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New Volvo S60 and V60 both receive 5 Star rating from Euro NCAP
December 8, 2018 -
The new Volvo S60 sedan and V60 wagon received the maximum
five-star rating in their 2018 Euro
NCAP (European New Car Assessment Program) safety tests,
continuing a five-star streak for the Volvo range of cars.
The 2018 Euro NCAP testing process was the toughest ever, with new and more demanding challenges on safety technology, including cyclist detection with auto-brake and emergency lane keeping. The V60 and S60 are among the safest cars tested under the program.
"This result proves that Volvo continues to be an industry leader in safety, constantly pushing the envelope in advancing new technology,” says Malin Ekholm, head of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre. "No matter which Volvo you choose, you can always be sure that you and your loved ones travel in one of the safest cars on the market.
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November 26, 2018 - It’s Cyber Mondayall week long at the Volvo Car Lifestyle Collection website. Volvo is making your life a little less complicated with shopping discounts to make gift giving a breeze. Score 25% off your entire order of Volvo merchandise. From bags, hats, drink ware and more - there is something for everyone on your gift list.
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Volvo XC40 and S60/V60 named finalists for Motor Trend annual awards
November 15, 2018 - The XC40, S60 and V60 are finalists for the 2019 Motor Trend awards, some of the most coveted in the auto industry. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles, California on November 26, 2018.
Volvo XC40 receives two awards from Kelley Blue Book
November 12, 2018 - The Volvo XC40is the Best New Model and Best Subcompact Luxury SUV for 2019, according to Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com, a trusted vehicle valuation and information resource.
"We are extremely proud to win two more awards for the XC40, especially these," said Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO, Volvo Car USA. "The people at Kelley Blue Book really know what they’re talking about. By bringing design, technology, and safety features from our larger SUVs Volvo can offer luxury subcompact buyers a great value in a great package."
The new XC40 is Volvo’s third all-new SUV since 2016 and
is focused on a fresh expression of Scandinavian design. The
XC40 is the smallest SUV offered by Volvo, preceded by its
largest, the XC90, the most awarded luxury SUV of the
century, and the mid-size XC60, the 2018 North American
Utility of the Year. The introduction of the XC40 completes
Volvo’s SUV range and offers three of the newest vehicles in
their respective segments.
"Shopping for a new car can be a daunting
task, and with hundreds of options to choose from, it is
hard to identify what vehicles earn top marks in pricing,
ownership costs, expert evaluation, consumer opinion and
more," said Brauer. The Best Buy Awards were designed to
help consumers shop with confidence by providing clear guidance on which
specific models for their next purchase.
Starting with more than 300 new models
available for 2019, Kelley Blue Book’s annual Best Buy
Awards are based on a year-long regimen of expert vehicle
evaluation and testing of nearly every new vehicle available
in America, along with analysis of a broad array of data,
including vehicle pricing, 5-Year Cost to Own data, consumer
ratings and vehicle sales information. To be considered for Kelley
Blue Book’s newest award, Best New Model, the vehicle must
be an all-new or redesigned and offer a strong value
proposition to consumers based on pricing, innovation, and
standard technology and safety features.
New XC40 named 2018 Compact Luxury SUV of Texas
October 19, 2018 - The Volvo XC40has been named Compact Luxury SUV of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) at its annual Truck Rodeo. The organization also presented the XC40 with the award for Best Connectivity.
These XC40 awards build on the previous success of Volvo at
the TAWA Truck Rodeo, with Best SUV honors for the XC90 and
XC60 in 2016 and 2017,
Volvo legacy at the rodeo dates back to 2002, when the
original XC90 was the first ever SUV to take home the
coveted Truck of Texas Award.
respectively. The Volvo legacy at the rodeo dates back to 2002, when the original XC90 was the first ever SUV to take home the coveted Truck of Texas Award.
"Volvo has a strong history with TAWA, and we are proud to receive this recognition for our newest crossover," said Anders Gustafsson, Senior Vice President Americas and President & CEO, Volvo Car USA. "The XC40 has been a great success for us, critically and commercially, contributing to our strong growth in the U.S. and around the world."
The first Volvo built on the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), the XC40 includes a range of ground-breaking technologies wrapped in a fresh, creative and distinctive package.
The 2018 Texas Truck Rodeo convened a total of 57 vehicles including SUVs, crossovers and commercial vehicles. Following two days of evaluation, 69 TAWA members cast their ballots to determine the winners, judging interior and exterior styling, performance, value and personal appeal.
Volvo unveils first solar energy installation at Ghent car factory
October 4, 2018 - For the firstime Volvo introduced solar energy into its global manufacturing. The installation of 15,000 solar panels at the Volvo car factory in Ghent, Belgium marks another step towards the company’s vision of having climate neutral global manufacturing by 2025.
Volvo helps students turn dreams into reality in South Carolina
October 3, 2018 - Volvo, tennis legend Stan Smith and the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance have partnered with world renown artists and designers to help students pursue their career dreams.
Inspired by the new Volvo XC40, these creators will use their vision and creativity to turn a limited number of iconic adidas Stan Smith tennis shoes into one-of-a-kind works of art.
The finished works will be auctioned off to benefit the Driving Young America charitable fund, as part of the #ArtMoves Exhibit at the 2018 Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance.
Driving Young America supports students seeking an education to pursue a career in design, engineering, performance, safety, service/repair, or restoration, in the automotive industry.
The live auction takes place the evening of Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala, which kicks off the weekend’s festivities at the Hilton Head Island Airport on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Artists and designers confirmed to participate are Robin Page, Senior Vice President of Design at Volvo Cars; Jay Ward, Creative Director at Pixar Animation Studios; and Jay Shuster, Production Designer at Pixar Animation Studios. Ward and Shuster were heavily involved in the successful Cars and Wall-E movies, respectively.
The auctioned artwork will be on display the weekend of November 3 - 4, 2018 alongside new and vintage Volvo cars on the 18th hole of the Port Royal Golf Club.
