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The winner of European River Cruise announced

May 23, 2016 -Volvo Overseas Delivery customers who submitted an order between January 1, 2016 and April 15, 2016 were entered into a contest to win a luxury European river cruise from Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.  The winning name for the drawing was recently selected and it was Melanie Houk.  

Congratulations Melanie!

Melanie ordered a Volvo XC90 with "provisional price protection" on March 26, 2016 from William Marks (flyvolvo.com) and Lawrence Volvo. 

By ordering early Melanie will be one of the first to receive their 2017 Volvo at the factory this summer!

The final Overseas Delivery base price for the 2017 XC90 went down. So Melanie will actually pay less for her XC90!

Melanie, enjoy your 8-day / 7-night luxury Uniworld European River Cruise for two!

That's a win!, win!, win!

Early delivery!
Price protection!
River cruise winner!  

Melanie, it was a pleasure receiving and taking care of your Volvo Overseas Delivery order.  Thanks again!


Top ten tips for enjoying a Swedish Summer

May 17, 2016 - As it gets closer to June, the snow-clad landscape in Sweden is long gone and has been replaced by greenery and infinite fields of golden canola flowers. Summers in Sweden are something special. It is no wonder why people spend more time outdoors and in the countryside, as the sun never seems to truly set.

Explore the variety of things Sweden has to offer during the warmer months of the year! From Malmo in the south to Lapland in the north - here are the top 10 tips for enjoying a Swedish summer.


Model Year 2017 Tourist program specifications and prices released

May 17, 2016 - Model Year 2017 Overseas Delivery Tourist program specifications and prices for the S60, S60 Cross Country, S90, XC60, and XC90 (including the limited XC90 Excellence model) have been released and are posted on the cars page.  Provisional pricing is still in effect for the V60 and V60 Cross Country models.  Details for the all new V90 and V90 Cross Country models will be revealed later. Send an email today to order your 2017 Volvo via the Tourist program.


New SAS benefits and hotel for Volvo Overseas Delivery

April 27, 2016 -Airport lounge passes are now available for Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist customers flying on Scandinavian Air Lines (SAS) to receive their new Volvo at the factory.  SAS is part of the Star Alliance Network.

The Clarion Hotel Post is the new hotel for Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist program customers.  The Clarion Hotel Post is adjacent to the Radisson Blu (the previous hotel for Overseas Delivery).  It is also conveniently next to the Central Train Station plaza in downtown Goteborg, Sweden. 

Overseas Delivery Tourist customers receive one night at The Clarion Hotel Post, complimentary breakfast, free WiFi, and valet parking for their new Volvo.  Other amenities for guests of the Clarion include indoor & outdoor pools, poolside bar, health center, spa and more.


Earth Day 2016 - News from Volvo about electrified cars

April 22, 2016 - Volvo Cars aims to sell a total of up to one million electrified cars by 2025. The Swedish company plans to achieve this by offering at least two hybrid versions of every model and releasing the first all-electric car in 2019.

"It is a deliberately ambitious target," said Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive at Volvo Cars. "It is going to be a challenge, but Volvo wants to be at the forefront of this shift to electrification."

Volvo has been readying for the emergence of electrified vehicles for the last five years. It has developed two new vehicle architectures for large and small cars - Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) - that incorporate either hybrid or fully electric car technology.

Its larger 90 and 60 series cars are to be built on SPA, and it will soon launch a range of smaller 40 series cars on CMA. All of these cars will have electrified versions. The 1 million electrified car target is a cumulative total.

The new commitment has been christened 'omtanke', which is a Swedish word that means 'consideration' or 'caring'.

Among the commitments being made by Volvo Cars are that it will impose climate neutral operations by 2025, have 35% of its leading positions held by women by 2020, move further towards its vision that by 2020 no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo and work with international partners to promote sustainability. 

"Sustainability is nothing new or something that sits outside our operations, it is something that forms an integral part of everything we do. It is simply our way of operating," said Mr Samuelsson. "This new sustainability commitment reflects Volvo Cars' fundamental belief that we must also grow responsibly." 

Details of Volvo's wide-ranging sustainability commitment can be found in the Volvo Cars Sustainability Report 2015.


Celebrate Volvo's 89th Birthday with some neat facts

April 15, 2016 - The first Volvo car rolled off the assembly line on April 14, 1927.  The Swedish car company will celebrate the big "90" next year.  To celebrate the occasion read a short Auto Blog article by Andrew Glanz as he delves deep into Volvo history with five lesser-known facts about Sweden's last remaining car brand.


Volvo XC90 named one of Wards 10 best interiors

April 15, 2016 - The all-new Volvo XC90 has earned a spot among the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors awards, which recognizes new or significantly improved passenger vehicle interiors.

The Volvo XC90's interior is designed to make occupants feel better when they arrive at their destination than they did when they set out. Natural materials such as Nappa leather and open pore wood skillfully highlighted by faceted rotary controls and polished trim provide a clean, crisp, calming environment worthy of any modern Scandinavian home.

"The XC90 interior arguably makes the most dramatic styling statement in this year's competition, leveraging a uniquely Scandinavian sensibility," said WardsAuto Senior Editor Tom Murphy. "From the diagonal grain of the Linear Walnut wood inlays and Oreffors crystal gear shifter to the user-friendly tablet-shaped display screen and gleaming bright work, the XC90's cabin is a credit to all things Swedish."

"The interior of the new XC90 sets new standards for the segment, if not the industry," said Robin Page, Head of Interior Design at Volvo Cars. "I am proud of the many talented Volvo designers and engineers who executed flawlessly to create something XC90 drivers can be deeply proud of."

Eight editors at WardsAuto, a leading trade publication for the global automotive industry, selected the XC90's interior after evaluating 47 vehicles (including 18 utility vehicles) for interior materials, ergonomics, driver information, safety, comfort, fit-and-finish and aesthetics. 

Pictured is the ultra luxury XC90 Excellence available later this year.


Scandinavian Airlines launches new direct flight from Boston

April 8, 2016 - Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has launched a new route it says will offer the first direct flight from Scandinavia to Boston.

The airline says it's set to operate about 500 flights between Boston and Copenhagen, Denmark, this year.

The service will operate year-round with flights departing daily from Boston and Copenhagen.  The airline is partly owned by the governments of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. It's the largest airline in Scandinavia.


Swedes invite world to call 'random' citizens on new hotline

April 8, 2016 - Want to chat with a random Swede? Well Sweden's board of tourism is giving you that chance with a new hotline number.

The program is from the Swedish Tourist Association. It's meant to "spark people's curiosity about Sweden -  our culture, nature and mindset," according to the association's website.  Watch "The Swedish Number" video below.

The group created an app that Swedes could download and then spread the word about the phone number.

Anyone, anywhere in the world can call the number and be connected to whatever Swede is answering at that moment. "Get connected to a random Swede and talk about anything," The website is: theswedishnumber.com

The association created a U.S. number for Americans to dial to reach the Swedish hotline: 301-276-0600.

The website for Swedes to sign up tells them, "Answer for Sweden. We are the first country to have its own phone number, which the whole world can call, and we who live in Sweden can help answer it. It's a regular conversation, except that when someone dials the number they're connected at random to a Swede."

Note that depending on the time of day where you are, you might not get through to anyone in Sweden. As the website says, "You are welcome to call at anytime, but we might be asleep."

New York Times video review of the XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid

April 3, 2016 - Tom Voelk checks out the 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 AWD Plug-in Hybrid in the Driven section of the New York Times.  Read the article "Volvo's T8 Is Another Step Up" and watch the video here.


