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Tree falls on Volvo XC9O and no one is hurt!
February 9, 2019 - A large tree fell onto this 2017 XC90 in Honolulu, Hawaii today with the owner inside the car and no one was hurt! Geoffrey ordered his XC90 via Overseas Delivery and received it at the factory in Sweden.
First generation Volvo XC90s (2003 - 2014 model years) have lots of high strength steel and are very safe. However 2nd generation XC90s (model year 2016 and newer) have even more high strength steel than the original XC90s.
This complete safety cage around the passengers is made from hot-formed boron steel and is designed for maximum occupant protection in all types of crash scenarios. The hot-formed steel amounts to about 40% of the total body weight. This is approximately five times more than the first generation XC90.
Notice how the structural integrity of the passenger compartment is still intact.
Geoffrey and his family have owned Volvo cars for many years. Do you think they will continue to own and drive Volvo cars?
Football’s biggest night led to 40,000 virtual test drives in the all-new Volvo S60
February 8, 2019 -Football's biggest night wasn’t enough a distraction to stop over 40,000 virtual test drives of the all-new Volvo S60 sedan in the company's "The Longest Drive" mobile campaign. The longest drives were 9 hours, 47 minutes and 42 seconds; 7 hours, 46 minutes and 25 seconds; and 7 hours, 37 minutes and 51 seconds. These three contestants kept their eyes on the all-new Volvo S60 the longest during the big game, ultimately winning a Care by Volvo subscription.
"We were thrilled that so many people took the all-new Volvo S60 on a virtual test drive, likely one of the longest brand exposures of the night," said Bob Jacobs, VP of Marketing, Brand and Communications, Volvo Car USA, "It's great to see the S60 encouraged so many fans to try something different – it’s exactly what the car stands for."
Five Volvo cars win Car and Driver Editors’ Choice awards
February 6, 2019 -Five Volvo cars, including three SUVs and two wagons, earned Car and Driver Editors’ Choice awards for 2019. After testing almost 500 cars editors chose the XC40, XC60, and XC90 SUVs and V90 and V90 Cross Country wagons to recommend to family and friends.
"For the experts
at a place as trusted as
Car and Driver to give five Volvo
Editor’s Choice award is a very big deal," said Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars USA. "Now anyone
considering a new luxury car should absolutely look at a
cars their Editor’s Choice award is a very big deal," said Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars USA. "Now anyone considering a new luxury car should absolutely look at a Volvo
The XC40 was recognized for its huge back seat and cargo area, beautiful interior execution, and for being chock full of tech.
Editors praised the XC60 for being fuel efficient, its Swedish design, and cutting-edge driver-assist tech.
And they gushed over the eminently handsome design of the XC90, its satisfying drive, and lots of safety tech.
Of the V90, Car and Driver editors lauded its gorgeous cabin, mammoth cargo capacity, and dazzling exterior styling.
They praised its close cousin, the V90 Cross Country, for its upscale design, lovely and spacious cabin, and for being more practical than an SUV.
Don't watch the ads on game day - you could drive away with a Volvo
January 28, 2019 - Taking a digital test drive after 6:00 pm ET on Sunday, February 3, 2019 could land you in a new all-new Volvo S60 sedan. Using an eligible mobile device, viewers simply need to keep an eye on the S60 for as long as possible, the three who keep their eyes on the car the longest will have the chance to win a Care by Volvo subscription.
Overseas Delivery specifications and prices released for 2019 V60 and XC60 models
January 18, 2019 - Overseas Delivery program specifications and prices for the 2019 Volvo V60 and XC60 models have been released. Details are posted on the Cars page with other Volvo models. The 2019 V60 wagon is available in T5 FWD and T6 AWD versions while the 2019 XC60 is only available in the T6 AWD version via Overseas Delivery.
Volvo Factory Delivery Center days closed in Spring of 2019
December 21, 2018 - The Volvo Factory Delivery Center (FDC) in Goteborg, Sweden will be closed the following days in the Spring of 2019: April 19th and 22nd - May 1st - June 6th and 21st. There will be no deliveries to customers or drop off of vehicles at the FDC on these days.
Some 2019 Volvo Overseas Delivery models and versions sold out
December 17, 2018 - The Overseas Delivery Tourist programhas sold all of its allocation of Model Year 2019 XC40 and V90 Cross Country cars and T8 hybrid versions of the XC90. Tourist program customers who wish to order one of these vehicles will need to wait and order a Model Year 2020 Volvo. Overseas Delivery specifications and prices for Model Year 2020 Volvo cars should be released in March or April of 2019 with deliveries starting at the factory in the summer of 2019.
New Volvo S60 and V60 both receive 5 Star rating from Euro NCAP
December 8, 2018 - The new Volvo S60sedan and V60 wagon received the maximum five-star rating in their 2018 Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Program) safety tests, continuing a five-star streak for the Volvo range of cars.
