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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.

 

 

August Overseas Delivery Tourist Incentives

August 1, 2014 -Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist Program incentives for custom ordered 2015.5 Model Year cars are listed below. Orders must be received between August 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014 to qualify for these incentives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Model

Option or Package

Cost

Regular Cost

Savings

Standard Benefits

Loyalty Offer *

 

 

S60

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

     Yes

                         N/A

 

 

S80

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

     Yes

                         N/A

 

 

V60

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

     Yes

                         N/A

 

 

XC60

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

     Yes

                         N/A

 

 

XC70

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

     Yes

                         N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* 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Offer providing one extra hotel night to current Volvo or Saab owners for a custom ordered tourist program car is no longer applicable to orders received after May 1, 2013.

 

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 the market

- World's first auto brake function when turning in front of an oncoming vehicle

- Includes the world's first safety solution focused on accidental road departures

- Automatically follows vehicle in front in slow-moving traffic

- Features five times more Ultra High Strength Steel (boron steel) than first-generation XC90

See the full article and learn more about the world firsts in the all-new XC90.

 

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.

The 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 innovative solutions.

 

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 orders.  Finish reading the story here.

 

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. 

Continue reading 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.

That's 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 on 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 together.

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.  Check out a 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 perfectly understandable."

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

June 25, 2014 - 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 article.

 

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 - Win a Trip to Sweden contest. 

Four 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. 

Enjoy the stories and tips from Bret and Mary in the Green Global 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 - The 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

June 5, 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 & Wilkins. 

Learn more about the world class Bowers & Wilkins audio system in the all-new XC90.


Explore the all-new XC90 through animation

June 3, 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
display.

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 here

 

 

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

June 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 here.

 

 

Introducing the all-new Volvo XC90

May 27, 2014 - Introducing the all-new XC90. Taking another step forward from where the concept cars left off, the all-new XC90 sets a new standard for the modern SUV.

 

We've poured love, care and attention into every aspect of the interior, and the results are dramatic. The many luxurious finishes, a color palette inspired by the Swedish landscape, the finely crafted details, the way cutting-edge technology is harmoniously integrated throughout - the all-new XC90 interior is an elegant environment that radiates confidence.

 

Welcome inside the all-new Volvo XC90

May 27, 2014 - 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 market segment.

As a taste of what is to come, today, Volvo provides the first glimpse of the interior of the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90.

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 Design Director." Step inside the all-new XC90...

 

Volvo Factory Tours - Closed Days - Summer 2014

May 12, 2014 - The Volvo Factory in Goteborg, Sweden will be closed to tours from Monday, July 7, 2014 through Friday, August 29, 2014.  During this time Overseas Delivery cars will still be delivered to customers in Goteborg but there will not be any tours of the Volvo Factory.  Instead customers may explore the Volvo Cars Brand Experience Centre.  At the Volvo Cars Brand Experience Centre visitors see, hear and learn about the long history of Volvo and its holistic commitment to safety and the environment around the world.  Tours of the factory will resume on Monday, September 1, 2014.

 

Win a Trip to Sweden

Visit Sweden (the official website for Sweden tourism and travel information) recently announced a new sweepstakes to win two round trip airline tickets to West Sweden. In promotion of this sweepstakes, four lucky tourists - a food lover, an art lover, an environmentalist, and an explorer - have been chosen to blog about their trips to the area.  Go to Visit Sweden to learn more and to enter.  The last day for entries is September 10, 2014.

And if you are one of those who say - I never win anything - well then the other way of course for you to get to Sweden is to purchase a new car via the Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist Program and receive two round trip airline tickets to Scandinavia, one nights hotel stay in Goteborg, and the opportunity to tour the factory where your new vehicle was built.

 

People first.  We're listening.

May 9, 2014 - Volvo asked some of the world's most demanding drivers what they wanted from the all-new XC90. At Volvo we've always designed cars by putting people and their needs first. With our all-new Volvo XC90, we wanted to go further than the traditional car focus group.

