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Volvo designed 3 point safety belt - 60 years of Saving Lives
August 15, 2019 - On August 13, 1959 the world's first car with standard three-point safety belts, a Volvo PV544, was delivered to the Volvo dealer in Kristianstad, Sweden. Over the next 60 years, the three-point safety belt has saved over one million lives around the world.
Pull out, stretch, click and pull taut. A simple movement of the hand and the belt is in place - at the same time as the risk of fatality or serious injury in a collision is cut by more than 50 percent.
To this day, the three-point safety belt remains the single most important safety feature in a motor vehicle. It is the most widely used and most significant safety innovation in the history of the automobile.
It is the belt that links together man and car. It is the belt that restrains the car's occupants in an impact. At the same time, the occupants are held in place in the car and do not risk being thrown around inside the passenger compartment or hurled out of the vehicle in more complex accident scenarios.
There is a saying that the simplest is often the best. However, it was only towards the end of the 1950s that the car safety belt evolved into its current design, thanks to Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin.
There were other belt types before that. Back in the 1930s, US doctors were beginning to impose demands that cars should be equipped with safety belts.
The two-point lap belt was the most common solution at the time. There were different variants available. The problem was that they did not protect their users sufficiently effectively, especially not at high speeds.
Former aviation engineer Nils Bohlin (pictured on the right) - before moving to Volvo he worked on the development of aircraft catapult seats, among other things - understood early on the forces generated in a collision.
The belt must absorb force in the right area - across the
pelvis and chest
where the body is strongest. And it must be easy to use and
where the body is strongest. And it must be easy to use and adjust.
The most important properties of Nils Bohlin's design were that the system consisted of a lap belt and a diagonal body belt, that the belt straps were anchored at a low attachment point beside the seat, that the belt geometry formed a "V" shape with the point toward the floor, and that the belt stayed in position and did not move under load.
In the Nordic market, the Volvo PV544 and Amazon 120 were the first cars to feature this world first innovation. Volvo was the first car maker to equip its cars standard with three-point safety belts. The invention was patented with an open patent which granted free use of the design.
A giant step towards increased safety had now been taken, but the three-point safety belt still did not achieve an immediate breakthrough. It would take another few years before the vast majority of customers and the rest of the automobile industry realized the safety belt's effectiveness as a lifesaver.
In 1963, Volvo launched the three-point safety belt in the U.S. market. Ahead of the launch, Volvo conducted sled tests and crash tests with cars featuring various types of safety belts. The results were crystal clear: Volvo's three-point belt gave by far the best protection to the car's occupants.
In 1967, Volvo presented a ground-breaking "Accident
Report" at an American traffic safety conference. The report
was based on data from collisions involving Volvo cars in
Sweden over one year. The results were crystal clear -
and the world finally began taking notice. The report showed
that safety belts saved lives and reduced injuries by about
Today the three-point safety belt is fitted to cars around the globe. Volvo introduced this feature as standard in both front and rear seats in 1967.
The modern safety belt is the cornerstone of the car's interior safety system, working alongside additional features such as airbags, belt pre-tensioners and force limiters.
The belt positions itself correctly in an impact - the pre-tensioner tightens the strap across the torso. It then gives at exactly the right moment so that the body can be restrained as gently as possible. All within nano seconds.
It is difficult to give an exact figure for how many
lives the safety belt has saved. There are no globally
coordinated traffic safety statistics. However, it is
estimated that more than a million people owe their lives to
the safety belt, and it has saved many times that number of
people from serious injury. For an interesting
perspective on these thoughts take a look at " an enlightening article by Douglas Bell .
For an interesting perspective on these thoughts take a look at "Volvo’s Gift To The World, Modern Seat Belts Have Saved Millions Of Lives"
an enlightening article by Douglas Bell
The three-point safety belt has been saving lives for 60 years - and it will continue to do so.
Remember... Nils Bohlin's favorite message: ''Don't forget to buckle up.''
Everyone in the car...every time!
Swedish license plates
July 29, 2019 - The red Swedish licenseplates provided with an Overseas Delivery purchase are a unique souvenir of the trip to the factory in Sweden to receive your new Volvo.
Swedish temporary (tourist) license plates have white text on a red background. They are used by the Swedish government as a temporary registration for both import and export vehicles. Just as with the standard Swedish license plates, they have three letters and three digits, but the expiration day and month are on the left and the expiration year is on the right.
