Volvo Cars announces model updates for 2017

Volvo XC90 Excellence

Volvo XC90 Excellence

 The most luxurious car in Volvo Cars’ 89 year history will go into production this year – the exclusive four-seat XC90 Excellence – further reinforcing the company’s credentials as a premium car maker.

The XC90 Excellence is based on the award winning XC90 SUV and features extended leather-covered surfacing, finest quality upholstery and hand-crafted crystal glasses in dedicated crystal holders from Orrefors, the famous Swedish glass maker.

The superior comfort of the individual and adjustable rear seats, combined with a massage function and specially designed headrests, is further augmented with a refrigerator, two folding tables and a cup holder with both heating and cooling options.

The XC90 Excellence is built on Volvo’s modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and comes with the award-winning T8 Twin Engine with petrol plug-in hybrid powertrain technology as standard, offering three distinct driving modes in one car – Pure, Hybrid and Power. This means the XC90 Excellence can provide up to 400 hp.

“The XC90 Excellence offers a sublime and luxurious experience. It is our top-of-the-line XC90 offer and we see a lot of interest from our more affluent customers,” said Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales and Service at Volvo Cars. “The additional sound insulation, enhanced Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound system and convenience of rear seat controls takes the XC90 Excellence to a new level of luxurious calm and comfort.”

The XC90 Excellence will be available in the United States in Summer 2016.

Volvo is also announcing a wide range of model updates for model year 2017.

 Semi-autonomous drive in XC90

For model year 2017, the semi-autonomous drive technology Pilot Assist II comes as standard on the S90 sedan and V90 wagon.

This is made possible thanks to the modular approach to car building enabled by Volvo’s new SPA architecture. Introduced first in the new S90 premium sedan, Pilot Assist II supports drivers up to speeds of 80 MPH in well-marked highway conditions.

 City Safety updated

Volvo has also expanded its safety technology to cover one of the most common causes of single vehicle accidents with Run-off road mitigation, which uses auto-steer to help keep you on the road. Volvo’s standard collision avoidance system, City Safety, also receives an update with Large Animal Detection added on 90 Series cars.

 90 Series connectivity updates

Volvo’s in-car connectivity and driver interface system, Sensus, will receive several new native apps across the range for model year 2017, including Spotify and Park and Pay. Spotify, the highly popular music streaming service, provides constant access to an immense online library of your favorite music and utilizes the familiar interface of Spotify’s smartphone applications in the car. Park and Pay provides Volvo owners with the ultimate convenience of finding and paying for parking when desired. Connected Service Booking, which allows workshop booking and reminders from the Sensus interface, will be added along with improved TuneIn, Local Search and Yelp applications. Record & Send, a new voice recording app will also be added enabling drivers to make a voice note that they can send to themselves as reminders.

 60 Series cars

The 60 Series cars will receive significant updates for model year 2017. Volvo’s award-winning four cylinder T5 gasoline engine delivering 240 hp and 258 lb-ft. of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, will now come with all-wheel drive on all 60 Series cars.

 Two new wheels will be offered – a new 18” wheel for the S60/V60 and XC60 and a brand new 20” wheel for the XC60. These will be complemented by a new generation of 18”, 19” and 20” wheels for R-Design trim levels.

 The 60 Series cars will also be offered with three new exterior colors.  Luminous Sand and Mussel Blue will be available on select models while Bursting Blue will be exclusive to R-Design trims.

 Updates across the range

 Volvo On Call

The Volvo On Call smartphone app, which allows remote access and control over a wide range of in-car features, receives a substantial update. Volvo On Call already delivers wearable connectivity (Apple Watch/Android Wear) and now Microsoft Band 2 connectivity, enabling voice-control for certain features when using Windows 10-based smartphones.

 Other updates to Volvo On Call include a calendar integration function that connects your personal calendar to the mobile app, allowing it to send calendar appointment destinations directly to your navigation on request. For 2016 Volvo On Call will broaden its scope and provide support for up to 10 Volvo vehicles, giving access to all the usual functions across a fleet of cars.

 Volvo now also offers support for Windows 10 with a new version of the Volvo On Call application that can be used on regular PCs and tablets to interact with your car.

 CleanZone technology

Volvo’s continuing leadership in interior air quality is highlighted across the product range from 2016 with the inclusion of the CleanZone logo on instrument panel air vents in the 60 Series cars and a logo in the center display of the 90 Series cars.

