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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 delivered to the winners.  Their 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.
  • 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.

 

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 that 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 2016 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. 

Based on real-life accumulated insurance claims data from Swedish insurance companies IF and Volvia, the study of City Safety performance conclusively reveals the real-life value of auto braking collision avoidance systems.

The main benefit of City Safety is its ability to reduce the incidence of whiplash 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 - Volvo Cars is delighted to announce that it has been chosen by Sweden's Royal Court to supply 35 all-new Volvo XC90s as courtesy cars for the wedding between Prince Carl Philip and Ms. Sofia Hellqvist on June 13, 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.

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.

"Volvo cars have been and always will be great vehicles," said Bodil Eriksson, Executive Vice President, Product, Volvo Cars of North America. "Our customers know this and these accolades only reinforce that fact. We are proud to accept them."Top of Form

 

Almost all of the states are colored... 

June 9, 2015 - Today an Overseas Delivery 2016 XC70 AWD order was received and processed for a customer in Montana. He ordered his car through flyvolvo.com. Appropriately the "Big Sky State" on this map of the USA is now colored blue.

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 five states have not been colored yet.

 

Do you live in Delaware, Louisiana, 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!

 

 

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 words that they are saying...

Take 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, joyLast 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.

 

June Overseas Delivery Tourist Program Incentives

June 1, 2015 - Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist Program incentives for Model Year 2016 custom ordered cars are listed below. Orders must be received between June 1 - 30, 2015 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

XC90

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.

 

 

Volvo Overseas Delivery XC90 orders announcement

May 27, 2015 - Volvo announced today that all 2016 XC90 T6 and T8 models allocated to the Overseas Delivery program for Calendar Year 2015 have been sold.  At this time Overseas Delivery XC90 orders are not being accepted.  If your Overseas Delivery XC90 order was submitted over Memorial Day weekend it will be processed.

In a couple of months there should be a new allocation of Overseas Delivery 2016 XC90's for Calendar Year 2016.  Hopefully at that time we will be looking at factory deliveries of XC90's beginning in the first quarter of 2016.  Updates will be posted here.

 

Volvo Overseas Delivery XC90 T8 Hybrid

May 19, 2015 - Earlier this month Volvo released Overseas Delivery pricing for the 2016 XC90 T8 AWD Plug-in Hybrid.   Unfortunately, two days ago a pricing error was discovered with the base price.  Corrections have been made to the Overseas Delivery specification guide for the 2016 XC90 T8 Hybrid and the revised version is posted here.

If someone has already ordered a 2016 XC90 T8 Hybrid via Overseas Delivery - Volvo will honor the original pricing.  If an XC90 T8 order is in the process of being submitted, Volvo will honor the original pricing through this Memorial Day weekend - May 25, 2015.  Any XC90 T8 orders submitted after that date - will be at the current pricing. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

Volvo Overseas Delivery pre-built cars available again

May 17, 2015 - Volvo has historically had a selection of pre-built cars available for delivery at the factory sooner than with a custom ordered Overseas Delivery car.  For a couple of months there has not been any pre-built vehicles available.  There are some cars now.  Scroll down to the bottom of this page to view a list of the models available.

 

Volvo Overseas Delivery specifications and prices for the 2016 XC90 T8 AWD Hybrid

May 8, 2015 - Overseas Delivery specifications and prices for the 2016 XC90 T8 AWD Hybrid model have been released and can be seen here. 

The all-new XC90 T8 AWD Hybrid is available in Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription versions. The earliest factory delivery date for an XC90 T8 AWD will be in the fourth quarter of 2015. 

Send an email today and get your order rolling for a Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrid via Overseas Delivery.


 

Volvo New Beginning brand campaign featuring Avicii goes live today

May 8, 2015 - Volvo Cars and Avicii's new music video New Beginning goes live today. You can watch the music video here.

The collaboration between Swedish artist/producer Avicii and Volvo Cars for their new brand campaign features a reworking of the classic song Feeling Good. Filmed on location in Sweden, the video visits places of significance for Avicii and tells his own story of renewal, following several years of touring.

"The past six years I have been on a never-ending tour, apart for the last nine months during my time-out. I did around 325 shows in a year. It couldn't continue. In the end I had to re-evaluate my situation and change my lifestyle. Sweden is an important place to me, it's where I gather my strength and energy with family and friends. This whole process of re-evaluation and renewal is what Volvo encouraged me to visualize in the video. We did a great job together," said Avicii.

The song Feeling Good was initially picked as a proposal by Volvo. The arrangement has been produced by Avicii, with Audra Mae on vocals.

"It's great to work with Audra Mae again. She has a powerful and emotionally charged voice and is steeped in the folk and country music traditions. She recently worked with me on the True album, with some of her first steps into electronic music with the track Addicted To You. Audra's soulful delivery breathes new life into this classic. I'm very pleased," said Avicii.

The release of the music video, which features the new XC90, marks another step in the brand transformation and new direction for the Swedish luxury car company.

Cheer's to New Beginnings and to all the Moms around the world this Mother's Day weekend!