So, instead of talking to the public for a day, or a week, we spent three years gathering global insights about what people wanted from a luxury SUV. In California, we found some of the most outspoken, demanding and opinionated drivers who fed in their opinions as we were designing and engineering the car.

People like Matt, who wanted a luxury car that could take him to black-tie events and scuba diving - all in the same day. Like Therese, a jewelry designer who demands comfort and status. Like Reagan, a young mother who needs seven seats for her growing family and also the flexibility to throw a chair in the back for her interior design business. And like Andrew, a busy restaurateur whose watchword is quality, who wants intuitive functionality and doesn't have time for manuals.

Over the years, the LA Influentials (as they are called at Volvo) became really good friends with us, and each other. Volvo even brought them over to Sweden to see how our design philosophy works in practice. So if you want a luxury SUV that's designed around your needs, then you're in good company. We're listening. Stay tuned...

 

Volvo XC60 passes 500,000 units sold milestone

May 8, 2014 - 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 milestone.

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.

 

Start planning your Swedish Midsummer Celebration

May 5, 2014 - Are you going to be in Sweden in June to receive your new Volvo?  This year the first day of summer is on Saturday, June 21st. The first day of summer is a special day in Sweden.  It is probably second only to Christmas as the most celebrated holiday for Swedes. Midsummer marks the end of winter and the start of longer days filled with sunshine in Sweden. 

Traditions for this joyful and popular Swedish celebration include decorative maypoles, many flowers, and lots of singing and dancing.  Meals for the festive holiday include boiled potatoes with dill, sour cream, red onions, pickled herring, meatballs, salmon, strawberries, and schnapps.

Learn more about Midsummer in the Goteborg and West Sweden areas.  Check out some midsummer vacation packages and how to Celebrate a Swedish Midsummer.

 

 

7 Swedish words that English speakers should not be confused about...

May 5, 2014 - 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

May 1, 2014 - 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!

May 1, 2014 - The Goteborg City Card is a great resource to have when experiencing the hometown of Volvo.  It provides free public 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.

 

 

Volvo Presented 2014 World Traffic Safety Achievement Award

April 25, 2014 - 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. The technology 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 Focus

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 modern factories.

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 270,000.

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 vehicles.

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 America

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 maps. 

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, 2014. 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 program brochure now available for viewing online.

 

In addition the Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist program 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 here. 

 

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 around a large 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 here.

 

 

Awards announced for Lawrence Volvo

March 3, 2014 - With the 2014 Winter Olympics recently concluding and the Academy Awards yesterday evening - now is a great time 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. 

Lawrence 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 the world.

 

 

Global Traveler readers vote Volvo Overseas Delivery the Best

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 money, has been named the top program of its kind by the readers of Global Traveler magazine.

The 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 here.

To read an article about different European auto delivery programs that appeared in the September 2011 edition of Global Traveler magazine please visit here.  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 Goteborg, Sweden.

 

 

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 video.

Congratulations Vic! 

Semper Fi

 

 

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. 

These 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 article.

 

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 Volvo.  

During his 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 here.

 

 

 

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 "Your 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 "green".

 

 

Volvo releases new edition of award-winning Child Safety Manual

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 here.

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 since.

The 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 lingonberries. 

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.

 

 

S60 and XC60 get "superior" rating in a new test of front crash prevention systems

September 27, 2013 - Volvo's S60 and XC60 received a rating of "superior" in a newly developed testing program of front crash-prevention systems conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for cars equipped with auto brake and forward collision warning.  Among the 74 vehicles tested, Volvo's City Safety was the only low-speed crash prevention system in the test offered as standard equipment.

"We welcome that the major rating institutes now begin to integrate collision avoidance technologies in their testing programs. This will give consumers better insight into the advantages of auto brake systems," said Thomas Broberg, senior safety advisor at Volvo.

Released today, the results include two crash mitigation tests, one at 12 and the other at 25 mph. An additional point is given to vehicles with forward collision warning. The new IIHS crash prevention evaluation will be incorporated in its 2014 Top Safety Pick Plus rating. 