2017 Model Year Volvo Overseas Delivery orders can now be submitted

March 22, 2016 - Volvo Overseas Delivery orders for Model Year 2017 Volvo cars can now be submitted.  Send an email today to submit your 2017 Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist program order with provisional price protection.  The first deliveries will begin at the factory this summer.


More flights available on Scandinavian Airlines from America

March 22, 2016 - Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is expanding and opening new direct routes to America in 2016. The new routes are Los Angeles and Miami. SAS is also increasing the number of departures from New York and Chicago.

The first Los Angeles flight is in March. SAS will have daily Los Angeles departures throughout the summer season and five to six departures a week in the winter season.

Miami flights are expected to begin in the fall. The Miami route will have daily departures.


Model Year 2016 Overseas Delivery orders have ended

March 18, 2016 - Custom Overseas Delivery orders for all 2016 Volvo models have ended.  There are a couple of pre-built 2016 Volvo cars currently available.  The list of pre-built vehicles is at the bottom of this page and is updated weekly.


Updates for Volvo model year 2017

February 26, 2016 - Volvo announced updates for model year 2017, including the introduction of its latest semi-autonomous drive technology, Pilot Assist II, on the S90 and V90.  Pilot Assist II supports drivers up to speeds of 80 mph in well-marked highway conditions. 

Volvo has also expanded its safety technology to cover a common causes of single vehicle accidents with Run-off road mitigation, which uses auto-steer to help keep you on the road. City Safety, also receives an update with Large Animal Detection added on 90 Series cars.

Sensus receives new apps, including Spotify and Park & Pay. Spotify, the music streaming service, provides access to an online library of your favorite music in the car. Park & Pay provides the convenience of finding and paying for parking when desired.

Connected Service Booking, allowing Volvo service appointments and reminders from the Sensus interface, will be added along with improved TuneIn, Local Search and Yelp applications. Record & Send, a new voice recording app will also be added enabling drivers to make a voice note that they can send to themselves as reminders.

The 60 Series cars will receive significant updates. Volvo's award-winning four cylinder T5 Drive-E engine with 240 hp and 258 ft-lb of torque and an 8-speed auto transmission, will be available with all-wheel drive for all 60 Series cars.

Two new wheels will be offered - a new 18" wheel for the S60, V60 and XC60 and a new 20" wheel for the XC60. These will be complemented by a new generation of 18", 19" and 20" wheels for R-Design models.

The 60 Series cars will also be offered with three new exterior colors: Luminous Sand and Mussel Blue will be available on select models and Bursting Blue will be exclusive to the R-Design models. 

The Volvo On Call smartphone app, which allows remote access and control over in-car features, receives a substantial update. Volvo On Call already delivers wearable connectivity (Apple Watch/Android Wear) and now Microsoft Band 2 connectivity, enabling voice control for certain features when using Windows 10-based smartphones.

Other updates to Volvo On Call include a calendar integration function connecting your personal calendar to the mobile app, allowing it to send calendar appointment destinations directly to your car's navigation on request. There is support for Windows 10 with a new version of the application that can be used on computers and tablets to interact with your car. 



New Volvo V90 to be revealed in Stockholm on February 18, 2016

February 11, 2016 - Few car companies can claim the same pedigree as Volvo when it comes to the design and manufacture of family wagons. That is why the news that Volvo will reveal its new V90 wagon on February 18, 2016 in Stockholm is so widely-anticipated and significant.

The V90 is a car that benefits from over 60 years of wagon building heritage that started with the Volvo Duett which arrived in 1953 - the first car to meet the combined needs of drivers' active leisure time and practical professional lives.

Since that day, Volvo has sold more than 6 million wagons worldwide, representing around a third of the total number of Volvos sold since the company's foundation in 1927, giving it a well-deserved reputation for designing and building the ultimate family wagons.

&"We have provenance in the estate segment," said Hakan Samuelsson, chief executive at Volvo Cars. "In many people's minds we are known as the definitive estate brand. While the Volvo brand stands for much more than just wagon, we will proudly carry forward this rich heritage with the V90."

The launch of the V90 is the latest chapter in this proud history. Based on the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) as its XC90 and S90 siblings, the V90 is the wagon version of the widely acclaimed S90 sedan which was revealed at the North American International Auto Show in January. Watch the revealing of the V90 on YouTube.


Model Year 2017

February 5, 2016 - Take advantage of early Overseas Delivery 2017 Model Year offers and provisional pricing for some of the 2017 Model Year Volvo cars including the all-new S90 sedan. 

Do you want to be one of the first to receive your S90 at the factory in Sweden?  If so take a look at the Overseas Delivery 2017 Volvo S90 pre-sale offer.  Please note these early edition S90 cars are already pre-configured and well equipped.  The only options that you have to choose are the exterior and interior colors. 

Other Volvo models that are have early provisional pricing include the V60, XC60, and XC90.  In addition to the T6 and T8 models the XC90 is now also available as a five seat T5 model in either FWD or AWD. Visit the cars page to view early 2017 Model Year provisional information. Provisional details for other models will be added later in the year.

With provisional pricing you are protected - if the final Overseas Delivery price happens to increase you are protected - and if the final Overseas Delivery price decreases - you are protected. Send an email today to reserve an early production slot for your 2017 Volvo via Overseas Delivery with provisional pricing.  We are expecting to be able to submit orders in March.


Model Year 2016 orders ending soon...

February 3, 2016 - The Volvo Overseas Delivery program has been sold out of S80 and V60 models and variants of other models.  There are only a few production slots remaining for 2016 S60 T6, XC60 T6 and XC90 T6 models. Custom Overseas Delivery orders for 2016 Volvo cars will end very soon.


Only four states are not colored

February 1, 2016 - Today an Overseas Delivery 2016 XC90 T6 AWD order was received and processed for a customer from Louisiana. He ordered his new car from flyvolvo.com - Jacob, thank you for your business!

Each colored state on the map represents at least one customer in that state who has purchased a Volvo from flyvolvo.com and William Marks.  Only four states have not been colored yet.

Do you live in Delaware, South Dakota, Vermont or Wyoming?  If so it would be a pleasure to receive and take care of your Overseas Delivery order!  No matter where you live in America... send an email and tell me what color to paint your new Volvo and perhaps a color for your state on this map!




Factory Delivery Center closed days in 2016

January 22, 2016 - The Factory Delivery Center (FDC) in Goteborg, Sweden will be closed the following dates in 2016:

- March 25, 2016 and March 28, 2016
- May 5, 2016
- June 6, 2016
- June 24, 2016
- December 24, 2016 through December 26, 2016  

No cars will be delivered to customers or can be dropped off at the Factory Delivery Center on these dates.


Great minds don't think alike?

January 22, 2016 - Who builds the best cars?

The answer is everyone.


Since the 50's Volvo has brought people to Sweden from all over the world to develop and build cars. Diversity sparks creativity. It pushes innovation. It helps to build safer and smarter cars, designed around people's everyday lives.

Volvo is using a new campaign to honor its diverse and growing workforce. 

"Our workforce is growing as our sales increase. At the moment we have close to 50 nationalities actively contributing to the design, development, marketing, sales and service of our cars. Diversity is not just about age, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity - it's about harnessing the knowledge, experience and personalities of the people that come to work with us. We believe that diversity delivers better products," concluded Bjorn Annwall.

Volvo employees from different backgrounds, working across the company in a wide range of roles, are featured in the new campaign - from designers and engineers to workers on the factory floor. from designers and engineers to workers on the factory floor.

Watch the new Volvo campaign here on YouTube.