Volvo Cars Cyber Monday Savings
November 26, 2018 - It’s Cyber Mondayall week long at the Volvo Car Lifestyle Collection website. Volvo is making your life a little less complicated with shopping discounts to make gift giving a breeze. Score 25% off your entire order of Volvo merchandise. From bags, hats, drink ware and more - there is something for everyone on your gift list.
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Volvo XC40 and S60/V60 named finalists for Motor Trend annual awards
November 15, 2018 - The XC40, S60 and V60 are finalists for the 2019 Motor Trend awards, some of the most coveted in the auto industry. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles, California on November 26, 2018.
Volvo XC40 receives two awards from Kelley Blue Book
November 12, 2018 - The Volvo XC40is the Best New Model and Best Subcompact Luxury SUV for 2019, according to Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com, a trusted vehicle valuation and information resource.
"We are extremely proud to win two more awards for the XC40, especially these," said Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO, Volvo Car USA. "The people at Kelley Blue Book really know what they’re talking about. By bringing design, technology, and safety features from our larger SUVs Volvo can offer luxury subcompact buyers a great value in a great package."
The new XC40 is Volvo’s third all-new SUV since 2016 and
is focused on a fresh expression of Scandinavian design. The
XC40 is the smallest SUV offered by Volvo, preceded by its
largest, the XC90, the most awarded luxury SUV of the
century, and the mid-size XC60, the 2018 North American
Utility of the Year. The intro of the XC40 completes Volvo’s
"Shopping for a new car can be a daunting
task, and with hundreds of options to choose from, it is
hard to identify what vehicles earn top marks in pricing,
ownership costs, expert evaluation, consumer opinion and
more," said Brauer. The Best Buy Awards were designed to
help consumers shop with confidence by providing clear guidance on which
specific models for their next purchase.
ith more than 300 new models
available for 2019, Kelley Blue Book’s annual Best Buy
Awards are based on a year-long expert vehicle evaluation
and testing of nearly every new vehicle
in America, along with analysis of vehicle pricing, 5-Year Cost to Own data, consumer
ratings and vehicle sales information. To be considered for Kelley
Blue Book’s newest award, Best New Model, the vehicle must
be an all-new or redesigned and offer a strong value
proposition to consumers based on pricing, innovation, and
standard technology and safety features.
New XC40 named 2018 Compact Luxury SUV of Texas
October 19, 2018 - The Volvo XC40has been named Compact Luxury SUV of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) at its annual Truck Rodeo. The organization also presented the XC40 with the award for Best Connectivity.
These XC40 awards build on the previous success of Volvo at
the TAWA Truck Rodeo, with Best SUV honors for the XC90 and
XC60 in 2016 and 2017,
Volvo legacy at the rodeo dates back to 2002, when the
original XC90 was the first ever SUV to take home the
coveted Truck of Texas Award.
respectively. The Volvo legacy at the rodeo dates back to 2002, when the original XC90 was the first ever SUV to take home the coveted Truck of Texas Award.
"Volvo has a strong history with TAWA, and we are proud to receive this recognition for our newest crossover," said Anders Gustafsson, Senior Vice President Americas and President & CEO, Volvo Car USA. "The XC40 has been a great success for us, critically and commercially, contributing to our strong growth in the U.S. and around the world."
The first Volvo built on the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), the XC40 includes a range of ground-breaking technologies wrapped in a fresh, creative and distinctive package.
The 2018 Texas Truck Rodeo convened 57 vehicles including SUVs, crossovers and commercial vehicles. Following two days of evaluation, 69 TAWA members determined the winners, judging styling, performance, value and personal appeal.
Volvo unveils first solar energy installation at Ghent car factory
October 4, 2018 - For the firstime Volvo introduced solar energy into its global manufacturing. The installation of 15,000 solar panels at the Volvo car factory in Ghent, Belgium marks another step towards the company’s vision of having climate neutral global manufacturing by 2025.
Volvo helps students turn dreams into reality in South Carolina
October 3, 2018 - Volvo, tennis legend Stan Smith and the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance have partnered with world renown artists and designers to help students pursue their career dreams.
Inspired by the new Volvo XC40, these creators will use their vision and creativity to turn a limited number of iconic adidas Stan Smith tennis shoes into one-of-a-kind works of art.
The finished works will be auctioned off to benefit the Driving Young America charitable fund, as part of the #ArtMoves Exhibit at the 2018 Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance.
Driving Young America supports students seeking an education to pursue a career in design, engineering, performance, safety, service/repair, or restoration, in the automotive industry.
The live auction takes place Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala, which kicks off the weekend’s festivities at the Hilton Head Island Airport on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Artists and designers confirmed to participate are Robin Page, Senior Vice President of Design at Volvo Cars; Jay Ward, Creative Director at Pixar Animation Studios; and Jay Shuster, Production Designer at Pixar Animation.