After their Volvo arrives in America many Overseas Delivery customers keep the Swedish license plate underneath the rear U.S. license plate on their car. This is a way of informing others that you flew to Sweden to receive your new Volvo.
Many have personalized U.S. plates with the Swedish plate mounted underneath as shown in the two photos below.
The big red Swedish Tourist plates have also been attached to posters promoting special events for the Volvo Overseas Delivery program. Below on the left is a Overseas Delivery 'Formula 1 Driving Experience' poster from fifteen years ago for buyers of S60 R sedans and V70 R wagons. On the right is an Overseas Delivery '2013 - 2014 Winter Travel Offer' poster.
Often Volvo owners incorporate their Swedish plate into a creative collage that is displayed in their home. These collections stimulate stories to share with children, grandchildren, family and friends of a special Scandinavian journey.
Some tourist plates are even mounted on other Swedish vehicles. Such as this Husqvarna lawn and garden tractor...
will you do with the Swedish license plates from your new
Volvo that you receive at the factory in Sweden?
Volvo Car USA launches complimentary Tow for Life
June 4, 2019 - No matter what vintage Volvo you may drive, roadside towing is now available free of charge in America. Volvo Car USA is expanding the suite of complementary services available to Volvo owners with “Tow for Life”. This service works alongside the recently launched Volvo Car Accident Advisor.
“Tow for Life ensures that in the event of a breakdown, help is on hand no matter the age of the vehicle,” said Scott Doering, Head of Customer Service for Volvo Car USA, “It’s a commitment to all our customers that cars will be taken to experts who use genuine Volvo parts and repair methods. This will get the customer back on the road faster and provide assurance that the repair was done right.”
Towing is included as part of roadside assistance under the car’s warranty period. There is no additional fee to use Tow for Life for post-warranty customers. Customers can call for help through Volvo On-Call or via Volvo Customer Care at (800) 550-5658. Vehicle tows that are initiated through these channels will have their tow to a local Volvo retailer covered under the program.
Volvo and POC develop world-first car-bike helmet crash
June 3, 2019 - Volvo is teaming up with top Swedish sports and safety brand POC for a series of world-first crash tests of bike helmets against cars as part of a groundbreaking new research project that aims to further protect cyclists.
The partnership is the latest example of Volvo
leading in safety development and its ambition to improve
road safety for all through collaboration and knowledge
Accidents between bikes and vehicles can often lead to serious injury or death, which is why Volvo has a clear strategy to avoid these types of accidents completely with the help of active safety technologies.
Cyclist detection with full auto brake uses the car’s cameras and radars to detect cyclists, warn the driver of an imminent collision and apply the brakes if further action is needed. It is a development of Volvo automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection systems.
The research project consists of a number of specially designed crash tests at the Volvo safety facilities in Goteborg, Sweden. It is part of a wider research project to understand the types of long-term injuries sustained by cyclists.
During these tests, POC bike helmets worn by crash dummy heads mounted on a testing rig are launched towards areas of the hood of a static Volvo car, at different speeds and angles for various measurements.
The tests are based on existing regulatory
test procedures for pedestrian head protection. This allows
Volvo and POC to make a direct comparison between wearing a
helmet and not wearing a helmet.
Current bike helmet testing procedures are fairly basic, involving helmets being dropped from different heights on a flat or an angled surface, and do not take into account vehicle to bike accidents. The Volvo-POC project aims to further refine and advance such testing.
The results from the project will help POC make its helmets safer and more protective in the event of a car-bike accident, while the tests will also provide valuable insights for Volvo into these types of accidents.
“This project with POC is a good example of our pioneering spirit in safety,” said Malin Ekholm, head of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre. “We often develop new testing methods for challenging traffic scenarios. Our aim is not only to meet legal requirements or pass rating tests. Instead we go beyond ratings, using real traffic situations to develop technology that further improves safety.”
Watch a video about the Volvo and POC bike helmet test here.
New Volvo Car Accident Advisor
May 14, 2019 -
Volvo drivers will now have help at their fingertips in the
minutes following an auto accident, via their smartphones.
Volvo Car Accident Advisor is the first mobile,
post-accident experience that serves up emergency services
checklists, accident documentation, digital insurance claims
and repairs to keep drivers safe and informed
after a collision.
after a collision.