 Volvo’s award-winning CleanZone technology ensures that outside air is effectively filtered before entering the cabin, removing harmful pollutants that are increasingly common in large urban areas. CleanZone technology reflects Volvo’s ongoing work to improve the in-car experience, covering incoming air, interior emissions and odours, interior surfaces and contact allergies.

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Volvo Cars 2 new sedans, XC90 R-Design

  • Volvo S60 Cross Country

    Volvo S60 Cross Country

    S60 Inscription premium sedan offers class leading rear space

  • Segment-first S60 Cross Country unveiled
  • All-new XC90 R-Design makes North American debut
  • New models move Volvo closer to its mid-term objective of selling 100,000 cars a year in the US

Volvo Cars today reinforced its product offensive in the US by unveiling two new sedans at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, moving it a significant step closer towards its medium term goal of selling 100,000 cars a year in the US.

The Volvo S60 Inscription and the Volvo S60 Cross Country will boost Volvo’s presence in the important premium sedan market. Volvo is also introducing the all new XC90 R Design in Detroit, the latest version of its seven seat SUV that was launched in the US in Los Angeles.

“These two new products, added to the all-new XC90 unveiled in LA, are a further statement of our commitment to turn around our performance in the US. Overall, we will launch seven new products in the US by 2018,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Volvo Cars.

The introduction of these new models forms the latest chapter in Volvo’s ongoing transformation, which involves the creation of a global industrial footprint, the complete renewal of Volvo’s product range over the next five years, the introduction of a new modular chassis technology, world-first safety technologies, a new design language, a new powertrain architecture and a range of class-leading connectivity services.

The pace and depth of this transformation was underlined earlier this month after the company reported record full-year sales for 2014. Sales increased 8.9 per cent in 2014 to a new record of 465,866 cars sold. December 2014 also marked the 18th month of consecutive sales increases. Volvo Cars forecasts sales will continue to expand in all global markets in 2015.

 Volvo S60 Inscription

The S60 Inscription

The new Volvo S60 Inscription will offer class-leading rear space, something consistently requested by US customers.

It will be made at Volvo’s plant in Chengdu, China, and is on show for the first time at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Chengdu is Volvo’s main production facility in China and has been built in accordance with globally monitored quality standards such as the Volvo Cars Manufacturing System, which ensures Volvo Cars’ global quality engineering, quality audit and quality assurance standards.

Levels of installed technology and equipment are the same as the company’s European facilities, as are the working environment, safety and environmental performance standards.  Exports to the US will start in the second quarter of this year.

Volvo S60 Cross Country

Volvo S60 Cross Country

All-new S60 Cross Country

Volvo Cars is stepping up to meet the demands of its core customers with the unveiling of the exciting S60 Cross Country at the Detroit Auto Show.

Back in 1997, when Volvo Cars was the first premium brand to introduce an all-road capable variant of its successful wagons, no one could predict the future success of the crossover concept. Today, the crossover is ubiquitous and has helped to define a whole new category of lifestyle vehicle.

Volvo Cars is once again taking a bold step forward – this time in the sedan segment – with the unveiling of the S60 Cross Country – the first premium sedan with the same level of capability and rugged design cues of the renowned Cross Country wagons.

“We want to further explore the market with our Cross Country brand. We did this back in 1997 with the V70 Cross Country and it led to the birth of a whole new segment. We have included all the capability-driven benefits of the Cross Country brand in this new model, while offering a completely unique expression of adventure and all-road readiness in a distinctly sporty and stylish package,” said Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars.

The all-new Volvo XC90 R-Design

The all-new Volvo XC90 R-Design

All-new XC90 R-Design

The XC90 is a visually striking, premium quality seven seat SUV with world leading safety features, new powertrain technologies, an unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency and a superlative interior finish.

The new XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new technologies and utilising its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology. Customers obviously like what they see. Launched in August last year and just ahead of the start of production, Volvo has already received orders for over 6,000 new XC90s.

The R-Design version of the all-new XC90 is aimed at buyers looking for a head-turner that radiates a truly sporty and dynamic look.

“R-Design is created for people with a passion for things that add spice to life,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service of Volvo Cars. “It appeals to customers that love active driving and a personal, expressive design.”