Concours attendees can learn the stories behind the art and Volvo autos from the artists and Volvo designers. Stan Smith will be signing his new book, “Stan Smith: Some People Think I’m a Shoe” and making appearances at the Volvo display throughout the weekend.
Waze and Google Maps are now both available with Apple CarPlay
September 26, 2018 - This week Waze, updated their
iOS app to fully support Apple CarPlay for iOS12 users. Waze is a GPS navigation system that works on smart phones and tablets. It provides turn by turn information and user supplied travel times and route details.
Apple CarPlay is ranked among the top features that customers want in their next vehicle. It comes standard on all 2019 Volvo cars.
CarPlay allows you to safely access a variety of phone applications while driving and puts them right in center Volvo Sensus screen.
With the release of the iOS12 update last week Apple is giving third party apps more flexibility and capabilities within CarPlay. For the first time, Volvo owners with iPhones can use Googe Maps or Waze for their navigation needs in addition to Apple Maps and the Volvo navigation system.
The list of Apple CarPlay compatible apps can be found here:
All new V60 Cross Country wagon revealed
September 25, 2018 - Today Volvo revealed the new Cross Country version of its V60 mid-size wagon. The rugged V60 Cross Country is the latest addition to the company’s line of new vehicles.
Like its V60 sibling unveiled earlier this year on the driveway of a Stockholm villa, the V60 Cross Country personifies the versatile Swedish family wagon. It adds the capability on and off the beaten track that has defined the Volvo Cross Country range since its introduction in 1997, taking the V60 from the suburb to the skogen (Swedish for forest).
"With the new V60 Cross Country, we take our Swedish family wagon from one natural habitat to another,” said Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. "We invented the Cross Country segment over 20 years ago and with this car, we reinforce our long-standing pedigree in safe, capable and versatile family cars.”
Ground clearance for the V60 Cross Country is up to 75 mm higher than the regular V60, thanks to the specially developed chassis and suspension that enhance the car’s off-road capability. All-wheel-drive is standard on the new V60 Cross Country, as are Hill Descent Control, Electronic Stability Control, Corner Traction Control and an Off-Road driving mode.
"The V60 Cross Country is every bit as refined as the other 60 and 90 Series cars based on our SPA platform," said Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars. “The added versatility makes it at home in town and country, thanks to a higher seating position, increased ground clearance and dynamic all-wheel-drive capabilities.”
The Volvo award winning City Safety with Autobrake is standard and assists the driver in avoiding potential collisions. It is the only system on the market to help recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals.
Pilot Assist supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80 miles per hour. Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems are standard. The optional Cross Traffic Alert with auto brake further enhances safety. These and other proven safety technologies make the new V60 Cross Country one of the safest cars on the road.
The Volvo Sensus Connect infotainment system is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G, and keeps drivers connected in urban areas or across the countryside. The intuitive tablet style touchscreen control combines car functions, navigation, connected services and in car entertainment apps.The new V60 Cross Country will be available with a T5 AWD powertrain for the USA. Mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants will follow later. To be notified when you can order your new V60 Cross Country via Overseas Delivery send an email.
Child Passenger Seat Safety Week Study: Parents feel the pressure making choices...
September 24, 2018 - Despite the joysof a new member to the family, an incredible 92 % of parents feel overwhelmed when researching child safety products, according to a wide-ranging survey of Americans, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo leading into Child Passenger Safety Week (September 23-29, 2018).
While more products and information exist than ever before,
this only adds to the pressure parents feel to make the
choices in a generation where nearly four in five believe
there are more potential threats to children’s safety than
there were just 10 years ago.
The full results are in How Becoming A Parent Changes Driving Forever, the latest in a series of reports from Volvo and The Harris Poll, exploring the changing relationship between Americans and their car. This edition studies American parents' preparedness for driving with young children, the overwhelming choices that new parents face, their knowledge of safety practices when driving while pregnant and using and installing car seats.
"Nothing is more important to parents than their children’s safety and despite the overwhelming options available, it's clear they are looking for more guidance and direction to ensure they are making the right choices," said Jim Nichols, Product, Technology & Brand Communications Senior Manager for Volvo Car USA. "Volvo wants to help new parents feel more secure and confident when traveling with their loved ones."
Improving child safety in automobiles has long been a
guiding principle at Volvo and is part of the automaker’s
"Vision 2020" platform which states that no one should be
killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020.
Through exhaustive research with practical innovation, Volvo is committed to continuous improvements that ultimately produce ultra-safe cars, highlighted by several world firsts including: the three-point safety belt (1959), child restraint prototype (1964), rearward facing child restraint on the market (1972), child safety booster cushion (1978) and many more.
This report is the fifth in a series from Volvo and Harris Poll designed to uncover insights into the American opinion across four themes: design, safety, technology and environment.
Volvo endorses G7 Ocean Plastics Charter and reducing plastics pollution
September 20, 2018 - This week Volvo joins the G7 Ocean Partnership Summit, one of the most important environmental summits in the world. Volvo is the only car maker to be invited to the G7 summit, underlining the company’s position as an industry leader in sustainability.
The summit in Halifax, Canada brings together
governments, businesses and NGOs (Non Governmental
Organizations). Volvo will endorse and support the G7 Ocean
Plastics Charter and will present its own sustainability
program in detail, including its recent Plastics Vision that
aims to dramatically increase the amount of recycled
material used in new Volvo cars.
Volvo has one of the most ambitious sustainability programs in the automotive industry, with the explicit goal of reducing and minimizing its environmental impact. Reducing plastic pollution and using more recycled materials is an important element of that strategy.
The G7 charter commits governments to take ambitious steps in addressing the global problem of ocean plastics pollution by promoting more recycled plastics and reducing plastics pollution. Volvo is the first and only car maker to endorse the charter.
"Our overall approach to sustainability actively supports the G7 Ocean Plastics Charter, making our endorsement of the charter a natural extension of that approach," said Maria Hemberg, Senior Vice President Group Legal and Chair of Volvo Cars' Sustainability Board.
