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 Andy and his family with their XC90 at the factory in Sweden.  They had a blast visiting 12
countries in 26 days during their vacation.  How many places will you see in your new Volvo?

 

2018 Volvo V90 can now be ordered via Overseas Delivery

February 8, 2017 - The 2018 Volvo V90 wagon can now be ordered via Overseas Delivery with the T5 FWD R-Design starting at $49,950. For those who want the elegance of the Inscription trim, prices start at $51,950.  The V90 T6 AWD is also available with either trim. All four variants are well equipped with many standard features. 

Both the R-Design and Inscription will be available with one optional package, the Convenience Package, as well as a full list of single options.

An Overseas Delivery Tourist program V90 includes two round trip airline tickets to Europe, one hotel night in Goteborg, Sweden (including dinner for two), airport transfers (airport to hotel and hotel to the Volvo Factory Delivery Center), the Blue Train Factory Tour, Swedish lunch at the factory, and 15 days of European auto insurance coverage.  There is no additional savings off of the base U.S. MSRP with an Overseas Delivery 2018 V90.  However, the $995 destination charge is waived.  Here is a link to Overseas Delivery specifications and prices for the 2018 Volvo V90.   The earliest deliveries at the factory for a 2018 V90 will be this summer.  To order your all new 2018 Volvo V90 via Overseas Delivery send an email today.

 

Visit Sweden has a new website

February 1, 2017 - Sweden's official website for tourism and travel information "Visit Sweden" has a new web home.  The new and improved www.visitsweden.com is now open!  You are invited into their new home to learn about Swedish destinations, sights & landmarks, facts and info about things to see and do when you fly over to receive you new Volvo at the factory in Sweden.

It's a good opportunity to experience what it's really like to meet the King of the forest or seeing the majestic phenomenon called the Northern Lights. Welcome to something else, welcome to Sweden!

 

 

Volvo celebrates 20 years of All-Wheel Drive in the snow

February 1, 2017 - Volvo is celebrating 20 years of mechanical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) by putting some of its most capable cars through their paces on the frozen lakes around the Northern Swedish ski resort of Are.  The Swedish car maker is running a winter test drive showcasing its leading mechanical and new electric All-Wheel Drive solutions with the XC90 and V90 Cross Country models.

"Volvo cars are well known for what we call 'framkomlighet' in Swedish - the ability to get you wherever you want to go - regardless of the weather conditions. This is an important part of our heritage and a clear reflection of who we are and where we come from. With the recent addition of electric All-Wheel Drive we have further refined our performance in this important area," said Henrik Green, Senior VP, Research & Development at Volvo Cars.

Advances in AWD technology mean that improved handling, stability and traction continue to provide a confident, agile and enjoyable driving experience while reducing fuel consumption.

"Electrification will bring ever more flexibility to AWD. You can see the first signs of this in our XC90 T8 Twin Engine, where we have an electric rear-axle drive unit powering the rear wheels. As we move to full battery electric vehicles and other powertrain applications, we will see increased opportunities to control each motor and wheel independently, based on either the surface conditions or the desired driving style," said Henrik Green.

As AWD technology has advanced, the weight of mechanical systems has come down and efficiency has improved. Since the introduction of efficient 'Active On Demand' technology, every wheel is always engaged to allow for the instant distribution of torque to the where it is needed. The actual torque applied is controlled to constantly deliver the right properties regarding handling, stability and traction. 

"We understand the needs of our customers. We understand the need for a flexible AWD solution that quickly and automatically adapts to different real-world, all-weather circumstances. AWD is as much a safety feature as it is a vehicle dynamics system and we are committed to delivering a confident, balanced and enjoyable driving experience that delivers a feeling of full control," added Henrik Green.

All-Wheel Drive variants account for over 50 per cent of new 90 Series car orders for the Swedish carmaker. Across the full range of Volvo car models, the figure is over 40 per cent.

 

The V90 arrives in America

January 5, 2017 - The V90 is coming to the United States in 2017 building on over 60 years of wagon heritage that started with the Volvo Duett. The V90 will make its North American debut at the Detroit Auto Show January 8-22, 2017. The V90 will be available as a Model Year 2018 later this year.

"Wagons are an important part of Volvo's history. After successfully launching the XC90 SUV, S90 sedan and most recently V90 Cross Country, we complete our 90 range with the introduction of our new luxury wagon" said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Cars USA.