The auctioned artwork will be on display November 3 - 4, 2018 alongside new and vintage Volvo cars on the 18th hole of the Port Royal Golf Club.
Attendees can learn the stories behind the art and Volvo autos from the artists and Volvo designers. Stan Smith will be signing his new book, “Stan Smith: Some People Think I’m a Shoe” and making appearances throughout the weekend.
Waze and Google Maps are now both available with Apple CarPlay
September 26, 2018 - This week Waze, updated their
iOS app to fully support Apple CarPlay for iOS12 users. Waze is a GPS navigation system that works on smart phones and tablets. It provides turn by turn information and user supplied travel times and route details.
Apple CarPlay is ranked among the top features that customers want in their next vehicle. It comes standard on all 2019 Volvo cars.
CarPlay allows you to safely access a variety of phone applications while driving and puts them right in center Volvo Sensus screen.
With the release of the iOS12 update last week Apple is giving third party apps more flexibility and capabilities within CarPlay. For the first time, Volvo owners with iPhones can use Googe Maps or Waze for their navigation needs in addition to Apple Maps and the Volvo navigation system.
The list of Apple CarPlay compatible apps can be found here:
All new V60 Cross Country wagon revealed
September 25, 2018 - Today Volvo revealed the new Cross Country version of its V60 mid-size wagon. The rugged V60 Cross Country is the latest addition to the company’s line of new vehicles.
Like its V60 sibling unveiled earlier this year on the driveway of a Stockholm villa, the V60 Cross Country personifies the versatile Swedish family wagon. It adds the capability on and off the beaten track that has defined the Volvo Cross Country range since its introduction in 1997, taking the V60 from the suburb to the skogen (Swedish for forest).
"With the new V60 Cross Country, we take our Swedish family wagon from one natural habitat to another,” said Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. "We invented the Cross Country segment over 20 years ago and with this car, we reinforce our long-standing pedigree in safe, capable and versatile family cars.”
Ground clearance for the V60 Cross Country is up to 75 mm higher than the regular V60, thanks to the specially developed chassis and suspension that enhance the car’s off-road capability. All-wheel-drive is standard on the new V60 Cross Country, as are Hill Descent Control, Electronic Stability Control, Corner Traction Control and an Off-Road driving mode.
"The V60 Cross Country is every bit as refined as the other 60 and 90 Series cars based on our SPA platform," said Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars. “The added versatility makes it at home in town and country, thanks to a higher seating position, increased ground clearance and dynamic all-wheel-drive capabilities.”
The Volvo award winning City Safety with Autobrake is standard and assists the driver in avoiding potential collisions. It is the only system on the market to help recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals.
Pilot Assist supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80 miles per hour. Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems are standard. The optional Cross Traffic Alert with auto brake further enhances safety. These and other proven safety technologies make the new V60 Cross Country one of the safest cars on the road.
The Volvo infotainment system is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G, and keeps drivers connected in urban areas or across the countryside. The intuitive tablet style touchscreen control combines car functions, navigation, connected services and in car entertainment apps.The new V60 Cross Country will be available with a T5 AWD powertrain for the USA. Mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants will follow later. To be notified when you can order your V60 Cross Country via Overseas Delivery send an email.
Child Passenger Seat Safety Week Study: Parents feel the pressure making choices...
September 24, 2018 - Despite the joysof a new member to the family, an incredible 92 % of parents feel overwhelmed when researching child safety products, according to a wide-ranging survey of Americans, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo leading into Child Passenger Safety Week (September 23-29, 2018).
While more products and information exist than ever before,
this only adds to the pressure parents feel to make the
choices in a generation where nearly four in five believe
there are more potential threats to children’s safety than
there were just 10 years ago.
The full results are in How Becoming A Parent Changes Driving Forever, the latest in a series of reports from Volvo and The Harris Poll, exploring the changing relationship between Americans and their car. This edition studies American parents' preparedness for driving with young children, the overwhelming choices that new parents face, their knowledge of safety practices when driving while pregnant and using and installing car seats.
"Nothing is more important to parents than their children’s safety and despite the overwhelming options available, it's clear they are looking for more guidance and direction to ensure they are making the right choices," said Jim Nichols, Product, Technology & Brand Communications Senior Manager for Volvo Car USA. "Volvo wants to help new parents feel more secure and confident when traveling with their loved ones."
Improving child safety in automobiles has long been a
guiding principle at Volvo and is part of the automaker’s
"Vision 2020" platform which states that no one should be
killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020.
Through exhaustive research with practical innovation, Volvo is committed to continuous improvements that ultimately produce ultra-safe cars, highlighted by several world firsts including: the three-point safety belt (1959), child restraint prototype (1964), rearward facing child restraint on the market (1972), child safety booster cushion (1978) and many more.