Earlier this year the company announced that by 2025, it aims for at least 25 % of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car to be made from recycled material. To prove the viability of this, Volvo built a special XC60 T8 hybrid model to show that more recycled material can be incorporated in its cars without compromising on safety or quality.
The most recent edition of the Volvo Ocean Race
sailing competition also spotlighted the issue of ocean
plastics pollution. This focus was reflected in funding by
Volvo for marine health research as part of the Ocean Race
as well as dozens of successful beach cleaning events around
the globe, involving thousands of Volvo employees
Within the walls of its own facilities, Volvo is also committed to reducing plastics pollution. The company is in the process of removing single use plastics from all its offices, canteens and events across the globe by the end of 2019. Every year the program replaces over 20 million single use plastic items such as cups, food containers and cutlery with more sustainable alternatives, including biodegradable products made of paper, pulp and wood.
Volvo is committed to reducing the environmental impact of both its products and operations. In 2017, the company announced an industry leading commitment to electrify all new Volvo cars launched after 2019. This spring, Volvo reinforced this strategy, by stating that it aims for fully electric cars to make up 50 % of its global sales by the middle of the next decade.
In terms of operations, Volvo aims to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025. In January of this year, the engine plant in Skovde, Sweden, became its first climate neutral facility.
First Volvo car factory in America starts mass production
September 18, 2018 - Volvo started productionof the all-new S60 mid-size luxury sedan at the company's first American manufacturing site in Ridgeville, South Carolina. The 2019 S60 is the first Volvo car to be built in the USA. These first cars will arrive at American Volvo retailers later this year. Global distribution will begin in spring 2019.
"We’re proud to launch Volvo's first American made car,"
said Jeff Moore, Vice President, Manufacturing, Americas.
is dedicated to delivering the exceptional craftsmanship,
Scandinavian design and dynamic feel that defines the Volvo
is dedicated to delivering the exceptional craftsmanship, Scandinavian design and dynamic feel that defines the Volvo brand."
The South Carolina plant is the latest addition to Volvo's manufacturing footprint, which now covers all major continents where Volvo Cars operates. The company has two manufacturing plants and an engine plant in Europe, three manufacturing sites and an engine plant in China, and assembly plants in India and Malaysia.
The South Carolina factory encompasses 2.3 million square feet on 1,600 acres. It includes a body shop, paint shop, final assembly facility, vehicle processing center, office building and soon, the Volvo Cars University. Construction on the site started in 2015.
In 2021, the South Carolina facility will build the next generation XC90. With the two car lines, the plant will be able to produce up to 150,000 vehicles annually.
The Experience begins in Sweden
September 15, 2018 - Discover Volvo's award-winning Overseas Delivery program in a video of Kathleen and her daughter Sloan as they pick up their new XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid at the Volvo Factory Delivery Center in Goteborg, Sweden.
Watch the YouTube video and experience the thrill of receiving a new vehicle at the Volvo factory. Then join Kathleen and Sloan as they travel north to the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden where their adventure of a lifetime continues.
The Ice Hotel and the Tree Hotel in Harads, Sweden are both on Time Magazine's list of "World's Greatest Places 2018".
Design a Volvo S60 launch shirt for a chance to... Win a trip to Sweden!
September 6, 2018 - Volvo Cars and Blipshift, the producer of high quality, limited edition auto specialty shirts have gotten together to develop an S60 launch T-shirt contest.
This design contest offers Volvo fans and owners a chance to win a 2 night stay in Goteborg, Sweden - the home town of Volvo.
Look down the road. That's the future... Volvo has the way to get you there in the all-new S60 sedan and V60 wagon. While new Volvo cars have won numerous awards around the world... it's your time to do some winning with the "Charge Into The Future" tee shirt design contest.
What do you have to do? Take some inspiration from Volvo designers and think about how you want to charge into the future! Whatever technology, styling, safety feature, or performance aspect you like most about the new cars from Sweden, create an idea or design that celebrates that and submit it. For the person with the most charged submission, their design could become part of the S60 and V60 global media launch in Santa Monica later this year. Plus, the winner gets to go to Sweden! Click for all the details and to make your submission. The entry deadline is Sunday, September 16, 2018.
Report: Don’t Blame Millennials, Distracted Driving is Ageless
August 28, 2018 - Generation X* ismore likely to use their phone when driving than younger groups (Millennials* and Generation Z*) according to a recent survey of Americans, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo. The findings revealed an alarming majority of Americans still use their phone while driving (71%), and identified Gen-X (parents of Gen-Z) as the most prevalent distracted drivers.
driving is not unique to younger generations. In fact, it's
a problem we are seeing across generations and
demographics," said Jim Nichols, Product, Technology & Brand
Communications Senior Manager for Volvo.
Many of those surveyed feel there are more driving distractions today than there were five years ago. More than half of Americans (55%) feel the top threat to safety on the road is driving distracted, compared to driving under the influence (31%).
Additional highlights from the research included:
Volvo, the longtime leader in vehicle safety, is committed
to helping solve the
problem by integrating category leading features across
design, safety and comfort intended to reduce distraction
and protect drivers and others on the road.
Volvo cars include standard voice command capabilities and Bluetooth integration, allowing for hands free control and communication. With one of the most robust systems on the market, drivers are given hands-free control of media, navigation, temperature and more.
All of these functions contribute towards Volvo’s Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by year 2020.
This report is the fourth in a series from Volvo and Harris Poll designed to uncover insights into American opinion across four themes: design, safety, technology and environment.
Polestar software upgrade delivers more rear-wheel torque in all-wheel drive Volvo cars:
August 16, 2018 - Volvo has introducea new Polestar developed software upgrade that increases torque distribution to the rear wheels of Volvo cars equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD), for more dynamic driving.
The optimization software, developed by Volvo's new electric performance brand Polestar, increases the amount and frequency of torque distributed to the rear wheels, improving steering with enhanced turn-in, better control and engagement when cornering, and improved traction when pulling away, delivering a more engaging drive.
