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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?


Reasons to visit Goteborg and West Sweden in the summer

April 20, 2017 - If there is one area of Sweden that you should visit during the summer, it is the Swedish west coast. Why? The list can be made long but to start with, the region is known for being the home to one of the world's most beautiful archipelagos and equally exquisite seafood. Furthermore, the locals love it (there must be a reason why Swedes nationwide venture to the Swedish west coast as the temperature rises)!

The region offers something for everyone of any age, whether you are looking for outdoor adventures, island-hopping, a culinary food fest, country road-trip or vibrant city life. 

The official travel and tourist website - Visit Sweden - highlights the perfect summer sights in Goteborg and West Sweden.  Read about the these tips below and then click the links for more detailed travel information.



Best Outdoor Bars in Goteborg
As soon as the sun comes out and the temperature rises, Swedes spend all their spare time outdoors. With that in mind, it is not surprising that Goteborg has a fantastic offering of great outdoor bars and restaurants. From gourmet restaurants and cafes to vibrant pubs and bistros, find your favorite!
Photo: Beatrice Tornros / Goteborg&Co




West Sweden Hotels for Foodies
Comfortable accommodation in combination with amazing food, prepared from locally sourced ingredients – what better way to enjoy your holiday? Explore the beautiful archipelago, or castle living, and 10 popular hotels in West Sweden with culinary offerings that will blow your mind. 

Photo: Goteborg&Co



Photo: Lights Over Lapland Chad Blakley

Shellfish Adventure in West Sweden
Did you know that Bohuslan is known for having some of the best shellfish in the world? Fan of shellfish? West Sweden has a wide range of unique experiences that will match your taste buds perfectly. 
Embark on an oyster safari, mussel picking or langoustine catching. The perfect day trip in Bohuslans archipelago, where you end the day with a delicious meal of the days catches!
Photo: Jonas Ingman / VastSverige



Photo: Lights Over Lapland Chad Blakley

Dance the Night Away at Branno Quay
During seven Saturdays this summer, dance enthusiasts visit Branno's quay in the southern Goteborg's archipelago to take part of their famous live music dance evenings.
Travel to the archipelago by boat early from the city and spend the day swimming and relaxing in the sun. As the sun sets, enjoy a seafood buffet and dance the night away!
Photo: Steampipe Productions / Goteborg&Co



Photo: Lights Over Lapland Chad Blakley

Celebrate Midsummer with Locals
Looking to experience a quintessential Swedish tradition in Sweden this summer?  
On June 23rd, Midsummer takes place. Midsummer Night is a truly magical evening, filled with dancing, singing, delicious food and schnapps. Experience a genuine Midsummer celebration with locals in West Sweden. 
Photo: Carolina Romare / Imagebank.Sweden



Photo: Lights Over Lapland Chad Blakley

Cultural Happenings in Goteborg
Are you a museum fanatic? Don't forget to visit Goteborg Museum of Art, and view work by famous artists Rembrandt, Monet, and Picasso, as well as many Swedish artists.
A love of musicals? The world's largest musical concert, I Love Musicals takes place in June. Finally, Goteborg music festival Way Out West in August is a summer highlight!
Photo: Rodrigo Rui / Imagebank.Sweden.se


Video walk around of the all-new XC60

April 20, 2017 - Get to know the all-new XC60 in a neat and informative YouTube video with Hans Nilsson, senior project manager at Volvo for the XC60. Hans provides an in-depth product walk around of the new vehicle from Sweden.


Volvo's 90th birthday celebrated with production of first all-new XC60  

April 14, 2017 - This month Volvo will start production of its new XC60 mid-size SUV in Goteborg, Sweden.  The new XC60 will leave the factory 90 years to the month after the first ever Volvo, the OV4, saw the light of day on April 14, 1927.  This first Volvo sold a total of 275 vehicles in its life time, which was modest even in those days. The new XC60 replaces one of the best-selling models in Volvo's 90 year history.

New XC60 replaces old XC60

Volvo's original XC60 became a phenomenon with climbing sales every year since it was introduced. Seven years after it was revealed, it became the best selling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe and in its ninth year it is still the best seller.  

