Winter Holidays Factory Delivery Center closed days
September 19, 2014 -
The Volvo Factory
Delivery Center (FDC) in Goteborg, Sweden will be closed on
December 24, 25, 26, 30 and 31, 2014 as well as January 1,
2015 for Christmas and New Year's Day holidays. There
will be no deliveries of new cars or drop-offs of vehicles
at the FDC on these days.
All new Volvo XC90 R-Design revealed
September 18, 2014 -
Volvo released the first images of the R-Design version of
the all new XC90, aimed at buyers looking for a head-turner
that radiates a truly sporty and dynamic look.
"R-Design is created for people with a passion for things that add
spice to life," said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President, Marketing,
Sales and Customer Service of Volvo Car Group. "It appeals to
customers that love active driving and a personal, expressive
design. Every single R-Design detail is designed to contribute to
the individualistic and refined expression these customers desire."
The visual promise of a dynamic ride is confirmed by the
driver-centric interior featuring R-Design sports seats in Nubuck
textile and perforated leather. A choice of Drive-E powertrains
offering up to 400 hp and the completely new XC90 chassis ensure an
agile driving experience.
Continue reading the article
and view more photos of the
all new XC90 R-Design.
Volvo cars at sea - a first ever!
September 8, 2014 - One of my Volvo Overseas Delivery
customers recently contacted me about tracking his new XC70
on its journey from Sweden to America. He told me that
he is probably one of the few Volvo owners with two Volvo
cars at sea at the same time.
Well he isn't my first customer with two Volvo cars at sea
at the same time. Some of my customers have bought
two Overseas Delivery cars and shipped them to the U.S. on
the same ship. And a diplomat program customer shipped
one of his cars to Virginia and the other car to California.
But the diplomat customer's cars were
shipped a couple of months apart.
However this customer is tracking cars in two different
oceans at the same time! His new 2015.5 Volvo XC70 is on a
ship in the Atlantic Ocean sailing from Sweden to America.
And his old Volvo V70 is on a ship traveling in the Pacific
Ocean from the mainland to his second home in Hawaii.
That's a first ever!
Visit Sweden by Design Mom
September 5, 2014 -
Gabrielle Blair, designer, mother of six, and web
entrepreneur recently chronicled her journey to the Volvo
Factory Delivery Center in Goteborg, Sweden.
The article is posted on her website - Design Mom.
"Design Mom, praised as a Website of the Year by
Time Magazine, and a top parenting blog by the
Wall Street Journal,
Parents Magazine and
Better Homes & Gardens, features everything you
find at the intersection of Motherhood and Design. From DIY
projects and home tours, to book reviews, family-friendly
travel, and discussions about modern parenting".
the right is a photo Gabrielle took of color and fabric
samples at the Volvo Factory Delivery Center. Read
the Design Mom story about the Volvo Overseas Delivery
program and view more of Gabrielle's photos
All-new XC90 videos
September 2, 2014 -
Last week the all-new
Volvo XC90 was unveiled at a special presentation in
Stockholm, Sweden. Here is a link where you may watch
a 32 minute video of
the unveiling of the all-new XC90.
Here is a 16 minute video about the all-new XC90 with an
multimedia and safety systems by Thomas Muller, Vice
President of Volvo Cars.
The all-new XC90 has been designed for safety. Watch a 3.5
minute video feturing Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical
Leader Safety at Volvo Cars as she explains some of the many
all-new XC90 will protect your family and you.
Volvo PV444 - "the little Volvo" turns 70
September 1, 2014 -
The Volvo PV444 was the start and the symbol for the new
Volvo after World War II, and marked the beginning of its
export drive to the USA. September 1st is the 70th
anniversary of its premiere in royal presence.
An exhibition opened in Sweden on September 1, 1944 that
would become very important for the development of Volvo.
was the newly built Royal Tennis Hall in Stockholm. Out in
the world the Second World War was still going on. But Volvo
was looking ahead to the peace that would come shortly. The
exhibition was to show what the then 18 year old company had
done previously, what they were producing at the time, and
what the public could expect when peace came.
Continue reading the story of "the
little Volvo" and be sure to look at the
of the rear of a 1947 Volvo PV444A outside the building
where the PV444 premiered in 1944.
Notice the "S" sticker on the back of the
PV444? Volvo Overseas
Delivery cars today have a similar "S" sticker.
September Overseas Delivery Tourist Incentives
September 1, 2014 -
Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist Program incentives for
custom ordered 2015.5 Model Year cars are listed below.
Orders must be received between September 1, 2014 and
September 30, 2014 to
qualify for these incentives.
Option or Package
* Note: The Volvo Overseas Delivery Loyalty Offer providing
one extra hotel night to current Volvo or Saab owners for a
custom ordered tourist program car is no longer applicable
to orders received after May 1, 2013.