"We are always fine-tuning the driving
experience of Volvo cars and this upgrade makes the
all-wheel drive both smoother
and more dynamic," said Henrik Green, senior vice president
of research and development at Volvo Cars.
and more dynamic," said Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars.
The AWD optimization is engaged simply by selecting the Dynamic drive mode, or when Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is disengaged.
The new rear-wheel torque distribution adds another aspect to the Polestar software upgrade. The five existing areas include sharper throttle response, faster off-throttle response, quicker gear changes, optimized gearshift points and in-corner gear holding, as well as increased engine output.
The Polestar AWD optimization can be purchased for 90 series, 60 series and XC40 cars, from August 2018 onwards.
Applicable to all new Volvo cars built on SPA and CMA architecture from model year 2019 forward and equipped with all-wheel drive (excluding plug-in hybrid variants). Plug-in hybrid models, which feature an electric rear axle drive (ERAD) system that utilizes electric power only on the rear wheels, already provide a rear-drive bias and do not require further AWD optimization.
Polestar optimizations retain all Volvo factory warranties and are manufacturer approved.
Volvo Factory Delivery Center Christmas and New Year's Day holidays
August 15, 2018 - The Volvo FactoryDelivery Center (FDC) in Goteborg, Sweden will be closed Monday, December 24, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays. There will be no deliveries of cars to customers or dropping of off cars for shipment to America at the FDC during these dates. The FDC will reopen for deliveries of cars to customers and car drop offs on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
New Volvo Overseas Delivery order system / Order now to avoid two week wait
August 15, 2018- In September Volvo is transitioning to a new order system for the Overseas Delivery Tourist program. If you are planning to order a Volvo Overseas Delivery car in the next 30 days it is recommended that you submit your order by Thursday, August 30, 2018. There will be a period of time from August 30, 2018 through September 15, 2018 that Overseas Delivery Tourist program orders can't be submitted. The new Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist program order system is expected to be operational on or about September 15, 2018. If you are ready to order your Overseas Delivery Volvo now send an email today and avoid the expected two week wait for the new order system.
European Car of the Year - Volvo XC40 receives five star rating in Euro NCAP tests
July 18, 2018 - The Volvo XC40adds another accolade as it receives five stars and top ratings in its 2018 Euro NCAP tests.
This means the XC40 joins its larger siblings in the 60 and 90 series as one of the safest cars on the roads.
The 2018 Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) testing was the toughest ever with new and more demanding challenges on safety technology, including cyclist-detection with auto brake and emergency lane keeping systems. Overall, the new XC40 received the highest safety score among all cars tested under the new regime.
"The new XC40 is one of the safest cars on the market," said Malin Ekholm, head of Volvo Cars Safety Centre. "It comes standard with the largest offering of safety technology of any small SUVs, helping drivers detect and avoid collisions, remain safely in their lane and reduce the impact of accidentally running off the road."
All tested Volvo cars on sale today have received five stars in their respective Euro NCAP assessments. Last year, the XC60 was crowned the overall best performing large off roader and the best overall performer in the prestigious Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class safety awards. The XC90 received the same accolade in 2015. Watch an impressive video of the XC40 tests.
In March, the XC40 was named 2018 European Car of the Year, the first Volvo to win this prestigious award, and it has since been one of Volvo's top sellers. Volvo will expand XC40 production at its manufacturing facilities in both Europe and China to meet the overwhelming demand for the car.
New Overseas Delivery XC40 accessory list
July 6, 2018 - The Overseas DeliveryXC40 accessory list has been updated. New items include an Exterior Styling Kit and a Protective Plate. The expanded catalog can be seen here. Items in the accessory list can be added to your Overseas Delivery XC40 order and be with the car when you receive it at the factory in Sweden.
Volvo launches mobility brand M
July 6, 2018 - This week Volvo launched M, a new
brand expanding the company's global mobility operations by
providing dependable, on-demand access to cars and services
through an intuitive app.
Moreover, M will learn about its user's needs, preferences and habits, personalizing the customer relationship. It will debut in Sweden and the US in the spring of 2019.
"Volvo Cars is becoming more than just a car company. We recognize that urban consumers are rethinking traditional car ownership. M is part of our answer. We are evolving to become a direct-to-consumer services provider under our new mission 'Freedom to Move'," said Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars president and chief executive.
M is developing proprietary learning technology that asks users about their specific needs instead of merely informing them where they can pick up a car.
"The services currently available mainly offer alternatives to a taxi or public transit," said Bodil Eriksson, CEO of Volvo Car Mobility. “We’re focused on the way people use the cars they own, which sets us apart. We aim to provide a real alternative to that experience. It should enable us to live life on our terms, getting things done and maximizing precious time. We see the opportunity to offer a premium experience."
In addition to a team of experienced software engineers, M draws on 20 years of experience and data from Sunfleet, Volvo’s car sharing pioneer. Sunfleet is the leading car sharing company in Sweden with 500,000 annual transactions and a fleet of 1,700 cars. It will be fully integrated into M in 2019, making the service available to all existing Sunfleet members.
"Mobility is undergoing a fundamental transformation and Volvo Cars is leading that change. The launch of M creates new sources of revenue for Volvo Cars and will be integral to the company’s ambition to build more than 5 million direct consumer relationships by the middle of the next decade," said Mr Samuelsson.
"Stockholm, Sweden, will serve as M's base of development and where we already conduct extensive testing. A broader Beta test will take place this autumn," said Ms Eriksson. More information about M services will be released later this year. Visit the M website
New Luxury demands less clutter
July 1, 2018 - An overwhelming number(85%) of Americans are seeking to declutter their lives and spaces, with 91% of Americans feeling better when their homes and vehicles are decluttered and simplified, according to a new survey of Americans conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo Cars.
The full results of this poll are published in "Volvo Reports: Decluttering the State of Luxury", the third in a series of Volvo Reports from Volvo Cars and Harris Poll, which explore the ever changing relationship between Americans and their car. This edition focuses on the shifting state of luxury amongst Americans, who are rethinking their attitudes toward possessions and taking a new approach to modern luxury purchases.