Volvo worked with CCC Information Services Inc., a leading provider to the automotive, insurance and collision-repair industries, to develop the service.
Accident Advisor will be available for model year 2015.5 and newer Volvo cars via the in-car SOS communications system. Volvo cars earlier than the 2015.5 model year can use the mobile service by calling Volvo Car Customer Care at (800) 550-5658 in the event of a non-injury accident. There is no cost for Volvo Car Accident Advisor.
“For years, Volvo has been immediately communicating with drivers and passengers as soon as a crash sensor is activated in the car to accelerate the emergency response process,” said Scott Doering, vice president of Customer Care, Volvo Car USA. “Now with Volvo Car Accident Advisor, the application can guide drivers on what to do next after the driver has confirmed to Volvo Customer Care that they are safe and without injury.”
After drivers contact Volvo Customer Care and confirm they
are uninjured and do not need emergency services, a link can
be sent to their phone for a web application that takes
drivers through important steps following an accident.
Volvo Car Accident Advisor will prompt drivers to capture
facts and photos of the accident scene, offer them the
option to digitally notify their insurer and to search for
collision repair shops, helping to speed claims handling,
reduce repair time, and better manage the overall
“We work hard with in-vehicle technology to eliminate or reduce the impact of crashes as much as possible,” said Doering. “In the event that an accident happens, we now have Volvo Car Accident Advisor that can walk Volvo owners through the entire process, from data gathering and insurance claim management all the way through collision repair. This program not only provides tremendous convenience, but will also help to ensure the car is repaired to Volvo’s stringent safety standards.”
Volvo Overseas Delivery Accessory Catalogs
May 3, 2019 - Overseas Delivery accessory catalogs for the 2020 Volvo Model Year are now available and can be seen at the Cars page. Review the list for your car and pick accessories that you want included with your Overseas Delivery Volvo.
Swedish holidays Volvo Factory closed dates 2019 and early 2020
April 19, 2019 - The Volvo Factory in Goteborg, Sweden is closed on the dates listed below for Swedish holidays. No cars will be delivered to customers on these days. In addition dropping off of cars for home shipment at the factory is also not available on these dates.
April 19, 2019 - Good Friday
April 22, 2019 - Easter Monday
May 1, 2019 - May Day
May 30, 2019 - Ascension Day
June 6, 2019 - National Day
June 22, 2019 - Midsummer Day
December 23 - 31, 2019 - Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve
January 1 - 6, 2020 - New Year's Day
Volvo earns a spot on 2019 Wards 10 Best Interiors list for all-new V60
April 19, 2019 - The all-new VolvoV60 wagon has been named one of the Wards 10 Best Interiors of 2019 by the editors at WardsAuto, a leading source of automotive intelligence. Each year, the Wards 10 Best Interiors list recognizes the industry’s top interior designs available. Wards’ editors look at every new or significantly redesigned interior with a focus on fit-and-finish, ergonomics, materials, comfort and aesthetics.
"In the Volvo V60 sport wagon, what’s old is new again as
the Swedish brand expertly weaves an upholstered plaid
interior that is visually stunning,
environmentally friendly and uniquely European. But beyond
the fabric, the V60 shines as the interior achieves a
soothing sense of design harmony with soft-touch surfaces
complemented by glistening hard trim. We felt this way three
years ago about the larger XC90 when it made the Wards 10
Best Interiors list and ushered in Volvo’s new interior
design language. We can’t wait to see the next interior
homerun from Goteborg."
environmentally friendly and uniquely European. But beyond the fabric, the V60 shines as the interior achieves a soothing sense of design harmony with soft-touch surfaces complemented by glistening hard trim. We felt this way three years ago about the larger XC90 when it made the Wards 10 Best Interiors list and ushered in Volvo’s new interior design language. We can’t wait to see the next interior homerun from Goteborg."
The V60, offered with a new city-weave textile interior, is the latest torchbearer in a long line of versatile Volvo cars. The V60 shares its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform with the award-winning XC60 SUV (named 2018 North American Utility of the Year and 2018 World Car of the Year), S60 sedan, and the 90 Series cars - S90 sedan, V90 wagon, V90 Cross Country wagon and the XC90 SUV.