Volvo celebrates 25th anniversary of the integrated booster cushion

May 4, 2015 - Volvo is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the first ever integrated booster cushion in conjunction with the United Nations Global Road Safety Week (May 4-10, 2015). Back in 1978 Volvo Cars developed the very first cushion for children in cars.

In 1990 the Swedish car maker took child safety to a new dimension with the development of the first integrated booster cushion. The first integrated booster cushion was actually a redesigned center armrest that was developed to safely elevate the seating position of the child so that the center 3-point safety belt could be used to best effect. This removed the need for accessory child restraints for older children and also increased their comfort. The clear benefit of the integrated design also means that the cushion is always available and the potential for misuse is minimized. Few car makers offer integrated booster cushions for children to this day.

"The introduction of the first integrated booster cushion in 1990 was a huge step forward for child safety. Pictured is booster cushion in a Volvo 850. One of the key benefits of integrated booster cushions is that it is developed as a part of the seat and the safety belt is in more direct contact with the child's body, removing the possibility of 'slack' in the belt that could be associated with accessory booster cushions/seats or child seats," said Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Leader at Volvo Cars Safety Centre.

Volvo achieved yet another world first in child safety when they added the integrated two-stage booster cushion in 2007, enabling adjustment between two settings for the safest and most comfortable seating position for children of varying height. Apart from the obvious benefit of increased safety and comfort, the integrated cushion also provides a better seating position for the child, allowing them to look out the windows. This has the effect of making children less prone to boredom and agitation, which can also negatively affect the driver's experience and concentration abilities.  In the lower of the two positions the seat is suitable for larger children as shown with the girl and boy in the photograph. Dual booster cushions are available for ordering with the 2016 V60, V60 Cross Country, XC60, and XC70 models.

"The beauty of the integrated two-stage booster cushion is that it is always available and does not detract from normal adult usage of the seats. It means in effect that the rear seat is suitable for all but small children who should always be placed in a rearward facing child seat until the age of four. This increased safety and flexibility makes the integrated booster cushion a perfect solution. Unfortunately, not many car makers are offering such solutions at present. At Volvo we believe that car makers should take the responsibility for developing child safety systems as a part of vehicle development to ensure the best performance. Children are our future - and we feel strongly that they should be given the best when it comes to safety." concluded Lotta Jakobsson.  The all-new XC0 optional center booster cushion is on the right.

 

Volvo plant starts up a third production shift with nearly 1,500 new employees

May 4, 2015 - A third shift in the Volvo Torslanda plant started today, creating nearly 1,500 new jobs in Western Sweden. The additional shift comes as Volvo recently began production of the all new XC90, for which the company has already approximately 30,000 pre-orders.

In addition to the new staff at Volvo, the expansion is expected to generate an even higher number of new jobs at suppliers and other businesses in Goteborg and Western Sweden. Following this latest expansion, Volvo Cars has approximately 17,300 employees in Sweden, of which 13,500 are in Goteborg where 4,800 people work in the Torslanda plant.

"I am very pleased by the extraordinary positive reception of our new XC90 model and that we can welcome 1,500 new employees to the Torslanda plant to produce this new car", says President and CEO Hakan Samuelsson. "This is just the start - we will launch a whole range of new cars in the next four years, many of which will be produced here in Torslanda."

 

Volvo earns 2015 Engine of the Year Award from Digital Trends for T6 Drive-E

May 4, 2015 - The accolades for Volvo Drive-E powertrains continue to arrive, with the T6 Drive-E earning the coveted Engine of the Year designation from Digital Trends, a leading consumer technology publisher in the United States.

"Achieving an effective level of balance across comfort, efficiency and power has been the ultimate goal for our creation of the Drive-E 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 all-new XC90, delivers a lively, compelling result. We are honored to receive this latest recognition as we continue to pioneer new, effective technologies for our vehicles and customers."

The "Car of the Year" awards highlight those technologies and brands that the team at Digital Trends feels best deliver significance and impact to their industries. Judging for 2015 Engine of the Year award included dozens of in-car reviews, test analysis, and debates, with the T6 Drive-E making the final rounds with the Bentley W12 and the Dodge Hellcat HEMI.

"After a battery of tests, lengthy discussions, and an inspection of what values we hold dear, Volvo's T6 Drive-E comes across as a gift to the future of motoring," said Nick Jaynes, Automotive Editor, Digital Trends. "Volvo should be applauded for the design of its Drive-E engine family, and especially the T6 Drive-E with its six-cylinder levels of horsepower yet emissions and fuel economy of something smaller."

The T6 Drive-E is currently available in the S60 and XC60 in the US, producing 302 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, and will also be available on the all-new XC90.


Volvo and producer Avicii "Feeling Good" about the future

May 1, 2015 - Volvo and Swedish producer Avicii announce a creative cooperation to celebrate their Swedish roots with a new music video to be released May 8, 2015. The collaboration will form the basis for a campaign entitled 'A New Beginning'.

The Stockholm born producer & artist Avicii has made a huge impact in the world of music as one of the top DJs, remixers and record producers. With a shared Swedish heritage, Volvo and Avicii are both entering a new phase in their existence.

"The Volvo brand is on the ascendant, just as Avicii is, with a growing global audience. We thought there would be no better way to celebrate our heritage and passion for life than to work together to produce something special that reflects who we are and what matters to us," said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President at Volvo Cars.

