Dean Shaw, Volvo Cars USA’s handsomely bespectacled VP of corporate comms, bellows the word to a ballroom full of sleepy-eyed car journalists—conceivably to both wake them up and emphasize what the morning’s lecture would focus on: “Electrification!” (Full Disclosure and Editor’s Note: In July 2017 (yes, 2017) I asked Deadspin video god Tim Burke if he wanted to handle a Volvo press drive for us in Denver, because he’s a not-so-secret car guy and was interested in buying a V90 wagon at some point. He then promptly never turned in a story, leading to some uncomfortable emails and phone calls between me and Volvo. Our relationship has since recovered somewhat. Now, at long last, on Burke’s last day before he takes a buyout, here is his much awaited story on the future of the Volvo lineup. It is all presumably current as of last year. Also, it should be noted Volvo flew Burke to Denver, fed him, gave him cocktails, and put him up in the … [Read more...] about What Kind Of Car Company Does Volvo Want To Be?
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The Volvo XC40 has gone on sale in India at an introductory price of INR 39.9 lakhs (ex-showroom). Volvo is offering the compact luxury SUV only in the R-Design trim fitted with a diesel engine.A panoramic sunroof, wireless charging, power operated tailgate, Park Pilot Assist, 9-inch touchscreen setup for the Sensus infotainment system, and a 13-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system are some of the highlights of the Volvo XC40. A long list of safety features including Radar Based Active Safety suite underline Volvo's focus on occupant protection.The Volvo XC40 is the first product based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform developed jointly by Volvo and its owners Geely. Under the hood resides a 2.0 L diesel engine. In its D4-spec, the 4-cylinder unit churns out 190 PS at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm at 1,750-2,500 rpm routing power to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. There are five drive modes to choose from - Eco, Comfort, Dynamic, Off-Road, and … [Read more...] about Volvo XC40 launched in India at INR 39.9 lakhs
2018 Buick Regal TourX Essence in White Frost (a $995 option) 2018 Buick Regal TourX Essence Class: Midsize Car Miles driven: 473 Fuel used: 19.2 gallons Real-world fuel economy: 24.6 mpg Driving mix: 40% city, 60% highway EPA-estimated fuel economy: 21/29/24 (city/highway/combined) CG Report Card Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. "Big" rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, "Tall" rating based on 6'6"-tall male tester. Room and ComfortB+ Power and PerformanceB Fit and FinishB+ Fuel EconomyB+ ValueB+ Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup. Big & Tall Comfort Big GuyB+ Tall GuyA- Base price: $35,020 (not including $925 destination charge) Options on test vehicle: Sights and Sounds … [Read more...] about Test Drive: 2018 Buick Regal TourX
Wish you could work or sleep while your car navigates rush hour? Dream on — just not behind the wheel. Despite steady news on self-driving cars, such vehicles still remain in prototype test fleets. Right now, no mass-produced vehicle can fully drive itself. Related: For Self-Driving Car Awareness, Most Americans on Autopilot Don't fret just yet. Many cars have self-driving features to autonomously accelerate, brake or steer. All of them work only in certain situations and still require you to pay attention and intervene as necessary, while some have limits on the amount of braking they can apply. Still, self-driving features can take much of the sting out of traffic jams, highway travel and more. We detailed which cars have those features for 2016 and 2017. Given the advancement in self-driving technology, however, we pared the features down to three essentials for 2018: stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, lane-centering steering and hands-free steering. Which … [Read more...] about Which Cars Have Self-Driving Features for 2018?