Model Year 2020 Overseas Delivery specifications and prices available
April 9, 2019 - Overseas Delivery specificationsand prices for the 2020 Model Year have been released and are posted on the Cars page. Unlike the last few years there is no Overseas Delivery provisional pricing at launch. Orders for 2020 Volvo cars will begin with regular Overseas Delivery pricing. With the 2020 Model Year the base price of the vehicle is less than MSRP and so are the packages and options. This increases the savings of an Overseas Delivery purchase! However the $995 destination charge for a regular U.S. Volvo purchase is now also applicable to 2020 Overseas Delivery cars.
At this time the only delivery location for Overseas Delivery is the Factory Delivery Center (FDC) in Goteborg, Sweden. The other delivery locations in Europe previously offered are not available until further notice. Also until further notice there is no longer a $50 Goteborg city congestion charge if you drive your new Volvo off the factory grounds in Goteborg.
It is expected that submission of 2020 Volvo Overseas Delivery orders will begin the week of April 15, 2019. The 2020 Volvo S60 and S90 sedans are not available via Overseas Delivery. The 2020 XC40 T4, XC40 T5, XC90 T6 six seat models, XC90 T8 six & seven seat models, and V60 / XC60 Polestar Engineered models will have limited availability. Volvo is implementing a new order system for Overseas Delivery with the 2020 Model Year. Because of this there may be delays in processing of orders. Send an email to receive a worksheet and instructions on submitting your Overseas Delivery 2020 Volvo order.
Model Year 2020 Polestar Engineered versions of the V60 and XC60
April 3, 2019 - Volvo is adding 415 horsepower plug-in
hybrid electric variants of its award-winning XC60 mid-sized
SUV and all-new V60 mid-sized wagon to the 2020 Model Year
line-up within the "Polestar Engineered" trim.
The Polestar Engineered trim debuted on the 2019 Volvo S60. Similar to the S60, both the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered and V60 T8 Polestar Engineered offer performance expressions of each vehicles’ design, while enhancing crucial driving elements such as throttle response, braking and handling on the T8 Twin-Engine Plug-in Hybrid propulsion system.
"The introduction of the new Polestar Engineered trim on the S60 sold out online in under an hour,” said Anders Gustafsson, president and CEO of Volvo Car USA. "Polestar Engineered modifications to the XC60 and V60 offer an additional dose of performance to an already powerful, responsive and efficient vehicle."
Available in Summer 2019, the model year 2020 XC60 and V60 Polestar Engineered cars mirror enhancements found on the 2019 S60 T8 Polestar Engineered. Powertrain software has been optimized to provide faster access to torque and focus additional power to the rear wheels. This optimization allows the Volvo T8 Twin Engine Plug-in Hybrid to produce 415 horsepower and 494 lb-ft. of torque.
For enhanced suspension performance, Volvo partnered with Ohlins, a Swedish-based advanced suspension technology brand, that pioneered a dual flow valve technology in the struts, which responds quickly to road imperfections. An Ohlins front strut bar increases the stiffness of the car’s body, allowing for more precise and responsive control.
Unique six-piston brake calipers feature Polestar’s
trademark gold coloring and
are visible through lightweight forged alloy wheels. Wheel
designs are unique to the S60, V60 and XC60 to provide both
a muscular appearance and enhanced airflow to brake discs.
are visible through lightweight forged alloy wheels. Wheel designs are unique to the S60, V60 and XC60 to provide both a muscular appearance and enhanced airflow to brake discs.
The exterior design features a sporty character with integrated black chrome tail pipes, high-gloss black grille, wheel arch extensions and discreet Polestar Engineered emblems at the front and rear.
Inside the car is Polestar’s signature gold safety belts in
a charcoal color scheme with metal mesh aluminum panels. A
Nappa leather/open-grid textile upholstery combined with a
leather sport steering wheel and gear shifter combine
performance with luxury touches. A limited number
of T8 Polestar Engineered V60 and XC60 models will be
available via Overseas Delivery.
A limited number of T8 Polestar Engineered V60 and XC60 models will be available via Overseas Delivery.
Model Year 2019 Overseas Delivery orders have ended -
Model Year 2020 info coming soon
- Model Year 2020 info coming soon
March 28, 2019 - Volvo Overseas Deliveryorders for the 2019 Model Year have ended and can no longer be submitted.