The V90 has received international praise for its combination of style and utility. Based on the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and new Volvo design language, the V90 will share interior design attributes with the award-winning XC90, such as the 12" touch screen, open-pore wood trim and Nappa leather. V90 drivers can expect the feeling of relaxed confidence and sedan-like driving dynamics with the storage capability of a crossover.

The V90 will be available with T5 FWD and T6 AWD powertrains in either Inscription or R-Design trim. To provide a full range of options and personalization, the V90 will be sold exclusively as custom order vehicles starting soon via Volvo Overseas Delivery or Concierge. Both options offer unique buying experiences.

The first U.S. specification V90 wagons will be delivered to customers this summer. Volvo Overseas Delivery pricing and trim details for the V90 will be announced next month and posted here.

 

Swedish police first to use the V90 as a police car...

December 1, 2016 - Swedish police will receive their first V90 police cars early next year after the car recently achieved the highest rating ever in the highly demanding police driving test for the Scandinavian country.

The demands on emergency vehicles are higher than on normal road cars. On top of that, in Sweden the police car is judged as a workplace. This means any car has to meet very strict demands in areas such as performance, comfort, quality and ergonomics in order to qualify as a police car. 

The Swedish police car test focuses on five areas: a braking, an obstacle course, evasive action, and high-speed emergency driving.

The overall score for the V90 was 9.2 out of 10, the highest rating ever achieved by any car in this demanding test.

The final test protocol on the V90 by Swedish police test drivers concludes that "overall, it is difficult to find faults. Chassis, steering, suspension, traction control and powertrain all show exemplary performance. Quick lane changes at high speeds feel deceptively easy, the car does what it is told to do and shakes off lateral forces without any protest."

Besides Sweden, police in Norway, Italy, the UK and the Netherlands have also used Volvo cars in recent years.  The V90 will be made available to police forces around the globe. 

With the V90 police car, Volvo takes the highly refined driving experience of the award-winning standard V90 to the next level. To transform the V90 into a suitable emergency vehicle, the Volvo Car Special Products department enhanced the car to meet the specific demands of law enforcement.

For instance, the chassis is made stronger and more dynamic, the brakes and suspension are improved and the car is fully equipped with all necessary tools and communication equipment. It takes about a week to transform a standard V90 into a police car at the special facility in Torslanda, Sweden.

Volvo has a long history with police cars.  In 1929 Swedish police fought crime from behind the wheel of a Volvo. In the decades that followed, classic Volvos such as the Amazon and the 144 also served as police units. More recently, the XC70 and V70 wagons have been used by police forces.

U.S. specification V90 wagons will be available for order via Overseas Delivery in 2017.  To be notified when you can submit an order to receive your new V90 wagon at the factory in Sweden send an email today. (Your V90, of course would be without a multi color exterior and flashing blue lights...)


New S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country accessory catalog

October 3, 2016 - There is a new Overseas Delivery accessory catalog available for the S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country models.  You can view the catalog here.   Accessory catalogs for the S60, V60 and XC60 models will be released next.

 

The Volvo V90 Cross Country revealed

September 16, 2016 - Volvo unveiled the eagerly awaited V90 Cross Country. Since the introduction of the first Cross Country almost 20 years ago, Volvo has become synonymous with the rugged all-road, all-weather product category, with a growing stable of Cross Country models.

With some of the harshest winters on the planet and over 77 % of the country covered in forest and lakes, Sweden is the natural place to develop and test extreme durability and all-weather capable cars. This hard-won expertise represents a large part of the Volvo heritage.

"Our cars are well known for their safety, strength and durability. With All-Wheel Drive, increased ride height, and a chassis optimized for comfort and control in all weather and road conditions, the new V90 Cross Country takes our versatile V90 wagon and adds the heart of an explorer," said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President at Volvo Cars.

With Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) providing the underpinnings, the V90 Cross Country has undergone rigorous testing to ensure that it can survive the extremes in which it will ultimately find itself.

From secret testing facilities in the frozen north of Sweden, where temperatures regularly hit -40 degrees to the searing desert heat of Arizona, where Volvo performs its high temperature testing, the V90 Cross Country has been built to last. 

The V90 Cross Country's exterior design cues communicate the powerful and dynamic capability that the car exemplifies, while offering the flexibility to choose from both rugged and elegant expressions. 