"Volvo is very proud of its history. The past 90 years have been exciting, but the 10 years left until the 100 year anniversary may come to be more exciting as industry focus shifts to autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity," says Hakan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo Cars. "The new XC60 is in many ways the embodiment of these trends."

The new XC60 is one of the safest cars ever made with the latest in safety technology, including the new Oncoming Lane Mitigation system which uses a steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions.

Volvo's semi-autonomous driver assistance system, Pilot Assist, which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80 mph, is available as an option with the new XC60.

90 year anniversary

Volvo's founder Assar Gabrielsson saw an opportunity for car manufacturing in Sweden after having observed the growing auto industries in the U.S and Europe from his position within sales at the Swedish ball bearing maker SKF, a supplier to the car industry.

Pointing towards Sweden's readily accessible steel, cheap labor and skilled engineers, he managed to convince SKF to invest in a spin-off car business called AB Volvo.

The first mass-produced Swedish car was a conventional vehicle with elements of American design, a wooden frame made of an ash tree and beech tree, a 1.9 litre engine and artillery wheels with wooden spokes.

Only one color combination was available for the OV4 in 1927: dark blue with black fenders.  

Several colors will be available for the XC60 in 2017: including more than one shade of blue.

Despite all the changes over the last 90 years, one thing has remained the same, Volvo's commitment to making the world's safest cars.


Volvo celebrates 90 years with debut of all-new XC60 at New York International Auto Show

April 4, 2017 - The all-new XC60 will make its North American debut at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. The XC60 marks the start of the new 60 series cars featuring Volvo's new award-winning design language built on the company's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). 

Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Cars USA will present the XC60 during the Volvo  press conference scheduled for 2:15 pm on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.  This year the New York International Auto Show is open to the public April 14 - 23, 2017. 

The all-new XC60 features an athletic design with a graceful, timeless quality. The expertly crafted interior features beautiful materials that blend Scandinavian design with technology and connectivity. The XC60 will be available with a 250 hp T5 turbo-power engine, a 316 hp T6 turbo and super-charged engine or as a 400 hp T8 twin-engine plug-in electric hybrid.

In April 2017, Volvo celebrates 90 years since the first vehicle, OV4, rolled off the Goteborg, Sweden assembly line in 1927. To highlight this milestone, Volvo welcomes media attendees to a light lunch and champagne toast at 11:45 am on Thursday, April 13, 2017. A fully restored Volvo 123 "Amazon" wagon, Duett and P1800, along with time-period photography will be on display.

Production will begin later this year.  Send an email today to be notified when you can order and receive your all-new XC60 at the factory in Sweden.


Volvo celebrates 90th anniversary at classic car show in Germany

March 31, 2017 - Volvo celebrates its 90th anniversary at the world's biggest show for classic vehicles, Techno Classica in Essen, Germany, April 5 - 9, 2017. On April 14, 1927, the first Volvo Car drove out of the factory gate in Goteborg, Sweden.

However, the Volvo exhibit at Techno Classica not only showcases the company's history. It also features the company's latest product, the all-new XC60, launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Techno Classica will be the first German car show for the new XC60.

The 6 classic Volvo models exhibited at the Techno Classica will be: 

Volvo PV65

The Volvo PV600 series came in 1929, two years after the Swedish car company started operations. It had a distinct American inspired design and a powerful straight six cylinder engine.

Volvo PV444

The PV444 was called "The Little Volvo" when it first was shown in Stockholm in 1944. It was the first Volvo model to be exported to the USA arriving in 1955 at Long Beach, California.

Volvo 1800 S

The Volvo P1800 is probably the most iconic Volvo model of all time. It became known worldwide as "The Saint's car" in the 60's TV show of the same name, starring Roger Moore. The P1800 is a sought after classic.

Volvo 145

Near the end of 1967, Volvo presented the third variant the 140 Series: the Volvo 145. The Volvo 145 was a 5 door wagon with a rear section that had a virtually vertical tailgate. It was a safe, comfortable, practical and spacious car.