 Volvo factory tour closed dates in 2016

January 22, 2016 - The Volvo factory in Goteborg, Sweden will be closed for tours this year on the following dates:

- January 1, 2016 through March 5, 2016
- March 25, 2016 through March 28, 2016
- May 5, 2016 and May 6, 2016
- June 6, 2016
- June 24, 2016
- July 18, 2016 through August 12, 2016
- December 24, 2016 through December 30, 2016  

Instead of the factory tour customers receiving their new Volvo at the factory during these dates may experience the Volvo Brand Experience Centre and or the Volvo Museum.

Visit Sweden 2016

January 13, 2016 - The latest edition of the Visit Sweden magazine can now be viewed online. 

Want some inspirational ideas on places to see and things to do when you fly to Sweden and receive your new Volvo?  Would you like to learn about Sweden's natural lifestyle?   Have you dreamed about the Northern Lights? Would you like some ideas for adventures in the Swedish outdoors and wilderness?

Then be sure to take a look at "Your Guide to Sweden 2016".  The magazine is full of articles, addresses,  and travel facts for visitors of all ages and lifestyles.  There's great travel planning information for both urban and rural Sweden... even a map! 



Volvo XC90 wins 2016 North American Truck of the Year award 

January 11, 2016 - The Volvo XC90 has been named the 2016 North American Truck of the Year.  Fifty three automotive journalists from the United States and Canada voted for the luxury SUV for being a benchmark in its segment, based on factors including innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. 

It is the second time the XC90 has won the North American Truck of the Year award. The first was in 2003, when the vehicle was originally introduced.

"The XC90 is a past winner of our award," said Tony Swan, a 23-year member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year Jury. "That vehicle was obviously outstanding, but the new XC90's blend of advanced technology, performance and craftsmanship stands out even more, against much more sophisticated competition."


Volvo makes semi-autonomous driving features standard on all-new S90 

January 8, 2016 - Volvo is introducing an advanced version of its semi-autonomous Pilot Assist software on the all-new Volvo S90 sedan and making it standard on S90s sold in the United States.

Pilot Assist was first introduced on the 2016 Volvo XC90. It allows the car to accelerate, decelerate, come to a complete stop and steer in road conditions with clear lane markings based on a car being in front up to speeds of 30 mph. The second generation Pilot Assist on the S90 will allow these functions to work up to highway speeds (80 mph) without the need for a pilot car. The S90 will be the first car in the U.S. that makes semi-autonomous technology standard.

The all-new Volvo S90 will make its public debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.  The S90 will be available for purchase in America later in 2016.  Click here to be automatically notified when your all-new S90 can be ordered via the Overseas Delivery program.


Volvo wins Business Insider's 2015 Car of the Year 

January 6, 2016 - The Business Insider magazine transportation team recently checked out several dozen new vehicles ranging from trucks, and hybrids to supercars. The field from which they selected their 2015 Car of the Year was highly diverse and competitive.

In choosing the finalists for Car of the Year, Business Insider took into consideration the design, performance, and overall packaging of the cars. As a publication with a tech and business focus, they zeroed in on those factors.

Business Insider came up with six finalists: two sedans (Audi A3 and BMW 7 series), two SUVs (Tesla Model X and Volvo XC90), and two sports cars (Lamborghini Huracan and McLaren 675LT). The winner of the Business Insider 2015 Car of the Year is the Volvo XC90.  Read the interesting Business Insider article and review of the awarding winning XC90.


Volvo Factory Delivery Center changes 

January 5, 2016 - The Volvo Factory Delivery Center (FDC) in Goteborg, Sweden is currently in phase one of a three phase upgrade.  A renovated delivery center lobby area, cafe, a new coffee barista bar, and a new exterior facade are all part of the changes going on at the home of Volvo. 

Bjorn Anwall, cuts the ribbon at the newly remodeled Volvo Factory Delivery Center in the photo on the right.


Make a Dream Come True 

January 5, 2016 - You could win a free European River Cruise through the Volvo Overseas Delivery tourist program.

When you pick up the Volvo of your dreams in Sweden, you are in for the adventure of a lifetime. The roads of Europe invite you to discover breathtaking natural beauty, historic heritage, fabulous shopping and vibrant cities. And if you're really lucky* you can complete your trip with a free 8-days ultra-luxury cruise along Europe's most enduringly beautiful rivers. These floating Uniworld boutique hotels offer effortless, sophisticated travel and allow you to experience Europe's most enchanting cities right in their historic hearts.

Order your new car via Overseas Delivery between January 1, 2016 and April 15, 2016 for the ultimate in extras:

- $1,000 discount per couple on a Uniworld European River Cruise
- Roundtrip tickets for two to Goteborg, Sweden
- Free hotel night in Goteborg, Sweden
- VIP delivery at the home of Volvo with a tour of the factory or visit the Brand Experience Centre
- Fifteen days European auto insurance coverage
- Complimentary home shipment services to the USA
- U.S. Customs Duty, port clearance fees included
- Custom order your car in colors and options only available via Overseas Delivery
- A savings (varies by model) off the U.S. MSRP
- Complimentary factory scheduled maintenance services at 10k, 20k, and 30k miles
- Entered into a drawing to win an 8-day / 7-night luxury European River Cruise for two (value $10,000)*

*Winner will be notified May 1, 2016.  Others will have a $1,000 discount per couple on a Uniworld European River Cruise.   View terms and conditions for the Cruise Savings and Sweepstakes.


Peak Season Surcharge for Overseas Delivery has been dropped

January 5, 2015 - The Peak Season Surcharge of $150 per person (maximum of $300) for a an Overseas Delivery Tourist program delivery in the months of June, July or August has been dropped.  Overseas Delivery customers who receive their new Volvo in Europe during the peak summer months will no longer have to pay the Peak Season Surcharge!


Volvo and Microsoft will enable people to talk to their cars 

January 5, 2016 - More than 33 years after the popular TV show Knight Rider showed David Hasselhoff talking to his car KITT, Volvo and Microsoft are launching a wearable-enabled voice control system.

Volvo owners will be able to talk to their car via their Microsoft Band 2, allowing them to instruct their vehicle to perform tasks including, setting the navigation, starting the heater, locking the doors, flashing the lights or sounding the horn via Volvo's mobile app Volvo on Call and the connected wearable device..;s mobile app Volvo on Call and the connected wearable device.

The new possibility to connect to a Volvo with voice control through Microsoft Band 2 will be available for customers in Volvo on Call enabled markets in spring of 2016.


Volvo receives the most IHS Safety Pick + awards for a luxury car company

December 10, 2015 - The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the XC90, S80, S60, V60 and XC60 its 2016 Top Safety Pick+ Award - the most among any luxury car company. Every Volvo model tested by IIHS in the last year has received the Top Safety Pick+ Award, the highest possible award for safety in the United States.


Volvo wins Wards 10 Best Engines award for T6 Drive-E

December 10, 2015 - The Volvo T6 Drive-E engine has been named one of Wards 10 Best Engines. Editors called it "arguably the new benchmark for high-output 4-cyl engines."

The winning T6 Drive-E engine can be found in the all-new XC90 and recently announced 2017 Volvo S90 luxury sedan. Variants of the T6 Drive-E four cylinder engine are also available globally in the S60, V60, and XC60 models.

"Achieving an effective level of balance across comfort, efficiency and power has been the ultimate goal for our creation of the Drive-E engine family across our global model range," said Michael Fleiss, Vice President, Powertrain at Volvo. "The T6 Drive-E's use of both supercharging and turbocharging, which is also being utilized in the new XC90, delivers a lively, compelling result. We are honored to again receive recognition for our engines from Ward's as we continue to pioneer new, effective technologies for our vehicles and customers."

WardsAuto editors selected the winners after spending October and November studying and driving all 31 nominees. There is no instrumented testing - only everyday driving to and from home, work, school, the grocery store and grandma's house.