Overseas Delivery specifications and prices for the 2020 Model Year should be released in a week or so. Volvo is creating a new order system for the Overseas Delivery program. Orders for 2020 Volvo cars via Overseas Delivery are expected to begin in mid April with deliveries at the factory in Sweden starting this summer.
Please note: The 2020 Volvo S60 and S90 sedans will not be available via Overseas Delivery.
Volvo to build new paint shop at factory in Sweden
March 28, 2019 - Volvo announced it will replace its
current paint shop at its factory in Sweden with a new one,
result in an expected reduction of paint shop energy
consumption and emissions by at least one third.
result in an expected reduction of paint shop energy consumption and emissions by at least one third.
This is in line with the company’s ambition to have climate neutral global manufacturing operations by 2025 and follows the 2018 solar panel installation at the company’s Belgium factory, and also in 2018, its engine plant in Sweden becoming the first climate-neutral facility in its global manufacturing network.
The Goteborg plant is the largest Volvo Cars manufacturing facility in terms of volume. It built 291,000 vehicles in 2018. It employs around 6,500. The new paint shop represents a multi-billion kronor investment. The new paint shop also illustrates the Volvo commitment to Sweden as a manufacturing base and its ambitious growth plans. Construction of the new paint shop begins in 2020.
Volvo to deploy in-car cameras and intervention against intoxication, distraction
March 20, 2019 - Volvo today announced a new step in its ambitions to end fatalities in its cars by addressing the issues of intoxication and distraction.
Apart from speeding, intoxication and
distraction are two other primary areas of concern for
traffic safety. Together, these three areas constitute the
main ‘gaps’ towards the Volvo vision of a future with zero
traffic fatalities and require a focus on human behavior in
the company’s safety work as well.
For example, figures by NHTSA show that in the United States, almost 30% of all traffic fatalities in vehicles in 2017 involved intoxicated drivers.
Volvo believes intoxication and distraction should be addressed by installing in-car cameras and sensors that monitor the driver and allow the car to intervene if a clearly intoxicated or distracted driver does not respond to warning signals and is risking an accident involving serious injury or death.
That intervention could involve limiting the car’s speed, alerting the Volvo on Call assistance service and, as a final course of action, actively slowing down and safely parking the car.
"When it comes to safety, our aim is to avoid accidents altogether rather than limit the impact when an accident is imminent and unavoidable," says Henrik Green of Volvo. Cameras will monitor behavior that may lead to injury or death.
Examples of such behavior include a lack of steering input for extended periods of time, eyes of drivers detected closed or looking off the road for extended periods of time, as well as weaving across lanes or excessively slow reaction times.
Volvo celebrates 60 years of sharing safety knowledge
March 20, 2019 - Volvo is making its safety knowledge easily accessible in a central digital library which it urges the car industry to use, in the interest of safer roads for all.
The announcement symbolizes the company's philosophy of boosting safety through sharing knowledge that helps saving lives. The announcement occurs on the sixty year anniversary of what may have been the most important invention in the history of automotive safety, the three-point safety belt.
Introduced by Volvo in 1959, the three-point safety belt is estimated to have saved over one million lives globally, not only in Volvos but in many other car brands, thanks to the decision by Volvo to share the invention in the interest of improving traffic safety. Since then it has continued to prioritize societal progress over financial gain alone.
To celebrate this milestone and to underline that its sharing tradition goes beyond patents and physical products, Volvo launches the E.V.A. Initiative The initiative embodies and celebrates sixty years worth of sharing research into car safety with the world, but also highlights a fundamental issue with inequality in terms of car safety development.
"We have data on tens of thousands of real
life accidents, to help ensure our cars are as safe as they
can be for what happens in real traffic," says Lotta
Jakobsson, professor and senior technical specialist at the
Volvo Cars Safety Centre. "This
means our cars are developed with the aim to protect all
people, regardless of gender, height, shape or weight,
beyond the 'average person' represented by crash test
means our cars are developed with the aim to protect all people, regardless of gender, height, shape or weight, beyond the 'average person' represented by crash test dummies."
The E.V.A. Initiative illustrates, based on Volvo research data as well as several other studies, that women are more at risk for some injuries in a car crash. Differences in anatomy and neck strength between the average man and woman mean that women are more likely to suffer from whiplash injuries.
Based on those studies and its own crash data, Volvo created virtual crash test dummies to better understand accidents and develop safety technologies that helps to protect both men and women in an equal way. The first resulting technology was WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System) introduced in 1998 that has contributed to the unique look of Volvo seats and head restraints.
