Category Archive: Volvo

Jan 21

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Named 2016 Luxury Green Car of the Year

ROCKLEIGH, NJ (January 21, 2016) – The all-new Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine, the world’s first seven passenger plug-in hybrid SUV, has been named Green Car Journal’s 2016 Luxury Green Car of the Year. The XC90 T8 offers a combined 400 horsepower by way of a two-liter turbocharged and supercharged gas engine in front and an electric motor at the rear. Together they deliver an EPA-rated 53 MPGe, making the all-wheel-drive XC90 T8 the world’s most powerful and efficient SUV. The luxury SUV has five different driving modes that deliver a range of performance and efficiency-enhancing characteristics. Using either a scroll wheel on the centre console or a touchscreen on the dashboard, drivers can choose from: Volvo XC90, Road-Test.orgHybrid: This is the default mode, suitable for everyday use. Here, the vehicle will automatically alternate between drawing power from the 2-litre, 4-cylinder Drive-E engine and the electric motor to deliver the best overall fuel consumption. Pure: In this mode, when the high-voltage battery is fully charged, it serves as the car’s sole energy source, powering the electric motor over the rear axle. The XC90 T8 has a range of more than 40km using just electricity, which covers the total distance many people drive in one day. And thanks to the regenerative braking system, this mode is super-efficient in the stop-and-go traffic of city environments. If more power is needed, the Drive-E combustion engine starts up automatically. Power: Here, drivers get the combined performance of the combustion engine and the electric motor. On start-up, the SUV takes advantage of the electric motor’s superior response and instant torque curve, while the combustion engine gets up to speed. This combination offers better torque at lower revs, equivalent to that of a large displacement engine like the V8. Volvo XC90, Road-Test.orgAWD: This mode offers constant all-wheel drive on demand. The advantage of being able to select AWD manually is that the driver can use it when needed, or choose to save energy for later. Save: If the battery is charged, this mode allows the driver to “freeze” the battery level and save it for later use with Pure Electric drive. On the other hand, if the battery is low, the driver can use the combustion engine to charge the battery to a certain level for later use with Pure Electric drive. “It is an honor to receive this award from Green Car Journal for the XC90 T8,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO, Volvo Car USA. “Volvo is committed to a vehicle electrification strategy that will make powerful and efficient plug-in hybrid powertrains available in more models, such as the S90 luxury sedan that goes on sale this year.” “The new Volvo XC90 T8 is a milestone luxury SUV offering the important features most desired by buyers who want it all,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. “Its attractive new styling, welcome luxury appointments, seven passenger seating, and plug-in hybrid power deservedly earn its distinction as Green Car Journal’s 2016 Luxury Green Car of the Year™. “Volvo XC90, Road-Test.org

The all-new Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine, the world’s first seven passenger plug-in hybrid SUV, has been named Green Car Journal’s 2016 Luxury Green Car of the Year.

The XC90 T8 offers a combined 400 horsepower by way of a two-liter turbocharged and supercharged gas engine in front and an electric motor at the rear. Together they deliver an EPA-rated 53 MPGe, making the all-wheel-drive XC90 T8 the world’s most powerful and efficient SUV. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 08

Volvo Cars introduces Twin Engine technology in world’s most powerful and cleanest SUV

2015 Volvo XC90, Road-Test.orgThe first Volvo designed from the ground up for plug-in/electrification compatibility, the XC90 T8 delivers all the performance of a luxury SUV, but with emission levels that even small hybrid cars struggle to match.

When designing the XC90 T8, Volvo Cars chose not to compromise on performance, driving pleasure, efficiency or even luggage space. By building on the new modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform and successful Drive-E petrol powertrain, the company has created a uniquely roomy 7-seater SUV that delivers 400hp/640Nm combined with ultra-low emissions (59g/km) and high fuel efficiency (2.5 l/100km). The fuel economy according to the U.S. driving cycle is 59 MPGe.