"The song chosen for the collaboration, Feeling Good, a classic track recorded by Nina Simone 50 years ago, has been given new life with Avicii's production.  He has added new vocals, infectious beats and the catchy melodic treatment that has thrilled millions of jubilant fans at events around the world.

"I've loved the song for a long time. It's one of the best songs ever written. It's timeless. I've been a big fan of Nina Simone, Etta James and that sound for a very long time. So when I found out that was the song that Volvo wanted in the video I was really excited to do something with it.  I wanted to create something new, and at the same time stay true to the original," said Avicii.  The Feeling Good video was filmed in Stockholm and Osterlen where Avicii and his family spent summer vacations.  


Volvo announces prices for the 2016 XC90 T8 for America

April 16, 2015 - Volvo will bring the world's first seven passenger plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to the United States this year with the XC90 T8. Powered by Volvo's 2.0 liter supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E engine and a rear axle electric motor, the T8 can achieve 394 horsepower and 0-60 MPH in just 5.7 seconds.

With uncompromising performance and flexibility, drivers can choose to operate the T8 in a variety of modes, including:  

  • Hybrid: As the default mode, it is suitable for everyday use and the XC90 will automatically alternate between drawing power from the 2.0 liter supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E engine and the electric motor to deliver the optimum overall fuel economy.
  • Pure electric: This mode is used primarily in city driving although it can power the car up to highway speeds. When the high-voltage battery is fully charged, it serves as the car's sole energy source, powering the electric motor over the rear axle. Preliminary testing based on EPA criteria produced an estimated range of 17 miles using just electricity, which represents a high percentage of drivers' typical daily usage.
  • Power mode: This utilizes the combined performance of the gas engine and the electric motor. On start-up, the XC90 T8 takes advantage of the electric motor's superior response and instant torque curve, while the gas engine gets up to speed. This combination offers better torque at lower revs, which is equivalent to that of a large displacement engine.

Because of the XC90 T8's plug-in hybrid battery technology, consumers may be eligible for a federal tax credit up to an estimated $4,600 in addition to other local and state incentives. T8 customers should consult a tax professional to determine eligibility.

The XC90 T8 combines the best of Scandinavian craftsmanship and style with uncompromising performance and interior enhancements. Each T8 features Thor's Hammer  LED headlights, power front seat cushion extensions, high level interior illumination and a hand blown Orrefors crystal gear shift.  The MSRP of the XC90 T8 Hybrid Momentum is $68,100, not including any tax credit incentives or $995 destination charge.              

The XC90 T8 Inscription provides an even higher level of luxury and elegance. Linear wood inlays, luxurious Nappa leather seats, dashboard and door panels provide the ultimate Scandinavian sanctuary for drivers and passengers. Rear exterior chrome accents and mirror covers accompany a unique, silver matte front grill. The MSRP of the XC90 T8 Hybrid Inscription is $71,600, not including any tax credit incentives or $995 destination charge.

The XC90 T8 R-Design highlights the car's sporty performance with external features including a piano black front grille, R-Design lower front spoiler, dual integrated tail pipes and matte silver mirror covers and window trim. A performance-focused interior design awaits drivers with Nubuck and Nappa leather contour seats, steering wheel gear shift paddles, a perforated leather gear shift and steering wheel. The MSRP of the XC90 T8 Hybrid R-Design is $70,000, not including any tax credit incentives or $995 destination charge.

The XC90 has already received tremendous praise by customers and industry leaders. After winning this year's prestigious Red Dot "Best of the Best" Product Design Award, preorders approached 24,000 cars globally; this is approximately half of the first year's expected volume.is approximately half of the first year's expected volume.

The XC90 T8 is expected to arrive at Volvo retailers in North America this fall, but test drives of the XC90 T6 should be available at Volvo retailers earlier. 

Overseas Delivery specifications and prices have not been announced for the 2016 XC90 T8.  However when the details are available they will be posted here.  Stay tuned for updates about the new plug-in SUV from Sweden!

 

Now is a great time to fly to Europe for a summer vacation

April 11, 2015 - With the value of the euro to the dollar, the timing of ordering a new Volvo and receiving it at the factory this summer is wonderful.  Leah Ginsberg, lead editor at Yahoo Travel explains why now is a great time to travel to Europe in an online article - A Summer European Vacation Just Got a Lot Cheaper.


Volvo XC90 receives the renowned Red Dot 'Best of the Best' Product Design Award

April 6, 2015 - Volvo Cars has been awarded one of the world's premier product design awards for its ground-breaking XC90 luxury SUV. The Best of the Best award, based on the results of a 38 member international jury of experts, was presented to Volvo for the XC90's pioneering design and high level of quality. The car was chosen from almost 5,000 designs in 31 product categories in the much coveted Red Dot awards.

"The new XC90 is the vanguard of Volvo's new design direction. In our work on this car we have been very much aware of Volvo's heritage, the value of authenticity and Scandinavian design, but we have also taken some bold and progressive steps forward, aiming for a design style and execution level that pushes our boundaries. I am very proud that our new flagship has won the prestigious Red Dot: Best of the Best award," said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Cars. 