This report is the fifth in a series from Volvo and Harris Poll designed to uncover insights into the American opinion across four themes: design, safety, technology and environment.
Volvo endorses G7 Ocean Plastics Charter and reducing plastics pollution
September 20, 2018 - This week Volvo joins the G7 Ocean Partnership Summit, one of the most important environmental summits in the world. Volvo is the only car maker to be invited to the G7 summit, underlining the company’s position as an industry leader in sustainability.
The summit in Halifax, Canada brings together
governments, businesses and NGOs (Non Governmental
Organizations). Volvo will endorse and support the G7 Ocean
Plastics Charter and will present its own sustainability
program, including its recent Plastics Vision that
aims to dramatically increase the amount of recycled
material used in new Volvo cars.
Volvo has one of the most ambitious sustainability programs in the automotive industry, with the explicit goal of reducing and minimizing its environmental impact. Reducing plastic pollution and using more recycled materials is an important element of that strategy.
G7 commits governments to take ambitious steps in addressing the problem of ocean plastics pollution by promoting recycled plastics and reducing plastics pollution. Volvo is the first and only car maker to endorse the charter.
"Our overall approach to sustainability actively supports the G7 Ocean Plastics Charter, making our endorsement of the charter a natural extension of that approach," said Maria Hemberg, Senior Vice President Volvo Cars.
Earlier this year the company announced that by 2025, it aims for at least 25 % of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car to be made from recycled material. To prove the viability of this, Volvo built a special XC60 T8 hybrid model to show that more recycled material can be incorporated in its cars without compromising on safety or quality.
The most recent edition of the Volvo Ocean Race
sailing competition also spotlighted the issue of ocean
plastics pollution. This focus was reflected in funding by
Volvo for marine health research as part of the Ocean Race
as well as dozens of successful beach cleaning events around
the globe, involving thousands of Volvo employees
Within the walls of its own facilities, Volvo is also committed to reducing plastics pollution. The company is in the process of removing single use plastics from all its offices, canteens and events across the globe by the end of 2019. Every year the program replaces over 20 million single use plastic items such as cups, food containers and cutlery with more sustainable alternatives, including biodegradable products made of paper, pulp and wood.
Volvo is committed to reducing the environmental impact of both its products and operations. In 2017, the company announced an industry leading commitment to electrify all new Volvo cars launched after 2019. This spring, Volvo reinforced this strategy, by stating that it aims for fully electric cars to make up 50 % of its global sales by the middle of the next decade.
In terms of operations, Volvo aims to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025. In January of this year, the engine plant in Skovde, Sweden, became its first climate neutral facility.
First Volvo car factory in America starts mass production
September 18, 2018 - Volvo started productionof the all-new S60 mid-size luxury sedan at the company's first American manufacturing site in Ridgeville, South Carolina. The 2019 S60 is the first Volvo car to be built in the USA. These first cars will arrive at American Volvo retailers later this year. Global distribution will begin in spring 2019.
"We’re proud to launch Volvo's first American made car,"
said Jeff Moore, Vice President, Manufacturing, Americas.
is dedicated to delivering the exceptional craftsmanship,
Scandinavian design and dynamic feel that defines the Volvo
is dedicated to delivering the exceptional craftsmanship, Scandinavian design and dynamic feel that defines the Volvo brand."
The South Carolina plant is the latest addition to Volvo's manufacturing footprint, which now covers all major continents where Volvo Cars operates. The company has two manufacturing plants and an engine plant in Europe, three manufacturing sites and an engine plant in China, and assembly plants in India and Malaysia.
The South Carolina factory encompasses 2.3 million square feet on 1,600 acres. It includes a body and paint shop, assembly facility, processing center, offices and soon, the Volvo Cars University. Construction started in 2015.
In 2021, the South Carolina facility will build the next generation XC90. With the two car lines, the plant will be able to produce up to 150,000 vehicles annually.
The Experience begins in Sweden
September 15, 2018 - Discover Volvo's award-winning Overseas Delivery program in a video of Kathleen and her daughter Sloan as they pick up their new XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid at the Volvo Factory Delivery Center in Goteborg, Sweden.
Watch the YouTube video and experience the thrill of receiving a new vehicle at the Volvo factory. Then join Kathleen and Sloan as they travel north to the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden where their adventure of a lifetime continues.
The Ice Hotel and the Tree Hotel in Harads, Sweden are both on Time Magazine's list of "World's Greatest Places 2018".
Design a Volvo S60 launch shirt for a chance to... Win a trip to Sweden!
September 6, 2018 - Volvo Cars and Blipshift, the producer of high quality, limited edition auto specialty shirts have gotten together to develop an S60 launch T-shirt contest.
This design contest offers Volvo fans and owners a chance to win a 2 night stay in Goteborg, Sweden - the home town of Volvo.