The idea of prioritizing societal progress still drives Volvo safety development work. It develops new technology not to only meet safety standards or pass regulatory tests, but because its own research data shows where safety can be improved.
In the 1980s, Volvo started to focus on side impacts, after its data showed that too many people were injured in such accidents due to the short distance between impact and occupant. This resulted the side impact protection system (SIPS), side airbags and inflatable curtains. These Volvo innovations now form an industry standard.
March 20, 2019 - Today Volvo revealed the Care Key, allowing a Volvo owner to set a speed limit for themselves, family members or friends. The Care Key will come as standard on all Volvo cars from model year 2021.
The Care Key allows Volvo drivers to set limitations on the car’s top speed, before lending their car to family members or to younger and inexperienced drivers such as teenagers that only just received their drivers’ license.
The launch of the Care Key follows the
announcement earlier this month that from 2020 on Volvo will
limit the top speed on all its cars to 112 mph in order to
send a strong signal about the dangers of speeding.
Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars' chief executive, said this month that the company wants to start a conversation about whether car makers have the right or maybe even the obligation to install technology in cars that changes their owners' behavior. Now that such technology is available to use, this question becomes even more important.
The speed limit and the Care Key are both part of that initiative and illustrate how car makers can take active responsibility in striving to achieve zero traffic fatalities by supporting better driver behavior.
"We believe that a car maker has a responsibility to help improve traffic safety," said Mr. Samuelsson. "Our recently announced speed limit fits that thinking and the Care Key is another example. Many want to be able to share their car with friends and family, but are unsure about how to make sure they are safe on the road. The Care Key provides one good solution and extra peace of mind.”
Beyond the potential safety benefits, features like a speed limit and the Care Key are also likely to offer Volvo drivers a financial benefit. The company is currently inviting insurance companies in several markets to conversations to offer special, favorable insurance to the Volvo community using these safety features.
More Volvo Overseas Delivery models and versions sold out
March 11, 2019 - The Volvo Overseas Delivery Tourist program has sold all of its
allocation of Model Year 2019 XC40, V60, V90, and V90 Cross
Country cars. In addition all T6 and T8 hybrid
versions of the 2019 XC90 have also been sold. Tourist
program customers who wish to order one of these vehicles
will need to wait and order a Model Year 2020
Volvo. Overseas Delivery specifications and prices for Model
Year 2020 Volvo cars should be released in March or April of
2019 with deliveries starting this summer at the factory in
Volvo S60 / V60 and XC40 are finalists for World Car of the Year awards
March 11, 2019 - The all-new Volvo S60 / V60 sedan and wagon, along with the XC40 compact SUV, are finalists for the prestigious 2019 World Car Awards. It could mean two wins in a row for Volvo as the XC60 was named 2018 World Car of the Year.
Announced at the Geneva International Motor Show, the “Top Three In The World” designation includes the S60 / V60 in the "World Car of the Year" category, and the XC40 in the "World Car Design of the Year" category.
The all-new S60 and V60 feature luxurious interiors, increased levels of space, advanced connectivity and the latest Volvo advanced driver-assistance systems and other safety technology.
The award-winning XC40 completes Volvo’s global line-up of premium SUVs, and is the first car based on the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA).
The 2019 World Car Awards are
determined by a jury of 86 distinguished international
automotive journalists. The winners will be announced on
April 17, 2019, during the opening of the New York
International Auto Show.
Volvo Factory Tour closed dates Summer of 2019
March 11, 2019 - This summer the Volvo Factory in Goteborg, Sweden is scheduled to be closed to tours from Monday, July 8, 2019 through Friday, August 16, 2019.
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 care for the environment around the world.
Poll finds Americans feel electric vehicles are the future of driving
March 1, 2019 - Nearly three-quarters of American drivers believe electric vehicles are the future of driving, according to a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo. To better understand the impact of this, Volvo set out to explore drivers’ perceptions of electric vehicles (EVs) and their driving experiences, benefits and challenges.
The results are published in Volvo
Reports: The State Of Electric Vehicles In America
the latest in a series of articles from Volvo and The Harris
exploring the relationship between Americans and their cars.
exploring the relationship between Americans and their cars.
The study indicates a number of positive experiences drivers associate with EVs as they pertain to monetary benefits and environmental impacts.