Editors score each engine based on horsepower, torque, comparative specs, noise attenuation, fuel economy and the application of new technology. The guiding principles: Does the engine or electric propulsion system truly sell the car or raise the bar for its competitive set? Read the full article here.


All-new XC90 one of three finalists for North American Truck/SUV of the Year

December 8, 2015 - The all-new Volvo XC90 is one of three finalists for the 2016 North American Truck/Utility of the Year. The announcement is a result of 53 independent journalists in the U.S. and Canada recognizing the all-new SUV from Sweden among vehicles setting new automotive benchmarks. The 2016 Detroit Auto Show will kick off with the announcement of the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year (NACTOY) awards on Monday, January 11, 2016.

Sales of the all-new XC90 have been strong since they began arriving in showrooms this past summer. Globally, demand for the XC90 has exceeded projections by more than 50 percent, with a majority of consumers opting for the upgraded Inscription trim level.

CarPlay, Pandora, Yelp and other applications now available for XC90

December 8, 2015 - Customers can now enjoy Volvo's integrated Apple CarPlay experience, along with other new applications, on the all-new XC90. Check out a video of CarPlay in the 2016 Volvo XC90.

Volvo's human tech design approach, which puts people at the center of of the CarPlay application for a seamless experience between the driver's iPhone, Sensus Connect and the car's functions. 

In addition to CarPlay, the available software update includes Pandora, Yelp, and Find Parking applications via the XC90's in-car remote update service. Each application is tailored to the Volvo Sensus environment, providing an ideal interface that minimizes driver distractions through the car's steering wheel, voice and touchscreen controls. Owners will also receive updated navigation maps, real time traffic information and improved speech input and performance.

XC90 owners who took delivery of their vehicle before November 23, 2015 can schedule an appointment at a U.S. Volvo retailer to receive a complimentary CarPlay update. Customers receiving their vehicle after that date may purchase CarPlay from their local Volvo retailer.  In addition CarPlay can also now be ordered as an accessory with an Overseas Delivery XC90.


New Volvo S90 sedan revealed

December 2, 2015 - Volvo debuted the highly-anticipated Volvo S90 luxury sedan in Goteborg, Sweden today on the heels of the award-winning XC90. The all-new S90 sedan is a bold entry into the luxury sedan market and sets a new standard with superior materials, technology, comfort and class-leading semi-autonomous features. 

The Volvo S90 will combine Scandinavian design with cutting-edge safety and cloud-based applications and services. The interior makes use of the Sensus Connect touch screen that debuted in the XC90, providing a clutter-free interior with minimal dashboard buttons. providing a clutter-free interior with minimal dashboard buttons.

"Our idea was to bring something new to this rather conservative segment and deliver a visual expression that exudes leadership and confidence on the exterior. On the inside we have taken the S90 to the next level, delivering a high-end luxury experience that promises comfort and control," said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President of Design at Volvo.

The Volvo S90 introduces another step toward Volvo's Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by the year 2020, through world first safety technologies and highly advanced semi-autonomous features.

Three engine choices will be available for the U.S. market: the turbocharged T5 engine, the award-winning turbocharged and supercharged T6 engine, and the clean and powerful T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid.

"The S90 has taken a big step forward in terms of driving dynamics, performance and ride. We have completely redesigned the Volvo driving experience from the ground up to deliver a sense of precision, engaging control and comfort," said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Volvo.

Stay tuned for more information about specifications, packages, exterior & interior colors, options and the arrival of the 2017 Volvo S90.

Send an email today to be notified when your new Volvo S90 will be available for purchase via Overseas Delivery.


The Chardonnay Coincidence...

December 1, 2015 - Recently two Overseas Delivery 2016 XC90 T6 AWD SUVs were delivered to their owners in California on the same day.  Coincidentally both of these cars have Luminous Sand exteriors, the owners of both vehicles live in Napa, California and this is the second Volvo Overseas Delivery purchase for both couples!

Paul and Julie flew to to Sweden in early September to receive their Luminous Sand 2016 XC90 T6 AWD Inscription model - six years after picking up a C70 convertible at the factory. 

Greg and Robin flew to Sweden in late September to receive their Luminous Sand 2016 XC90 T6 AWD Momentum model - ten years after picking up a first generation XC90 at the factory. 

Both of the 2016 XC90s made the voyage from Sweden to America aboard the same ship.

Ironically Paul & Julie and Greg & Robin had never met until they arrived at Lawrence Volvo in Walnut Creek, California on a sunny Saturday afternoon to receive their all-new XC90s.  They shared stories of their trips to Sweden before heading home to the beautiful wine country of Napa Valley. 

Perhaps it was the sunlight...

On this day of coincidences these two Luminous Sand XC90s looked like they were the color of a vintage Chardonnay!



Luxury, Light and Simplicity - Coming Soon

November 25, 2015 - A new era in Swedish design, innovation and luxury is soon to be revealed. And you're in control. Put yourself at the heart of a luxury experience.  A luxury where intelligent, beautiful design works in harmony with cutting-edge innovation.  This is luxury redefined.  This is the next generation of Volvo cars.

Join an interactive live stream from the Volvo Design Centre in Goteborg, Sweden on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm CET (Central European Time) which is 12:30 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time).

Choose where our cameras go. Whether it's the exquisite, natural materials of the interior or the sophisticated, confident exterior, we'll explore every detail you want to see. Watch live at volvocars.com/live


All New Volvo XC90 named Motor Trend SUV of the Year - - Again.

November 16, 2015 - The Volvo XC90 has been named Motor Trend's SUV of the Year for the second time.  Developed from the ground up on Volvo's unique Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), with a 316 horsepower, supercharged and turbocharged engine featuring an EPA rating of 25 mpg highway, a tablet-like Sensus control system, and understated Scandinavian design, the all-new 2016 XC90 sets a new standard for the luxury SUV segment. With its full suite of IntelliSafe features the all-new Volvo XC90 is also the safest Volvo ever.

"Everyone at Volvo Cars is exceptionally proud to win the Motor Trend SUV of the Year award," said Lex Kerssemakers, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. "The all-new XC90 is a strong indicator of things to come at Volvo."

Kerssemakers accepted the iconic Golden Calipers trophy at an award ceremony tonight near Motor Trend's offices in El Segundo, California.

When it was introduced in 2002, the original XC90 won Motor Trend's SUV of the Year as it redefined the seven-passenger SUV segment.

Motor Trend's Sport/Utility of the Year is not a comparison test, and is only open to all-new or substantially upgraded vehicles that have gone on sale in the 12 months from November 1st of the previous year.

To judge contenders for the award, Motor Trend's editorial staff conducted an exhaustive three-phase testing process. 

Read more about the SUV of the Year award at Motor Trend online.


Volvo celebrates 60 years in America with Hollywood stars and cars

November 1, 2015 - Volvo celebrated 60 years in America with a special gathering of celebrities and cars at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, California last weekend.

Comedian and vintage Volvo owner Jay Leno entertained a crowd of more than 300 Volvo owners, executives, retailers, and media amongst an unprecedented collection of new and historic Volvo cars, live music, and Scandinavian fare.

Notable cars on display included a 1928 PV4, Volvo's first covered car; a 1955 PV444, the first Volvo exported to the U.S.; the 1967 P1800S driven by Roger Moore in the hit 60s' television series, "The Saint"; and the all-new, award-winning 2016 XC90. 

Attendees explored Volvo's rich past and bright future by visiting a series of Volvo branded shops created in the facades on Paramount's City Streets back lot.

In the Volvo Art Gallery was a collection of Julius Shulman-inspired photos starring Volvos past and present taken recently by Ann Street Studios at locations around Los Angeles, where the very first Volvo was imported to America in 1955.

