
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in Carscoops News, Detroit-Auto-Show, Ford Focus, Geneva Motor Show, Honda Accord, LA Auto Show, New York auto show, Porsche-911, Volvo XC40 on 01 1st, 2018

By now, you will have welcomed 2018 no matter in which part of the world you may reside – and it goes without saying that we wish you all the best for the new year.

Now, the issue with writing articles such as this one is that, if you’ve been doing it for quite some time, at some point you run out of ideas. So you start ruminating about how you could greet your visitors without repeating the same thing over and over again.

At the same time, we are always paying attention to the statistics, so we can see what you like the most; and while, generally, we do have an idea if an article is going to prove popular or not, there always seem to be a number of unexpected ones that draw a surprisingly big number of readers. Now that 2017 is officially gone, we have the overall numbers about the past year’s Top 10 stories. So, without further ado, here’s the list, starting from number 10 and ending at the most read article of the past 365 days.

#10 BMW Stops Sales Of i3 And Issues Voluntary Recall Of All Models

A surprise, this one, for a number of reasons: first of all, it was published near the end of November, which didn’t give it much exposure time compared to other articles. Second, it doesn’t have to do with a battery fire issue or something like that, which we would expect of a full stop-sale issued by BMW for its electric hatchback, but a difference in a specific crash test scenario between the NHTSA’s results and the automaker’s own data. Guess BMWs are always popular and, even though EV sales haven’t skyrocketed, it was enough to arouse the public’s interest.

#9 Future Cars: 2019 Ford Focus ST Brings Back The Styling Magic

A photo rendering of what the next Focus might look like. Nothing to write home about, right? Well, wrong, actually, because the Blue Oval’s compact hatch is, obviously, very popular and, what’s more, our own Josh Byrnes, who is the one behind this almost realistic creation, has a knack for getting things right. No wonder, then that our guesstimate at how the 2019 Focus will look, and at the sporty ST trim at that, ended so high up on the list.

#8 1975 Porsche 911 Turbo Continues To Tick Away After 725k Miles

A sports car created four decades ago that a. didn’t sit in the garage but was driven on a daily basis, and b. is a Porsche 911 Turbo, cracking the 1 million km (621,000 mile) mark? Surely there’s a catch here somewhere. Or not; in fact, the owner went on and the 911’s odo currently reads 1,165,937 km (725,000 miles) – and not even getting hit by an SUV managed to stop him. We always knew the 911 was robust, but a 930 Turbo going so far is incredible!

#7 2017 New York Auto Show A-Z Debut Guide

Auto shows always attract lots of traffic, and this year’s New York event had a lot of premieres, from the first-ever Civic Type R to be introduced to the North American market by Honda, to the first SUV in the history in Alfa Romeo, the McLaren 720S or Volvo’s new XC60, to name but a few. And then there were some intriguing concepts, like that of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT saloon and the Genesis GV80 SUV, that really caught the audience’s attention.

#6 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 Looks Just About Ready For Prime Time 

It’s not accidental that the name of the site is CarSCOOPS, as uncovering future models well before they are officially launched is one of our prime targets. Yet, of all the scoops that were published last year, it was the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen that, for some reason, attracted the most viewers – bar one, which you shall see shortly. Who would have thought that the successor to the long-in-the-tooth Merc 4×4 would prove so interesting…

#5 Your 2017 Geneva Motor Show A-To-Z Guide

Not all auto shows are equal, and when it comes this year’s Geneva event, there were more than 150 world and European premieres, which is more than the Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago motor shows combined. From an artillery of Porsches to the European-spec Kia Stinger or the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, there were so many important cars present it made perfect sense for the Swiss show to be so popular.

#4 An Off-Road Porsche 918 Spyder Looks Better Than A Cayenne

Now that’s a surprise, if ever we saw one. Renderings do attract lots of readers, but something so unrealistic as a Porsche 918 Spyder turned into an off-roader is just a flight of fancy. Well, no one ever said that we should stick to what is, or about to become, real and not indulge in a little “what if”, did they? Still, a 918 Spyder that would happily tackle Dakar… perhaps it’s channeling the legendary 959, which did just that.

#3 Volvo Accidentally Reveals 2018 XC40 SUV!

The top-ranking of our 2017 scoops is Volvo’s new compact SUV. The XC40 will be the reborn Swedish automaker’s first foray in the popular segment, thus it’s only natural for people to be paying attention. Volvo Hungary’s staff apparently weren’t, though, so we had the chance to see it in production form, both inside and out, before its official launch.