The XC90 represents a new beginning for Volvo in terms of design philosophy and has been credited with taking the luxury SUV to a new level. Characterized by precision design and attention to detail, the XC90 paves the way for future Volvo car designs with signature design elements. These include the new face of Volvo with a new Volvo logo and a floating grille, and the celebrated T-shaped 'Thor's Hammer' daytime running lights.

Carrying the precision and pioneering exterior design inside the car, Ingenlath and his team have created a serene and relaxing interior combining natural materials such as leather, wood and crystal with a calming and luxurious take on Scandinavian design. This is also reflected in how that Volvo approached the redesign of the information displays and interaction in the car, reducing complexity and creating a uniquely intuitive interface.

"It is particularly challenging to develop a new design language which refers to well-known brand values while presenting a modern, desirable interpretation. The all-new Volvo XC90 symbolizes the cornerstone of a complete new generation of cars where our progressive design combines innovative technology with Scandinavian design virtues." 

 

2016 Model Year Overseas Delivery Provisional Prices

April 6, 2015 - Model Year 2016 Overseas Delivery prices have not been finalized for the S60, S80, V60, V60 Cross Country, XC60 and XC70 models.  At this time provisional pricing is in effect until final official prices are released for these models.  Model Year 2016 Volvo Overseas Delivery provisional prices and specifications can be viewed here.

 

 

2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Fuel Economy Ratings

March 28, 2015 - The official EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD have been released and are posted here with other specifications for the all-new XC90.

 

Volvo Factory Tours - Closed Days - Summer 2015

March 2, 2015 - The Volvo Factory in Goteborg, Sweden will be closed to tours from July 13, 2015 through August 14, 2015. 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 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 August 17, 2015.

 

Revised 2016 Volvo XC90 Overseas Delivery Accessory list

February 23, 2015 - The Overseas Delivery Accessory list for the all-new XC90 has been revised.  A new version of the list can be seen here.

   

Model Year 2015.5 Overseas Delivery orders to end soon! 

February 23, 2015 - The last day to submit an order for a 2015.5 Volvo via Overseas Delivery is Thursday, March 5, 2015.  Please note that some models could sell out before this date.  If you would like to receive a 2015.5 Volvo in Europe this spring or summer don't wait! Send an email or call 925.988.8545 today to order your 2015.5 Volvo via Overseas Delivery.

 

Strong early demand and reviews for the all-new XC90

February 13, 2015 - The all-new Volvo XC90 is proving to be a hit with customers even before it appears in showrooms, with over 16,000 orders received from around the world for the brand new Swedish SUV.

The new XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo's history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new technologies and utilizing its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology and Drive-E powertrain family.

This week European automotive press test drives of the XC90 began in Tarragona, Spain.otive press test drives of the XC90 began in Tarragona, Spain.  Here's a video review of the all-new XC90 by Auto Express in the U.K.

 

 

All-new XC90 Overseas Delivery Accessories list

February 4, 2015 - A new list of Volvo Overseas Delivery accessories for the 2016 XC90 was released today.  The list includes exterior styling kits, cargo gear, a trailer hitch and other items that can be added to your Overseas Delivery XC90.  View the list here. Now that accessories are available what are you waiting for?  It's time to order your all-new XC90!

 

  

Volvo Home Shipment brochure updated

January 28, 2015 - The Volvo Home Shipment brochure has been updated.  It is a guide to shipping your new Volvo back to the USA from Europe.  The revised Volvo Home Shipment brochure can be viewed here.

 

 

New list of Volvo Overseas Delivery drop off locations

January 26, 2015 - The list of Volvo Overseas Delivery drop off locations has been updated and can be seen here.  Antwerp, Belgium and Duisburg, Germany are new drop off locations.  Brussels, Belgium is no longer a drop off location.

 

Volvo Overseas Delivery program voted best in Global Traveler reader survey

January 23, 2015 - Volvo Overseas Delivery, which offers car buyers the unforgettable experience of picking up their Volvo 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 11th year, asks frequent business and luxury travelers to name the best in a variety of travel-related categories.  Volvo has been the top choice among overseas delivery programs two years in a row!

Through the Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist program, participants receive a free trip to Sweden when purchasing a new car. Volvo provides two complimentary airline tickets to Goteborg, Sweden where the customer receives their new car at the Volvo factory. Then, they can head out on a European road trip, and when they're ready to return home, they drop off the car and Volvo will ship it to the United States for free.

Learn more about the Global Traveler reader survey and view a list of all the winners here.  Then read an article about European auto delivery programs in the September 2011 edition of Global Traveler magazine.  In the "Road Test" Order your new Volvo and vacation today.

 

Visit Sweden 2015

January 14, 2015 - 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?

Then be sure to take a look at "Your Guide to Sweden 2015".  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!

 

 

The biggest LEGO car in the world?

January 12, 2015 - This XC90 is a full size replica of Volvo's first award winning SUV. Instead of glass and metal this one is built with Lego modeling blocks. It was on display at Legoland in Carlsbad, California and is now being shown at the Volvo Museum in Goteborg, Sweden.