Guests perused the collection of vintage Volvo advertisements in the Volvo History Museum, and in the Bowers & Wilkins Listening Room, audiophiles appreciated the high technology powering the 19-speaker, 1,400 watt entertainment system available in the all-new XC90.

"Volvo has had a special place in many Americans' hearts for generations," said Lex Kerssemakers, CEO, Volvo Cars of North America. "Maybe they grew up riding in a Volvo, or were saved by one, or perhaps they learned to drive in one. Whatever the case, we are celebrating those experiences and now our version of luxury for generations to come."


Volvo unveils global electrification strategy

October 16, 2015 - Volvo announced one of the auto industry's most comprehensive electrification strategies in which plug-in hybrids will be introduced across its entire range. It will develop a new group of electrified cars and build a fully electric car for sale by 2019.

The first element of the electrification strategy involves the introduction of plug-in hybrid versions of its 90 series and 60 series larger cars, based on the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). This has begun with the launch of the XC90 T8 AWD plug-in hybrid and will continue with plug-in hybrid versions of the new S90 sedan and other future models. 

Volvo will also broaden the range of plug-in hybrid cars it offers with the introduction of a new front-wheel drive Twin Engine variant.

The Swedish car maker will expand its product offering with the introduction of new 40 series cars based upon the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which, like SPA, has been designed from the outset for electrification. This makes Volvo one of few car companies with two new vehicle platforms designed to support both plug-in and pure electric powertrain configurations. 

Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars, said: "We believe that the time has come for electrified cars to cease being a niche technology and enter the mainstream. We are confident that by 2020, 10 per cent of Volvo's global sales will be electrified cars."

The combination of power, efficiency and environmental friendliness will be the hall marks of all forthcoming electrified Volvo car models.

"We have learned a lot about how people use cars with electrification thanks to our current product offer," said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President for Research and Development. "Our research has shown that people are driving our Twin Engine cars in electric mode around 50 per cent of the time, meaning our plug-in hybrids already offer a real alternative to conventional powertrain systems."

"With about 40 years of experience in the field of electrification, Volvo has learned a lot about battery management, delivering the best range per kilowatt hour in the industry. We have come to a point where the cost versus benefit calculation for electrification is now almost positive. Battery technology has improved, costs are going down, and public acceptance of electrification is no longer a question," Mertens added.


All-new XC90 sweeps Texas Auto Writers Association awards 

October 13, 2015 - The all-new Volvo XC90 has won three awards from the Texas Auto Writers Association at the 2015 Texas Truck Rodeo.

In a two day competition with on-the-road and off-road events of more than 80 crossovers, SUVs, pickup trucks, and commercial trucks, the all-new Volvo XC90 took top category honors by being named the Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) of Texas, as voted by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA).

The TAWA also voted the XC90 the Best Luxury Crossover Utility, citing its elegant Scandinavian design, suite of safety and semi-autonomous drive features, comfortable third row seating, 316-hp engine, 5,000 pound tow rating, and EPA highway fuel economy rating of 25 mpg.

In addition, the 2016 XC90 won the TAWA's Best Connectivity award for its intuitive Sensus control system that features a nine-inch, tablet-like touch screen similar to an Apple iPad.

"Having the XC90 again awarded by the Texas Auto Writers Association is a huge point of pride for everyone at Volvo," said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO, Volvo Cars of North America. "Texas, as big as it is, is an incredibly important market for Volvo and we are grateful for the recognition."

In 2002 the original Volvo XC90 won the TAWA's most prestigious award, the Truck of Texas, redefining the award program forever.

The TAWA is comprised of nearly 100 Texas auto critics and reporters from outlets such as the Epoch Times, Houston Chronicle, El Heraldo News, Yahoo! Autos and more. The TAWA Texas Truck Rodeo was held October 7-9, 2015 at the Knibbe Ranch near San Antonio. 

"The Texas Auto Writers Association was very proud to have Volvo participate in the 2015 Texas Truck Rodeo," said Michael Marrs, President of TAWA.  "After two days of evaluations, we are honored to have the all new Volvo XC90 as the 2015 CUV of Texas."


Overseas Delivery XC90 T8 models sold out for Model Year 2016

October 7, 2015 - All Model Year 2016 XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid models allocated to the Overseas Delivery program have been sold out. The XC90 T6 is still available. If you would like to order an XC90 T8 via Overseas Delivery you will have to wait until details are released for the 2017 Volvo XC90 next spring. Deliveries should begin at the factory in the summer of 2016. 


World's most advanced chassis simulator to help develop next generation Volvo cars

October 7, 2015 - Volvo has become the first premium car maker to purchase the world's most advanced Vi-Grade chassis simulator - the same equipment used by Ferrari and Porsche - to develop next generation Volvos.

The simulator offers virtual environments including Germany's renowned Nurburgring as well as tracks at the Volvo testing facility in Sweden. It helps Volvo design cars that are more responsive, more rewarding and more enjoyable to drive.

"We are making substantial investments in people, technology and facilities in order to redefine the Volvo driving experience. Our aim is to deliver full control, ease and dexterity at the wheel. We will improve drivability across the entire Volvo range," said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President at Volvo Cars.

The Swedish car maker uses the simulator's virtual environments to support development work on high speed stability, balance and drive mode settings. With the simulator settings can be rapidly tested combining the experiential judgment of a real driver and computer-aided objective data analysis.

The move marks a new beginning for Volvo in terms of driving experience, says Mertens. "We have made critical investments both in terms of our R & D facilities and in our product components in recent times that are now beginning to pay dividends. Our new scalable product architecture (SPA), our modular powertrain program and the latest chassis components are the starting point." 


Historic gathering of Volvo cars at Concours d'Elegance in South Carolina

October 7, 2015 - An unprecedented collection of new and historic Volvo cars will be assembled at the Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina during the weekend of October 31st and November 1st, 2015.

To help celebrate a long lineage of elegant and iconic automotive design, five historic Volvo cars will sit alongside the future of the company - an all-new XC90 T8, the world's first seven-passenger plug-in hybrid SUV.

Perhaps the most notable historic car in the collection is a 1933 PV654, Volvo's first luxury sedan. On loan from the Volvo Museum in Goteborg, Sweden, it is one of only 361 units ever built, and will be the first one to roll on U.S. soil.

The Volvo PV653/654 models came to the Scandinavian market in August 1933 as the successor to the PV651/652, the first six cylinder cars from the young Swedish car company founded in 1927. 

The PV654 was the luxury version, with a plusher interior, dual fender-mounted spares, dual chrome horns, twin stop lights and a rear seat armrest.

Other models in the collection include a 1927 PV4, 1955 PV444, 1957 P1900, and the 1967 1800S driven by Roger Moore in the 60's TV series, "The Saint."

The PV4 was the first enclosed auto made by Volvo. The fully restored car on display is one of just four that remain.

In 1955 the PV444 became the original Volvo to be imported to America. It was the first Volvo unibody car, with a 70 hp four-cylinder engine for the U.S. market.  It was also the first Volvo model offered via Overseas Delivery.

The Volvo Sport, known internally as the P1900, was the company's first sports car, a fiberglass bodied convertible coupe that inspired the company to build the legendary P1800.

Of the 67 Sports built about 50 are known to exist. Just 21 were sold in the U.S. Two are owned by Volvo, including the white over red one shown at Hilton Head.

The XC90 T8 is the future of Volvo. It's the world's first seven passenger plug-in hybrid SUV. With 400 horsepower it can go 0-60 in about six seconds and get better mileage than most economy cars.

Occupants of the XC90 T8 are treated to a Scandinavian sanctuary with a 9" tablet like interface, a genuine crystal shift knob made by Swedish glassmaker Orrefors, and semi-autonomous drive systems that take the stress out of daily driving. 