#2 Future Cars: 2018 Honda Accord Goes From Placid to Playful

One man’s gain is another’s loss, and when it comes to the automotive world, the rise and rise of the SUV has been at the expense of the traditional mid-size family saloon. Even so, though, the Accord is a mainstay of Honda’s North American operations, so when we imagined how the next-gen would look, it attracted lots of readers, though we dare say that Josh’s rendering was pretty exciting in and of itself.

#1 2017 Detroit Auto Show’s A-Z Debut Guide 

Geneva and Stuttgart or Paris might have been the most important automotive shows in the past, but in recent years we’ve seen the Detroit one, aka NAIAS, overtake them not just in reader’s clicks, but in the models auto manufacturers choose to debut there. With the US alone being the second-largest car market in the world after China, it’s reasonable for them to do so, too.

2018 XC40 Might Just Become A Money-Printing Machine For Volvo 2
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in video, VOLVO, Volvo Videos, Volvo XC40 on 12 2nd, 2017

Volvo’s first compact SUV, the XC40, is being launched across the world and now is the time to find out if there’s any substance to its style.

The 2018 XC40 was designed from a clean sheet of paper and also the first vehicle to be based on Volvo’s new CMA modular architecture, which was developed for compact models.

Volvo also claims that, despite its compact dimensions, the XC40 offers plenty of room for a small family and a “radically new approach to storage inside the car”.

European models will initially be offered with two 2.0-liter engines and all-wheel drive: the 247hp T5 petrol and the 190hp D4 diesel, both of them paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. A smaller three-cylinder petrol, as well as plug-in hybrid and pure electric versions are expected to be added in the range later on.

Carwow have gotten their hands on Volvo’s compact SUV and deliver their first driving impressions in the following video.


New Volvo XC40 Starts At $35,200, But You Can Also Subscribe For $600 A Month 30
Posted by Michael Gauthier in LA Auto Show, new cars, prices, VOLVO, Volvo XC40 on 11 30th, 2017

Volvo is entering the booming compact crossover segment with the all-new XC40.

Currently on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2019 XC90 rides on the company’s new Compact Modular Architecture and features a stylish design that recalls the larger XC60 and XC90.

The interior isn’t as luxurious as its larger counterparts but the model features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum trim, and an automatic climate control system. Other highlights include a power driver’s seat, an eight-speaker audio system, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

A variety of options will be available including heated front seats, a wireless smartphone charger, and a Harman Kardon audio system. Other options include ambient lighting and a power folding second row seat.

At launch, the XC40 will be offered in the States with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 247 hp (184 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. It is backed up by an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system. The model will eventually be offered with additional powertrains including electric and hybrid options.

The XC40 will go on sale in the United States next spring and it will be available via purchase, lease, or subscription. The base model starts at $35,200 and a 36 month lease will begin at $325 per month with a $3,000 down payment.

The subscription is a bit more complex as pricing starts at $600 per month before taxes and registration fees. The base subscription model comes nicely equipped with the Premium and Vision packages as well as heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The model also includes a panoramic roof and 19-inch alloy wheels.

While the 24 month subscription costs significantly more than the lease payment, it includes an annual 15,000-mile allowance, all factory-scheduled maintenance, and insurance. Customers can also swap out their XC40 for another model after just 12 months.

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2018 Car Of The Year Finalists Announced, Which One Will Win? 27
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo Stelvio, alfa-romeo, audi, Audi A8, BMW, BMW 5-Series, Car Of The Year, Citroen, Citroen C3 Aircross, Geneva Motor Show, Kia, Kia Stinger, Seat, Seat-Ibiza, VOLVO, Volvo XC40 on 11 27th, 2017

Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Citroen, Kia, Seat, and Volvo battle each other for the 2018th edition of the European Car of the Year (=COTY).

Selected from a long list of 37 new vehicles, all of which were launched this year, or will become available by the end of 2017, in five or more European markets, the finalists have proved themselves in various tests.

However, they will be further evaluated by the 60 members of the jury, from 23 countries, over the coming months, as they are responsible for picking one winner, which will be announced on the eve of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, on March 5.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Presented last year, at the 2016 LA Auto Show, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio represents the brand’s first SUV. It comes with a familiar design, and in its range-topping form it shares the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with the Giulia QV, which is rated at 505hp and 600Nm (443lb-ft) of torque.