All-new XC90 unveiled
August 26, 2014 -
Months of speculation ended today when Volvo unveiled the
all-new XC90, delivering on its promise to
introduce a visually striking, seven-seat luxury SUV with
world leading safety features, advanced powertrain
technologies, an unrivalled combination of power and fuel
efficiency and a superlative interior finish.
Three years in the making and part of an $11 billion
investment program, the all-new XC90 marks the beginning of
a new chapter in Volvo's history, capturing its future
design direction, incorporating its own range of new
technologies and utilizing its new Scalable Product
Architecture (SPA) technology.
"This is one of the most important days in our history. We
are not just launching a car, but re-launching our brand.
This day marks a new era for our company. The XC90 paves the
way for a portfolio of exciting new cars to come in the
following years," said Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO
of Volvo Car Group.
Volvo's new face
Symbolizing this historic day in Volvo's 87 year history,
the new XC90 will be the first of its cars to carry the
company's new more prominent iron mark logo, which has the
iconic arrow elegantly aligned with the diagonal slash
across the grille. Together with the T-shaped "Thor's
Hammer" LED daytime running lights, the iron mark introduces
an entirely new, distinctive and confident face for Volvo's
forthcoming generation of cars.
The XC90's larger hood with its new topography, the beltline
and the sharpened shoulders connecting with the new rear
lights are other important design signatures that will be
mirrored across the range.
"The overall impression, both exterior and interior, has a
strong connection to the key elements of the Swedish
lifestyle: the generous space, the celebration of light and
the focus on well being," said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice
President Design of Volvo Cars.
To add more visual muscle from the sides, the XC90 comes
with a range of wheel sizes up to 22 inches.
Continue reading the story and view several more photos of the
all-new Volvo XC90...
Brochures for Model Year 2015.5
August 22, 2014 - Brochures for the 2015.5 Volvo S60, S80, V60, XC60 and
XC70 models and the Volvo Full Range are now available and
can be viewed online
here. Be sure to take a look at the Full Range
brochure to see exterior color choices.
A Swedish Icon Turns 40
August 20, 2014, 2014 -
Forty years ago on
August 21, 1974, the Volvo 240 was shown to the media for the very
first time. The
model series would become an unprecedented success
for Volvo with over 2.8 million produced over the course of 19
1974 was a big year for Sweden. In the spring ABBA won the
Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo, an 18 year old Bjorn Borg
trounced the tennis elite, and Volvo presented one of its most
important models ever.
On August 21, 1974 the media got to see and drive the new car for the
first time. The journalists were flown by chartered plane from
Volvo's head office at Torslanda to the little town Borlange, where
a row of Volvo 244 GLs were waiting for them. Each and every one had
an orange paint job very typical of the time - with orange interiors
Continue reading about
A closer look at the 2015.5 Volvo Models
August 13, 2014 -
Would you like to learn more about the 2015.5 Volvo models?
Click the links below to get information on the latest Volvo
"Connected Car" lineup: the S60, S80, V60, XC60, and XC70.
Do you see the button with a picture of a globe in the upper
right of the 2015.5 Volvo center console in the photo on the
right? This new button connects Volvo drivers and passengers
to the internet with a variety of apps for entertainment,
weather, and navigation (if equipped).
Also new for Model Year 2015.5 is Volvo On Call, which
provides safety and security services as well as a new
mobile app with convenient features such as Engine Remote
Start, car locator, remote door lock/unlock, and more.
See what's new for each model:
2015.5 Volvo S60 Model Overview
2015.5 Volvo S80 Model Overview
2015.5 Volvo V60 Model Overview
2015.5 Volvo XC60 Model Overview
2015.5 Volvo XC70 Model Overview
All-new XC90 - will be first Volvo built on
Scalable Product Architecture
August 12, 2014 -
Volvo's all-new XC90 - which will be revealed in two weeks
in Stockholm, Sweden will be the first car in its range to
be built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) modular
chassis technology developed in-house.
has been under in-house development at Volvo for the past four years
and is the cornerstone of the company's ongoing 11 billion dollar
transformation plan. It will be introduced with the all-new XC90 and
then rolled out across the product range in future.
benefits of SPA are twofold. First, the flexibility of SPA liberates
Volvo's engineers and designers, allowing them to devise and
introduce a wide range of new and alluring design features while
also improving driveability, introducing world-first safety
features, offering the latest connected car technologies and
creating more interior space.
Secondly, SPA will change the way Volvo
builds cars in future by allowing a wide range of cars,
powertrains, electrical systems and technologies - all of
differing complexity - to be fitted on the same
architecture, generating significant economies of scale.
"SPA gives us a fresh
technological start. Around 90 percent of the components in
the all-new XC90 and upcoming models are new and unique. We
are raising the bar to the very top of the premium league
when it comes to the quality and technology level in every
vital area," said Mertens.