The report states that EV drivers are highly satisfied with their EV, but there are still several convenience barriers. The report found EV drivers desire more convenient charging options when on-the-go. The most common place EV drivers recharge their vehicles is at home (51%). Many also charge their vehicles while out and about. Despite charging their vehicles at public stations nearly half the time, most say charging stations leave much to be desired.
Volvo announces Model Year 2020 XC90 refresh
February 22, 2019 - Today a refreshed version of the Model Year 2020 XC90 was announced by Volvo. The large SUV is the company’s top-of-the-line flagship and the most awarded SUV. The refreshed 2020 XC90 gets a host of exterior and interior enhancements.
Model Year 2020 U.S. specification XC90s will continue to offer the current T5 and T6 propulsion systems. The T8 plug-in hybrid version will feature a larger capacity battery. More details will be released in the future.
On the outside, the refreshed XC90 offers subtle upgrades to the original award-winning exterior design, such as new wheels, exterior colors and new grilles for each trim.
On the inside, the superlative and award-winning interior design remains in place, but perhaps the most noticeable addition is the fact that it can be ordered with a range of different seating configurations. From the four-seat top of the line Excellence variant and the seven-seat family SUV to the brand new six-seat configuration, the XC90 is available with a layout that best fits people’s preferences and lifestyles. The XC90 is favorite for young families. Those with multiple children will appreciate the increased versatility of the new six seat configuration featuring second row captain style chairs. Easier access to the third row has been a requested by many Volvo owners. They will appreciate the wide center aisle which greatly facilitates ingress and egress to the rearmost seats.
There are also new interior wood inlays and interior color choices for the XC90. A new hallmark of Volvo luxury interiors comes by way of materials. The 2020 XC90 will feature a new, rich wool blend unlike anything else available on a full size SUV, offering a luxurious alternative to leather. It is both durable and soft to the touch.
In terms of active safety technology, the 2020 XC90 now offers drivers help with steering on both the City Safety and the Blind Spot Information System. Volvo's City Safety with auto brake is still the only system on the market to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. Cross Traffic Alert technology in the 2020 XC90 will also offer auto brake.
The Model Year 2020 Volvo XC90 will go in production in May at the Torslanda plant in Sweden and will be available for factory delivery. Send an email to be notified when you can order your new 2020 XC90 via Overseas Delivery.
Volvo begins exporting cars from America to Europe
February 21, 2019 - For the first time, Volvo is exporting cars from America with all new S60 sedans going to Europe from the Volvo plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina.
"We began commercial production of the S60s just six short months ago here in South Carolina, and we’re excited to be building cars for customers around the world," said Jeff Moore, vice president, Manufacturing, Americas. "Export markets are critical to the long term success of our plant and we're on track to deliver vehicles to our customers worldwide," he added.
S60 models will be sent via the South Carolina Ports Authority, to the Belgium port of Zeebrugge to connect with distribution centers in Ghent, Belgium that feed the European Volvo retailer network in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Poland. S60 models will also be exported to Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, and 93 other countries.
Tree falls on Volvo XC9O and no one is hurt!
February 9, 2019 - A large tree fellonto this 2017 Volvo XC90 in Honolulu, Hawaii today with people inside the car and no one was hurt! Geoffrey ordered his XC90 via Overseas Delivery and received it at the factory in Sweden.
First generation Volvo XC90s (2003 - 2014 model years) have lots of high strength steel and are very safe. However 2nd generation XC90s (model year 2016 and newer) have even more high strength steel than the original XC90s.
This complete safety cage around the passengers is made from hot-formed boron steel and is designed for maximum occupant protection in all types of crash scenarios. The hot-formed steel amounts to about 40% of the total body weight. This is approximately five times more than the first generation XC90.
Notice how the structural integrity of the passenger compartment is still intact.
Geoffrey and his family have owned Volvo cars for many years. Do you think they will continue to own and drive Volvo cars?
Football’s biggest night led to 40,000 virtual test drives in the all-new Volvo S60
February 8, 2019 -Football's biggest night wasn’t enough a distraction to stop over 40,000 virtual test drives of the all-new Volvo S60 sedan in the company's "The Longest Drive" mobile campaign. The longest drives were 9 hours, 47 minutes and 42 seconds; 7 hours, 46 minutes and 25 seconds; and 7 hours, 37 minutes and 51 seconds. These three contestants kept their eyes on the all-new Volvo S60 the longest during the big game, ultimately winning a Care by Volvo subscription.