Volvo 262 C

The Volvo 262C was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1977, as a part of Volvo's 50th anniversary. It was the result of a cooperation between Volvo and Bertone, designed in Sweden but assembled in Turin, Italy.

Volvo 850 R

The 850 R is the high performance version of the successful Volvo 850.  It was launched in 1996 and was the successor to the 850 T5-R. The 850 R was produced both as a sedan and a wagon.


Volvo Factory - No Tour Days - Summer 2017

March 24, 2017 - This summer the Volvo Factory in Goteborg, Sweden is scheduled to be closed to tours from Monday, July 10, 2017 through Friday, August 18, 2017. During this time Overseas Delivery cars will still be delivered to customers in Goteborg but there will not be any tours available of the Volvo Factory. 

Instead of the Volvo Factory Tour customers receiving up their new cars during these dates may explore the Volvo Cars Brand Experience Centre.  At the Volvo Cars Brand Experience Centre visitors see, hear and learn about the long history of Volvo and its holistic commitment to safety and protection of the environment around the world.  Tours of the factory are scheduled to resume on Monday, August 21, 2017.


Volvo Factory Closed Days 2017

March 24, 2017 - The Volvo Factory Delivery Center will be closed for holidays on the following days this year: April 14th, April 17th, May 1st, June 6th, June 23rd, December 25th, December 26th and December 29th.  Customers will not be able to receive or drop off their cars at the factory on these dates.


New Volvo Overseas Delivery video

March 15, 2017 - Follow along with Jonathan and Anne as they design and order their new Volvo, then fly to the factory in Sweden to pick up their new car and set off on an unforgettable adventure.  Watch the video on YouTube.


Volvo Overseas Delivery voted best in Global Traveler reader survey

March 10, 2017 - 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 13th 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 three years in a row!


2018 Volvo XC60 revealed in Geneva

March 7, 2017 - Today the long-awaited new XC60 was revealed by Volvo at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

The new car replaces Volvo's highly-successful original XC60, which in the nine years since its launch became the best selling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe with nearly a million units sold globally. The XC60 today represents around 30% of Volvo's total global sales.

"We have a strong heritage in designing stylish and dynamic SUVs that offer the latest in technology. The new XC60 will be no exception. It's the perfect car for an active lifestyle, and it represents the next step in our transformation plan," said Hakan Samuelsson, President Volvo Car Group.  

The new XC60, one of the safest cars ever made, is fully-loaded with new technology. Steer Assist has been added to the ground-breaking City Safety system. A new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of collisions.

"We have focused on building a car that can deliver pleasure to all of your senses - from a commanding view of the road ahead in a beautifully appointed and calm cabin, to a safe, inspired and confident ride," said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Product & Quality at Volvo. "We've paid particular attention to making life easier for our customers by providing them with the creature comforts and services that take the hassle out of everyday life."

Pilot Assist, Volvo's advanced semi-autonomous driver assistance system, which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80 mph, is available in the new XC60 as an option.

The new XC60 will be available with the T5 engine and T6 engine.  Volvo's award-winning T8 Twin Engine gas plug-in hybrid will also be offered, delivering 400 hp and acceleration from 0-100 Km in just 5.3 seconds.

But it is not just under the hood that the new XC60 delivers healthy performance. The new CleanZone four-zone climate system removes harmful pollutants and particles from outside the cabin to deliver Scandinavian-fresh air on the inside.

Sensus, the Volvo driver infotainment system and the Volvo On Call app both receive a graphical update with improved usability. Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.

"The XC60 is an SUV not designed to look down on others but to drive. The exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology - all perfectly blended together. The XC60 provides a true Scandinavian experience which will make our customers feel special," said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior VP, Design at Volvo.

Production will begin later this year.  Send an email today to be notified when you can order and receive your all-new XC60 at the factory in Sweden.


Model Year 2018 Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist program specifications and provisional pricing

March 2, 2017 - Overseas Delivery Tourist program Model Year 2018 specifications and provisional pricing for the S60, S60 Cross Country, V60, V60 Cross Country, V90 Cross Country and XC90 models is available and can be seen here.  The 2018 S90 will not be offered via Overseas Delivery.  Specifications and prices for the new XC60 will be released later this year.