Continue reading more
the all-new XC90 and SPA.
New Volvo Sensus Connect brochure
August 1, 2014 -
Are you curious about the new Sensus Connect with Volvo
On Call that is included in new 2015.5 Volvo S60, S80, V60,
XC60 and XC70 models?
If so then take a look at the 2015.5 Volvo
Sensus Connect brochure to learn more about the features
and benefits of the new system.
Two world firsts in the all-new Volvo XC90 - one of
the safest cars in the world
July 22, 2014 -The all-new Volvo XC90 scheduled to be revealed next
month at an international auto show will offer the most comprehensive and
technologically sophisticated standard safety package
available in the automotive industry. The new technologies
will take the company a significant step closer to its
vision that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a
new Volvo car by 2020.
- Incorporates the most advanced standard safety package on
first auto brake function when turning in front of an
- Includes the world's first safety solution focused on
accidental road departures
- Automatically follows vehicle in front in slow-moving
five times more Ultra High Strength Steel (boron steel) than
See the full article and learn more about the world firsts
Innovative solutions to make parking and tight
maneuvers safer and easier in all-new Volvo XC90
July 22, 2014 -
Designed around modern car buyers' expectations of smart
functionality, the all-new Volvo XC90 features a set of
innovative solutions that make tricky parking situations and
maneuvering in tight spaces much easier.
TheThe IntelliSafe support technologies include an extended Park
Assist Pilot, which now offers automatic reversing into a
parking bay as well as entering and exiting a parallel
parking spot. The XC90 can also display a digitally-created,
360 degrees bird's eye view of the area around the car on
the center display.
Continue reading about these
Production of the first generation Volvo XC90
ending in Sweden
July 11, 2014 -
Today marks the end of an era for Volvo Cars as production
in Sweden of the iconic first generation XC90 - a car that
revolutionized the global SUV sector - comes to an end after
12 highly successful years.
The story began on January 7, 2002, when Volvo Car Corporation
launched an eagerly awaited new model at the Detroit Motor Show. It
was a car that dealers and customers principally in America had been
yearning for - the Volvo XC90.
A car that would be awarded more than 100 international
distinctions, including "SUV of the Year" as early as 2003, and that
was named Sweden's most valuable export product, with an annual
export value of more than 40 billion Swedish krona in the peak years. Before
sales started in 2003, Volvo's dealers had already received 15,000
Finish reading the story
All-new Volvo XC90 will be the world's most
powerful and cleanest SUV
July 8, 2014 -
The all-new Volvo XC90 will offer an unrivaled combination
of power and clean operation when it is revealed
later this year. The all-wheel drive seven-seater will
deliver guilt-free luxury SUV ownership, offering drivers
around 400 horsepower but with carbon dioxide (CO2)
emissions of around 60 g/km (NEDC driving cycle). There has
never been an SUV offering this level of power this cleanly.
more about the
all-new XC90 engines.
Welcome to Sweden
July 3, 2014 -
Over the years I have helped many people learn about Sweden
before flying to the factory to receive their Volvo with
articles, brochures, photos, stories, magazines, and videos.
Now there's another way for new Volvo owners to experience
life in Sweden - every Thursday night on television.
right! TV... "Welcome to Sweden" a Swedish
sitcom that premiered on TV4 in Sweden on March 21, 2014, is
scheduled to begin airing on NBC stations in America
July 10, 2014.
Bruce and Emma seem to be the perfect couple. He is a
successful money manager to the stars, living in New York
with Emma, the sweet woman from Sweden whom he loves and
adores. A rare combination of intelligent, funny, kind and
beautiful, Emma believes she has finally found her true soul
mate. So when she makes the life-changing decision to move
back to her native Stockholm to accept a banking job after
being with Bruce for a year, she is surprised and thrilled
that he agrees to move with her to begin a new life
Moving halfway around the world with a new love is a huge
step. With no job, friends or real clue about what he is
getting himself into, Bruce is quick to face the many unique
challenges and culture clashes that living in a foreign land
presents. The most notable one is how to win over Emma's
strange and very Swedish family, starting with her parents,
Viveka and Birger, whom they move in with. Viveka, a
therapist, dearly loves her family but has difficulty
showing it, especially to Emma, and much to Bruce's dismay,
she harbors a dislike for him from day one. Birger, a
retired sea captain, is a typical Swede - tall, kind and
silent. Since his spoken English isn't very sharp, it only
adds to the communication barriers and humor.
Read an article in Memphis
Commercial Appeal about how
"Art Imitates Life"
for Greg Poehler one of the producers of the program.
video trailer of the new comedy and then watch "Welcome
to Sweden" on Thursdays on NBC.
36 Hours in Stockholm
July 1, 2014
Are you thinking about visiting Stockholm when you pick up
your new Volvo at the factory in Sweden? Writer Ingrid
Williams chronicles -
36 Hours in Stockholm - an article published in the online
edition of the New
York Times recently.