"Designing a Volvo Cross Country is not a styling exercise. It is based on honest capability. The V90 Cross Country brings a surprising and intriguing combination of a strong, powerful exterior and a luxurious, Scandinavian interior. It will continue the genuine tradition of the Cross Country with a new recipe: The blend of powerful off-road capability in a most elegant, sophisticated, tailored wagon suit," said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior VP at Volvo Cars.

The new V90 Cross Country takes this segment to a new level of comfort-inspired capability. Here is a link to a detailed 15 minute video about the all-new V90 Cross Country.

 

The first timer and the second timer..

September 16, 2016 - The Volvo Overseas Delivery program is a great adventure when enjoyed with family or friends.  Sometimes the timing of the trip works out for all of those involved that the joy of receiving a new Volvo at the factory can be experienced with both your family and your friends. 

But what makes the trip even more enjoyable is when a first time Volvo Overseas customer can travel with a second time Volvo Overseas delivery customer.

Such was the situation this summer when Sandeep and his friend Salil flew to Sweden with their families to receive all-new Volvo XC90s.  Sandeep's new Volvo is an Ember Black XC90 T6 AWD Inscription and Salil's new Volvo is a Osmium Grey XC90 T8 AWD Hybrid.  They are standing next to their cars in Norway this summer.

Sandeep is a veteran Overseas Delivery customer having traveled to the factory ten years ago to receive a first generation XC90.  Salil, a first time Overseas Delivery customer benefited from the experience of having Sandeep, a second time Overseas Delivery customer as a guide for their summer vacation.  Their trip was so well planned and coordinated that when they received their new cars in Walnut Creek, California the odometer reading was only 5 miles different between the two vehicles - 1320 miles and 1325 miles.  The two cars are parked next to each other in this photo as the battery in Salil's XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid is being charged before delivery at Volvo Cars Walnut Creek.

Sandeep and Salil, it was a pleasure helping you with your XC90 purchases and vacation.  May you and your families experience many more miles and smiles in your Volvo.  Thanks for your business and allowing me to share a small part of your Volvo Overseas Delivery experience with others.

 

Volvo Winter Travel Offer for XC60 Tourist program customers

September 15, 2016 - The Volvo Overseas Delivery Winter Travel Offer has returned.  This year it is a special winter trip only for Overseas Delivery Tourist program XC60 customers to one of three European cities.

The offer is valid only for new XC60 orders received from September 7, 2016 with delivery in Europe by March 31, 2017.

How does three nights in Lisbon or Barcelona or London sound to you?  Add an additional night in Goteborg, Sweden, and it becomes even more enticing.  It is a trip of a lifetime!  Learn more about the special Winter Travel Offer for Overseas Delivery tourist program XC60 customers and the three charming cities that can be part of your dream vacation.

 

2017 Volvo brochures

September 8, 2016 - Brochures can now be viewed online for the 2017 Volvo Model Year cars. Take a look at the details for each of the new vehicles here.

 

Volvo travels down a familiar road with upcoming V90 Cross Country

September 8, 2016 - With the imminent reveal of the new V90 Cross Country, the Swedish carmaker is set to enhance its role as the most capable and comfortable premium all-roader and complete its 90 Series line-up.

Developed in 1996, the first Cross Country wagon combined functional flexibility and rugged capability. Today, 20 years later, the Cross Country segment is a familiar sight across the premium car market, providing a capable, yet comfortable driving experience.

Designed to cope with the demanding requirements of an extreme Scandinavian climate, Cross Country models perform in all sorts of road conditions - from muddy tracks and knee-deep snow to long distance highway driving. Proving a popular choice with owners thanks to its high ground clearance, pulling power and responsive All-Wheel Drive, Cross Country has cemented its position as a premium mainstay and a true all-weather alternative to the SUV.

First generation: 1997 - 2000

Developed as a capable alternative to the SUV, the first Volvo Cross Country the V70 XC grew in popularity as old school SUVs began to morph into city jeeps. Offering capability, functionality and comfort - the V70 XC was an instant success, especially in North America.

Second generation: 2001 - 2007

In the fall of 2000, the second generation V70 XC arrived with bolder styling and higher ground clearance. When Volvo's first SUV, the XC90, arrived in 2002, the V70 XC received an updated All-Wheel Drive system and renamed XC70 to align with its bigger brother.

Third generation: 2008 - 2016

The third generation Volvo Cross Country landed in the fall of 2007 with added elegance and luxury. The XC70 continued to be a North American love affair, accounting for almost half of the total volume produced. 

