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Happy Easter!

April 18, 2014 - Easter in Swedish is called "pask" (pronounced "pohsk") and comes from the Hebrew word "pesah" meaning passing. Easter in Sweden is decidedly yellow. Easter's yellow comes from the many Easter symbols that are yellow - feathers, daffodils and chickens on Easter cards.

Paskagget - The Easter egg (paskagget) is a paper or plastic egg with pictures of chickens on it, filled with candy and given to children. Since Swedes don't have an Easter Bunny in their celebration, these eggs are very important to Swedish children.

Paskris - The colorful twigs with feathers seen everywhere in Sweden at this time of year are called paskris. Bound by birch twigs, paskris are colorful decorations that often include hand painted eggs, colorful ribbons and little chickens.

Food -
Easter in Sweden is all about sweets, sweets, more sweets - and of course a smorgasbord. A traditional Swedish Easter lunch consists of pickled herring, cured salmon and Jansson's Temptation (potatoes, onions and pickled anchovies baked in cream).  The meal is traditionally served smorgasbord style. Spiced schnapps is also featured during Easter. Dinner is often roast lamb with potato gratin and asparagus. Dessert usually includes marzipan and candy-filled Easter eggs.

 

 

 

Volvo Celebrates 50 Years of Child Safety

April 14, 2014 - This year marks the 50th anniversary of Volvo Cars dedication to protecting children - the smallest and most vulnerable car occupants. This groundbreaking work began with the world's first rear-facing child seat prototype in a PV544 back in 1964 - and continues with the latest innovation - an Inflatable Child Seat Concept that is easily tucked away in a small bag when not in use.

The differences in anatomy between children and adults form the foundation for Volvo Cars' child safety developments both in terms of integrated features and accessories for vehicles.

Children are not small versions of adults. That's why youngsters need special restraints when they are travelling in autos. Click to continue reading the article and watch a video about the Inflatable Child Seat Concept from Volvo.

 

The 16th Annual Volvo Show in the Bicycle Capital of America

April 10, 2014 - The 16th annual edition of the Volvo Club of America (VCOA) Car Show and swap meet was held at Central Park in Davis, California on Sunday, April 6, 2014. 

Hosted by the Golden Gate and Sacramento chapters of VCOA, a variety of over 100 old and new Volvo cars (even a Volvo truck) were on display at the well attended event in Davis, home of the University of California, Davis and often referred to as the Bicycle Capital of America. 

Your Volvo Overseas Delivery coordinator William Marks was at the exhibit with an Ember Black 2015 V60 T5 FWD from Lawrence Volvo.  The new sports wagon with red Overseas Delivery Swedish license plates drew lots of attention. Many questions were asked by show attendees about factory delivery of Volvo cars and the new Drive-E engine and 8 speed auto transmission.

 

Volvo Assembly Plant Celebrates 50 Years

April 2, 2014 - The year 1964 was a milestone for Sweden's automotive industry. It was the year Volvo Cars opened  the gates at the Torslanda plant in Goteborg marking the biggest industrial investment in Sweden's history.

With a capacity for building up to 200,000 cars a year, the plant raised the bar for the development of new models, production volumes and manufacturing technology.

Over a period of five decades various classic models have left the factory gates, models that have defined what the Volvo brand stands for, with a focus on safety, environmental care, and quality.

Today, 50 years later, Volvo Cars Torslanda is more in focus than ever before.

The opening of the new body plant, Torslanda TA3, together with the multi-billion investment in the SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform constitutes the basis for scalable and flexible development and the production of future model generations.  The first vehicle assembled on the new platform is the all-new XC90, which will be launched next year.

The celebrations will get under way on April 24, 2014 exactly 50 years after the original plant's inauguration. The Volvo Factory will be closed for regular Overseas Delivery tours on this day. Invited guests will attend the opening ceremony of the new bodybuilding plant and be treated to an historic exhibition, visits of the facility and visions of the future.

During the rest of the year Volvo Cars will highlight 50 years of development, team spirit and innovation in a variety of ways.

 

 

Model Year 2015.5 Volvo Overseas Delivery Orders

April 1, 2014 - Custom orders for Model Year 2015 cars end this week.  Until pricing is released for Model Year 2015.5 custom Overseas Delivery orders will be price protected with the current Model Year 2015 price lists. Model Year 2015.5 Overseas Delivery pricing is expected to be available the week of April 14th or later. The price protection offer is Model Year 2015 base price + $500 for the S60, S80, V60, XC60 and XC70 models.