"Stockholm long ranked as one of the loveliest cities in Europe
with an inner-city
beauty characterized by stately architecture and graceful
waterways. But new openings in outlying neighborhoods -
galleries in the north, boutiques in the south, a craft
brewery in the suburbs, art in the archipelago - are
expanding the limits of the city worth exploring. Add
to that Stockholm's exciting restaurant scene, born from the
popular New Nordic food movement, and the hometown pride is
Click the link and catch a glimpse into living in the
captivating capital city of Sweden.
Be sure to view the slide show.
Android Auto in all-new XC90 and future Volvo cars
Volvo has joined the Open Automotive Alliance to make the
Android smartphone platform available to drivers through its
new ground-breaking user interface. This move brings
together one of the world's most progressive car companies
and the world's most popular smartphone platform, developed
by Google. Continue reading the
Model Year 2015.5
June 23, 2014 - Overseas Delivery pricing for the 2015.5 Volvo Model Year was
finalized today. Provisional pricing that was in
effect for 2015.5 Overseas Delivery orders has ended.
Overseas Delivery specifications and pricing for the 2015.5
Volvo models can be seen
here. Ready for a Volvo and vacation? Take
the first step of a journey of a lifetime and
order your car!
Visit Sweden contest bloggers start their journey in
new V60 wagons
June 6, 2014 - Bret and Mary of Green Global Travel and Jennifer and Tim of JDombs Travels recently received V60 wagons at the
Volvo Factory Delivery Center in conjunction with their
blogging for the Visit Sweden -
Trip to Sweden contest.
lucky tourists - a food lover, an art lover,
an environmentalist, and an explorer -
have been chosen to blog about their trips to Sweden to
promote the Visit Sweden sweepstakes.
stories and tips from Bret and Mary in the
Travel blog and experience the many adventures and
photos of Jennifer and Tim in the
JDombs Travels blog
touring Sweden in a V60.
Umea Sweden one of "52 Places to go in 2014"
June 6, 2014 -
New York Times published an article titled "52 Places to go
in 2014" naming cultural hotbed Umea, Sweden # 31 on their
list. It's always nice to share good press about the Sweden
the home of Volvo. The Times story states that music
will take center stage in Umea in 2014, with outdoor opera
performances and a music festival. Visual arts will be
exhibited at Bildmuseet, the city's contemporary arts museum
which reopened in 2012 in a glass and wood building designed
by Henning Larson Architects. Umea located in northern
Sweden is now easier to reach, thanks to new higher speed
rail connections from Stockholm and Goteborg. Read the full
story and see photos of
"52 Places to go in 2014".
Exceptional audio system in the all-new XC90
2014 - The
all-new Volvo XC90 will be available with one of the top audio systems
available in the automotive world after engineers at the
Swedish car company joined forces with their counterparts at
the renowned British audio equipment company Bowers &
Learn more about the world class Bowers & Wilkins
audio system in the all-new XC90.
Explore the all-new XC90 through animation
2014 - There are a multitude of ways that one
interacts with the all-new XC90.
Equipped with the most modern in-car
control system on the market, which is crucially easier to
use, ensuring drivers will be able to keep their eyes on the
road as much as possible while operating or making
adjustments to the system.
The all-new XC90 also uses the vehicle's interior space far
more efficiently and offers a range of additional benefits
such as integrated cloud-based applications for music
streaming and other services, such as the world's first
integrated Park and Pay application and the ability to
mirror and use Apple iOS devices in the touch screen
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Explore the all-new XC90 through animation by watching
videos about infotainment, connectivity, comfort,
flexibility, navigation, user experience and voice control
in the 2016 Volvo XC90
The all-new XC90 in-car control experience
June 3, 2014 -
The designers and engineers behind Volvo's all-new XC90,
which will be revealed later this year, have completely
reconceived the way drivers operate their cars and dispensed
with the normal array of buttons.
A large tablet-like touch screen, a head-up display,
state-of-art-voice control and thumb controls on the
steering wheel, all combine to form a more convenient way of
interacting with the vehicle.
Learn more about the
all-new XC90 in-car control system.
Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E review in the New York Times
2, 2014 - Lawrence Ulrich of the New York Times
recently reviewed the 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive E in an
article titled "A Swede That's Not Square to be Hip".
Check out the story, photos and video
Welcome inside the all-new Volvo XC90
One of the most anticipated car launches of recent years -
Volvo's all-new XC90 - begins today. Volvo has created a
launch program that will unveil the car from the inside out,
meaning that it will start by disclosing the many new
interior features of the car and culminate in the full
external reveal in August.