The eagerly awaited V90 Cross Country will be revealed in mid-September.

Click to be notified when you can order your V90 Cross Country via Overseas Delivery.

 

Milestone event at Lawrence Volvo

September 5, 2016 - Today is Labor Day, an American holiday and an appropriate time to announce a milestone event at one of the oldest Volvo dealerships in America.

After over 95 years of serving motorists across the United States, the second and third generations of the Lawrence family are retiring from their automotive business.  Founded in 1921 by Lester Lawrence, the organization has been owned the last few decades by Lester's son Jim Lawrence and Lester's granddaughter Cindy Lawrence.  Originally a Buick and GMC dealer, the company has been a Volvo dealer in Walnut Creek, California for over 50 years.

Volvo Cars USA has awarded the Swedish car brand franchise to Walnut Creek Automotive (WCA).  The group is a family  business owned by Jeff Qvale, Chris Qvale, and David Meese.  As of September 1, 2016 the name of the new dealership is Volvo Cars Walnut Creek.  Jeff and Chris Qvale have strong Scandinavian automotive roots.  Their father and grandfather respectively was legendary Norwegian-American auto executive Kjell Qvale.

         

As we salute American workers on this national holiday it is an honor to congratulate the Lawrence family on 95 years as a successful family business. 

Lester, Jim, and Cindy Lawrence - Thank you on behalf of all who have worked for your company!

 

Why Baby Boomers should visit Stockholm

August 17, 2016 - Jane and Duncan Dempster-Smith are baby boomers from Australia who love to travel and share stories about their adventures on their travel website.  They believe in traveling to the beat of two mantras "Chase time not money" and "Age is no barrier when it comes to travel". 

The couple recently posted an article on their website titled "Why Baby Boomers should visit Stockholm". Whether you are a boomer or not - if you are going to Stockholm when you receive your new Volvo be sure to read about it's rich history, architecture, food, nature and people in Jane and Duncan's entertaining story.

 

Win two roundtrip tickets to Sweden with Scandinavian Airlines

August 3, 2016 - The tourism bureau Visit Sweden and Scandinavian Airlines are offering you a chance to win two roundtrip tickets to Goteborg, a Volvo rental during your stay, and a personalized West Sweden travel itinerary!

How can you win this fantastic trip you might wonder?  Easy!  Simply complete a quiz to find out what your dream West Sweden vacation would be, and submit it!  Don't wait though! The contest ends August 18, 2016!

Check out this link to enter the competition.

                                                                                                               Photo: Jonas Ingman / WestSweden.com

Update on Factory Delivery Center closed days in 2016

August  3, 2016 - The Factory Delivery Center (FDC) in Goteborg, Sweden will be closed the following days in at the end of 2016 for the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays:

- December 23, 2016 through December 26, 2016  

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

 

2017 S90 brochure

July 19, 2016 - There is a brochure for the all-new 2017 Volvo S90 that is now available for download and viewing online. 

"Underneath the crisply sculpted exterior lies a new chassis that delivers the best handling of any car we've made."

With a single glance the S90 captivates you.  Its powerful stance is confident and assured, the embodiment of a design philosophy that extends inside the car, where you'll discover a cabin crafted from exceptional materials such as Swedish crystal and flame birch.

In addition to styling, technology supports you without feeling overwhelming. From safety technology that avoids collisions, every one of the advanced features has been engineered to improve every journey.

This is how a modern luxury sedan should be.  A new kind of luxury. Our idea of luxury.  This is the all-new Volvo S90.

Take a look at the 2017 Volvo S90 brochure and learn more about the luxury sedan designed for a new world.  Click here if you would like to fly to Sweden to receive your custom ordered 2017 Volvo S90 at the factory.

 

 

 

New Overseas Delivery XC90 accessory

July 11, 2016 - There is a new Overseas Delivery accessory available for the 2017 Volvo XC90.   A cargo cover (code A00078) can now be ordered with your Overseas Delivery XC90 T6 or T8 for $360.   The cargo cover is standard equipment only with the 2017 XC90 T5 models.  The cargo cover is not included with 2017 XC90 T6 and T8 models.

 

60 years of Volvo Overseas Delivery

June 30, 2016 - The year was 1956 and Volvo was the first among its competitors to discover that it could sell cars profitably to international customers.  The Volvo Overseas Delivery program began 60 years ago.