NOTE: Price Protection is valid for the BASE PRICE ONLY

Since colors, packages and options on Model Year 2015.5 cars are subject to change, Volvo can NOT guarantee or protect prices for colors, packages and options.  Please note there may be some modifications to the base specifications. 

Price Protection is ONLY for new custom orders. Deliveries of 2015.5 Model Year cars are expected to begin in August, perhaps in late July. If you would like to be one of the very first to receive a 2015.5 Volvo at the factory in Sweden with Price Protection email your request today.

 

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.

 

April Overseas Delivery Tourist Incentives

April 1, 2014 - Overseas Delivery Tourist Program incentives for custom ordered 2015, 2015.5 and 2014 Model Year cars are listed below. Orders must be received between April 1, 2014 and April 30, 2014 to qualify for these incentives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Model

Option or Package

Cost

Regular Cost

Savings

Standard Benefits

Loyalty Offer *

 

 

S60

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

     Yes

                         N/A

 

 

S80

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

     Yes

                         N/A

 

 

V60

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

     Yes

                         N/A

 

 

XC60

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

     Yes

                         N/A

 

 

XC70

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

     Yes

                         N/A

 

 

XC90

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

     Yes

                         N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Model Year 2015 Change Updates

March 25, 2014 - Overseas Delivery custom orders for 2015 Model Year cars must be received by March 31, 2014 in order to be in the factory production schedule by April 2, 2014.  There will be an interval of time from April 2nd to the week of April 14th when custom orders can not be submitted.  After this period Overseas Delivery orders will begin for Model Year 2015.5 Volvo S60, S80, V60, XC60, and XC70 cars. Further updates about these changes will be posted here when released.

 

Model Year 2015 brochures

March 19, 2014 - Brochures for each of the 2015 Volvo Model Year cars are now available. To see exterior color choices for each model be sure to take a look at the Full Range brochure. All of these brochures can be viewed online here.

 

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.  But  there still are a few changeable 2014 XC90 production slots available.  Send an email today to purchase one of the last 2014 XC90's via Overseas Delivery. Your order documents for one of these vehicles must be received by April 3, 2014.

Please note there will not be a Model Year 2015 XC90.  It will be awhile before Overseas Delivery orders can be accepted for the all-new design 2016 Volvo XC90. If you would like to be notified when Overseas Delivery orders can be submitted for the next generation XC90 please email your interest in the future XC90.

 

New Volvo Overseas Delivery brochure and video

March 4, 2014 - There is a new and colorful Volvo Overseas Delivery program brochure now available for viewing online.

 

In addition the Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist program video has been updated and can also be seen on the web. 

To learn more about Volvo Overseas Delivery go to the links and view the brochure and video.  If you're ready to order your new Volvo and vacation then click to email your interest and take the first step on a "Journey of a Lifetime"!

 

 

Concept Estate reveals new look and function for Volvo cars

March 3, 2014 - At the Geneva Motor Show this month Volvo unveils the third in a series of concept cars - the Concept Estate - continuing the widely admired exterior design language revealed in the first two Volvo concept vehicles, the Concept Coupe and the Concept XC Coupe. However for the first time, the new Concept Estate shows how the interior of Volvo's forthcoming models will both look and function.

Global attention on Volvo's concept cars has been intensifying as they provide the first significant clues as to how the all-new XC90 and subsequent cars will look. The new XC90 will be revealed later this year. To learn more about the Concept Estate and how the look and function for future Volvo cars will be then go here. 

 

New Volvo in-car experience revealed

March 3, 2014 - Volvo will use the 2014 Geneva Motor Show to reveal its new in-car control system, which is designed around a large tablet-like touch screen that will simplify and enhance the way drivers operate their cars.

The touch screen replaces the traditional selection of buttons and controls in the center stack with one clean and sleek control panel. It will blend established tablet functionality, such as swiping and pinching, with new solutions that are specially designed for the in-car environment. It also interacts with the digital instrument cluster in front of the driver.

This groundbreaking driver experience will be introduced in the next generation of Volvo cars starting next year with the all-new Volvo XC90. 

To learn more about this new design and technology that will be at the heart of Volvo's new in-car experience click here.

 

 

Awards announced for Lawrence Volvo

March 3, 2014 - With the 2014 Winter Olympics recently concluding and the Academy Awards yesterday evening - now is a great time to recognize two awards recently announced for the team at Lawrence Volvo.