Facts

  • Weight: 2,930 pounds
  • Construction: 201,076 Lego blocks
  • Platform: an actual first generation Volvo XC90 chassis, wheels and tires
  • Volvo provided CAD drawings of a real XC90
  • Three Lego designers converted the drawings to create the block design
  • It took three weeks to create the computer block model and drawings
  • A team averaging five Lego master model builders built the XC90 in 10 weeks one Lego block at a time

When you travel to Sweden and pick up your new Volvo at the factory be sure to visit the Volvo Museum and check out the full size scale model XC90. You will also see a variety of many interesting Volvo cars, trucks, buses and equipment at the museum.  Should a new model of the 2016 Volvo XC90 with Thor's headlights be built? What do you think?  Wonder how many blocks will be needed to build a Lego model of the newest XC90?

 

Factory Closed Dates

January 9, 2015 - The Volvo Factory Delivery Center (FDC) in Goteborg, Sweden will be closed on April 3 & April 6, 2015; May 1 & May 14, 2015; and June 19, 2015. There will be no deliveries or drop-off of vehicles at the FDC on these days.

 

XC90 Contour Seat Package and Power Third Row Seat

January 9, 2015 - The Contour Seat Package cannot be ordered for the Inscription version of the 2016 XC90.  It is only available with the Momentum version.

The Power Third Row Seat option will not be available on the 2016 XC90 until production in the fourth quarter of 2015.  The Power Third Row Seat has been removed from the Convenience Package for the all-new XC90 and the price of the package was lowered from $2,000 to $1,800.

 

 

Updated Overseas Delivery 2016 Volvo XC90 order guide

December 23, 2014 - The Volvo Overseas Delivery order guide for the 2016 XC90 has been updated and can be seen here.  Corrections to prices are denoted in green.  The 12.3" active digital display is now standard equipment for the all-new XC90 resulting in a lower price for the Momentum Plus Package.  Metallic paint for the XC90 is now $560.

 

Volvo earns top spots in IIHS safety tests

December 23, 2014 - Volvo once again performed very well in the annual IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Awards. In this year's honors four Volvo cars made the Top Safety Pick+ grade: the S60, V60, S80 and XC60. Volvo was the only European brand with more than two models on the list.

The Top Safety Pick+ award criteria has grown tougher in the last year, with increased demands around the standard for front crash prevention. To meet the new criteria cars making the Top Safety Pick+ grade must offer the ability to stop or slow down without driver intervention before hitting a target in IIHS tests at 12 mph, 25 mph or both.

Volvo's front crash avoidance technology, City Safety, which is standard in all new Volvos, effectively helps to detect and brake automatically to mitigate or prevent a car to car rear end collision without driver intervention. Volvo's City Safety technology has been shown to reduce insurance claim frequency by 16 percent.*

" Note: IIHS did not test all Volvo models available in the U.S. market during 2014. The XC70 was not tested and the all-new XC90 had not been launched in time to participate.

*IIHS Status Report Volume 48, No.3, April 25, 2013

 

Volvo Drive-E T5 engine wins award

December 15, 2014 - Volvo has received another award for its highly successful Drive-E engines. Announced on December 10, 2014 at WardsAuto Outlook Conference in Southfield, Michigan, the prize marks further recognition of Volvo's Drive-E powertrain technology.

The Drive-E T5 is a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, that combines Brake Energy Regeneration, Start/Stop, and ECO+ Technology with a smooth eight-speed Geartronic auto transmission. The Drive-E T5 engine is available in the S60, S80, V60, XC60 and XC70 models. This award comes after a public announcement that Volvo is also developing a 3-cylinder engine for future models.

  

Updated Overseas Delivery 2016 Volvo XC90 order guide

November 24, 2014 - The Volvo Overseas Delivery order guide for the 2016 XC90 has been updated and can be seen here.  Corrections to prices are denoted in green.  Besides the price changes a note was added about the Convenience Package being required when ordering the Air Suspension with Active Chassis option.

All-new XC90 magazine

November 22, 2014 - The all-new XC90 is a sanctuary. A place to relax, think and connect with the world on your own terms. 

A place without clutter.

Because clutter clouds the minds.

It's very Swedish to think like this.

To be brave enough to remove rather than add. It's also very Swedish - and very Volvo - to start with the person who will use our products and ask, "How can we make your life easier?"

That's what has been done with the XC90 creating a car that's truly designed around you. 

Get a great look into how the new SUV from Sweden was created from the people who made it happen in the XC90 Launch Magazine - 60 pages of information and photos of the all-new XC90.

 

The new V60 Cross Country

November 19, 2014 - Overseas Delivery specifications and prices for the new Volvo V60 T5 AWD Cross Country (CC) are now available and can be viewed here.

Compared to the regular V60, the V60 Cross Country has an increased ground clearance of 65 mm.  Offering new 18" and 19" wheels, the V60 Cross Country comes with high profile tires, adding comfort and off-road aesthetics, reducing road noise and providing added wheel protection whether climbing or negotiating rocky roads. 