Look down the road. That's the future... Volvo has the way to get you there in the all-new S60 sedan and V60 wagon. While new Volvo cars have won numerous awards around the world... it's your time to do some winning with the "Charge Into The Future" tee shirt design contest.
What do you have to do? Take some inspiration from Volvo designers and think about how you want to charge into the future! Whatever technology, styling, safety feature, or performance aspect you like most about the new cars from Sweden, create an idea or design that celebrates that and submit it. For the person with the most charged submission, their design could become part of the S60 and V60 global media launch in Santa Monica later this year. Plus, the winner gets to go to Sweden! Click for all the details and to make your submission. The entry deadline is Sunday, September 16, 2018.
Report: Don’t Blame Millennials, Distracted Driving is Ageless
August 28, 2018 - Generation X* ismore likely to use their phone when driving than younger groups (Millennials* and Generation Z*) according to a recent survey of Americans, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo. The findings revealed an alarming majority of Americans still use their phone while driving (71%), and identified Gen-X (parents of Gen-Z) as the most prevalent distracted drivers.
driving is not unique to younger generations. In fact, it's
a problem we are seeing across generations and
demographics," said Jim Nichols, Product, Technology & Brand
Communications Senior Manager for Volvo.
Many of those surveyed feel there are more driving distractions today than there were five years ago. More than half of Americans (55%) feel the top threat to safety on the road is driving distracted, compared to driving under the influence (31%).
Additional highlights from the research included:
Volvo, the longtime leader in vehicle safety, is committed
to helping solve the
problem by integrating category leading features across
design, safety and comfort intended to reduce distraction
and protect drivers and others on the road.
Volvo cars include standard voice command capabilities and Bluetooth integration, allowing for hands free control and communication. With one of the most robust systems on the market, drivers are given hands-free control of media, navigation, temperature and more.
All of these functions contribute towards Volvo’s Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by year 2020.
This report is the fourth in a series from Volvo and Harris Poll designed to uncover insights into American opinion across four themes: design, safety, technology and environment.
Polestar software upgrade delivers more rear-wheel torque in all-wheel drive Volvo cars:
August 16, 2018 - Volvo has introducea new Polestar developed software upgrade that increases torque distribution to the rear wheels of Volvo cars equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD), for more dynamic driving.
The optimization software, developed by Volvo's new electric performance brand Polestar, increases the amount and frequency of torque distributed to the rear wheels, improving steering with enhanced turn-in, better control and engagement when cornering, and improved traction when pulling away, delivering a more engaging drive.
"We are always fine-tuning the driving
experience of Volvo cars and this upgrade makes the
all-wheel drive both smoother
and more dynamic," said Henrik Green, senior VP at Volvo Cars.
and more dynamic," said Henrik Green, senior VP at Volvo Cars.
The AWD optimization is engaged simply by selecting the Dynamic drive mode, or when Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is disengaged.
The new rear-wheel torque distribution adds another aspect to the Polestar software upgrade. The five existing areas include sharper throttle response, faster off-throttle response, quicker gear changes, optimized gearshift points and in-corner gear holding, as well as increased engine output.
The Polestar AWD optimization can be purchased for 90 series, 60 series and XC40 cars, from August 2018 onwards.
Applicable to all new Volvo cars built on SPA and CMA architecture from model year 2019 forward and equipped with all-wheel drive (excluding plug-in hybrid variants). Plug-in hybrid models, which feature an electric rear axle drive (ERAD) system that utilizes electric power only on the rear wheels, already provide a rear-drive bias and do not require further AWD optimization.
Polestar optimizations retain all Volvo factory warranties and are manufacturer approved.
Volvo Factory Delivery Center Christmas and New Year's Day holidays
August 15, 2018 - The Volvo FactoryDelivery Center (FDC) in Goteborg, Sweden will be closed Monday, December 24, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays. There will be no deliveries of cars to customers or dropping of off cars for shipment to America at the FDC during these dates. The FDC will reopen for deliveries of cars to customers and car drop offs on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
New Volvo Overseas Delivery order system / Order now to avoid two week wait
August 15, 2018- In September Volvo is transitioning to a new order system for the Overseas Delivery Tourist program. If you are planning to order a Volvo Overseas Delivery car in the next 30 days it is recommended that you submit your order by Thursday, August 30, 2018. There will be a period of time from August 30, 2018 through September 15, 2018 that Overseas Delivery Tourist program orders can't be submitted. The new Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist program order system is expected to be operational on or about September 15, 2018. If you are ready to order your Overseas Delivery Volvo now send an email today and avoid the expected two week wait for the new order system.
European Car of the Year - Volvo XC40 receives five star rating in Euro NCAP tests
July 18, 2018 - The Volvo XC40adds another accolade as it receives five stars and top ratings in its 2018 Euro NCAP tests.