If Overseas Delivery sales was an Olympic event Lawrence Volvo would receive a silver medal for the 2013 year.  Lawrence Volvo finished 2013 ranked number two in the U.S. in Volvo Overseas Delivery sales. Lawrence Volvo has consistently been one of the top ten Volvo Overseas Delivery retailers in America for decades. 

Lawrence Volvo has been notified that it is one of the Volvo President's Club award winners for the year 2013. This distinction is granted each year to an elite group of Volvo retailers in the U.S. who have exemplified Volvo brand values by providing exceptional customer service. At the same time these retailers have achieved key business objectives related to vehicle and parts sales. Lawrence Volvo was also a President's Club award winner for the years 2006 and 2001.

Started in 1921 in by Lester Lawrence as a Buick store, Lawrence Volvo became a Volvo franchise in 1966.  Over 90 years since its founding - it continues to operate as the only family owned, single brand, one location Volvo retailer in Northern California - with thousands of satisfied customers across America and around the world.

 

 

Global Traveler readers vote Volvo Overseas Delivery the Best

February 14, 2014 - The votes and in and the true travel experts have spoken. The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program, which offers car buyers the unforgettable experience of picking up their Volvo at the factory in Sweden while also saving money, has been named the top program of its kind by the readers of Global Traveler magazine.

The survey, in its 10th year, asks frequent business and luxury travelers to name the best in a variety of travel-related categories. To learn more about the Global Traveler reader survey, and to view a complete list of winners please visit here.

To read an article about different European auto delivery programs that appeared in the September 2011 edition of Global Traveler magazine please visit here.  In the "Road Test" story author Ron Bernthal talks to Eddie & Brigitte Lee of Colorado who ordered their XC90 from flyvolvo.com and received it at the Volvo factory in Goteborg, Sweden.

 

Happy Valentine's Day

February 14, 2014 - How about a new Volvo and vacation in Europe for your sweetheart?  Take your loved one on a "Journey of a Lifetime". Order a new car and a trip to Sweden this spring or summer for you and your favorite person.

Most models available in Red.  Happy Valentine's Day!

 

 

 

Another Volvo car passes the 1,000,000 mile mark!

January 29, 2014 - At the 15th annual Volvo Club of America (VCOA) Car Show in Davis, California hosted by the Golden Gate and Sacramento chapters last spring your Volvo Overseas Delivery coordinator William Marks had the pleasure of meeting Vic Dres and seeing his remarkable 1988 Volvo 740 GLE sedan. 

Vic drove over 300 miles to the Northern California event from his home in Grover Beach.  He proudly showed me his personalized license plates and the Volvo High Mileage Club badges on the deck lid of his car and then pointed to his car's odometer showing over 900,000 miles.

Well Irv Gordon there's someone else with a Volvo that has reached the 1,000,000 mile mark! 

Vic's 740 recently attained the historic milestone and is featured in a neat article. To learn more about Vic and his car read the story, look at the photos and watch a video.

Congratulations Vic! 

Semper Fi

 

 

A closer look at the 2015 Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 models

January 25, 2014 - The 60 cluster of autos comprising the S60, XC60 and now the V60 - represents the best-selling and most popular Volvo cars in the U.S. market. 

These cars emanate Scandinavian design which is exemplified by beautiful clean lines and surfaces. This is evident in the redesigned interior and exterior of the 60 series cars, following a significant refresh in Model Year 2014 and unchanged in Model Year 2015.  Inside, the attention to details, the authentic materials and the easy-to-use controls contribute to the in-command driving experience. Click to read the full article.

 

A car guy visits the Volvo factory and Polestar in Sweden

January 24, 2014 - After racing a Volvo for several years and driving an S60 on the road, Randy Probst of Motor Trend magazine and K-Pax Racing thought it was about time he visited Sweden, the home of Volvo.  

During his adventure overseas, Randy tours the factory in Goteborg, checks out the Volvo engine plant, drives the Volvo proving grounds, explores the Polestar race team facility and takes a few hot laps at one of the most unique racetracks in the world.  Watch the 15 minute video here.

 

Overseas Delivery Model Year 2015 Specifications and Pricing

January 10, 2014 - Overseas Delivery official specifications for the 2015 Model Year have been released and can be here for the S60, S80, V60, XC60 and XC70 models.  The XC90 continues to be available for ordering as a 2014 Model Year vehicle.  Provisional pricing is no longer in effect.