Request info on how to submit your 2018 Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist program order with provisional price protection.  The first deliveries will begin at the factory this summer.


New XC60 will automatically steer you out of trouble

February 28, 2017 - Volvo has announced that the new XC60 - which will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show - will feature three new advanced driver assistance features aimed at keeping the driver out of trouble.

The new safety features are designed to provide the driver with automatic steering assistance or support - when required - to help avoid potential collisions. Volvo believes that these new features will make the new XC60 one of the safest cars on the road.

"We have been working with collision avoidance systems for many years and we can see how effective they are. In Sweden alone we have seen a decline of around 45%* in rear-end frontal crashes thanks to our collision warning with auto brake system. With the XC60 we are determined to take the next step in reducing avoidable collisions with the addition of steering support and assistance systems," said Malin Ekholm, Senior Director, Volvo Cars' Safety Centre. 

City Safety has been updated in the XC60 to include steering support, which engages when automatic braking alone would not help avoid a potential collision. In such circumstances, the car will provide steering assistance to avoid the obstacle ahead. City Safety helps to avoid collisions with vehicles, pedestrians and large animals. Steering support is active between 50-100 km/h.o:p>

Volvo has also added a system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which helps drivers to avoid collisions with vehicles in an oncoming lane.

The system works by alerting a driver who has unwittingly wandered out of a driving lane by providing automatic steering assistance, guiding them back into their own lane and out of the path of any oncoming vehicle. This system is active between 60-140 km/h.

"All three of these new features represent clear steps in our work towards fully autonomous cars," added Malin Ekholm.

The optional Blind Spot Information System, which alerts drivers to the presence of vehicles in their blind spot, has also received an update to include steer assist functionality that helps to avoid potential collisions with vehicles in a blind spot by steering the car back into its own lane and away from danger.

"We have all of the benefits of the safety technology we introduced in our larger 90 series cars in the new XC60. This is fully in-line with our strategic approach to develop automotive safety systems based on real-life, real-road safety. Our vision is that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by the year 2020," added Malin Ekholm.

The XC60 will deliver a host of high-end safety systems, just like its larger 90 series siblings, including Large Animal Detection, Run-off Road Mitigation and the semi-autonomous driver support and convenience Pilot Assist as an option./p>

** Collision Warning with Autobrake is a part of the City Safety system. The 45% reduction in rear-end frontal crashes in Sweden relates to cars equipped with the third generation of this technology.


New Volvo XC60

February 27, 2017 - The new Volvo XC60 will be revealed live on March 7, 2017 at 10:45 am CET (Central Europe Time).  

You're invited to an immersive digital experience, giving you front row seats to the 360 live reveal of the new Volvo XC60 from the Geneva International Motor Show.

Join an exclusive first look of the new XC60 at the Volvo Cars YouTube channel on March 7, 2017 at 10:45 am CET.

Be sure to download the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome browser on your desktop, or the YouTube app on your mobile device to get the full benefit of the 360 degrees viewing.


Why Goteborg is the greatest city you'd never thought to visit

February 27, 2017 - Zoe Johnson, a travel writer for the UK publication The Telegraph explains "Why Goteborg is the greatest city you'd never thought to visit". 

Read this educational and entertaining essay on why one should visit the home town of Volvo. The article can be seen here. 

Among the reasons for visiting Goteborg include:

"It has toy town charm"
"Getting around is a doodle"
"Seafood is virtually a religion"
"The trams are an experience in themselves"
"You can eat cinnamon buns bigger than your face"



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


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.


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: April 20, 2017

Model Year 2017
2017 S60 T5 FWD
2017 S60 T5 AWD
2017 XC90 T6 AWD
2017 XC90 T8 AWD

Please call or email William Marks to purchase one of these pre-built vehicles or to custom order your new Volvo.  The list of pre-built cars changes weekly and there may be some limitations on when and where you can take delivery.


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

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