"While possessions and extravagance were once the driving forces behind luxury purchases, Americans are now actively looking to declutter and simplify their lives," said Jim Nichols, Product & Tech Communications Manager for Volvo. "Volvo has always promoted Scandinavian design that focuses on beauty and functionality while putting the user experience first."
Many of those surveyed noted the presence of too much stuff in their lives and equated a modern luxury lifestyle to removing excess, alongside beautiful and functional design. A few additional highlights from the research include:
82% of Americans believe people have too much stuff (84% of car owners feel this way).
60% of Millennials say their lives feel more cluttered than they did 10 years ago (Compared to 48% of all Americans).
62% of parents feel the need to declutter their vehicles more than other spaces (Compared with 46% overall).
68% of Americans believe when it comes to modern luxury, less is more.
88% feel modern luxury should be both beautiful and highly functional.
61% agree that Scandinavian design is a sign of modern luxury. (Compared to 10 years ago, modern luxury is more inclusive and transparent (64%) and minimalistic (63%).
High income Americans are more likely to value visual design cues on interior materials (70%) and trim features (50%).
Taking cues from its Swedish roots, Volvo's view of luxury
is human-centric. Life is complicated enough. Luxury is
striking an ideal balance between beauty, functionality and
usefulness, putting people at the center of everything the
This includes a design philosophy featuring clean lines, less clutter and meticulous attention to detail creating an environment that is healthy and soothing in every sense, from the feel of the seats to the distinct smell in every Volvo. Technology isn’t introduced simply for technology's sake - Volvo's Sensus system utilizes an intuitive touchscreen without the clutter of buttons, but also allows for upgrades and functions to be added after the purchase.
The recently introduced XC40 is the latest example of Volvo's luxury philosophy in action, building upon research that found drivers in this segment in need of more versatility and storage space. Within the XC40, Volvo introduced new smart storage solutions designed to reduce clutter in the vehicle, including under seat storage drawers for easy access to wallets or parking cards, a trash bin for common clutter and roomier door bins, perfect for securing laptops or tablets. A wireless charging pad in the front of the console, reducing the need for cables within the car interior.
New York Times article about "36 Hours" in the hometown of Volvo
May 20, 2018 - Today's edition ofthe New York Times has a nice story about Goteborg, Sweden the hometown of Volvo. The article is part of the "36 Hours" series from the Times travel writers - providing readers with information about "What to do when you have 36 hours to see a city". This interesting review of the second largest city in Sweden by Ingrid Williams can be seen here.
The story concludes with a link to some great suggestions from Alan Henry on what to pack for your visit to Goteborg, Sweden.
Extreme Cross Continental Road Trip in all-new Volvo XC40
May 15, 2018 - A trio of Brazilianjournalists have completed a cross continental drive from Itajai, Brazil to Newport, Rhode Island in just 20 days. Caca Clauset and his team braved border agents, ferries, and over 10,000 miles in a new Volvo XC40 during the same time that participants in the Volvo Ocean Race sailed between the two ports in South America and North America.
"It has been an incredible journey in an incredible car,
"said Caca Clauset, former rally driver and the leader of
this special XC40 drive team, "we’d like to do another
11,000 miles in this car!"
One of the stops of the Ocean Race competition is the port of Itajai. From there, the Ocean Race departs for Newport, Rhode Island, in a 20-day non-stop phase. The challenge of Caca Closet and his team, was to get to the American city by land, leaving at the same time as the sailing ships in the race and arriving at the same time as the ships in Newport, Rhode Island.
The XC40 that completed the drive was an unmodified car driven directly off a Volvo dealer's lot. The vehicle went from the Atlantic Ocean, to the Pacific Ocean and then back to the Atlantic Ocean. The team traveled through 14 countries and handled the challenging highways of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico and others navigating heights ranging from sea level to 18,000 feet.
During the entire trip the vehicle experienced only one small inconvenience, a tire puncture. The biggest challenge for the journey was bureaucracy, passport detainments and even police surveillance and inspections.
"The car handled everything we threw at it." Said Clauset "Through tough terrain or city congestion, the car was calm, collected and comfortable."
The XC40 will be on display in Newport, Rhode Island during the Volvo Ocean Race celebration event from May 17 through May 20, 2018.
More Americans Find Daily Zen in Driving Instead of Doing Yoga
May 2, 2018 - In a wide rangingsurvey of Americans, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo, 75% of respondents are seeking more ways to find calm amid the increasing stress in their lives, while surprisingly finding more daily serenity on their drive (20%) than while doing yoga (14%).
The full results are published in Finding Calm in the Commute, the second in a series of Volvo Reports from Volvo Car USA and Harris Poll, which explore the ever changing relationship between Americans and their car.
"Stress levels are undoubtedly rising, and now more than ever, Americans are looking ways to rebalance and relax, particularly while driving," said Jim Nichols, Product & Tech Communications Manager for Volvo Car USA. The daily commute is often the only 'me time' people get and Volvo has long believed it is best to maximize the time so it makes sense to all that are in the car.
Many of those surveyed indicated they are turning to their vehicles as their sanctuary from the day's stress. A few additional highlights from the research include:
94% of Americans believe serenity is important
76% of working Americans have a stressful commute; 33% of them are searching for serenity during their daily commute
Stress is amplified as drivers' commutes lengthen, not just
while driving, but also around juggling other life
Those who commute 30-60 minutes are most likely to report
higher levels of daily stress than they felt a year ago (71%),
surpassing both parents (67%) and millennials (70%) .
Amongst these commuters (30-60 minutes), 81% wish they had more time to relax during their daily drive.