Audi A8

Audi’s flagship saloon, the A8, has been taken into its fourth generation, and despite having an evolutionary styling, inspired by the Prologue Concept, the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival is all-new, both on the outside, in the cabin, and beneath the skin. It’s also the first car on the road to get Level 3 autonomous driving.

BMW 5-Series

Underpinned by the CLAR platform, and with looks that could allow it to fly under the radar, the new generation BMW 5-Series proved itself worthy in various reviews, and it now wants to go home with the 2018 ECOTY award. It’s lighter yet comes with a larger footprint than its predecessor, while adding new engines, and even an autonomous driving tech that allows drivers to relax behind the wheel, into the mix.

Citroen C3 Aircross

The French company’s answer to the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Opel/Vauxhall Mokka, Ford EcoSport, and others debuted this summer wearing the Citroen C3 Aircross moniker. It has a funky crossover-ish design, unlike its MPV predecessor, and can be had with various personalization options, a feature that should help it attract a young audience.

Kia Stinger

With sexy styling and a rear-wheel drive platform, the Kia Stinger wants a piece of the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe, and Audi A5 Sportback. In addition, the Korean GT undercuts the four-door A5 by more than $10,000, and it’s $11,200 more affordable than the 4-Series GC, in the USA.

Seat Ibiza

The fifth-generation Seat Ibiza has a Leon-inspired styling and the MQB A0 architecture, a combo that should allow it to become a strong challenger against the likes of the Renault Clio, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta, and Peugeot 208. It was presented for the first time at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and in its range-topping form, it has plenty of features, including a range of driver assistance systems.

Volvo XC40

Volvo’s smallest SUV yet, which slots under the XC60 and XC90, is called the XC40. It sports a familiar design, inspired by its two larger siblings, and it’s underpinned by the company’s new modular vehicle architecture, CMA, which was co-developed with Geely. Production began this month in Belgium, and the first units will arrive to customers next year.


2018 Volvo XC40 Doesn’t Try To Be Sporty And That’s Cool 24
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in reviews, video, VOLVO, Volvo Videos, Volvo XC40 on 11 24th, 2017

Volvo has begun launching the compact XC40 in Europe and as usual, the first driving impressions are in to let us know what it is like.

The new Swedish SUV will initially be offered in Europe with two 2.0-liter engine options and all-wheel drive: the 247hp T5 petrol and the 190hp D4 diesel, both of them paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The XC40 is also the first Volvo model to use the new CMA modular architecture which is destined for the smaller cars the company plans to launch. And just because this is a Volvo, the new small SUV is refreshingly proud in its practicality claims instead of pretending to be another “sporty” addition to the class.

The interior is said to offer a “radically new approach to storage inside the car” and plenty of room for a small family and comes with the now familiar portrait-style 9.0-inch infotainment system and the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster known from the brand’s bigger models.

Future additions to the range will include a hybrid and an all-electric version but until then, Volvo is also planning to offer the XC40 under their fresh subscription service called Care by Volvo.

Can the XC40 bring some of the modern Volvo goodness against rivals like the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1? Autocar delivers its first driving impressions on the video linked below.


First Volvo XC40s Are Rolling Off The Assembly Line In Belgium 22
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Reports, video, VOLVO, Volvo Videos, Volvo XC40 on 11 22nd, 2017

Enamored of the new Volvo XC40? Can’t wait to get your hands on one? Well we have good news for you, sir or madame, because they’re started rolling off the production line.

Set for its US debut at the LA Auto Show just over a week from now, the XC40 is Volvo’s first small crossover, slotting in beneath the larger XC60 and XC90 and setting the stage for the new S40 sedan and V40 wagon to follow.

Volvo revealed the XC40 just a couple of months ago, and has already filled its books with over 13,000 orders. The first of those are now being fulfilled at the automaker’s plant in Ghent, Belgium, set to begin delivery to their eagerly awaiting customers early next year.

The Swedish automaker has been manufacturing in Ghent since 1965. The plant is charged with producing the V40, S60, V60, and (until recently) the first-generation XC60. The rest of the company’s models are built at its principal facility in the Torslanda district of Gothenburg, Sweden, or at one of two sites in China. Another plant is set to open later next year in South Carolina.