With the early arrival of these Model Year 2015 cars there's the addition of the all new Drive-E engines for the T5 FWD and T6 FWD versions.  These engines paired with a new 8-speed transmission are extremely efficient, powerful and fun to drive!

Now is the time to complete your New Year's resolution to purchase a new car and go on a "Journey of a Lifetime".  Take the first step and call 925.988.8545 or send an email today to custom order your 2015 Volvo and vacation in Scandinavia!

 

 

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"

 

 

Factory Delivery Center Spring Holidays Closed Days

December 13, 2013 - The Volvo Factory Delivery Center (FDC) in Goteborg, Sweden will be closed on April 18, 2014 for Good Friday and on April 21, 2014 for Easter Monday.  The FDC will also be closed Thursday, May 1, 2014; Friday, June 6, 2014; and Friday, June 20, 2014 for Swedish national holidays.  There will be no factory deliveries or drop offs on these days. 

 

Factory Tours Closed Day

December 13, 2013 - There will be no Volvo Factory tours on Monday, April 24, 2014 and on Friday, May 2, 2014.  Instead customers may view the Brand Experience Centre and learn about the history of Volvo and its longstanding concern for safety and the environment.

 

 

New Overseas Delivery Accessory Catalog

November 22, 2013 - There is a new Volvo Overseas Delivery Accessory Catalog.  The new edition includes items for the 2015 model year cars.  Be sure to review the catalog and select all of the accessories that you want included with your new Volvo when you pick it up in Europe. The new items and changes from the previous catalog are noted in "green".

 

 

Volvo releases new edition of award-winning Child Safety Manual

November 12, 2013 - Volvo has released the third edition of the company's book "Children & Cars - a Safety Manual'.  The award-winning manual helps parents all over the world make sure that their children travel safely in the car.  The new child safety manual can be downloaded here.

Volvo presented its first rear-facing child seat concept in 1967 - and the pioneering work to protect the youngest and most vulnerable occupants in an automobile has evolved ever since. vulnerable occupants in an automobile has evolved ever since.

The target group for child safety information is growing continuously. Every minute, somewhere in the world, there are new parents putting their precious newborn child in the car for the first time.

The importance of spreading the good word has been acknowledged by many over the years.  The Volvo child safety manual has received numerous recognitions, including the Swedish Publishing Award in 2007.

Urging parents to have small children travelling in a rear-facing seat remains a core principle also in the latest edition of 'Children & Cars - a Safety Manual'.

 

 

 

 

The 2014 Volvo XC90 earns TOP SAFETY PICK+ in IIHS crash tests

November 6, 2013 - In a testament to Volvo's longtime commitment to passenger protection, the 2014 Volvo XC90 luxury SUV earned a TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Institute's top safety award.

To earn TOP SAFETY PICK+, a car must pass a series of crashworthiness evaluations, including the small overlap front test - a real-life scenario that replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object.

In its evaluation of the XC90's performance, IIHS noted:

  • Good structural performance in the small overlap front test
  • Low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of high severity
  • Side torso and side curtain airbags both deployed.

"The XC90's structural performance was good in the small overlap front test, and the driver's space was maintained well," said IIHS in a released statement. "While many vehicles have had to undergo significant structural changes to earn good ratings in the small overlap test, the XC90 has had the same basic platform since 2003."

Since its launch, the XC90 has won acclaim from legions of satisfied customers while receiving many awards internationally. The XC90 upholds a legacy of safety, such as its pioneering introduction of the world's first Roll Stability Control.

An all-new XC90 will debut at the end of 2014 and go on sale in early 2015 featuring Volvo's next-generation safety and driver-support technologies, including Pedestrian Detection in Darkness and Road Edge & Barrier Detection with Steer Assist.

The XC90 is the third Volvo model to earn the TOP SAFETY PICK+ accolade since the Institute began testing for small overlap protection in 2012. The 2013 Volvo S60 and XC60 each earned the prestigious honor during earlier tests.

 

 

How many meatballs?

October 22, 2013 - One of the benefits of picking up your new Volvo at the Factory in Goteborg, Sweden is a free lunch at the Volvo cafeteria in Goteborg, Sweden. Popular menu choices for many Volvo Overseas Delivery customers are Swedish meatballs, potatoes and lingonberries. 