Supported by Automobiles By NORMAN MAYERSOHNMARCH 6, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story Whenever the international auto show circuit arrives in Frankfurt, Tokyo or Detroit, the exhibition halls brim with national pride as the host nation’s automakers assemble elaborate displays. But when the industry convenes to introduce its newest offerings in Geneva each year, there are no native brands to lay claim to a home-court advantage.This unusual circumstance — neutral territory in a sophisticated multilingual city — confers a special character on the Geneva International Motor Show, which opens to the public on Thursday after two days of press previews. The show runs through March 18 at the Palexpo convention center.Swiss prosperity, so evident in Geneva, sets the tone, and for the show’s 88th edition there is plenty of cause for optimism. Passenger vehicle sales in the European Union increased by 3.4 … [Read more...] about Amid Optimism, Automakers Pack Geneva With What’s Next
The XC40 is Volvo’s first foray into the small SUV segment and it’s hitting the market at a time when the brand’s stock is high with buyers looking for an alternative to premium cars on offer from the likes of BMW, Mercedes and Audi. Big brother the XC60 has already doubled its forecast figure for orders since launch and as a brand Volvo achieved record sales in 2017 with 571,000 units worldwide. In the UK, last year was their second biggest ever (after 2016) with 46,000 sales and the XC60 has just been named World car of the Year for 2018. Big shoes to fill then. But the XC40 has hit the ground running, having already been crowned European Car of the Year for 2018. I took the First Edition, T5 petrol version for a test drive to see what all the fuss was about. Volvo XC40 T5 AWD First Edition Price: From £27,905 (£40,055 as tested) The first thing to note is the exterior design, which Volvo have nailed. It’s chunky, without being overbearing and while … [Read more...] about Volvo XC40 review: another star from the champions of Scandi cool
Auto Review by Jay Khan, 29th August 2017, 29th August 2017 Last updated 11:10 quick Model spec: V90, D4, Inscription Price: £48000 Engine: 2.0-L TDi, 4-cylinder, turbo diesel Max Speed: 140 facts 0-60: 8.5 seconds BHP/Torque: 190 / 400 Economy: 58mpg combined C02: g/km Tax: 30/year The recent journey taken by Volvo has been transformational. New owners have instilled a new found sense of virtue that had been shrink wrapped and left in cold storage by previous owners, Ford. This freedom has allowed Volvo to develop an elegant new design language. While the engineering “language” goes unseen what is on display for all to see is the V90 estate (station wagon). Released in late 2016, it’s been developed using Volvo’s new modular platform which is lighter and stiffer than the V70 it replaces. The V90 is Volvo’s … [Read more...] about Volvo V90 D4 Inscription Review
What is it: The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is a midsize station wagon overflowing with Scandanavian presence, evoking safety, utilitarianism and a chic minimalist style. Volvo has used the Cross Country moniker for 20 years now, but its flexible Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform -- shared with the XC90 crossover and S90 sedan -- is nearly new.Key Competitors: Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon, Audi A4 AllroadBase Price: $56,295 As-Tested Price: $70,435 Full Review: 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country first driveHighlights: The V90 Cross Country continues Volvo’s decades-old station wagon tradition, with the automaker’s typical beautiful interior, oodles of room and all-wheel-drive security. The Cross Country version adds body cladding and 8.3 inches of ground clearance.Our Opinion: The V90 Cross Country ditches Volvo’s boxy look in favor of a much-sleeker body. Spending a week cruising around Detroit, the exterior got more than its share of compliments. … [Read more...] about Volvo V90 Cross Country essentials: Scandinavian-chic
Euro NCAP has crowned the Volvo XC60 as the Best Overall Performer (safest) of 2017 and the Best Performing Vehicle in the Large Off-Road category at the 2017 Euro NCAP Best In Class Safety Awards. Other cars to win awards in their respective categories are the VW Arteon, VW T-ROC, VW Polo, Opel Crossland X, Subaru XV and Impreza, which won the award in Executive, Small Off-Road, Supermini, Small MPV and Small Family Car categories respectively. To clinch the Best Overall Performer title, the XC60 scored 98 per cent and 95 per cent (both highest) in the Adult Occupant and the Safety Assist categories respectively. Here’s the detailed list of the scores received by the XC60. CategoryScoreAdult Occupants98 per centChild Occupants87 per centPedestrian76 per centSafety Assist95 percent The high scores achieved by the XC60 are a result of Volvo’s strong architecture and an array of safety features that the Swedish manufacturer offers, including ABS, … [Read more...] about Volvo XC60 Named 2017’s Safest Car By Euro NCAP
Mercedes-Benz India’s 2017 sales numbers are 15,330 units in the Jan-Dec 2017 period Mercedes-Benz firmly retains it’s volume leadership in the luxury segment for the 3rd consecutive year. Globally, the brand sold 2,289,344 units growing by 10%. With these sales figures, Mercedes-Benz remains the leading global premium car brand.Here are some key facts From Mercedes-Benz that helepd them grow:BMW Group India delivered 9800 cars (BMW + MINI) in 2017, registering a growth of 25% as compared to 2016. BMW India sold 9379 cars in 2017, clocking a notable growth of 25% as compared to 2016. MINI is leading the small-premium car segment in India with 421 MINIs hitting the road in 2017, a growth of 17% as compared to 2016. Read this too: 6-Series GT unveiled, coming to India Read this too: 8 series concept images and details Read this too: 2017 BMW X3 arrives In IndiaVolvo Cars, announced today a robust 28 per cent annual growth in volumes, ending the calendar year … [Read more...] about 2017 Luxury Car Sales Continued To Be Dominated by Mercedes-Benz India – Volvo Shines Bright!