This means the XC40 joins its larger siblings in the 60 and 90 series as one of the safest cars on the roads.
The 2018 Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) testing was the toughest ever with new and more demanding challenges on safety technology, including cyclist-detection with auto brake and emergency lane keeping systems. The new XC40 received the highest safety score among all cars tested.
"The new XC40 is one of the safest cars on the market," said Malin Ekholm, head of Volvo Cars Safety Centre. "It comes standard with the largest offering of safety technology of any small SUVs, helping drivers detect and avoid collisions, remain safely in their lane and reduce the impact of accidentally running off the road."
All tested Volvo cars on sale today have received five stars in their respective Euro NCAP assessments. Last year, the XC60 was crowned the overall best performing large off roader and the best overall performer in the prestigious Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class safety awards. The XC90 received the same accolade in 2015. Watch an impressive video of the XC40 tests.
In March, the XC40 was named 2018 European Car of the Year, the first Volvo to win this prestigious award, and it has since been one of Volvo's top sellers. Volvo will expand XC40 production at its manufacturing facilities in both Europe and China to meet the overwhelming demand for the car.
New Overseas Delivery XC40 accessory list
July 6, 2018 - The Overseas DeliveryXC40 accessory list has been updated. New items include an Exterior Styling Kit and a Protective Plate. The expanded catalog can be seen here. Items in the accessory list can be added to your Overseas Delivery XC40 order and be with the car when you receive it at the factory in Sweden.
Volvo launches mobility brand M
July 6, 2018 - This week Volvo launched M, a new
brand expanding the company's global mobility operations by
providing dependable, on-demand access to cars and services
through an intuitive app.
Moreover, M will learn about its user's needs, preferences and habits, personalizing the customer relationship. It will debut in Sweden and the US in the spring of 2019.
"Volvo Cars is becoming more than just a car company. We recognize that urban consumers are rethinking traditional car ownership. M is part of our answer. We are evolving to become a direct-to-consumer services provider under our new mission 'Freedom to Move'," said Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars president and chief executive.
M is developing proprietary learning technology that asks users about their specific needs instead of merely informing them where they can pick up a car.
"The services currently available mainly offer alternatives to a taxi or public transit," said Bodil Eriksson, CEO of Volvo Car Mobility. “We’re focused on the way people use the cars they own, which sets us apart. We aim to provide a real alternative to that experience. It should enable us to live life on our terms, getting things done and maximizing precious time. We see the opportunity to offer a premium experience."
In addition to a team of experienced software engineers, M draws on 20 years of experience and data from Sunfleet, Volvo’s car sharing pioneer. Sunfleet is the leading car sharing company in Sweden with 500,000 annual transactions and a fleet of 1,700 cars. It will be fully integrated into M in 2019, making the service available to all Sunfleet members.
"Mobility is undergoing a fundamental transformation and Volvo Cars is leading that change. The launch of M creates new sources of revenue for Volvo Cars and will be integral to the company’s ambition to build more than 5 million direct consumer relationships by the middle of the next decade," said Mr Samuelsson.
"Stockholm will serve as M's base of development and extensive testing. A broader Beta test will take place this autumn," said Ms Eriksson. More information about M services will be released later this year. Visit the M website
New Luxury demands less clutter
July 1, 2018 - An overwhelming number(85%) of Americans are seeking to declutter their lives and spaces, with 91% of Americans feeling better when their homes and vehicles are decluttered and simplified, according to a new survey of Americans conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo Cars.
The full results of this poll are published in "Volvo Reports: Decluttering the State of Luxury", the third in a series of Volvo Reports from Volvo Cars and Harris Poll, which explore the ever changing relationship between Americans and their car. This edition focuses on the shifting state of luxury amongst Americans, who are rethinking their attitudes toward possessions and taking a new approach to modern luxury purchases.
"While possessions and extravagance were once the driving forces behind luxury purchases, Americans are now actively looking to declutter and simplify their lives," said Jim Nichols, Product & Tech Communications Manager for Volvo. "Volvo has always promoted Scandinavian design that focuses on beauty and functionality while putting the user experience first."
Many surveyed noted the presence of too much stuff in their lives and equated a modern luxury lifestyle to removing excess, alongside beautiful and functional design. A few highlights from the research include:
82% of Americans believe people have too much stuff (84% of car owners feel this way).
60% of Millennials say their lives feel more cluttered than they did 10 years ago (Compared to 48% of all Americans).
62% of parents feel the need to declutter their vehicles more than other spaces (Compared with 46% overall).
68% of Americans believe when it comes to modern luxury, less is more.
88% feel modern luxury should be both beautiful and highly functional.
61% agree that Scandinavian design is a sign of modern luxury. (Compared to 10 years ago, modern luxury is more inclusive and transparent (64%) and minimalistic (63%).