 The visual promise of a dynamic ride is confirmed by the driver-centric interior featuring R-Design sports seats in Nubuck textile and perforated leather. A choice of Drive-E powertrains offering up to 400 hp and the completely new XC90 chassis ensure an agile driving experience.

The all-new Volvo XC90 R-Design

The all-new Volvo XC90 R-Design

 The S60 Inscription, S60 Cross Country and XC90 R-Design will be available for delivery from the second quarter.

Volvo’s new system sees and senses what you’re not

VolvoDriverSensor

 BY GERRY MILES

We’ve got systems that detect the car leaving a lane, what’s behind us, and even what’s perhaps along side us if you’re driving a Honda and get the right-lane screen to illuminate. And we’re all perhaps a tad worried that Big Brother has, or is, scanning or smartphone info as well.

Now, the rolling system for safety systems, Volvo cars has a technology that detects what what the driver is looking at or whether he or she has closed eyes.

“This will enable the driver to rely a bit more on their car, and know that it will help them when needed,” explains Per Landfors, engineer at Volvo Cars and project leader for driver support functions.

 Volvodriversense3

By placing a sensor on the dashboard to monitor aspects such as the direction in which a drivers are looking, how open their eyes are, as well as their head position and angle, it’s possible to develop precise safety systems that detect driver alertness and are able to adjust the car accordingly.

Imagine how this could work for folks, especially teens, looking down at phones to check messages or text someone.

This means the car does not stray out of the lane or get too close to the car in front when the driver is not paying attention.

Sensor for Driver State EstimationSince the car can detect if a driver is not paying attention, safety systems can be adapted more effectively. For example, the car’s support systems can be activated later on if the driver is focused, and earlier if the driver’s attention is directed elsewhere,” Landfors explains.

 Some of the current systems that can be included are Lane Keeping Aid, Collision warning with full auto brake and Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist.

 The technology is based on a sensor mounted on the dashboard in front of the driver. Small LEDs illuminate the driver with infrared light, which is then monitored by the sensor. Infrared light is just outside the wavelengths that the human eye can see; that means the driver doesn’t notice the light at all and benefits from the safety aspect.

Volvodriversense2 Sensors, Volvo notes, could also be used to identify the driver by different points on the face and accordingly, adjust the seat settings or adjust the interior lights as well as the driving lights just from the direction that the person is looking.

None of this Jack Bauer-like technowizardy is stored anywhere in the car, the clouds or at Volvo at any time.

“The car doesn’t save any pictures and nor does it have a driver surveillance function,” Landfors said.

 The technology is already installed in test vehicles. Volvo Cars is also conducting research together with partners including Chalmers University of Technology and Volvo AB to identify effective methods for detecting tiredness and inattention.

 The analysis of the driver’s state, known as driver state estimation, in which driver sensors play an important role, is a field that may be key to self-driving cars in the future. The car will need to be able to determine whether the driver is capable of taking control when the conditions for driving autonomously are no longer present. A driver sensor could be of assistance in this.

Volvo Car Group Celebrates 50 years of Dedication to Child Safety

BY GERRY MILES

It’s an analogy that’s as envious as Golden Arches and the hamburger: Safety and Volvo.

This year makes the 50th anniversary of the once-Swedish firm’s historical work with the world’s first rear-facing child seat prototype in a PV544 back in 1964. The latest innovation is an Inflatable Child Seat Concept that is easily tucked away in a small bag when not in use.

The differences in anatomy between children and adults form the foundation for Volvo Cars’ child safety developments both in terms of car integrated features and accessories. Children are not small versions of adults, which is why children need special restraints when travelling in cars.

Volvo XC70 interior (2007)

“The basic principle remains the same as 50 years ago. The smallest children must always travel facing the rear until the age of 3 or 4. Older children should use a booster cushion or booster seat that makes sure that the lap belt is correctly fitted over the pelvis,” says Professor Lotta Jakobsson, senior technical specialist at Volvo Cars Safety Center.

Here are some of the most important milestones in Volvo Cars’ child safety history:

First rearward facing child safety seat prototype tested in a Volvo (PV 444)

First rearward facing child safety seat prototype tested in a Volvo (PV 444)

1964    First child seat prototype

Inspired by how astronauts travel rearwards, Bertil Aldman, medical doctor and subsequently professor in traffic safety at Chalmers University of Technology, developed the very first child seat prototype. Volvo was closely involved in the development and testing was carried out in a PV544.