If you have already been or are planning on going to Sweden for a new Volvo - or if you have ate at the cafe in an IKEA store you might appreciate this Wall Street Journal story by Jens Hansegard about "IKEA's Path to Selling 150 Million Meatballs"

Although IKEA has over 300 locations around the world there is only one Volvo Factory Delivery Center (FDC).  It makes one wonder how many meatballs have been served to Volvo Overseas Delivery customers over the years?  That's a great question to ask the staff at the FDC when you receive your new Volvo in Sweden!

 

Goteborg a Cultural City Guide

October 16, 2013 - Goteborg, Sweden - the home town of Volvo is featured in a recent online version of an article by Lindsey McWhinnie in the travel section of the London Daily Telegraph newspaper. 

The author is impressed with Goteborg's vibrant arts scene and the revamping of its former shipbuilding district.  Her introduction to the many changes to Goteborg begins on a ferry taxi ride down the Gothia river in Sweden's second largest city. The Daily Telegraph "Goteborg Cultural City Guide" story includes several tips on places to eat and things to see and do when you are in Goteborg.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

A fantastic way to see Goteborg

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

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

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

 

Extensive Swedish accident research confirms Volvo is the safest car

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

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

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

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

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

 

Volvo reaches landmark Safety Milestone

August 2, 2013 - Last month global sales of Volvo cars equipped with pioneering auto braking systems including "City Safety" surpassed the one million mark - another milestone that confirms Volvo's world leading position within automotive safety.

Volvo Cars' technology for automatic braking includes several world firsts: City Safety (standard equipment on the 2014 Volvo S60, S80, XC60, and XC70 models), the optional Collision Warning with full auto brake; and the optional Pedestrian  and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake.

Recent reports stat that our ground breaking auto braking technologies help reduce the risk of being involved in a rear-end accident by more than 20 percent.  One million Volvos with auto brake on the roads take us towards our aim that nobody should be killed or suffer serious injuries in a new Volvo car by the year 2020." says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo Cars.

 

 

World class safety features for the next generation XC90 revealed

July 5, 2013 - Today Volvo revealed a number of user-friendly safety and support technologies that will be introduced in the all-new Volvo XC90 at the end of 2014. "We are introducing the first Volvos with autonomous steering to avoid accidents and make driving more comfortable," says Thomas Broberg, Volvo Cars Senior Safety Advisor. The new technologies for the upcoming Volvo XC90 will be tested by a number of international media representatives this summer. The technologies are:

 - Pedestrian Detection in darkness. A world first that makes the detection and auto brake technology work effectively also when driving in darkness. The technology includes detection and auto brake for other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

 - Road edge and barrier detection with steer assist. A feature that detects if the car is about to drive off the road and autonomously applies steering torque to bring the vehicle back on track. Being able to monitor where the physical road ends is a world first. This means that the technology also works on roads without side markings.

 - Adaptive Cruise Control with steer assist. A technology that helps the driver stay in the lane and follow the rhythm of the traffic. The new system automatically follows the vehicle ahead.

Watch a video about these and other industry leading Volvo safety technologies here.

 

The first Overseas Delivery 2014 Volvo S60!

July 3, 2013 - Here's a photo of the very first 2014 Volvo S60 delivered to a customer at the Volvo Factory Delivery Center in Goteborg, Sweden.

This Passion Red 2014 Volvo S60 T5 is equipped with the exterior styling kit and was delivered to Craig and his family on Monday, July 1, 2013.

--- Craig, thanks for sharing the picture of your new S60.  It was a pleasure helping you get a new Volvo and vacation in Europe.  I appreciate your business.  Enjoy your adventure and have a safe trip home to Illinois!

 

 

 

 

Scenic Sweden on a second Volvo journey

July 2, 2013 - Stories and photos from customers about their adventures in Sweden when they receive their new Volvo are always great to receive and share.  Here's a note and a nice photo from Peter about his second Volvo journey to Sweden.

"We had another great Overseas Delivery experience.  We drove about 1,000 miles from Goteborg to Uppsala. On to Oslo, Norway and then a wonderful drive back down the Swedish coast, stopping in Smoggen (shown in the photo), before returning to Goteborg.  

We met several other happy customers when we were turning in our S80 for shipping to America. We look forward to doing this again.

Thanks for all your help!

Peter in Pennsylvania

---Peter, it was a pleasure assisting you. Thanks again for your business and sharing a photo of your journey!

