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The Carter family with their 2011 XC90 at the Volvo Factory Delivery Center.
       Who will be first to fly to Sweden and receive the all-new 2016 XC90?

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.

A jury of eight WardsAuto editors tested 38 competing car engines throughout this October and November during their daily commutes in and around Detroit. The tested engines were awarded points based on horsepower, torque, drivability, noise mitigation, flexibility, fuel economy and on-board 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 automatic transmission. The Drive-E T5 engine is available in the 2015.5 S60, S80, V60, XC60 and XC70 models. This award comes after a public announcement that Volvo is also developing a 3-cylinder gasoline engine for future small and medium car models.


December Overseas Delivery Tourist Incentives

December 1, 2014 - Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist Program incentives for Model Year 2015.5 and 2016 custom ordered cars are listed below. Orders must be received between December 1 - 31, 2014 to qualify for these incentives.





















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Offer providing one extra hotel night to current Volvo or Saab owners for a custom ordered tourist program car is no longer applicable to orders received after May 1, 2013.


Swedes, a journey overseas,  a meatball, loyalty and man's best friend

November 25, 2014 - This is not an article about Volvo cars, safety innovations or even new technology.

Instead it's a great story for Thanksgiving...

About the kindness of Swedes on a long trip away from home, the magic of a meatball, loyalty, perseverance and friendship.

The amazing journey of Arthur and his friends from Sweden.

Wherever you may be this Thursday...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and your best friends!


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. 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 automotive 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 Volvo Reality 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.



Liseberg Park ready for the Holidays

November 3, 2014 - The holiday season is just around the corner! Purchase a pre-built Overseas Delivery car, visit Sweden in December and experience Goteborg's city of lights! 

Liseberg Amusement Park's traditional Christmas market, decorated with five million twinkling lights and 700 Christmas trees is a long time favorite in Scandinavia. The park opens for the holiday season on November 15, 2014.  Discover more about Swedish Christmas traditions and Liseberg Park as it celebrates its 90th anniversary.





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.  The earliest delivery date at the factory for a 2016 XC90 T6 AWD Momentum or Inscription model is anticipated to be June 1, 2015.  The earliest factory delivery date for a 2016 XC90 T6 AWD R-Design model will be in August or September 2015. Other versions of the all-new XC90 including the T8 hybrid model should be available for ordering in approximately six months.  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.


Factory Delivery Center closed days

September 26, 2014 - The Volvo Factory Delivery Center (FDC) in Goteborg, Sweden will be closed on December 24, 25, 26, 30 and 31, 2014 as well as January 1, 2 and 6, 2015 for Christmas and New Year's Day holidays.  The delivery center will also be closed on April 3 and 6, 2015 and May 1, 2015. There will be no deliveries or drop-off of vehicles at the FDC on these days.



All new Volvo XC90 R-Design revealed

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

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

                        Volvo's new face

Symbolizing this historic day in Volvo's 87 year history, the new XC90 will be the first of its cars to carry the company's new more prominent iron mark logo, which has the iconic arrow elegantly aligned with the diagonal slash across the grille. Together with the T-shaped "Thor's Hammer" LED daytime running lights, the iron mark introduces an entirely new, distinctive and confident face for Volvo. 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.

"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.



A closer look at the 2015.5 Volvo Models

August 13, 2014 - Would you like to learn more about the 2015.5 Volvo models? Click the links below to get information on the latest Volvo "Connected Car" lineup: the S60, S80, V60, XC60, and XC70. 

Do you see the button with a picture of a globe in the upper right of the 2015.5 Volvo center console in the photo on the right? This new button connects Volvo drivers and passengers to the internet with a variety of apps for entertainment, weather, and navigation (if equipped).

Also new for Model Year 2015.5 is Volvo On Call, which provides safety and security services as well as a new mobile app with convenient features such as Engine Remote Start, car locator, remote door lock/unlock, and more.

See what's new in the overview for each model: 

2015.5 Volvo S60

2015.5 Volvo S80

2015.5 Volvo V60

2015.5 Volvo XC60

2015.5 Volvo XC70


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 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 - 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 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.



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.




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 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.



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.  Check out 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.  Have 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. Finish reading the story and 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. 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.  Discover more about the Concept Estate and how the look and function for future Volvo cars will be. 


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. 

Explore this new design and technology that will be at the heart of Volvo's new in-car experience.



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. View the Global Traveler reader survey, and see a complete list of the winners.

Read an article about different European auto delivery programs that appeared in the September 2011 edition of Global Traveler magazine.  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.  Here is 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.




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"



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: December 5, 2014

Model Year 2015.5
2015.5 S60 T5 FWD *
2015.5 S60 T5 AWD *
2015.5 S60 T6 AWD R-Design *
2015.5 V60 T5 FWD *
2015.5 XC70 T5 FWD *

* Some of these pre-built 2015.5 Model Year cars may have additional incentives if ordered through the Tourist Program by December 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 December 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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