The original XC90 was launched in 2002, and it
revolutionized the SUV segment with its combination of
space, versatility and safety. It went on to become a global
sales phenomenon. As will be made clear in coming weeks, the
all-new XC90 will also be a transformational vehicle in its
As a taste of what is to come, today, Volvo provides the
first glimpse of the interior of the all-new 2016 Volvo
The new interior is the most luxurious to have been designed
for a Volvo, taking its inspiration from the country of
Volvo's birth, Sweden, which has a global reputation for
integrating the latest technology with design that is clean,
beautiful and crafted from the finest materials.
"The new XC90's interior combines materials such as soft
leather and wood with handcrafted details including a
special gear shift -lever made of crystal glass from
Orrefors, the famous Swedish glass maker, and diamond-cut
controls for the start/stop button and volume control.
"These details are designed to become the jewels of the
interior. They add a bit of exclusive playfulness rather
than pure functionality," said Robin Page, Volvo Interior
Step inside the
Volvo XC60 passes 500,000 units sold milestone
The XC60, the best-selling Volvo model since 2009,
passed the 500,000 units sold mark in April. It has taken
the model only little over half a decade to reach this
The XC60's excellent sales performance is another indicator
of Volvo's strong growth in recent years and future
potential. The model has steadily seen its sales volumes
increase since its introduction. In 2012 the XC60 crossed
the 100,000 mark for the first time with 106,203 units sold,
while in 2013 over 114,000 were sold. During the first four
months of 2014 Volvo sold 41,920 XC60s, an increase of 24.2%
compared to the same period in 2013.60s, an increase of 24.2%
compared to the same period in 2013.
The destination for the 500,000th XC60 was America. The USA
is also the market that has sold the most XC60s (thus far
around 73,000 units), closely followed by China with around
70,000 units sold, and then Germany, Sweden and the UK.
70,000 units sold, and then Germany, Sweden and the UK.
7 Swedish words that English speakers should not be
In a humorous blog article, an expatriate in Sweden
explains how seven words spelled the same in Swedish and English
have extremely different meanings in each language.
Take a look at the
blog for some good laughs and helpful tips about
conversations in English and Swedish.
Top Ten Swedish Foods
This week The Local (Sweden's News in English) asked its
readers to share with others on social media sites what they
thought was the most delicious Swedish foods of all.
From Flygande Jacob (a very unusual casserole), Olandska
Kroppkakor (stuffed potato dumplings), Nettle Soup, Gravlax
(raw salmon cured in salt, sugar and dill) and on to
Kladdkaka (chocolate mud cake) there's surely a dish that
you want to enjoy when you receive your new Volvo in Sweden.
Take a look at the
Top 10 delicious Swedish foods.
Don't leave your hotel room in Goteborg without it!
The Goteborg City Card is a great resource to have
when experiencing the hometown of Volvo. It provides
transport on buses, boats and trams and free parking.
It includes free admission to most city museums, top
attractions and other must see sights for tourists.
With a Goteborg City Card purchase you also receive a book
of coupons for savings at selected stores in Goteborg.
For your convenience there
is a 24 hour Goteborg City Card, a 48 hour
Goteborg City Card,
and a 72 hour Goteborg City Card available. There are
adult cards and lower priced cards for children. (Up to 17
years of age). Children under 5 do not need a card.
Cards may be purchased online or at the Goteborg Tourist
offices in Sweden. Click to learn more about benefits of the
Goteborg City Card.
Presented 2014 World Traffic Safety Achievement Award
Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) was awarded the World
Traffic Safety Symposium's 2014 World Traffic Safety
Achievement Award at the New York International Auto Show.
The award was presented to Volvo for the research and
development of pedestrian safety features including the
company's pedestrian detection system.
Available first on the upcoming, all-new 2016 XC90,
pedestrian detection in darkness also makes the detection
and auto brake technology work effectively to protect
pedestrians and vehicle occupants when driving in darkness.
includes detection and auto brake for other vehicles,
pedestrians and cyclists.
Each year, the World Traffic Safety Symposium addresses
important traffic safety issues in order to minimize
injuries and fatalities on America's roadways. Through its
annual Traffic Safety Achievement Awards, the
Symposium recognizes organizations and individuals that are
creating a safer environment for motorists and pedestrians.
Volvo Cars Torslanda - 50 Years of Human-Centric
April 24, 2014 -
Volvo Cars Torslanda's 50th anniversary celebration today
puts the focus firmly on employees - the people behind the
constant development. When the plant opened fifty years ago,
it quickly gained a special position in the region - both
because of its size and also because the cars made there
were symbols of progress. The
new plant was necessary because demand for Volvos had
increased immensely and production capacity could no longer
keep pace at the existing
facility. The Torslanda plant was one of the world's most
For the Goteborg region the Torslanda plant has been a
unique workplace. The total number of employees over the
years is difficult to calculate but the figure is certainly
in the hundreds of thousands. When the plant had its
greatest need for manpower, more than 11,000 people worked
in the Torslanda facility every single day. In 1945, 5000
cars were produced. In 1974, ten years after Volvo Cars
Torslanda became operational, that figure had risen to
For many women in the 1960s and 1970s, the plant offered an
opportunity to enter the labor force and develop in
managerial positions. Today women constitute just over 20
percent of the total workforce.