High income Americans are more likely to value visual design cues on interior materials (70%) and trim features (50%).
Taking cues from its Swedish roots, Volvo's view
is human-centric. Life is complicated enough. Luxury is
striking an ideal balance between beauty, functionality and
usefulness, putting people at the center of everything the
This includes a design philosophy featuring clean lines, less clutter and meticulous attention to detail creating an environment that is healthy and soothing in every sense, from the feel of the seats to the distinct smell in every Volvo. Technology isn’t introduced simply for technology's sake - Volvo's Sensus system utilizes an intuitive touchscreen without the clutter of buttons, but also allows for upgrades and functions to be added after the purchase.
The recently introduced XC40 is the latest example of Volvo's luxury philosophy in action, building upon research that found drivers in this segment in need of more versatility and storage space. Within the XC40, Volvo introduced new solutions designed to reduce clutter in the vehicle, including under seat storage drawers, a trash bin, roomier door bins, and a wireless charging pad in the console, reducing the need for cables within the car interior.
New York Times article about "36 Hours" in the hometown of Volvo
May 20, 2018 - Today's edition ofthe New York Times has a story about Goteborg, Sweden the hometown of Volvo. The article is part of the "36 Hours" series from the Times travel writers - providing information about "What to do when you have 36 hours to see a city". This review of the second largest city in Sweden by Ingrid Williams can be seen here.
The story concludes with a link to great suggestions from Alan Henry on what to pack for your visit to Goteborg, Sweden.
Extreme Cross Continental Road Trip in all-new Volvo XC40
May 15, 2018 - A trio of Brazilianjournalists have completed a cross continental drive from Itajai, Brazil to Newport, Rhode Island in just 20 days. Caca Clauset and his team braved border agents, ferries, and over 10,000 miles in a Volvo XC40 while participants in the Volvo Ocean Race sailed between the two ports in South America and North America.
"It has been an incredible journey in an incredible car,
"said Caca Clauset, former rally driver and the leader of
this special XC40 drive team, "we’d like to do another
11,000 miles in this car!"
One of the stops of the Ocean Race competition is the port of Itajai. From there, the Ocean Race departs for Newport, Rhode Island, in a 20-day non-stop phase. The challenge of Caca Closet and his team, was to get to the American city, leaving at the same time as the ships in the race and arriving at the same time as the ships in Rhode Island.
The XC40 that completed the drive was an unmodified car. The vehicle went from the Atlantic Ocean, to the Pacific Ocean and then back to the Atlantic Ocean. The team traveled through 14 countries and handled the challenging highways of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico and others navigating heights ranging from sea level to 18,000 feet.
During the entire trip the vehicle experienced only one small inconvenience, a tire puncture. The biggest challenge for the journey was bureaucracy, passport detainments and even police surveillance and inspections.
"The car handled everything we threw at it." Said Clauset "Through tough terrain or city congestion, the car was calm, collected and comfortable."
The XC40 will be on display in Newport, Rhode Island during the Volvo Ocean Race celebration event from May 17 through May 20, 2018.
More Americans Find Daily Zen in Driving Instead of Doing Yoga
May 2, 2018 - In a wide rangingsurvey of Americans, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo, 75% of respondents are seeking more ways to find calm amid the increasing stress in their lives, while surprisingly finding more daily serenity on their drive (20%) than while doing yoga (14%).
The full results are published in Finding Calm in the Commute, the second in a series of Volvo Reports from Volvo Car USA and Harris Poll, which explore the ever changing relationship between Americans and their car.
"Stress levels are undoubtedly rising, and now more than ever, Americans are looking ways to rebalance and relax, particularly while driving," said Jim Nichols, Product & Tech Communications Manager for Volvo. The daily commute is often the only 'me time' people get. Volvo has long believed it is best to maximize the time so it makes sense to all that are in the car.
Many of those surveyed are turning to their vehicles as a sanctuary from daily stress. Additional highlights are:
94% of Americans believe serenity is important
76% of working Americans have a stressful commute; 33% of them are searching for serenity during their daily commute
Stress is amplified as drivers' commutes lengthen, not just
while driving, but also around juggling other life
Those who commute 30-60 minutes are most likely to report
higher levels of daily stress than they felt a year ago (71%),
surpassing both parents (67%) and millennials (70%) .
Amongst these commuters (30-60 minutes), 81% wish they had more time to relax during their daily drive.
Americans are willing to sacrifice for a calmer commute:
1 in 4 would give up social media for a month (24%)
1 in 5 would stretch their budget to buy a more relaxing vehicle (15%)
84% say they feel more relaxed in their own vehicles compared to using mass transit
Top features that would help commuters relax in the car:
Comfortable seats (52%), Seats that optimize posture (40%), Better noise insulation (31%), Air filters that prevent smells/pollutants (27%), Automated safety features (26%), Better selection of music, podcasts and other audio (26%)
And it's not just drivers who are feeling the pain:72% of passengers find the riding experience stressful.