 

 

 

Happy 60th to the Volvo station wagon!

July 2, 2013 - USA and the Volvo station wagon have a celebration this month.  Besides America's birthday July 4, 2013 will be the 60th anniversary of the Volvo station wagon (or "estate" as it's known in Europe).  The Volvo Duett - Volvo's first production series station wagon and the starting point of the company's proud tradition of versatile wagons began on July 4, 1953.

To learn more about the history of the Volvo Duett take a look at this story and photos of the Duett.  Ten years ago the 50th anniversary of the Duett and Volvo station wagons was celebrated with a special Volvo gathering and caravan across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  Here's a recap and photos of the 50th anniversary event in California.

 

 

 

Happy Midsummer

June 21, 2013 - Happy Midsummer! Or as it's said in Swedish... Glad Midsommar!

The first day of summer is a special day in Sweden.  It is probably second only to Christmas as the most celebrated holiday for Swedes.

Midsummer marks the end of winter and the start of longer days filled with sunshine in Sweden. Traditions for this joyful and popular Swedish celebration include decorative maypoles, many flowers, and lots of singing and dancing.  Meals for the festive holiday include boiled potatoes with dill, sour cream, red onions, pickled herring, meatballs, salmon, strawberries, and schnapps.

 

 

Long Distance Traveler

June 21, 2013 - On June 30, 1966, Irv Gordon bought a new Volvo P1800.  Irv has driven that Volvo down just about every road in America on the way to logging nearly 3 million miles all in the same dependable car. And for every mile Irv has driven on his many road trips, there's a reason to believe...

Just ask anyone that drives a Volvo.

"There is so much to see and do in this country.  Unless you've had the opportunity to have a little taste of it, you really don't know what you are missing." Irv Gordon

Irv has drove his car in all of the lower 48 states and even had shipped it to Europe and toured the continent.  He plans on reaching 3 million miles somewhere in America's 49th state - Alaska.

Celebrate Irv Gordon's trek to 3 million miles in his Volvo P1800 by watching a video and learn more about Irv and his amazing car.

What's your reason to believe?

 


Delivery Locations

June 5, 2013 - Copenhagen, Denmark has returned as a delivery location.  Rome, Italy is no longer a delivery location.  The list of Volvo Overseas Delivery locations and delivery fees has been updated here.

 

 

20 years since the Volvo 240 went out of production

May 1, 2013 - This Sunday, May 5, 2013 it will be 20 years since Volvo's single best-selling model, the 240, went out of production.  Almost 2.9 million Volvo 240 series cars were made during the two decades the model was produced.

Initially criticized by some for having a boring and boxy appearance the popular car is affectionately called a "Swedish Brick" by fans. During its lifetime the 240 managed to set the international standard for both safety and environment, win the European Touring Car Championship and achieve status of yuppie cult car before it was discontinued in May 1993.  Read more about the history of the legendary Volvo 240.

 

 

 

                                           

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: April 18, 2014

Model Year 2015
2015 S60 T5 FWD *
2015 S60 T6 FWD *
2015 XC60 T5 FWD *

* Some of these pre-built 2015 Model Year cars may have additional incentives if ordered through the Tourist Program by April 30, 2014.  A buyer of one of these vehicles may also qualify for the 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 April 30, 2014." The additional hotel nights are applicable to the Radisson Blu in Goteborg, Sweden booked through the designated Volvo travel agency in connection with the pickup of a Tourist Program car on the confirmed delivery date.  Limited availability, restrictions apply.

Model Year 2014
2014 S60 T5 FWD **
2014 S60 T6 AWD **
2014 S80 3.2 FWD **
2014 S80 T6 AWD **
2014 XC60 3.2 AWD **
2014 XC90 3.2 AWD **


** Some of these pre-built 2014 Model Year cars may have additional incentives if ordered through the Tourist Program by April 30, 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 April 30, 2014."  The additional hotel nights are applicable to the Radisson Blu in Goteborg, Sweden booked through the designated Volvo travel agency in connection with the pickup of a Tourist Program car on the confirmed delivery date.  Limited availability, restrictions apply.

Model Year 2013
2013 XC70 3.2 FWD ***

*** These pre-built 2013 Model Year cars have additional incentives if ordered through the Tourist Program by April 30, 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 April 30, 2014."  The additional hotel nights are applicable to the Radisson Blu in Goteborg, Sweden booked through the designated Volvo travel agency in connection with the pickup of a 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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