“The XC90 T8 is a plug-in electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car rolled into one,” says Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Group. “The Drive-E engines already offer highly competitive performance versus the competition. The T8 takes it further into a leading position.” Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Volvo Canada officially unveils the 2015 V60 Sportswagon

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2015 model unveiled at VIAS features world-first Cyclist Detection active safety technology

 VANCOUVER, B.C. (March 25, 2014) – Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. President and CEO Marc Engelen unveiled the exciting new 2015 Volvo V60 Sportswagon to media at the Vancouver International Auto Show today. Available at Volvo Canada retailers now at a starting MSRP of $39,800, the new-to-Canada V60 has already garnered an overwhelmingly positive reaction from consumers and automotive media alike. 2015 Volvo V60, Road-Test.org

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Nov 26

Limited edition Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar coming to Canada in 2014

Volvo Polestar 02World debut for a new Volvo V60 engineered by Polestar

  • S60 and V60 model
  • 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds
  • 350 hp at 5,700 rpm
  • 369 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm
  • Top Speed of  250 km/h

TORONTO, ON (Nov. 26, 2013) – Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. is excited to announce the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar will be available for sale in Canada in 2014.

The S60 and V60 Polestar will be offered on four different continents in a select group of countries including Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA. Additional markets and final production numbers to be revealed next year.

”We are proud to present the S60 and V60 Polestar. A car developed for those who share our passion at Polestar: That driving really matters and that a true driver’s car should enable you to enjoy driving all year, on all roads and in all weather conditions. This is a driver’s car for real life,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

“With the introduction of the V60 model, we are proud to continue the heritage of fast Volvo estates like the racing 850 BTCC, a tradition deeply rooted among Volvo enthusiasts,” continued Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

”Our motorsport co-operation with Polestar has been going on for almost two decades and it is rewarding to see how Polestar can use their experiences from motorsport to engineer such an exciting and competent car,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director at Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars).

“It is very satisfying to see how Polestar have been able to combine this level of driving performance in their interpretation of the S60 and V60 with maintained original service program, class leading safety features and certified fuel- and emission ratings. Customers buying this car will get the best from both Polestar and Volvo,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales & Customer Service at Volvo Cars. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 15

Volvo Cars returns to Tokyo with new design language

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The Volvo Concept Coupé will be the centre of attention when Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) returns to the Tokyo Motor Show this November, as the company introduces its new design strategy to customers and media around the globe. Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars, and Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Cars, will also attend the event’s press days on November 20 and 21.

Road-Test.orgVolvo Cars attends the Tokyo Motor Show this year for the first time in seven years, a sign of the growing importance of the Japanese market for Volvo Cars and the company’s strong momentum in the country. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 04

Volvo Canada Drives Into New Partnership With Aeroplan

First automotive partner for Canada’s premier loyalty program

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TORONTO, ON, (September 4, 2013) – Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. is pleased to announce a new and exciting multi-year partnership agreement with Aeroplan, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program. Effective immediately, Aeroplan Members can earn Aeroplan Miles for purchases across the entire automotive lifecycle.

  • Test Drive – Earn up to 250 miles for the test drive of any new Volvo car;
  • Vehicle Purchase/Lease – On an ongoing basis members will be able to earn a minimum of 25,000 miles on all qualifying Volvo vehicles. In addition, from September 4th– October 31st, members can earn up to 75,000 miles for the purchase of a qualifying Volvo vehicle. See full details on specific models; 
  • Vehicle Servicing & Accessories – Earn 1 mile for every $1 spent for vehicle servicing and for the purchase of Volvo parts and accessories.  Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 25

Volvo Canada Announces Special Edition C70

Luxury hardtop convertible boasts attractive features, limited production2014 Volvo C70 Special Edition