The Cross Country brand has a long and distinguished heritage. Volvo was the first premium auto brand to offer increased all-road capability and styling on its wagons back in 1997 when it introduced the V70 Cross Country, creating a whole new type of car experience that has captured the imagination of the motoring public. To start your journey in a new 2015.5 V60 Cross Country via Overseas Delivery please send an email today.

 

All-new XC90 T6 AWD specifications

November 18, 2014 - Exterior and interior dimensions and specifications for the 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD were released today and are posted here.  Please note: Official fuel economy ratings and the gross vehicle weight (GVW) figures for the all-new XC90 have have not been released yet.

Experience the all-new XC90 with Volvo Reality on your smartphone

November 13, 2014 - Volvo is the first auto brand to use Google Cardboard to transform the way businesses enabled to use Google Cardboard to transform the way businesses enabled to use Google Cardboard to transform the way businesses enable audiences to experience a product: through the lens of virtual reality via Google Cardboard. Starting at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Volvo is inviting auto and innovation enthusiasts to experience a revolutionary way to test drive the all-new XC90, months before it arrives in the US.

After downloading the app and inserting their phone in the Google Cardboard, viewers will be transported into an XC90 where they can explore and immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the car on the open road.  Experience more in the story about the all-new XC90 with Volvo Reality.

 

All-new Volvo XC90 debuts enhanced air filter improving interior air quality

November 12, 2014 - The results are impressive. In a car equipped with the new improved multi-filter, the amount of "fine dust" particles smaller than 0.4 micrometer can be as much as 70% less than in a car without the filter, according to a standardized component test. This is a significant improvement as studies have shown that dust particles smaller than 10 micrometers can cause a number of health problems, including difficulty breathing and lung infections.  Learn more about the all-new Volvo XC90 enhanced air filter.

 

Volvo reveals the V60 Cross Country

November 5, 2014 - Volvo will unveil the V60 Cross Country at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.  The V60 will be featured at the California event along with the first public display in America of the all-new Volvo XC90.  The show is open from November 21 - 30, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

"We are delighted to add the third true Cross Country model to our product portfolio. The successful combination of dynamic styling and rugged capability places the V60 Cross Country in a class of its own," said Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President at Volvo Cars. Finish the story and see more photos here.

If you would like to order your new 2015.5 V60 Cross Country via Overseas Delivery please email your interest today.

 

Meet the Swedish Moose Man!

November 3, 2014 - Moose are big in Sweden... in more ways than you can imagine.  When the first Volvo XC90 was originally launched in 2003 there were several special driving events throughout America for motorists to experience the new SUV from Sweden. The most impressive and popular activity was the Moose Avoidance Test.

Leffe Lindh is known in Sweden as the Moose Man. Lindh began caring for and raising moose two decades ago in Gardsjo, Sweden (a small town halfway between Goteborg and Stockholm). Today he owns and operates the Gardsjo Moose Park, a sanctuary where visitors can get up close and personal with the wild creatures.

Are you visiting Stockholm when you pick up your new Volvo at the factory.  If so a visit to the see the Moose Man at Gardsjo Moose Park may be a unique side trip for you.

 

 

All-new 2016 Volvo XC90 Overseas Delivery specifications and prices

October 22, 2014 - Overseas Delivery specifications and prices for the 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD are available and can be seen here. With the all-new XC90 we have been able to retain the fantastic benefits of the Overseas Delivery Tourist program which include two complimentary roundtrip airline tickets to Scandinavia, one complimentary first class hotel night for two in Goteborg, Sweden, airport transportation in Goteborg, factory tour, Swedish lunch and much, much more.  Overseas Delivery continues to offer models with unique exterior colors, interiors, and individual options, that traditionally would only be available in Europe.

Orders for the 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD via Overseas Delivery may be submitted starting Monday, October 27, 2014.  Actual delivery dates of the XC90 T6 AWD at the factory in Goteborg, Sweden will not be assigned until the week of December 1, 2014.  To place an Overseas Delivery order for your all-new 2016 Volvo T6 AWD send an email today.

 

Volvo adds a third shift and 1,300 new jobs to Torslanda plant

October 17, 2014 - Volvo will add a third shift at the Torslanda - Goteborg, Sweden plant to meet the increasing demand for new Volvo cars. The expansion in the first quarter of 2015, will be made in connection with the start of production for the all-new XC90. Adding the extra shift creates about 1,300 new jobs and follows the opening of a new body shop which lifted the production capacity in the Torslanda plant to 300,000 cars annually. The number of employees at Torslanda increases about 40%.

The all-new Volvo XC90 marks the first car from the new in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which will form the base for a range of upcoming new Volvo models. The new platform as well as the expansion of the Torslanda plant are part of Volvo's ongoing $11 billion (U.S. dollars) investment in new products and production capacity.

Volvo Cars global retail deliveries were up by 9.2% during the first nine months of the year while the outlook for the full year is a total sales volume of about 470,000 cars representing a 10% growth and an all-time high sales result for the company. The all-new XC90 is expected to grow sales volumes during 2015, creating a need for increased output from the Torslanda plant where the new SUV will be built. Record retails deliveries are also expected in 2015.