Click to continue
reading the story. Learn why Volvo is looking
forward and how the many cars from Torslanda have gotten
Sweden and the world rolling over the past 50 years.
Volvo Celebrates 50 Years of Child Safety
April 14, 2014 - This year marks the 50th anniversary of Volvo Cars dedication to
protecting children - the smallest and most vulnerable car
occupants. This groundbreaking work began with the world's first
rear-facing child seat prototype in a PV544 back in 1964 - and
continues with the latest innovation - an Inflatable Child Seat
Concept that is easily tucked away in a small bag when not in use.
The differences in anatomy between children and adults form
the foundation for Volvo Cars' child safety developments
both in terms of integrated features and accessories for
Children are not small versions of adults. That's why
youngsters need special restraints
when they are travelling in autos.
Click to continue
reading the article and watch a video about the Inflatable
Child Seat Concept from Volvo.
The 16th Annual Volvo Show in the Bicycle Capital of
April 10, 2014 - The 16th annual edition of the Volvo Club
of America (VCOA) Car Show and swap meet was held at Central
Park in Davis,
California on Sunday, April 6, 2014.
Hosted by the Golden Gate and Sacramento chapters of VCOA, a
variety of over 100 old and new Volvo cars (even a Volvo
truck) were on display at the well attended event in Davis,
home of the University of California, Davis and often
referred to as the Bicycle Capital of America.
Your Volvo Overseas Delivery coordinator William Marks was
at the exhibit with an Ember Black 2015 V60 T5 FWD
from Lawrence Volvo. The new sports wagon with red
Overseas Delivery Swedish license plates drew lots of
attention. Many questions were asked by show attendees about
factory delivery of Volvo cars and the new Drive-E engine
and 8 speed auto transmission.
New Sensus Connect with Volvo On-Call
April 1, 2014 - Coming summer 2014, all new 2015.5 Volvo
S60, S80, V60, XC60, and XC70 models will be equipped with
the updated onboard infotainment and navigation experience,
Sensus Connect with Volvo On-call, as standard equipment.
The cloud-based services allow the driver to find and pay
for parking from the car, discover new restaurants nearby,
stream favorite music seamlessly and much more. The
HERE Location Platform provides connected navigation with 3D
The brand new Connected Service Booking app tells the driver
when it's time to have their car serviced and suggests an
appointment at the Volvo dealerships. Sensus also includes
an available, top-of-the-line premium sound system by Harman
Kardon with a 5x130W amplifier with next-generation sound
enhancement software Dirac Live and up to 12 speakers.
XC90 Order Information
March 14, 2014 - The last day to submit a custom order for a
2014 XC90 via Overseas Delivery was March 12,
Please note there will not be a Model Year 2015 XC90.
It will be awhile before Overseas Delivery orders can be
accepted for the all-new design 2016 Volvo XC90. If you would like to
be notified when Overseas Delivery orders can be submitted
for the next generation XC90 please
email your interest in the future XC90.
New Volvo Overseas Delivery brochure and video
March 4, 2014 - There is a new and colorful Volvo Overseas Delivery
brochure now available for viewing online.
In addition the Volvo Overseas Delivery
video has been updated and can also be seen on the web.
To learn more about Volvo Overseas Delivery go to the links
and view the brochure and video. If you're ready to
order your new Volvo and vacation then click to
email your interest and take the first step on a
"Journey of a Lifetime"!
Concept Estate reveals new look and function for Volvo cars
March 3, 2014 - At the Geneva Motor Show this month Volvo
unveils the third in a series of concept cars - the Concept
Estate - continuing the widely admired exterior design
language revealed in the first two Volvo concept vehicles,
the Concept Coupe and the Concept XC Coupe. However for the
first time, the new Concept Estate shows how the interior of
Volvo's forthcoming models will both look and function.
Global attention on Volvo's concept cars has been
intensifying as they provide the first significant clues as
to how the all-new XC90 and subsequent cars will look. The
new XC90 will be revealed later this year. To
learn more about the Concept Estate and how the look
and function for future Volvo cars will be then go
New Volvo in-car experience revealed
March 3, 2014 - Volvo will use the 2014 Geneva Motor Show to reveal its new
in-car control system, which is designed
tablet-like touch screen that will simplify and enhance the
way drivers operate their cars.
The touch screen replaces the traditional selection of
buttons and controls in the center stack with one clean and
sleek control panel. It will blend established tablet
functionality, such as swiping and pinching, with new
solutions that are specially designed for the in-car
environment. It also interacts with the digital instrument
cluster in front of the driver.