"These iconic cars illustrate Volvo's strong design heritage and forward thinking," said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO, Volvo Cars of North America. "With South Carolina the home for our first U.S. factory, the Hilton Head Island Concours is the perfect venue to share our history. We look forward to another 60 years delivering beautiful, safe, quality cars in the U.S. and around the world." Kerssemakers will be in attendance at the event and an honorary judge.


Volvo Cars breaks ground on first American factory

September 25, 2015 - Volvo Cars of North America President and CEO Lex Kerssemakers, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and other public officials officially broke ground on Volvo Cars' first American factory in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Construction has now begun on the factory site, which will be capable of producing up to 100,000 cars per year.

"Today's groundbreaking proves that Volvo Cars follows promises with action," said Lex Kerssemakers, "Volvo is moving quickly to expand its presence in the United States with new cars, new engines and now, a new factory."

The South Carolina factory will be the global production home of the all new S60, currently under development at Volvo headquarters in Goteborg, Sweden. American built S60s will be exported around the world through the Port of Charleston, along with another model yet to be determined. The first South Carolina built Volvos are expected to roll off the assembly line in late 2018. are expected to roll off the assembly line in late 2018.  

The decision to choose Berkeley County location was taken for its easy access to international ports and infrastructure, a well-trained labor force, an attractive investment environment and experience in the high tech manufacturing sector. Volvo estimates that the factory will employ up to 2,000 people over the next decade and up to 4,000 people in the longer term.

With the new U.S. plant in place, Volvo Cars will be able to manufacture cars on three continents, underscoring its position as a truly global car maker. It already operates car plants in Sweden, Belgium and China.


Updated XC90 accessory list

September 22, 2015 - The Overseas Delivery XC90 accessory list has been updated.  Two new items have been added - Decor Frame Front and Extra Key with Remote Control.  The new list is here.


All-new XC90 sets new standards with Top Safety Pick+ rating from IIHS

September 18, 2015 - The Volvo XC90 has been awarded the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The XC90 received a full score in all tests (crashworthiness and front crash prevention), excelling in both preventive and protective safety performance. The XC90 also scored top marks in recent Euro NCAP testing - further proof that XC90 is one of the safest cars on the road today.

"The independent testing result from IIHS once again highlights the exceptional nature of the work we do at Volvo in taking car safety to a new level. Our combination of an ultra-high-strength steel safety cage with a patented front structure, advanced restraints and our standard auto braking system, City Safety, combine to deliver unparalleled performance," said Cecilia Larsson, Director of Volvo Cars Safety Centre in Goteborg.

The IIHS crashworthiness category includes tests covering small overlap, moderate overlap, side, roof strength, head restraints and seats. Volvo achieved top scores in all of these tests and was deemed superior in front crash prevention thanks to the standard City Safety technology that is fitted in all new Volvo cars. The superior rating for front crash protection makes the XC90 one of the first cars with standard equipment to receive a 2015 Top Safety Pick+ award. 



Volvo S60 Cross Country now available via Overseas Delivery

September 11, 2015 - Are you looking for a sedan with better ground clearance and off-road capability?  How about an S60 Cross Country?  Think of it as a sedan version of the the V60 Cross Country.  The 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country (CC) is now available for purchase via the Overseas Delivery program.  Specifications and factory delivery prices for the new AWD sedan can be seen here with the other Volvo models.  Take the first step towards new adventures with your S60 Cross Country order via Overseas Delivery by sending an email today.


Volvo is among the first to support new US car safety requirements

September 11, 2015 - Volvo will be one of ten automakers voluntarily agreeing to make Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking standard on all vehicles within five years. Volvo is proud to be among the companies to make such a commitment with both the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Volvo already has approximately 250,000 cars on U.S. roads with these technologies. The company encourages regulators to include these safety systems in the consumer-friendly 5-Star overall crash rating so American consumers can more easily determine the safest available vehicles.

Volvo introduced low speed Automatic Emergency Braking as standard in the 2009 introduction of the XC60 and the technology became standard in all Volvos by 2015. Automatic Emergency Braking is part of Volvo's City Safety suite of technologies, which includes several methods to avoid or mitigate crashes. Both Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking are central to Volvo's Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by the year 2020.

Volvo believes that the inclusion of such technologies in NHTSA's "Cars on Stars" program, the consumer-friendly star ratings system on all new car "window stickers," will mirror the information provided to consumers in other major countries, where Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning is considered in safety awards. Incorporating these technologies into the U.S. ratings will make it easier for Americans to determine which cars provide the most advanced safety systems.

In addition to Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning, Volvo's latest safety innovations are standard in the all-new XC90, including intersection auto-brake, which prevents drivers from turning into oncoming traffic at intersections and run off-road detection, which reduces spinal injuries when the car leaves the road. Both technologies are "world firsts" highlighting Volvo's work in eliminating and mitigating accidents.

Volvo XC90 receives top five star rating in European safety tests

September 2, 2015 - The Volvo XC90 has been awarded five stars and achieved top ratings in its 2015 Euro NCAP tests. The XC90 with standard City Safety technology stood out as the first car from any manufacturer to receive the maximum score in Euro NCAP Autonomous Emergency Braking Car to Car rear-end tests (AEB City and AEB Interurban). 

The XC90 also features advanced pedestrian protection functionality that independent safety regulators have yet to include in their testing protocols, demonstrating once again how the Swedish carmaker continues to dominate and innovate in the field of car safety.

"We are the first car manufacturer to surpass the criteria that Euro NCAP have applied to the AEB Interurban and City testing procedures. City Safety is one of the most advanced standard crash prevention offers you can find in a modern car. It addresses vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in certain situations, day and night," said Martin Magnusson, Principal Engineer at Volvo. Watch an impressive video of the Volvo XC90 Euro NCAP tests here.


8 reasons to visit this underrated Scandinavian city

September 1, 2015 - A recent New York Post article explains why one should see the home town of Volvo in a story called "8 reasons to visit this underrated Scandinavian city".  Learn why here.



A Luxury SUV worthy of Thor's hammer

September 1, 2015 - Are you in search of a stately SUV with safety features galore and a palatial seven seat interior? Read a recent review by Dan Neil in the Wall Street Journal of the Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription: A Luxury SUV worthy of Thor's hammer.


New Overseas Delivery XC90 T6 AWD guide

September 1, 2015 - The Overseas Delivery specifications for the 2016 XC90 T6 AWD have been updated and can be seen here.  The base price has gone up and is in effect for Overseas Delivery orders received September 1, 2015 and later.



Christmas and New Year's Day holidays for the Factory Delivery Center

August 19, 2015 - This year the Factory Delivery Center (FDC) in Goteborg, Sweden will be closed for the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays on the following days: December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 30th and 31st and January 1st and 6th.  No cars will be delivered or can be dropped off at the FDC on these dates.  


A fantastic Volvo road trip

August 19, 2015 - Over the years many customers have shared their adventures with picking up a new Volvo at the factory in Sweden.  Below is a letter from Joe in Colorado who combined a trip to the factory to receive his V60 T6 AWD R-Design wagon,

The word Vatternrundan comprises Vattern - the name of the lake which the ride circumnavigates and rundan, the Swedish for round.ch the ride circumnavigates and rundan, the Swedish for round.

Regarded as one of the Swedish classics, the ride is held during the height of Swedish summer.

The ride starts and finishes in Motala, a medium-sized town half-way between Stockholm and Goteborg, located in the western part of Ostergotland county. It is located 3 kilometers from Sweden's second largest lake, Vattern. 