1956 was in many respects a milestone in Volvo's history. Volvo took the daring decision to focus on large-scale exports to the USA.  The journey began as the company moved from an unknown local presence to a global brand name.

At the same time, a handful of forward-thinking innovators from Goteborg, Sweden, made a significant discovery: a growing number of American diplomats, tourists, and military personal in Europe had fallen in love with Volvo and were keen to take their Scandinavian souvenirs back home to the America. The Swedish company's attractive P120 (Amazon) model was proving to be a popular car among many foreign visitors.

Volvo seized the opportunity to become pioneers in factory delivery sales. The first 17 Volvo Overseas Delivery cars were sold to American diplomats, tourists, and members of the U.S. military.

                              * * * 60 years of Volvo Overseas Delivery deserves a Celebration! * * *

Order a Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist program car between July 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016 with delivery in Sweden in the last quarter of 2016 and receive the special Volvo Overseas Delivery 60th Anniversary Celebration offer below:

2 nights stay at the Clarion Hotel Post in Goteborg and 1 evening dinner at the Norda Bar & Grill

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2 nights stay at the Hotel Amaranten in Stockholm and 1 evening dinner at the Kitchen & Table

 

New XC90 Accessories

June 24, 2016 - There is an updated Overseas Delivery XC90 Accessories catalog now available.  New items that can be ordered for your 2017 XC90 via Overseas Delivery include the following: Cargo area dirt cover, Illuminated scuff plate, Key fob shell, Load carrier, Polestar software, and Red key.  View the catalog and items for your new XC90 here.

 

First V90 wagon rolls off assembly line

June 24, 2016 - Volvo started production of the new V90 wagon at its factory in Goteborg, Sweden this week.

The first customer-bound V90 wagon rolled off the production line only weeks after the first S90 sedan was built. This means that all new models in the top-of-the-line 90 series, based on the new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), are now being produced in Sweden.

Overseas Delivery of U.S. specification V90 and V90 Cross Country wagons should begin in the first quarter of 2017.  Click to be notified when you can order your V90 wagon or V90 Cross Country wagon via Overseas Delivery.

 

Top photo locations in Goteborg

June 3, 2016 - Goteborg, Sweden the home town of Volvo Cars has some very scenic, Instagram and favorite memory photo album worthy spots to snap some pictures while you are on vacation. Before you travel, take a look at 10 top locations in Goteborg to take photos when you go to receive your Volvo. Photo shown: Per Pixel Petersson / Mediabank Goteborg & Company

 

 

 

Polestar upgrade available for 2017 XC90 T6 via Overseas Delivery

June 3, 2016 - The Volvo Polestar performance upgrade is now available as a $950 accessory for a 2017 XC90 T6 AWD purchased via Overseas Delivery.  Polestar optimizations are developed to provide more performance in the mid-range of the engine where the driver uses it the most when driving actively, such as passing another car or when entering a busy highway. The increased mid-range performance in combination with the changes for the transmission and throttle response makes the car more dynamic and responsive to drive. 

Note: A Polestar upgrade for U.S. specification XC90 T8 models is scheduled to be available this fall.

 

The winner of European River Cruise announced

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

Congratulations Melanie!

Melanie ordered an Overseas Delivery Volvo XC90 with "provisional price protection" on March 26, 2016 from William Marks through flyvolvo.com. 

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

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

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

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

Early delivery!
Price protection!
River cruise winner!  

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

 

Top ten tips for enjoying a Swedish Summer

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

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

 

Model Year 2017 Tourist program specifications and prices released

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

 

New SAS benefits and hotel for Volvo Overseas Delivery

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

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

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

 

Earth Day 2016 - News from Volvo about electrified cars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Celebrate Volvo's 89th Birthday with some neat facts

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

 

Volvo XC90 named one of Wards 10 best interiors

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Scandinavian Airlines launches new direct flight from Boston

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

2017 Model Year Volvo Overseas Delivery orders can now be submitted

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

 

More flights available on Scandinavian Airlines from America

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

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

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

 

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 five weeks from receipt and payment of your order.

This list updated: February 21, 2017

Model Year 2017
2017 S60 T5 FWD
2017 S60 T5 AWD
2017 S90 T6 AWD
2017 V60 T5 AWD
2017 V60 T5 AWD Cross Country
2017 XC60 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.

 

 Volvo Cars Walnut Creek - Overseas Delivery Sales - William Marks - phone 925.988.8545

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