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Volvo And Lync & Co To Launch Compact Plug-In Hybrids In 2018 18
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Geely, Lync & Co 01, Lynk & Co, PHEV, Reports, VOLVO, Volvo XC40 on 11 18th, 2017

Volvo and Lync & Co will launch their first compact plug-in hybrid models in the second half of 2018. The compact plug-in hybrid powertrain will consist of a three-cylinder 1.5-liter petrol engine, an electric motor, the necessary battery pack and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The first models to hit the market with the specific powertrain will be the Volvo XC40 and the Lync & Co 01 and will initially offer up to 31 miles of pure electric driving range. However. the two companies will offer a further developed version with up to 50 miles of EV range down the line, Autocar reports.

The same models are also scheduled to be offered in pure electric versions as well by 2020, with the two companies considering two different variants that offer 249 miles (400km) and 311 miles (500km) of range respectively.

As for when Lync & Co will hit the market, the newborn car brand will be initially launched in China next year, followed by Germany in 2019. Other European markets and the United States will follow shortly after, but there aren’t any solid plans for right-hand drive markets like the UK at the moment.


Volvo’s Compact XC40 Coming To LA For Its North American Debut 17
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in LA Auto Show, Reports, VOLVO, Volvo XC40 on 11 17th, 2017

Volvo will bring its new XC40 SUV to LA for its North American debut, while also shedding more light on its recently announced Care by Volvo subscription program.

Volvo’s CEO Håkan Samuelsson along with Volvo USA president Anders Gustafsson will make the presentation on November 29.

“California is where transportation and technology cultures meet,” said Gustafsson. “And the Los Angeles Auto Show is the perfect place to introduce something that involves a great deal of both worlds. With this new SUV and Care by Volvo we are talking about the future of car ownership, where life is less complicated for our customers.”

Volvo’s smallest to date SUV is the company’s first model to be based on the new CMA modular architecture that was co-developed with Geely. The new XC40 also claims to offer a “radically new approach to storage inside the car”, with its interior littered with clever solutions and of course, lots of spaces to put your stuff.

Entry-level models in Europe will be powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with 154hp, with the range also including a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder in 187hp and 244hp guises as well as a pair of diesel units. US-spec cars will be detailed at the LA Auto Show.

The new Volvo XC40 will also be the first model to be offered under the Care by Volvo subscription program. Volvo so far has said that you will be able to get a new car every 24 months for a fixed monthly payment that includes taxes, service bills and online services, such as a sharing feature via the car’s digital key technology.

The whole process will be available online, with Volvo to offer this new service in specific countries first, including the United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Norway and Poland.


Here’s How Volvo Crash-Tested The New XC40 23
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, video, VOLVO, Volvo Videos, Volvo XC40 on 09 23rd, 2017

Volvo's cars have been some of the safest in their segments, so naturally, the new XC40 has to live up to its heritage.
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Owning An XC40 Will Be Hassle Free With ‘Care by Volvo’ Subscription [w/Video] 21
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Reports, Tech, video, VOLVO, Volvo Videos, Volvo XC40 on 09 21st, 2017

If you want your car ownership experience to be as easy as having a mobile device, rest assured that Volvo has figured out a way to make it happen.
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Say Hello To The New XC40, Volvo’s Smallest SUV [74 Images] 21
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in featured, Galleries, new cars, VOLVO, Volvo XC40 on 09 21st, 2017

Volvo has finally pulled the wraps off the new XC40 in Milan, Italy, the company's new baby SUV.
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Volvo Accidentally Reveals 2018 XC40 SUV! 15
Posted by John Halas in featured, LA Auto Show, new cars, Scoops, Top 5, video, VOLVO, Volvo Scoops, Volvo XC40 on 09 15th, 2017

We were only supposed to catch a brief glimpse of the 2018 XC40 through a teaser trailer we showed you earlier today, ahead of a full introduction on September 21, but apparently, Volvo Hungary lost the memo.
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Volvo Accidentally Reveals 2018 XC40 SUV! 15
Posted by John Halas in featured, LA Auto Show, new cars, Scoops, Top 5, video, VOLVO, Volvo Scoops, Volvo XC40 on 09 15th, 2017

We were only supposed to catch a brief glimpse of the 2018 XC40 through a teaser trailer we showed you earlier today, ahead of a full introduction on September 21, but apparently, Volvo Hungary lost the memo.
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Volvo XC40 Teased, Debuts September 21st 14
Posted by Michael Gauthier in LA Auto Show, video, VOLVO, Volvo Videos, Volvo XC40 on 09 14th, 2017

Volvo has released a new teaser video of the XC40 ahead of its official unveiling on September 21st.
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