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We had just a fantastic trip to Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands and Germany in June.  Picking up the Volvo V60 was definitely one of the highlights.  Thank you so much for your help in arranging it. 

I have attached a couple of photos of the car: one at the factory delivery center with Volvo representative, Hans, who was such a wonderful host, and one at the Nurburgring, waiting to do a hot lap on the track, which was thirteen minutes of joy.

The bike ride went very well.  I was able to complete the 300 kilometers in just under 11 hours and averaged 17 mph, which I thought was pretty good for a 63-year-old.

Here's a picture of me with some Swedish cyclists I became acquainted with during the ride.

Thank you again for all of your help.





Overseas Delivery orders for the all-new XC90 resume

August 1, 2015 - Volvo has announced that Overseas Delivery orders for the 2016 XC90 may now be submitted again with deliveries at the factory starting in the first quarter of 2016.  The Vision Package is now $1,800.  At this time the Overseas Delivery base price for the XC90 T6 AWD will remain the same.  However there will be new Overseas Delivery specification guide released with a price increase for Overseas Delivery XC90 orders received September 1, 2015 and later.  Don't wait!  Place your order now for an award winning XC90 via Overseas Delivery by sending an email today.



Volvo iPad tablet holder accessory for the all-new XC90

July 23, 2015 - Volvo is excited to announced the launch of the new XC90 iPad tablet holder accessory. The Volvo tablet holder allows rear seat passengers to safely and ergonomically use their iPad in the rear seat. Take your iPad to your XC90 and enjoy its functions and apps when travelling. Listen to music, watch a film, read emails or surf the web.

It is easy to dock an iPad in the tablet holder. All wiring is integrated into the front seat. The holder allows charging via your USB cable. You may also charge an additional device at the same time, via a separate USB cable connected to the base plate of the tablet holder.

- Compatible with iPad 2-4 & iPad Air 1-2. iPad Air requires a separate adapter.
- Has two USB ports allowing charging of the tablet and one additional device.
- Can be installed as a pair or individually on the passenger or driver side.

The new tablet holder is available as an accessory via Overseas Delivery and at Volvo retailers in America.  Look for a new XC90 Overseas Delivery accessory catalog posted here in the next few weeks.


NBC launches second season of "Welcome to Sweden"

July 18, 2015 - NBC begins a second summer run of the television comedy "Welcome to Sweden".  The show is filmed in Sweden and loosely based on the life of creator and star Greg Poehler (the brother of the show's producer, Amy Poehler).

Paul Simon, Jack Black, Neve Campbell, Amy Poehler and Jason Priestley will appear in episodes of the second season of "Welcome to Sweden," which launches on NBC Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Greg Poehler plays an American who falls in love with a Swedish woman and moves to her home country, mirroring the young actor's real life. Filmed initially for Swedish television, the series was picked up by NBC and did well enough last summer to earn a second season in Sweden, America and other countries.

This season Poehler's character gets a job as the "guy" for American celebrities visiting Stockholm, a person with special access to tourist spots and performs other favors which works well for the celebrity cameos. Since he barely understands Swedish, "as you can imagine, he's not a very good guy,' Poehler said.


New York Times video review of the all-new XC90

July 16, 2015 - Tom Voelk's review of the 2016 Volvo XC90 is in the Driven section of the New York Times today.  Read the article "Volvo finally updates the XC90 and creates a Swedish gem" and watch the video here.


Volvo buys Polestar

July 14, 2015 - Volvo Cars has acquired 100% of Polestar, the Swedish high performance car company, including the Polestar brand. Polestar will now be used as the model name for special high performance Volvos.

In the future Polestar will utilize Volvo's twin engine electrification technology to develop next generation performance cars. Volvo is the largest manufacturer of plug in hybrid cars in Europe and leader in advanced vehicle electrification technology. Volvo currently develops and manufactures some of the most powerful, most environmentally-friendly hybrid engines in the automotive industry.

Volvo and Polestar share a long history. They have worked together in motor sports since 1996 and in recent years signed an agreement to jointly develop Polestar versions of Volvo cars that combine a comfortable driving experience with a very high level of power and handling.

In 2015, Volvo expects to sell 750 Polestar versions of the S60 sedan and V60 wagon globally. Polestar sales are forecast to increase to between 1,000 and 1,500 cars a year in the medium term.

The Polestar brand is established internationally through the sale of Polestar-branded Volvo cars. Volvo will also benefit from the sale of aftermarket Polestar performance kits. 

No financial details of the deal have been disclosed. Existing Polestar Performance employees will become Volvo employees.  The Polestar racing team will remain under the control of Christian Dahl, the former owner of Polestar, and will be renamed.  



Volvo XC90 named Auto Express Car of the Year 2015

July 1, 2015 - The Volvo XC90 has been named Car of the Year 2015 and Large SUV of the Year at this year's Auto Express New Car Awards in the UK.  This is the second time the XC90 has won the top honor at the Auto Express Awards.  The original XC90 received the Auto Express Car of the Year award in 2003.

The XC90 is already close to selling out its entire first year's planned production run of 50,000 cars. To date over 44,000 cars have been ordered.

Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, said: "We've been waiting a long time for the XC90, but it was well worth the wait - it's a sensational SUV. It not only sets new standards for Volvo, but for the car market in general, leading in terms of technology, efficiency, style and safety. It's also got an element of style - inside and out - that you might not have expected. If the XC90 points the way for the future of Volvo, the future looks very bright indeed."

Sensus interface voted most innovative HMI system

July 1, 2015 -  The award singled out Volvo as being at the forefront of HMI (Human Machine Interface) design and was based on the level of innovation, intuitiveness, complexity and operational safety the Sensus system delivers.

Based on global user experience research, the Volvo Sensus system has developed a measured response to users' emotional and physical needs and has redefined in-car control systems with its easy-to-use touch interface and smart tiling system.

The Sensus HMI solution in the all-new XC90 is comprised of the center touch display, the driver info cluster and a Head-Up Display (HUD). Volvo designed the system based on the concept that some information is more important and time critical than others.

Unlike most touch solutions in the auto industry the Volvo Sensus system is built using a unique infrared sensing technology that allows drivers to operate the system while wearing gloves and also ensures a more robust and responsive system.g gloves and also ensures a more robust and responsive system.



Volvo announces Greatest Interception Ever winners and earns award for campaign

June 26, 2015 - On the biggest football day in 2015, Volvo chose customer-driven philanthropy instead of a mega-budget TV advertisement. In doing so, the company launched the award winning "Greatest Interception Ever", an opportunity for game day viewers to nominate people who inspire them to receive a brand new Volvo XC60.

Whenever a car commercial aired during the big game, people could tweet and tell the Swedish carmaker who they thought deserved a brand new car and why.  

An award was presented for the Greatest Interception Ever campaign at the 62nd Cannes Lions Festival. Selected from 2,813 entries, the judges noted that Interception was a "smart, strategic, creative" use of media during the big game.

The Greatest Interception Ever was conceived by Volvo's creative agency Grey New York and was a collaboration with Mindshare, Waggener Edstrom and the Volvo Cars of North America team.

Five winners were chosen by judges from the thousands of entries. All XC60s have now been deliverTheir inspiring stories are detailed below:

  • Michael Timm of Des Moines, Iowa was nominated by his sister to get reliable transportation so he could kickstart his photojournalistic project traveling the U.S. to document people with language disorders and better understand communication.
  • Adil Gabousse of Miami, Florida was nominated by his wife for his hard work, love of the Volvo brand and the need to have safe transportation as they start their family.
  • Caitlin Lowery of Baltimore, Maryland was nominated by her father in recognition of her devotion to service in the Peace Corps, as a literacy volunteer in South America. Her 17-year old Volvo was ready for an upgrade as she completes her  studies for a Masters in International Public Health.
  • Beth Davalos of Winter Park, Florida was nominated by her aunt for tirelessly working to improve the lives of homeless children as the leader of Families in Transition in Seminole County, Florida and the fact her car has six-figure mileage.unty, Florida and the fact her car has six-figure mileage.
  • Megan Flick of St. Mary's, Iowa was nominated by her daughter for her work with emotionally disturbed children, her successful completion of nursing school as a behavioral health nurse and the need for a new car. behavioral health nurse and the need for a new car.