In addition to the third shift, the Torslanda plant will also implement a new working agreement to support higher production. The agreement will be introduced in the first quarter of 2015 and when fully implemented, the plant will employ 4,600 people. This year Torslanda celebrated 50 years of car making. It produces the Volvo S60, S80, V60, V70, XC70 and XC90 models.

 

Your guide to Sweden's best restaurants

October 17, 2014 - The White Guide is Sweden's leading restaurant guidebook, presenting the country's top 250 restaurants and covering 500 plus restaurants every year. In its own words, it presents "the very best, the trendiest, the coziest, the coolest, the most romantic and the most culturally exotic restaurants".

Whether you are a 'foodie' or not, the White Guide is an invaluable reference when you are travelling in Sweden and want to sample the best food in the country. The White Guide gives as much weight to the restaurants in Sweden's rural regions as it does the restaurants of the major cities. The very finest establishments are located in Stockholm, Goteborg and Malmo. But there are many great restaurants in other areas of Sweden.

The Oaxen Krog & Slip restaurant in Stockholm is shown in the photo.

 



It's Fall and the Colors are out for the all-new XC90

October 17, 2014 - The all-new Volvo XC90 is scheduled to start arriving at dealerships next spring.  However if you are one of those who will be ordering their new SUV before then you may want to view pictures of 2016 Volvo XC90 exterior colors that will be available.


Trim levels for all-new XC90 announced

October 2, 2014 - Volvo announced its new trim level structure - Momentum, Inscription and R-Design - offering a tailored experience at every level for the all-new XC90.

Momentum provides a well-appointed vehicle designed to meet and exceed the needs of most customers.

Inscription is crafted specifically for customers that hold an additional appreciation for craftsmanship, and desire increased comfort with exclusive features.

R-Design rounds out the group and delivers a sporty and dynamic aura.

Both the XC90 T6 AWD Momentum and XC90 T6 AWD Inscription models will feature an extensive list of standard elements that will revolutionize the luxury SUV segment. 

Explore the trim levels of the all-new XC90.

 

All new Volvo XC90 R-Design revealed

September 18, 2014 - Volvo released the first images of the R-Design version of the all new XC90, aimed at buyers looking for a head-turner that radiates a truly sporty and dynamic look.

The visual promise of a dynamic ride is confirmed by the driver-centric interior featuring R-Design sports seats in Nubuck textile and perforated leather. A choice of Drive-E powertrains offering up to 400 hp and the completely new XC90 chassis ensure an agile driving experience.  Continue reading the article and view more photos of the all new XC90 R-Design.

 

 

 

 

Volvo cars at sea - a first ever!

September 8, 2014 - One of my Volvo Overseas Delivery customers recently contacted me about tracking his new XC70 on its journey from Sweden to America.  He told me that he is probably one of the few Volvo owners with two Volvo cars at sea at the same time.

Well he isn't my first customer with two Volvo cars at sea at the same time.  Some of my customers have bought two Overseas Delivery cars and shipped them to the U.S. on the same ship.  And a diplomat program customer shipped one of his cars to Virginia and the other car to California.  But the diplomat customer's cars were shipped a couple of months apart.

However this customer is tracking cars in two different oceans at the same time! His new 2015.5 Volvo XC70 is on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean sailing from Sweden to America.  And his old Volvo V70 is on a ship traveling in the Pacific Ocean from the mainland to his second home in Hawaii.  That's a first ever!

 

Visit Sweden by Design Mom

September 5, 2014 - Gabrielle Blair, designer, mother of six, and web entrepreneur recently chronicled her journey to the Volvo Factory Delivery Center in Goteborg, Sweden.  The article is posted on her website - Design Mom.

"Design Mom, praised as a Website of the Year by Time Magazine, and a top parenting blog by the Wall Street Journal, Parents Magazine and Better Homes & Gardens, features everything you find at the intersection of Motherhood and Design. From DIY projects and home tours, to book reviews, family-friendly travel, and discussions about modern parenting".

On the right is a photo Gabrielle took of color and fabric samples at the Volvo Factory Delivery Center. Read the Design Mom story about the Volvo Overseas Delivery program and view more of Gabrielle's photos.

 

All-new XC90 videos

September 2, 2014 - Last week the all-new Volvo XC90 was unveiled at a special presentation in Stockholm, Sweden.  Here is a link where you may watch a 32 minute video of the unveiling of the all-new XC90.

Here is a 16 minute video about the all-new XC90 with an explanation of multimedia and safety systems by Thomas Muller, Vice President of Volvo Cars.

The all-new XC90 has been designed for safety. Watch a 3.5 minute video featuring Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Leader Safety at Volvo Cars as she explains some of the many ways the all-new XC90 will protect your family and you.

 

Volvo PV444 - "the little Volvo" turns 70

September 1, 2014 - The Volvo PV444 was the start and the symbol for the new Volvo after World War II, and marked the beginning of its export drive to the USA. September 1st is the 70th anniversary of its premiere in royal presence. 

An exhibition opened in Sweden on September 1, 1944 that would become very important for the development of Volvo. The location was the newly built Royal Tennis Hall in Stockholm. Out in the world the Second World War was still going on. But Volvo was looking ahead to the peace that would come shortly. The exhibition was to show what the then 18 year old company had done previously, what they were producing at the time, and what the public could expect when peace came.