For more than 90 years, Volvo has embraced putting people at
the center of everything the brand does as the core
foundation for its business, products and design strategy.
Volvo’s design approach is heavily influenced by modern
Scandinavian design, combining modernist sensibilities with
traditional techniques for a look that is free from excess
and uses natural materials in a bold, simple way.
foundation for its business, products and design strategy. Volvo’s design approach is heavily influenced by modern Scandinavian design, combining modernist sensibilities with traditional techniques for a look that is free from excess and uses natural materials in a bold, simple way.
Design features are meticulously crafted to provide a
feeling of calm and relaxation. Large windows and panoramic
roofs help bring in natural light, harkening back to the
company's Scandinavian heritage which desires open spaces.
Warm, tactile materials create the sensation of being in a
comfortable home. Helping drivers find serenity in their
vehicle is also part of Volvo's longstanding innovation with
ergonomically designed seats, built on
insights from orthopedic surgeons to help maximize comfort
Midsummer in Sweden
April 26, 2018 - Summer will behere soon. Midsummer is annual Swedish holiday devoted to eating, drinking, dancing around a pole, flowers in your hair, and many other rituals. It is second only to Christmas as an important celebration in Sweden. Originally a June 24th holiday, Midsummer's Eve is now celebrated from June 20th to June 25th.
Experience these festive activities watching /span> the "Swedish Midsummer for Dummies".
2019 XC40 brochure
April 16, 2018 - An online brochurefor the all-new 2019 Volvo XC40 is now available and can be viewed here. Please note this brochure is a large pdf file that may take a little while to open for you to view.
Volvo Home Shipment brochure and drop off locations updated
April 4, 2018 - The Volvo HomeShipment brochure has been updated. It is a guide to shipping your new Volvo back to America from
The list of drop off locations and drop off fees have also
been updated. To
view the new list of cities in Europe where you may drop off
your Volvo for shipment to the USA and the fees for each
location visit the
Model Year 2019 Tourist program specifications available - Orders now being processed
April 3, 2018 - Model Year
2019 Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist program
specifications and provisional pricing has been released for
the V90, V90 Cross Country, V90 Cross Country Ocean Race,
XC90 and XC90 Excellence and can be seen
here. Tourist program orders can now be submitted
for these models with provisional price protection.
With provisional price protection if the actual Model Year
2019 base price is lower than the provisional base price you
will pay the lower actual price.
If the actual price is higher, you only pay the
NOTE: Only the Base Price is protected.
Tourist program specifications for the all-new XC40 have been updated to include the Inscription trim. In addition details are available and orders can now also be submitted for the XC40 T4 FWD (Front Wheel Drive) models. The new XC40 information and can be viewed here.
Request info on how to submit your 2019 Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist program order with provisional price protection. The first deliveries will begin at the factory in Sweden later this summer.
Overseas Delivery specifications and prices for the all-new V60 and V60 Cross Country wagons should be released later this year. Send an email to be notified when you can order your V60 or V60 Cross Country via the Tourist program.
Note: The 2019 Volvo S90 and XC60 models will not be available via the Overseas Delivery Tourist program.
XC40 makes cinematic debut in new Tomb Raider movie
March 16, 2018 - The all-new XC40 will be seen in the new Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures movie, Tomb Raider. The epic action film hits cinemas today just ahead of the launch of the Volvo XC40 in the USA.
Tomb Raider stars Academy Award
winner and Goteborg, Sweden born actress Alicia Vikander as
the young and resolute
Lara Croft, who, against the odds and armed with only her
sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit, must
learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into
the unknown. If Lara survives this perilous adventure,
it could earn her the name
Lara Croft, who, against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit, must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If Lara survives this perilous adventure, it could earn her the name tomb raider.
"We’re very excited for the Volvo XC40 to have its film debut with Tomb Raider," said Bob Jacobs, Vice President, Volvo Car USA. “One of the things we love about the film is Lara Croft's character: bold, surprising and always ready for adventure, just like the Volvo XC40."
The car featured in Tomb Raider is a UK specification Crystal White Volvo XC40 R-Design, albeit with the steering wheel on the other side of the car.
XC40 wins 2018 European Car of the Year
March 5, 2018 - The all-new Volvo XC40 small SUV has been named the 2018 European Car of the Year ahead of the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.
"Winning this award with our new XC40 is perfect timing,"
said Hakan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars.
"Volvo now has three globally available SUVs for the first
time. The XC40 will be a strong contributor to further
growth, taking us into a new and fast growing small SUV
The XC40 win means that the complete line of new Volvo SUVs have each been named Car of the Year in either Europe or North America. Both the large XC90 and mid-size XC60 were awarded the North American Truck/Utility of the Year title in the past two years.
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