All-New Volvo XC90 brochure

June 19, 2015 - A digital brochure for the All-New Volvo XC90 is now available and can be viewed online here

Please note the image of the exhaust pipes on the XC90 Momentum model pictured on page 26 of the brochure is incorrect (it should have shown an integrated design). Massage front seats are not available for the U.S. market. In addition the 12.3" Digital Instrument Display is now standard equipment for the Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription versions of the XC90.

The U.S. warranty for the 2016 Volvo XC90 is a comprehensive coverage of 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first.  Complimentary Factory Scheduled Maintenance is provided with the XC90 for the first 3 years or 30,000 miles whichever occurs first.



Volvo standard safety technology cuts accidents by 28%

June 12, 2015 - One of the most comprehensive scientific studies performed on collision avoidance systems in cars reveals that Volvo Cars' standard City Safety technology reduces insurance claims for rear-end frontal collisions by 28 percent. 

The main benefit of City Safety is its ability to reduce the incidence of whiplash and other neck-related injuries caused by low-speed trafficsh and other neck-related injuries caused by low-speed traffic accidents. The secondary benefit is a reduction in accident damage to cars and the costs that this incurs.

The study is based on insurance company data covering over 160,000 vehicle years in traffic making it unique in the study of collision avoidance systems. Unlike police or emergency response sourced data, insurance company data covers all accidents - regardless of whether people are injured, giving a more holistic overview of the performance of Volvo City Safety technology.

The figures from the study show that cars equipped with the first two generations of City Safety were involved in 28% fewer accidents and subsequent insurance claims.

Volvo City Safety technology also delivers more immediate benefits to Volvo drivers, with insurance companies offering discounts of between 20-25% on insurance premiums on several markets thanks to this innovative technology.


All-new Volvo XC90 courtesy car at Swedish Royal Wedding 

June 12, 2015 - The royal wedding is one of this summer's most anticipated events in Sweden. Guests will be chauffeured from airports and hotels to dinners and the wedding ceremony in Slottskyrkan in the luxury of Volvo's new flagship sport utility vehicle.

Prince Carl Philip is no stranger to Volvos. He is a keen race car driver and has been a member of the Volvo Polestar Racing team since 2013, competing in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) in a specially built Volvo S60.ouring Car Championship (STCC) in a specially built Volvo S60.

For the wedding, Volvo will supply 35 XC90 D5 models with a Luminous Sand exterior. The cars will have a special fender emblem to mark the event. 

Volvo has worked with the Swedish Royal Court previously. In 2010 a fleet of 85 specially designed Volvos were used as courtesy cars at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.  In 2012 Volvo supplied 50 white S80s and XC60s on the occasion of the christening of Princess Estelle.


More awards for Volvo cars 

June 10, 2015 -  The all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 has been ranked the number one Luxury Midsize SUV by U.S. News & World Report, while the 2015 S60, XC60, and S80 received Best Bet awards from Cars.com.

The U.S. News ranking is from the consensus opinion of America's top auto journalists, who agree the 316 hp, 7 passenger XC90 has "plenty of power and quick acceleration," "confident handling," and "communicative steering and strong brakes."

Several reviewers said Sensus, with its tablet screen, "is the best on the market thanks to its intuitive smartphone-like operation and exceptional responsiveness." They also added "even the third row can adequately accommodate adults." 

The XC90 is available with several new driver-assistance technologies, including adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree surround-view camera system, and pedestrian, cyclist, and vehicle collision detection with emergency automatic braking.

Separately, editors at Cars.com, bestowed 2015 Best Bet awards on three Volvo models: The S60, XC60, and S80 were recognized for having class average or better crash test results, finished in the top third of class in MPG, and editors' judgment of vehicle quality.



Goteborg to host the 2015 Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Conference 

June 5, 2015 - The world's foremost vehicle safety conferences, the International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) will take place in the hometown of Volvo this year, effectively bringing the discussion of vehicle safety home to where it first began.

The conference, organized by the United States' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is internationally focused with participating governments, carmakers, academia and other interested parties from across the globe. 

The main focus of the conference will be the presentation of scientific papers, government status reports and workshops aimed at taking vehicle safety to the next level.

Volvo Cars will demonstrate its leadership in safety in several areas during the conference, including the presentation of papers on the effectiveness of advanced driver assistance systems, the response of muscles in the human body in pre-collision situations, driver distraction guidelines and run off road accidents. The Swedish car maker will also cover the new safety systems launched in the 2016 XC90.l also cover the new safety systems launched in the 2016 XC90.

The 24th conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) will be held in Goteborg, Sweden on June 8 - 11, 2015.Top of Form


Kids and the all-new XC90

June 3, 2015 - Articles, photos and videos of 2016 Volvo XC90 have been increasing lately as more and more people have seen the new SUV from Sweden.  The XC90 has been observed, driven, reviewed, blogged, photographed and video taped by automobile experts, photographers and journalists across the globe. 

Sometimes though it's good to watch and listen to what future drivers have to say about a new vehicle.

Even if you don't understand all of the wordTake a look at the video below in which a group of youngsters in Sweden see the all-new XC90 for the very first time.


Kids are kids no matter where they are around the world.

Whether they are Swedish or American their excitement and joy is the same.  Last week I was showing the features of the all-new XC90 to a family with three kids and the Mother pointed to the XC90's large panoramic moonroof and said to her young son, "Look Diego, you can see the sun and the stars" and the boy quickly replied to his Mom, "Yes, and I can also watch the fireworks on the 4th of July!"


Control your Volvo from your watch

June 1, 2015 - Volvo is set to release an updated version of its ground-breaking Volvo On Call smart app, delivering seamless connectivity with wearable devices such as the Apple Watch and Android Wear. This will effectively allow Volvo drivers with the Volvo On Call app to control settings, lock/unlock, locate and other services from their wrist.

Volvo On Call's new functionality includes wearable connectivity for devices such as the Apple Watch, a full iPad user interface, Android Wear and a unified Windows Phone app with voice control through Cortana, an intelligent assistant system, amongst others. The update, which will also see the addition of enhanced 'send-to-car' capabilities for navigation purposes.  It is scheduled to be released at the end of June.

Apart from adding new functionality, the Volvo On Call app has received a brand new design based on the Volvo Sensus driver interface found in the all-new Volvo XC90.

Launched in 2001, Volvo On Call became one of the first car-based telematics systems in the world, providing both safety, security and tracking services in the car in case of accident, breakdown or theft using a car-installed SIM card. The system still provides the original safety functions - activated when the car's airbags are deployed, or when the driver needs assistance, putting them in direct contact with a Volvo On Call operator, who, using GPS technology, can direct emergency services to the scene of the incident.

In recent years the application's importance has increased to include convenience features such as remote locking, fuel level indicators, find my car and remote locking in addition to the leading safety and security services originally offered.



Pre-built vehicles available via Overseas Delivery

Pre-built Overseas Delivery cars are available with two free round trip airline tickets from the US to Europe with a tourist program purchase. In some 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: May 23, 2016

Model Year 2016
2016 XC90 T6 AWD
2016 XC90 T8 AWD

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.


Overseas Delivery - William Marks - phone 925.988.8545

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