Currently all new Volvos except the XC90 have City Safety as standard equipment. Most Volvo models are also available with technologies that detect and brake automatically for cars, pedestrians and cyclists.

"The IIHS test focuses on two situations, both with cars braking for stationary objects. However, it should be emphasized that our systems cover a much broader scope of real-life scenarios," said Broberg.

The IIHS results confirm Volvo's safety leadership and its longstanding focus on passenger protection. City Safety was first introduced in America on the all-new 2010 XC60. More than 1 million Volvos equipped with auto brake technology have been sold globally and more than 130,000 in the U.S. Next year Volvo continues this pioneering work with detection systems that also work in darkness and introducing collision mitigation for large animals. 

 

 

A fantastic way to see Goteborg

September 12, 2013 - Do you like old cars and history?  A favorite destination for many Volvo Overseas Delivery customers is the Volvo Museum in Goteborg where an extensive collection of Volvo cars from the 1920's to the current decade can be seen.  

Would you like an unusual travel experience? How about going for a scenic ride in a vintage Volvo when you are on vacation in Sweden?

Visitors to Goteborg can now drive a classic Volvo car as part of a 1 1/2 hour guided historic tour of the city! More information about this unique way to explore the home town of Volvo can be found at the Time Travel Sightseeing Goteborg website.

 

Extensive Swedish accident research confirms Volvo is the safest car

September 6, 2013 - Volvo received an outstanding position in the Swedish insurance company Folksam's latest safety report. The S60, V60, and S80 are at the top of the ranking with a 12% margin to the next car on the list. The S60, V60, and S80 are almost 60% safer than the average car in the report. All models in Volvo's current range received a top safety pick recommendation by Folksam. To get this recommendation a car must be 40% safer than the average car.

"We are very proud of the results. The report is built on accident data and real traffic conditions, which have always been the starting-point for our own safety work. We focus on areas where our new technologies create significant results in real-life-traffic," says Thomas Broberg, Senior Advisor Safety at Volvo.

Volvo's knowledge-driven approach to car safety is based on findings by the company's own Traffic Accident Research team, which has been operative for more than 40 years.

All Volvo models come with DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) and WHIPS (whiplash protection system). City Safety (auto brake system) is also standard equipment in the S60, S80, XC60 and XC70 models. "Over the years, the risk of being injured in a Volvo has been reduced continuously and substantially. By introducing new preventive and protective systems, we keep moving towards our goal that by 2020 no one should be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo. Our long-term vision is that cars should not crash," says Thomas Broberg. 

The Folksam study evaluates the safety performance of 238 car models involved in 158,000 accidents reported to the Swedish police between 1994 and 2013. The info is combined with medical reports on 38,000 people injured in traffic accidents between 2003 and 2013.

                                     

Pre-built vehicles available via Overseas Delivery

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: August 1, 2014

Model Year 2015.5
2015.5 S60 T5 FWD *
2015.5 S60 T5 AWD *
2015.5 S80 T5 FWD *
2015.5 V60 T5 FWD *
2015.5 XC60 T5 FWD *
2015.5 XC60 T5 AWD *
2015.5 XC70 T5 FWD *
2015.5 XC70 3.2 AWD *


* Some of these pre-built 2015.5 Model Year cars may have additional incentives if ordered through the Tourist Program by August 31, 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 August 31, 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, restrictions apply.

 

Model Year 2015
2015 S60 T6 FWD **


** These pre-built 2015 Model Year cars have additional incentives if ordered through the Tourist Program by August 31, 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 August 31, 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, restrictions apply.


Model Year 2014
2014 S60 T5 FWD ***
2014 S60 T5 AWD ***
2014 S60 T6 AWD ***
2014 XC60 3.2 AWD ***

*** These pre-built 2014 Model Year cars have additional incentives if ordered through the Tourist Program by August 31, 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 August 31, 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, restrictions apply.


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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