TORONTO, ON (April 25, 2013) – Volvo Canada announces the availability of a Special Edition C70 hardtop convertible just in time for spring. Exclusive to the Canadian market, the limited production convertible is available with attractive features like BLIS (Blindspot Information System), 18″ Midir diamond-cut alloy rims, retractable side view mirrors and an integrated wind blocker at no extra cost. In addition to these no-charge options, exclusive colour combinations will be available to set the limited edition C70 apart. Exterior colours include Ice White, Electric Silver and Ember Black with bespoke interiors swathed in Graphite Sovereign Hide, Cacao Sovereign Hide and Cranberry Leather. A spare wheel kit containing a spare wheel Tempa Spare that attaches securely in the trunk is offered as a standalone option at no extra charge. The luxuriously equipped 2013 special edition C70 is available at select Volvo retailers across Canada now for an MSRP of $52, 500, plus destination charges and taxes.

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Mar 27

Volvo Announces V60 Sports Wagon Will Come to Canadian Market

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 28, 2013) – Already a superstar in Europe, Volvo’s V60 sports wagon will soon hit the shores of North America.

Doug Speck, Volvo Cars’ senior vice president marketing, sales and customer service, made the announcement at the New York International Auto Show, indicating the new V60 will come to the U.S. market in early 2014. Pricing and specifications for the U.S. and Canada will be announced at a later date.

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Feb 27

Volvo Cars makes driving at night safer and more comfortable with innovative, permanent high beam

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The new Volvo S60 and XC60 – shown to the public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show – can be fitted with an innovation that makes driving in the dark safer and more comfortable. The renewed Active High Beam Control makes it possible to use high beam continuously thanks to an ingenious mechanism that prevents dazzling of oncoming drivers.

Driving at night presents car drivers all over the world with challenging conditions. “Our aim with the renewed Active High Beam Control technology is to enhance visibility in the dark by making it possible to use high beam permanently, without having to switch to low beam when meeting or catching up with other cars,” says Prof. Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Specialist Safety at Volvo Cars Safety Centre.

Easier to spot unprotected road users

The main advantage of Active High Beam Control is that the traffic environment outside the shaded area is still illuminated by the high beam. This improves the driver’s chances of detecting objects at the side of the road, such as parked cars, unprotected road users and animals.

“The technology makes driving at night more comfortable and safe. It also makes it easier to focus on the driving and is an excellent example of our Designed Around You approach, always focusing on features that really make a difference to the customer,” says Lotta Jakobsson.

Ingenious shading mechanism

When an oncoming car approaches or when catching up with another car from behind, the system helps to prevent dazzling of the other driver by shading out only as much of the beam as necessary. Active High Beam Control uses the camera already used for the detection and auto brake systems located by the rear-view mirror at the top of the windscreen to identify the other vehicle and the area that needs to be shaded. The technology is accurate enough to frame the chosen object with only a 1.5° margin.

The control unit relays the information to an ingenious projector module mechanism integrated into the headlamp. A tiny cylinder with metal pieces of different sizes allows the possibility of shading just as much of the beam as necessary.

The Active High beam Control, which also works for motorcycles ahead, features Xenon lamps. The technology is active at speeds down to 15 km/h. It will be available in the Volvo S60 and XC60 from spring 2013.

Rapid renewal

The new cars in Volvo Cars model range – the Volvo S60, XC60, XC70 and S80 – will also be on display in Geneva.

“It is the best demonstration yet of the rapid transformation of our company and our brand. All cars in our model range have been renewed since last year’s show in Geneva. The only exception, the all-new XC90, will come towards the end of 2014,” says Doug Speck, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group.

Mar 21

Road Test: 2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

I’ve always liked Volvo vehicles, but let’s be honest you’d never call one sexy would you?

Check out the all-new S60 T6 … I think that’s getting pretty close to being sexy – even if it is in Boring Silver – wouldn’t you agree? As I was driving the all-new S60, a 2010 model passed me and immediately I realized how dated it looked compared to this one.

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