"We were thrilled that so many people took the all-new Volvo S60 on a virtual test drive, likely one of the longest brand exposures of the night," said Bob Jacobs, VP of Marketing, Brand and Communications, Volvo Car USA, "It's great to see the S60 encouraged so many fans to try something different – it’s exactly what the car stands for."
Five Volvo cars win Car and Driver Editors’ Choice awards
February 6, 2019 -Five Volvo cars, including three SUVs and two wagons, earned Car and Driver Editors’ Choice awards for 2019. After testing almost 500 cars editors chose the XC40, XC60, and XC90 SUVs and V90 and V90 Cross Country wagons to recommend to family and friends.
"For the experts
at a place as trusted as
Car and Driver to give five Volvo
Editor’s Choice award is a very big deal," said Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars USA. "Now anyone
considering a new luxury car should absolutely look at a
cars their Editor’s Choice award is a very big deal," said Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars USA. "Now anyone considering a new luxury car should absolutely look at a Volvo
The XC40 was recognized for its huge back seat and cargo area, beautiful interior execution, and for being chock full of tech.
Editors praised the XC60 for being fuel efficient, its Swedish design, and cutting-edge driver-assist tech.
And they gushed over the eminently handsome design of the XC90, its satisfying drive, and lots of safety tech.
Of the V90, Car and Driver editors lauded its gorgeous cabin, mammoth cargo capacity, and dazzling exterior styling.
They praised its close cousin, the V90 Cross Country, for its upscale design, lovely and spacious cabin, and for being more practical than an SUV.
Don't watch the ads on game day - you could drive away with a Volvo
January 28, 2019 - Taking a digital test drive after 6:00 pm ET on Sunday, February 3, 2019 could land you in a new all-new Volvo S60 sedan. Using an eligible mobile device, viewers simply need to keep an eye on the S60 for as long as possible, the three who keep their eyes on the car the longest will have the chance to win a Care by Volvo subscription.
Overseas Delivery specifications and prices released for 2019 V60 and XC60 models
January 18, 2019 - Overseas Delivery program specifications and prices for the 2019 Volvo V60 and XC60 models have been released. Details are posted on the Cars page with other Volvo models. The 2019 V60 wagon is available in T5 FWD and T6 AWD versions while the 2019 XC60 is only available in the T6 AWD version via Overseas Delivery.
Volvo Factory Delivery Center days closed in Spring of 2019
December 21, 2018 - The Volvo Factory Delivery Center (FDC) in Goteborg, Sweden will be closed the following days in the Spring of 2019: April 19th and 22nd - May 1st - June 6th and 21st. There will be no deliveries to customers or drop off of vehicles at the FDC on these days.
Some 2019 Volvo Overseas Delivery models and versions sold out
December 17, 2018 - The Overseas Delivery Tourist programhas sold all of its allocation of Model Year 2019 XC40 and V90 Cross Country cars and T8 hybrid versions of the XC90. Tourist program customers who wish to order one of these vehicles will need to wait and order a Model Year 2020 Volvo. Overseas Delivery specifications and prices for Model Year 2020 Volvo cars should be released in March or April of 2019 with deliveries starting at the factory in the summer of 2019.
New Volvo S60 and V60 both receive 5 Star rating from Euro NCAP
December 8, 2018 - The new Volvo S60sedan 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.
Volvo Cars Cyber Monday Savings
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 intro of the XC40 completes Volvo’s
"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.
ith more than 300 new models
available for 2019, Kelley Blue Book’s annual Best Buy
Awards are based on a year-long expert vehicle evaluation
and testing of nearly every new vehicle
in America, along with analysis of 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 57 vehicles including SUVs, crossovers and commercial vehicles. Following two days of evaluation, 69 TAWA members determined the winners, judging 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 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.
The auctioned artwork will be on display November 3 - 4, 2018 alongside new and vintage Volvo cars on the 18th hole of the Port Royal Golf Club.
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 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 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 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, 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.
G7 commits governments to take ambitious steps in addressing the problem of ocean plastics pollution by promoting 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 Volvo Cars.
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 and paint shop, assembly facility, processing center, offices and soon, the Volvo Cars University. Construction 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".
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