1967    Reversible front passenger seat with special child backrest

The first child seat to be sold to customers was created by turning the front passenger seat around. Adding a padded backrest with straps made sure that the rearward-facing child was kept in place. The solution was sold as an accessory for the recently introduced Volvo Amazon.

1972    Volvo’s first rear-facing child seat

Rearward-facing child seats are designed to support the neck and help spread the force of a frontal impact over a larger area. Frontal impacts are the most frequent and usually the most severe impact situation.

1976    The booster cushion – a world first from Volvo

Children from 3 or 4 years and up travel facing forward using the standard safety belt with a belt-positioning booster cushion. Volvo Cars’ policy is that children should use a booster cushion until they are 140 centimeters tall and 10 years old. When using a booster cushion, the child runs about a 75 percent lower risk of being injured compared to being unrestrained.

1990    World’s first integrated booster cushion

The first integrated booster cushion was an ingenious fold down and out version in the rear center position in the Volvo 960. Double integrated pop-up booster cushions in the outer rear seats were introduced in the Volvo S40 in 1995.

1999    World’s first rear-facing seat for ISOFIX

The world-first solution for the standardized, car-integrated ISOFIX fittings was actually two rearward-facing seats in one. Both seats – one for infants and one for toddlers up to four years of age – could be fitted in the same ISOFIX frame.

2007    World’s first two-stage integrated booster cushion

Two-stage integrated booster cushions were introduced in the Volvo V70 estate. The two-stage version, with two sitting heights, enables a better belt fit regardless of the child’s size. Child adapted safety belt load limiters were also fitted.

2014    Inflatable Child Seat Concept

The innovation, which is still in the development stage, is easy to install and can be tucked away in a small bag when not in use. This means that the child seat can be easily transferred between cars and the bag even fits in carry-on luggage when flying or travelling.

Volvo shows peek at Concept XC Coupe

VolvoXC COupe

The Volvo Concept Coupé was launched to critical acclaim and many awards, and represented the world’s first insight into Volvo Car Group’s (Volvo Cars) new design direction under Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath. It also showed one interpretation of how the proportions and versatility of Volvo Cars’ new Scalable Product Architecture, which will underpin all medium and large cars in the company’s future, could look.

A look at the Volvo XC Coupe

A look at the Volvo XC Coupe

The Concept Coupé was the first of three design studies. The next chapter in Volvo Cars’ new design story showcases how the company’s famous safety technology as well as a contemporary Scandinavian active lifestyle could be integrated into the new architecture. The Volvo Concept XC Coupé will make its world debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on Jan. 13, but full details including press release, videos and images will be published on Jan. 8.

The Concept XC Coupé builds on the Volvo’s proud history of Cross Country and XC products, with Volvo Cars having created the niche in 1997. And in anticipation of the reveal of the car in early 2014, Volvo Cars now shares the first three images of the car as well as a short video on Volvo Cars’ YouTube channel.

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Volvo’s S60, V60 Polestar ready for world debut in 2014

2014 Volvo V60, S60 Polestar

2014 Volvo V60, S60 Polestar 

BY GERRY MILES

Finally Volvo has something to get excited about.

After a slow year or so, and finally securing finances from Geely, Volvo Cars of North American announced that the S60 and V60 Polestars are set for their world debut in Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States. Additional markets and sales goals, as they say in the industry, will be released later.

The key features of the Polestars are their ability to scoot up to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and have a top speed of 155 mph. 0 km/h in 4.9 seconds for these limited edition vehicles. Delivery is expected to begin in June 2014.

“We are proud to present the S60 and V60 Polestar. A car developed for those who share our passion at Polestar: That driving really matters and that a true driver’s car should enable you to enjoy driving all year, on all roads and in all weather conditions. This is a driver’s car for real life,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

Polestar V60

“With the introduction of the V60 model, we are proud to continue the heritage of fast Volvo wagons, such as the racing 850 BTCC, a tradition deeply rooted among Volvo enthusiasts,” continued Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

“Our motorsport cooperation with Polestar has been going on for almost two decades and it is rewarding to see how Polestar can use their experiences from motorsport to engineer such an exciting and competent car,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director at Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars).

“It is very satisfying to see how Polestar has been able to combine this level of driving performance in their interpretation of the S60 and V60 with maintained original service program, class leading safety features and certified fuel and emission ratings. Customers buying this car will get the best from both Polestar and Volvo,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales & Customer Service at Volvo Cars.