This groundbreaking driver experience will be introduced in
the next generation of Volvo cars starting next year with
the all-new Volvo XC90.
To learn more about this new design and technology that will
be at the heart of Volvo's new in-car experience click
Awards announced for Lawrence Volvo
March 3, 2014 - With the 2014 Winter Olympics recently
concluding and the Academy Awards yesterday evening - now is
to recognize two awards recently announced for the team at Lawrence Volvo.
If Overseas Delivery sales was an Olympic event Lawrence
Volvo would receive a silver medal for the 2013 year.
Lawrence Volvo finished 2013 ranked number two in the U.S.
in Volvo Overseas Delivery sales. Lawrence Volvo has
consistently been one of the top ten Volvo Overseas Delivery
retailers in America for decades.
Volvo has been notified that it is one of the Volvo
President's Club award winners for the year 2013. This
distinction is granted each year to an elite group of Volvo
retailers in the U.S. who have exemplified Volvo brand
values by providing exceptional customer service. At
the same time these retailers have achieved key business
objectives related to vehicle and parts sales. Lawrence
Volvo was also a President's Club award winner for the years
2006 and 2001.
Started in 1921 in by Lester Lawrence as a Buick
store, Lawrence Volvo became a Volvo franchise in
1966. Over 90 years since its founding - it continues
to operate as the only family owned, single brand, one
location Volvo retailer in Northern California - with
thousands of satisfied customers across America and around
Global Traveler readers vote Volvo Overseas Delivery the
February 14, 2014 - The votes and in and the true travel experts have spoken.
The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program, which
offers car buyers the unforgettable experience of picking up
their Volvo at the factory in Sweden while also saving
been named the top program of its kind by the readers of
Global Traveler magazine.
survey, in its 10th year, asks frequent business
and luxury travelers to name the best in a variety of
travel-related categories. To learn more about the Global
Traveler reader survey, and to view a complete list of
winners please visit
To read an
article about different European auto delivery programs that
appeared in the September 2011 edition of Global Traveler
magazine please visit
In the "Road Test" story author Ron Bernthal talks to
Eddie & Brigitte Lee of Colorado who ordered their XC90 from
flyvolvo.com and received it at the Volvo factory in
Another Volvo car passes the 1,000,000 mile mark!
January 29, 2014 - At the 15th annual Volvo Club of America (VCOA) Car Show in
Davis, California hosted by the Golden Gate and Sacramento
chapters last spring your Volvo Overseas Delivery coordinator William
Marks had the pleasure of meeting
Vic Dres and seeing his remarkable 1988 Volvo 740 GLE sedan.
Vic drove over 300 miles to the Northern California event
from his home in Grover Beach. He proudly showed me
his personalized license plates and the Volvo High Mileage
Club badges on the deck lid of his car and then pointed to
his car's odometer showing over 900,000 miles.
Well Irv Gordon
there's someone else with a Volvo that has reached the
1,000,000 mile mark!
Vic's 740 recently attained the historic milestone and is featured in
a neat article. To learn more about Vic and his car
read the story, look at the photos and watch a
A closer look at the 2015 Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 models
January 25, 2014 - The 60 cluster of autos comprising the S60, XC60
and now the V60 - represents the best-selling and most
popular Volvo cars in the U.S. market.
cars emanate Scandinavian design which is exemplified by
beautiful clean lines and surfaces.
This is evident in the redesigned interior and exterior of
the 60 series cars, following a significant refresh in Model
Year 2014 and unchanged in Model Year 2015. Inside,
the attention to details, the authentic materials and the
easy-to-use controls contribute to the in-command driving
experience. Click to read the full
A car guy visits the Volvo factory and Polestar in Sweden
January 24, 2014 -
After racing a Volvo for several years and driving an S60 on the road,
Randy Probst of Motor Trend magazine and K-Pax Racing
thought it was about time he visited Sweden, the home of
adventure overseas, Randy tours the factory in Goteborg,
checks out the Volvo engine plant, drives the Volvo proving
grounds, explores the Polestar race team facility and takes
a few hot laps at one of the most unique racetracks in the
world. Watch the 15 minute video
Visit Sweden 2014
January 10, 2014 - The latest edition of the "Visit Sweden"
magazine can be viewed online. Want some
inspirational ideas on places to see and things to do when
you fly to Sweden for your new Volvo?
Then take look at
guide to Sweden 2014"
New Overseas Delivery Accessory Catalog
November 22, 2013 -
There is a new
Volvo Overseas Delivery Accessory Catalog. The new
edition includes items for the 2015 model year cars.
Be sure to review the catalog and select all of the
accessories that you want included with your new Volvo when
you pick it up in Europe. The new items and changes from the previous catalog are noted in
Volvo releases new edition of award-winning Child Safety
November 12, 2013 - Volvo has released the third edition of
the company's book
"Children & Cars - a Safety Manual'.