Continue reading the story of "the little Volvo" and be sure to look at the photo of of the rear of a 1947 Volvo PV444A outside the building where the PV444 premiered in 1944.  Notice the "S" sticker on the back of the PV444?  Volvo Overseas Delivery cars today have a similar "S" sticker.

 

All-new XC90 unveiled

August 26, 2014 - to introduce a visually striking, seven-seat luxury SUV with world leading safety features, advanced powertrain technologies, an unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency and a superlative interior finish.

Three years in the making and part of an $11 billion investment program, the all-new XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo's history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new technologies and utilizing its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology.

"This is one of the most important days in our history. We are not just launching a car, but re-launching our brand. This day marks a new era for our company. The XC90 paves the way for a portfolio of exciting new cars to come in the following years," said Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car Group.
Months of speculation ended today after Volvo unveiled its all-new Volvo XC90, delivering on its promise Symbolizing this historic day in Volvo's 87 year history, the new XC90 will be the first of its cars to carry the company's new more prominent iron mark logo, which has the iconic arrow elegantly aligned with the diagonal slash across the grille. Together with the T-shaped "Thor's Hammer" LED daytime running lights, the iron mark introduces an entirely new, distinctive and confident face for Volvo. The XC90's larger hood with its new topography, the beltline and the sharpened shoulders connecting with the new rear lights are other important design signatures that will be mirrored across the range.


To add more visual muscle from the sides, the XC90 comes with a range of wheel sizes up to 22 inches.s, the XC90 comes with a range of wheel sizes up to 22 inches.

"The overall impression, both exterior and interior, has a strong connection to the key elements of the Swedish lifestyle: the generous space, the celebration of light and the focus on well being," said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design of Volvo Cars. 

Continue reading the story and view several more photos of the all-new Volvo XC90.

 

Brochures for Model Year 2015.5

August 22, 2014 - Brochures for the 2015.5 Volvo S60, S80, V60, XC60 and XC70 models and the Volvo Full Range are now available and can be viewed online.  Be sure to take a look at the Full Range brochure to see exterior color choices.

 

A Swedish Icon Turns 40

August 20, 2014, 2014 - Forty years ago on August 21, 1974, the Volvo 240 was shown to the media for the very first time. The model series would become an unprecedented success for Volvo with over 2.8 million produced over the course of 19 years.

1974 was a big year for Sweden. In the spring ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo, an 18 year old Bjorn Borg trounced the tennis elite, and Volvo presented one of its most important models ever. 

On August 21, 1974 the media got to see and drive the new car for the first time. The journalists were flown by chartered plane from Volvo's head office at Torslanda to the little town Borlange, where a row of Volvo 244 GLs were waiting for them. Each and every one had an orange paint job very typical of the time - with orange interiors to boot. 

Continue reading about the Volvo 240.

 

 

 


All-new XC90 will be first Volvo built on Scalable Product Architecture

August 12, 2014 - Volvo's all-new XC90 - which will be revealed in two weeks in Stockholm, Sweden will be the first car in its range to be built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) modular chassis technology developed in-house.

SPA has been under in-house development at Volvo for the past four years and is the cornerstone of the company's ongoing 11 billion dollar transformation plan. It will be introduced with the all-new XC90 and then rolled out across the product range in future.

The benefits of SPA are twofold. First, the flexibility of SPA liberates Volvo's engineers and designers, allowing them to devise and introduce a wide range of new and alluring design features while also improving driveability, introducing world-first safety features, offering the latest connected car technologies and creating more interior space.

Secondly, SPA will change the way Volvo builds cars in future by allowing a wide range of cars, powertrains, electrical systems and technologies - all of differing complexity - to be fitted on the same architecture, generating significant economies of scale.

"SPA gives us a fresh technological start. Around 90 percent of the components in the all-new XC90 and upcoming models are new and unique. We are raising the bar to the very top of the premium league when it comes to the quality and technology level in every vital area," said Mertens.  Discover more about the all-new XC90 and SPA.

 

New Volvo Sensus Connect brochure

August 1, 2014 - Are you curious about the new Sensus Connect with Volvo On Call that is included in new 2015.5 Volvo S60, S80, V60, XC60 and XC70 models?  

If so then take a look at the 2015.5 Volvo Sensus Connect brochure to learn more about the features and benefits of the new system.

 

 

 

Two world firsts in the all-new Volvo XC90 - one of the safest cars in the world

July 22, 2014 -The all-new Volvo XC90 scheduled to be revealed next month at an international auto show will offer the most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety package available in the automotive industry. The new technologies will take the company a significant step closer to its vision that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020.

- Incorporates the most advanced standard safety package on 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 article.

 

 

All-new Volvo XC90 will be the world's most powerful and cleanest SUV

July 8, 2014 - The all-new Volvo XC90 T8 AWD Hybrid 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. 

Find out 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 - 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.

Read an Memphis Commercial Appeal article about how video trailer of the new comedy and then watch "Welcome to Sweden" 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.

 

 

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: June 26, 2015

Model Year 2016
2016 XC60 T5 FWD
2016 XC70 T5 FWD


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.

 

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