Americans are willing to sacrifice for a calmer commute:
1 in 4 would give up social media for a month (24%)
1 in 5 would stretch their budget to buy a more relaxing vehicle (15%)
84% say they feel more relaxed in their own vehicles compared to using mass transit
Top features that would help commuters relax in the car:
Comfortable seats (52%), Seats that optimize posture (40%), Better noise insulation (31%), Air filters that prevent smells/pollutants (27%), Automated safety features (26%), Better selection of music, podcasts and other audio (26%)
And it's not just drivers who are feeling the pain:72% of passengers find the riding experience stressful.
For more than 90 years, Volvo has embraced putting people at
the center of everything the brand does as the core
foundation for its business, products and design strategy.
Volvo’s design approach is heavily influenced by modern
Scandinavian design, combining modernist sensibilities with
traditional techniques for a look that is free from excess
and uses natural materials in a bold, simple way.
foundation for its business, products and design strategy. Volvo’s design approach is heavily influenced by modern Scandinavian design, combining modernist sensibilities with traditional techniques for a look that is free from excess and uses natural materials in a bold, simple way.
Design features are meticulously crafted to provide a
feeling of calm and relaxation. Large windows and panoramic
roofs help bring in natural light, harkening back to the
company's Scandinavian heritage which desires open spaces.
Warm, tactile materials create the sensation of being in a
comfortable home. Helping drivers find serenity in their
vehicle is also part of Volvo's longstanding innovation with
ergonomically designed seats in every model, built on
insights from orthopedic surgeons to help maximize comfort
Midsummer in Sweden
April 26, 2018 - Summer will behere soon. Midsummer is annual Swedish holiday devoted to eating, drinking, dancing around a pole, flowers in your hair, and many other rituals. It is second only to Christmas as an important celebration in Sweden. Originally a June 24th holiday, Midsummer's Eve is now celebrated from June 20th to June 25th.
Experience these festive activities watching /span> the "Swedish Midsummer for Dummies".
2019 XC40 brochure
April 16, 2018 - An online brochurefor the all-new 2019 Volvo XC40 is now available and can be viewed here. Please note this brochure is a large pdf file that may take a little while to open for you to view.
Volvo Home Shipment brochure and drop off locations updated
April 4, 2018 - The Volvo HomeShipment brochure has been updated. It is a guide to shipping your new Volvo back to America from
The list of drop off locations and drop off fees have also
been updated. To
view the new list of cities in Europe where you may drop off
your Volvo for shipment to the USA and the fees for each
location visit the
Model Year 2019 Tourist program specifications available - Orders now being processed
April 3, 2018 - Model Year
2019 Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist program
specifications and provisional pricing has been released for
the V90, V90 Cross Country, V90 Cross Country Ocean Race,
XC90 and XC90 Excellence and can be seen
here. Tourist program orders can now be submitted
for these models with provisional price protection.
With provisional price protection if the actual Model Year
2019 base price is lower than the provisional base price you
will pay the lower actual price.
If the actual price is higher, you only pay the
NOTE: Only the Base Price is protected.
Tourist program specifications for the all-new XC40 have been updated to include the Inscription trim. In addition details are available and orders can now also be submitted for the XC40 T4 FWD (Front Wheel Drive) models. The new XC40 information and can be viewed here.
Request info on how to submit your 2019 Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist program order with provisional price protection. The first deliveries will begin at the factory in Sweden later this summer.
Overseas Delivery specifications and prices for the all-new V60 and V60 Cross Country wagons should be released later this year. Send an email to be notified when you can order your V60 or V60 Cross Country via the Tourist program.
Note: The 2019 Volvo S90 and XC60 models will not be available via the Overseas Delivery Tourist program.
XC40 makes cinematic debut in new Tomb Raider movie
March 16, 2018 - The all-new XC40 will be seen in the new Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures movie, Tomb Raider. The epic action film hits cinemas today just ahead of the launch of the Volvo XC40 in the USA.
Tomb Raider sstars Academy Award
winner and Goteborg, Sweden born actress Alicia Vikander as
the young and resolute
Lara Croft, who, against the odds and armed with only her
sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit, must
learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into
the unknown. If Lara survives this perilous adventure,
it could earn her the name
Lara Croft, who, against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit, must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If Lara survives this perilous adventure, it could earn her the name tomb raider.
"We’re very excited for the Volvo XC40 to have its film debut with Tomb Raider," said Bob Jacobs, Vice President, Volvo Car USA. “One of the things we love about the film is Lara Croft's character: bold, surprising and always ready for adventure, just like the Volvo XC40."
The XC40 is focused on a new expression of Scandinavian design with style, innovative technologies and fun to drive characteristics. Whether on a city cruise or an exhilarating adventure, this fully capable SUV is intuitive, a pleasure to drive and beautiful to behold.
The car featured in Tomb Raider is a UK specification Crystal White Volvo XC40 R-Design, albeit with the steering wheel on the other side of the car.
XC40 wins 2018 European Car of the Year
March 5, 2018 - The all-new Volvo XC40 small SUV has been named the 2018 European Car of the Year ahead of the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.
"Winning this award with our new XC40 is perfect timing,"
said Hakan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars.
"Volvo now has three globally available SUVs for the first
time. The XC40 will be a strong contributor to further
growth, taking us into a new and fast growing small SUV
The XC40 win means that the complete line of new Volvo SUVs have each been named Car of the Year in either Europe or North America. Both the large XC90 and mid-size XC60 were awarded the North American Truck/Utility of the Year title in the past two years.
New V60 revealed in Sweden
February 21, 2018 - Today Volvorevealed the new V60 mid-size premium wagon, underlining the Swedish company’s position as a maker of cars that combine good looks with everyday practicality.
The car was launched in its natural habitat - the driveway of a family home in Stockholm – highlighting the Volvo pedigree in family cars and pinpointing how the V60's versatile design caters to the diverse needs of modern family life.
Few car makers can match the Volvo history and
credibility in making well designed, practical and versatile
wagons. Here's the V60
Here's the V60 intro video.
"The family estate driver is an important customer for our business and has been for generations," said Hakan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. "The new V60 honors that tradition, but also takes it much further."