The car is based on the latest generation Volvo S/V60 and marks the start of an extended Polestar production model range. Development of the car has been ongoing during the past years, picking up from the C30 and S60 Concept cars and the Australian S60 Polestar. Thousands of development miles have been driven on twisty mountain roads, on the Autobahn and test tracks from the south of Europe to the frozen north of Sweden.

Polestar performance engineering

Chassis

Upgrades include modifications made to increase rigidity of the chassis to cater for the 80 percent stiffer springs relative to the standard S60 R-Design. These changes, combined with the tailored high-performance Öhlins shock absorbers and 20-inch Polestar wheels, result in a precise, yet comfortable, driving experience.

Brakes

The brake system has undergone substantial modifications. Most visible are the 371 millimeter ventilated front discs and six-piston Brembo calipers, guaranteeing a high level of braking performance.

Aerodynamics

To reflect the increased performance of the S/V60 Polestar, positive aerodynamic effects have been achieved through subtle, yet efficient, modifications based on data from tests in the Volvo Cars wind tunnel. The changes are visible with the front splitters, optimizing the airflow underneath the car, as well as a new rear spoiler and diffusor, increasing down force.

Engine

The six-cylinder, turbocharged T6 engine has undergone extensive development with a new twin-scroll turbo and intercooler to produce 350 hp at 5700 rpm and 369 lbs.-feet already at 2800 rpm. The engine breathes through a 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust system, making for a throaty engine note.

Transmission

The six-speed automatic gearbox features a new paddle shift system that together with the Polestar-developed, Haldex four-wheel drive system takes the car from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and to a limited top speed of 155 mph. The gearbox as well as the four-wheel drive system and traction control system has been recalibrated to provide an active driving experience and maximum grip in all situations.

Interior

Volvo Polestar Interior

Volvo Polestar Interior

The interior has been reworked with new details, materials and Polestar colors, such as the steering wheel, seats and more, with the sole purpose of increasing driver support and control.

“All in all, we have taken a major step forward in all areas, from chassis and engine to interior and exterior details. Development work has been focused on the overall package in order to create a car that you want to use every day, both from a practical and emotional perspective,” said Henrik Fries, S/V60 Polestar Technical Project Manager.

“We are all very excited and proud over our launch of two new cars as yet another step toward a range of Polestar engineered Volvo cars available for people like us around the world. To do it together with Volvo, one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, is greatly satisfying and we look forward to an exciting future,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

Volvo-polestarsVisit http://www.nextpolestar.com for more information.

Technical Specification

Performance

0-100 km/h 4.9 sec

0-200 km/h 17.7 sec

80-120 km/h 4.7 sec

Top speed 250 km/h / 155 mph – Electronically limited

Chassis

Polestar Öhlins shock absorber system

Polestar bespoke rims, 8×20” ET53 with 245/35R20 tires

Engine

6-cylinder inline T6 engine, 2953 cc

257 kW (350 hp) @ 5700 rpm

500 Nm (369 lbs.-feet) @ 2800-4750 rpm

Max 6500 rpm

New twin-scroll Borg Warner turbo

New intercooler

Polestar 2.5 inch stainless full-flow exhaust system with twin 3.5 inch tail pipes

Weight

S60 Polestar: 1752 kg

V60 Polestar: 1822 kg

Transmission

AWF21 automatic gearbox with paddle shift system

Polestar transmission calibration for faster gearshifts, launch control and curve-hold functionality

Polestar Haldex calibration for more rear torque dynamic distribution

Polestar calibrated stability control system

Brakes

Front: Polestar/Brembo 6 piston brake calipers

371×32 mm ventilated and floating Brembo discs

Rear: 302×22 mm ventilated disc

How Swede it is to Tweet with Volvo man Irv Gordon Aug. 27

Irv_Gordon_SwedeSpeak

BY GERRY MILES

While he nears the 3-million mile mark on his treasured 1966 Volvo P1800, the Swedish car maker posted on its blog that their monthly Twitter chat on August 27 will feature Irv Gordon from 2-3 EST.

Volvo would like to get some good great questions ahead of time from their blog followers.

Of course, you can follow it live via Twitter and ask Irv whatever – within reason – you’d like to ask the 3-million-mile man: (http://www.twitter.com/Volvocarsus). Use the hashtag #SwedeSpeak

Skol!