The award-winning manual helps parents all over the
world make sure that their children travel safely in the
car. The new
child safety manual can be downloaded
Volvo presented its first rear-facing child seat concept in
1967 - and the pioneering work to protect the youngest and
most vulnerable occupants in an automobile has evolved ever
since. vulnerable occupants in an automobile has evolved ever
target group for child safety information is growing
continuously. Every minute, somewhere in the world, there
are new parents putting their precious newborn child in the
car for the first time.
The importance of spreading the good word has been
acknowledged by many over the years. The Volvo child
safety manual has received numerous recognitions, including
the Swedish Publishing Award in 2007.
Urging parents to have small children travelling in a
rear-facing seat remains a core principle also in the latest
edition of 'Children
& Cars - a Safety Manual'.
How many meatballs?
October 22, 2013 -
One of the benefits of picking up your new Volvo at the
Factory in Goteborg, Sweden is a free lunch at the Volvo
cafeteria in Goteborg, Sweden. Popular menu choices for many Volvo Overseas Delivery
customers are Swedish meatballs, potatoes and
If you have already been or are planning on going to Sweden
for a new Volvo - or if you have dined at the cafe in an IKEA
store you might appreciate this Wall Street Journal story by
Jens Hansegard about "IKEA's
Path to Selling 150 Million Meatballs"
Although IKEA has over 300 locations around the world there
is only one Volvo Factory Delivery Center (FDC).
It makes one wonder how many meatballs have been
served to Volvo Overseas Delivery customers over the years?
That's a great question to ask the staff at the FDC
when you receive your new Volvo in Sweden!
Goteborg a Cultural City Guide
October 16, 2013 - Goteborg, Sweden - the home town of Volvo is featured
in a recent online version of an article by
Lindsey McWhinnie in the travel section of the London Daily Telegraph newspaper.
The author is impressed with Goteborg's
vibrant arts scene and the revamping of its former
shipbuilding district. Her introduction to the many
changes to Goteborg begins on a ferry taxi ride down the
Gothia river in Sweden's second largest city.
The Daily Telegraph "Goteborg Cultural City Guide"
story includes several tips on places to eat and things
to see and do when you are in Goteborg.
Pre-built vehicles available via Overseas
Pre-built Overseas Delivery Tourist program cars are available with two free round trip airline tickets from the US to Europe. In most cases you can take delivery of one of these vehicles at the factory in Sweden as soon as four weeks from receipt and payment of your order.
This list updated:
September 19, 2014
Model Year 2015.5
Some of these pre-built 2015.5 Model Year cars may have
additional incentives if ordered through the Tourist Program
by September 30, 2014. A buyer of one of these
vehicles may also qualify for the "Loyalty Offer" which
provides two extra hotel nights to current Volvo or Saab
owners for a pre-built car ordered by September 30, 2014. The additional
hotel nights are applicable to the Radisson Blue in
Goteborg, Sweden booked through the designated Volvo travel
agency in connection with the pickup of Tourist Program car
on the confirmed delivery date. Limited availability,
2015.5 S60 T5 FWD *
2015.5 S60 T5 AWD *
2015.5 S80 T5 FWD *
2015.5 V60 T5 FWD *
2015.5 V60 T5 AWD *
2015.5 XC60 T5 FWD *
2015.5 XC60 T5 AWD *
2015.5 XC70 T5 FWD *
Model Year 2015
2015 S60 T6 FWD **
** These pre-built 2015 Model Year cars have additional
incentives if ordered through the Tourist Program by
September 30, 2014. A buyer of one of these vehicles
may also qualify for the "Loyalty Offer" which provides two
extra hotel nights to current Volvo or Saab owners for a
pre-built car ordered by September 30, 2014. The additional hotel
nights are applicable to the Radisson Blue in Goteborg,
Sweden booked through the designated Volvo travel agency in
connection with the pickup of Tourist Program car on the
confirmed delivery date. Limited availability,
Model Year 2014
2014 S60 T5 FWD ***
2014 S60 T6 AWD ***
*** These pre-built 2014 Model Year cars have additional
incentives if ordered through the Tourist Program by
September 30, 2014. A buyer of one of these vehicles may also
qualify for the "Loyalty Offer" which provides two extra
hotel nights to current Volvo or Saab owners for a pre-built
car ordered by September 30, 2014. The additional hotel
nights are applicable to the Radisson Blue in Goteborg,
Sweden booked through the designated Volvo travel agency in
connection with the pickup of Tourist Program car on the
confirmed delivery date. Limited availability,
Please call or email
William Marks to purchase one of these pre-built
vehicles or to custom order your new Volvo. The list
of pre-built cars changes weekly and there may be some
limitations on when and where you can take delivery.