The new V60 shares the Scalable Product Architecture
(SPA) platform with the award winning XC60, S90, V90, V90
Cross Country and XC90 models, which have been the force
behind the company’s record breaking global sales in recent
years. Watch a
design video for the new V60.
Watch a design video for the new V60.
The SPA based V60 introduces a luxurious interior, increased levels of space, advanced connectivity, plus the latest Volvo driver support systems and other safety technology. Check out the versatility of the V60 in this video.
The new V60 reinforces Volvo’s standing as the industry
leader in safety. A
comprehensive list of safety features come standard,
including advanced driver support making the new V60 one of
the safest cars on the road. Learn why the V60 is a
driver's car in this video.
Learn why the V60 is a driver's car in this video.
City Safety uses automatic braking and detection systems to assist the driver in avoiding potential collisions. It is the only system on the market to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world first, City Safety now also engages auto braking to mitigate oncoming collisions.
The Pilot Assist system - which supports the driver with
steering, acceleration and braking on well marked roads up
to 80 mph - has been upgraded with improved cornering
performance. The V60 also includes Run-off Road Mitigation,
Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems. The
optional Cross Traffic Alert with auto brake further
improves safety for people inside and outside the car.
See the V60
technology in this video.
See the V60 technology in this video.
The Volvo Sensus infotainment system is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G. It keeps drivers connected at all times. The system is controlled via an intuitive touch screen combining car functions, navigation, connectivity and entertainment apps.
When Overseas Delivery specifications and prices for the 2019 Volvo V60 are released they will be posted on this website. Send an email today to be notified when you may order your new V60 via Overseas Delivery.
Volvo Overseas Delivery Model Year 2018 orders have ended
February 20, 2018 - Volvo Overseas Delivery sales for the 2018 Model Year have exceeded expectations. The program sold out of cars sooner than expected. As of today the only Model Year 2018 Overseas Delivery cars available are pre-built vehicles (a list of models currently available is at the bottom of this page).
Specifications and provisional Overseas Delivery Tourist program pricing for the 2019 Volvo Model Year should be released and posted on this website within the next thirty days.
Designed for generations
February 19, 2018 - Inspired by our heritage Volvo is
excited to introduce a classic for a new generation.
Volvo cars have been enjoyed, shared, and held fondly in the memories of drivers and passengers for decades. In creating the all-new Volvo V60, we’re updating our legacy for a new generation to remember.
The all-new Volvo V60 is coming soon.
It will debut in Sweden on February 21st and will be
displayed in Switzerland at the Geneva Motor Show next
The all-new XC40 in Madrid
February 19, 2018 - Last week I was fortunate to travel to Madrid, Spain to participate in the Volvo Cars XC40 Drive Lab. This special event was for members of Volvo Diplomat, Expatriate and Military sales program.
Your Volvo Overseas Delivery specialist, William Marks was at this XC40 gathering in Madrid along with other Volvo Diplomat / Expatriate / Military sales agents from over 20 countries around the world including Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and the United States of America.
At the XC40 Drive Lab we learned about the new compact SUV from Sweden and it's innovative features and benefits.
There were classroom sessions with both Momentum and R-Design XC40 models to explore and ask the Volvo factory reps questions about. We were also able to compare the new XC40 to competitive compact SUV models from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover and Mercedes.
The XC40 has been designed with some very creative storage solutions throughout the vehicle. Take a look this photo to see all of the luggage that will fit in the back of the XC40 under the removable cargo cover with the rear seats in the upright position. The cargo cover is cleverly designed to flip over and be stored under the cargo floor of the XC40 when it is not needed.
The first day of the XC40 Drive Lab included an evening drive through downtown Madrid with stops for food and beverages at historic sites in the capital city of Spain.Our first stop was Platea Madrid...
Platea Madrid is as original as it gets. This revolutionary
gourmet space, located in a former cinema at Plaza de Colon
Madrid, is the home to some of the best restaurants in the
country. In other words, the perfect place to enjoy some
local tapas. They were excellent!
They were excellent!
In this photo taken from inside an XC40 we are following another XC40 on our cruise through the streets of downtown Madrid.
Our next destination was Plaza Mayor...
Plaza Mayor - This fantastic plaza was designed by Juan Gomez de Mora in 1619. It’s built in typical Herrerian style, which is famous for the absence of decor. Today it’s a major tourist attraction and is visited by locals when celebrating San Isidro, the patron saint of Madrid.
At Plaza Mayor we were amazed at the flurry of activity
on a week day evening as we strolled across the cobblestone
through this historic location. While we were at Plaza
Mayor we went to Chocolateria San Gines for chocolate and
churros. This quaint cafe has been serving locals and
tourists since 1894.
At Plaza Mayor we were amazed at the flurry of activity on a week day evening as we strolled across the cobblestone through this historic location. While we were at Plaza Mayor we went to Chocolateria San Gines for chocolate and churros. This quaint cafe has been serving locals and tourists since 1894.
O ur colorful caravan of XC40s
finished the journey through Madrid driving to the garage at
the event hotel - Hotel Puerta America Madrid. The
garage had a range of Volvo models for us to explore
including several XC40s, the luxurious Excellence versions
of the S90 sedan and XC90 SUV, and a V90 Cross Country Ocean
ur colorful caravan of XC40s finished the journey through Madrid driving to the garage at the event hotel - Hotel Puerta America Madrid. The garage had a range of Volvo models for us to explore including several XC40s, the luxurious Excellence versions of the S90 sedan and XC90 SUV, and a V90 Cross Country Ocean Race.
The evening ended on the top floor of the hotel in the
Skynight Lounge, one of Madrid's best known terraces with
spectacular views of the city. There was even more
wonderful food and beverages for us to enjoy.
The evening ended on the top floor of the hotel in the Skynight Lounge, one of Madrid's best known terraces with spectacular views of the city. There was even more wonderful food and beverages for us to enjoy.
The second day we boarded a bus
and headed to the race track...
boarded a bus and headed to the race track...
Circuito del Jarama (Jarama Race) is where we gathered
for the second day of the .
This venue is
in San Saebastian de los Reyes, north of Madrid.
Circuito del Jarama (Jarama Race) is where we gathered for the second day of theVolvo Cars XC40 Drive Lab
. This venue is
in San Saebastian de los Reyes, north of Madrid.
The track was built in 1967 and has hosted Formula One
Spanish Grand Prix, motorcycle and World Touring Car
The track was built in 1967 and has hosted Formula One Spanish Grand Prix, motorcycle and World Touring Car championships.
At the Jarama Race facilities we would learn more about the on-road and off-road capabilities of the new compact Swedish SUV both in the classroom and from behind the steering wheel driving the XC40 and competitive compact SUV models from other European car companies.
Our guides and driving instructors at the track are professional European race car drivers so their insight and experience on the course was very helpful in conveying the capabilities of the XC40.
The Volvo Cars XC40 Drive Lab was educational, enlightening and entertaining.
Madrid's people, food and city were marvelous, magnificent and memorable.
And the XC40 in just two Spanish words is - Muy Bien!
All New XC40 - Product Walkaround Video
February 8, 2018 - Watch an XC40 product walkaround video with Louiza Atcheba the Volvo XC40 brand manager.
Volvo and The Petfinder Foundation
February 7, 2018 - Volvo is partneringwith The Petfinder Foundation at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show to raise awareness of pet safety in cars and prevent the euthanasia of adoptable pets. Pet adoptions will take place the evening of February 9th at the Charity Preview Gala, and Saturday, February 10th, when the auto show opens to the public.
Volvo Factory - No Tour Days - Summer 2018
February 1, 2018 - This summer theVolvo Factory in Goteborg, Sweden will be closed to tours from Monday, July 16, 2018 through Friday, August 10, 2018. During this time Overseas Delivery cars will still be delivered to customers in Goteborg but there will not be any tours of the Volvo Factory.
Instead customers may explore the Volvo Cars Brand Experience Centre. At the Volvo Cars Brand Experience Centre visitors see, hear and learn about the long history of Volvo and its holistic commitment to safety and the environment around the world.
All Overseas Delivery Model Year 2018 XC60 models Sold Out
January 22, 2018 - All Model Year 2018 XC60 models allocated to the Overseas Delivery program have been sold.
Delivery Model Year 2018 XC90 T8 hybrid models Sold Out
January 22, 2018 -
All of the Model Year 2018 XC90 T8 AWD plug-in hybrid models
allocated to the Overseas Delivery program have been sold.
The Volvo XC60 is 2018 North American Utility of the Year
January 16, 2017 - The Volvo XC60 is the 2018 North American Utility of the Year. It is the second Volvo in three years to win the coveted award after the XC90 won in 2016. The announcement was made yesterday at the press conference for 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.
The Volvo XC60 raises the bar for safety and driver assistance systems in compact utility vehicles, and does it in a package that exudes Scandinavian design," said Mark Phelan, president of the North American Car of the Year Awards organization."We are so proud the XC60 has won this prestigious award," said Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars USA. "It is a very tough competition and we thank all the judges for recognizing the great style, technology, and engineering in the XC60."
Overseas Delivery 2018 S60 and S60 Cross Country models Sold Out
January 15, 2018 - All of the 2018 S60 and S60 Cross Country models allocated to the Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist program have been sold. When the Volvo S60 and S60 Cross Country models become available again via the Overseas Delivery tourist program an update will be posted here.
Limited number of 2018 XC60 models available for Overseas Delivery
January 15, 2018 - Demand for the 2018 XC60 has been very high and the supply of vehicles low. Volvo has a limited number of 2018 XC60 models that are still available via Overseas Delivery.
All 2018 XC60 T8 hybrid models allocated to Overseas Delivery have all been sold.
Orders for XC60 T5 AWD and T6 models can still be submitted at this time. However your Overseas Delivery 2018 XC60 T5 or T6 order needs to be submitted by the week of February 19, 2018 if you would like to receive your car and trip to Europe.
In addition to the urgency in submitting your XC60 order please note that some colors, packages or options may become unavailable between now and before Overseas Delivery orders have ended for the 2018 XC60.
At this time these are the items that are no longer available for the 2018 XC60:
- Bright Silver and Crystal White exterior colors
- Driftwood and Linear Lime interior inlay decor trim
- Optional 20" 5 double spoke wheels (order code 1011)
Special event for V90 Cross Country Ocean Race customers
December 19, 2017 - Volvo Overseas Delivery has set up a special opportunity for V90 Cross Country Ocean Race edition customers.
Newport is one of the host cities for the 2017 - 2018 Volvo Ocean Race around the world. Volvo has secured hotel space at the beautiful Gurney's Resort & Spa in Newport, Rhode Island. An Overseas Delivery V90 Cross Country Ocean Race customer will receive three hotel nights at Gurney's Resort & Spa on May 17 - 19, 2018 (Thursday / Friday / Saturday).*
+ All hotel expenses paid (except for incidentals)
+ Airfare or car reimbursement
+ VIP access to the Ocean Race Village along with all planned activities
+ (Additional details will be forthcoming)
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of a fantastic event.
* Note: This offer replaces the travel to Goteborg, Sweden
The first 10 customers to order a V90 Cross Country Ocean Race and indicate their desire for this fantastic trip will receive the special event offer. To order your V90 Cross Country Ocean Race via Overseas Delivery and take advantage of this opportunity send an email today.
Overseas Delivery Accessory catalog for the all-new XC40
December 8, 2017 - An Overseas DeliveryAccessories catalog is now available for the all-new 2019 Volvo XC40. View the catalog and select the items that you want included with your Overseas Delivery XC40 order here.
The S90 is no longer available via Overseas Delivery
December 4, 2017 - As of
today the 2018 Volvo S90 is no longer available via Overseas
Delivery. When the S90 sedan becomes available again
via the Overseas Delivery program an update will be posted
Pre-built vehicles available via Overseas Delivery
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