Volvo XC90 Crowned Best SUV at Fleet World Honors
- Tax-efficient XC90 voted best SUV by panel of fleet judges
- Seven-seat XC90 praised for its Scandinavian design, world-first safety systems and advanced connectivity
- Diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains, with CO2 emissions from just 49g/km
The Volvo XC90 has been crowned Best SUV at the Fleet World Honors 2016. The prestigious award ceremony was held at the famous Royal Automobile Club in London on Tuesday 19th April 2016.
The XC90 was praised by the judges for its elegant design, luxurious and practical interior, and advanced safety and connectivity equipment.
Commenting on the XC90, the Fleet World judges said: "Spearheading Volvo's new-generation products, the XC90 is a distinctly Scandinavian take on luxury motoring. Elegantly designed and effortlessly comfortable, it offers competitive diesel and plug-in hybrid options for fleets and features the best interior in its class. With world-first safety systems, advanced connectivity on board and near-infinite practicality, it's a deserved winner."
The XC90 uses Volvo's all-new SPA platform and a range of powerful yet efficient Drive-E powertrains. These include the recently upgraded D5 diesel engine with its ground-breaking PowerPulse technology and the plug-in hybrid petrol-electric T8 Twin Engine.
PowerPulse is an innovative technology that uses compressed air to boost the engine's responsiveness by virtually eliminating turbo lag. This helps give the performance of a much larger engine, especially at low revs. Add CO2 emissions of just 149g/km and competitively low P11D prices, and the XC90 D5 PowerPulse is a compelling choice for fleet customers.
The T8 Twin Engine combines a petrol engine with an electric motor to offer the running costs of a far smaller, less powerful car. It is capable of doing up to 27 miles in electric-only mode, offering near-silent, zero-emission travel. Its class-leading CO2 emissions of 49g/km are seriously impressive, but factor in its 100% first year write-down allowance and corporation tax relief of up to £12,720 (based on a T8 Twin Engine Inscription) and the XC90 T8 is exceptionally tax-efficient for a seven-seat SUV.
Being a Volvo, the XC90 also leads the field when it comes to safety. Among the world-first technology fitted as standard is automatic emergency braking at a junction, which applies the brakes should you turn into the course of an oncoming vehicle. Another ground-breaking safety aid is Run-off Road Protection, which includes an innovative energy-absorbing section in the front seats to help prevent spinal injuries if your car leaves the road.
Selwyn Cooper, Head of Business Sales of Volvo Car UK, said: "It's a fantastic result for the XC90 to be voted Best SUV by such an influential title as Fleet World. The XC90's winning combination of tax-efficiency, luxury, practicality, high-tech equipment and of course safety make it the ideal choice for all business users."
Volvo Cars Announces New Target of 1 Million Electrified Cars Sold by 2025
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced that it aims to sell a total of up to one million electrified cars by 2025.
The Swedish company plans to achieve this aim by offering at least two hybrid versions of every model in its range and releasing the first all-electric car in 2019.
“It is a deliberately ambitious target,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “It is going to be a challenge, but Volvo wants to be at the forefront of this shift to electrification.”
Volvo Cars has been readying itself for the emergence of electrified vehicles for the last five years. It has developed two all new vehicle architectures for larger and smaller cars – Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) – that can incorporate either hybrid or fully electric car technology.
Its larger 90 series and 60 series cars are to be built on SPA, and it will soon launch a global range of smaller 40 series cars on CMA. All of these cars will have electrified versions. The 1m electrified car target is a cumulative total.
The new electrified car pledge forms part of a wide ranging review of Volvo’s strategic sustainability program announced today that contains several new commitments that place sustainability at the center of its future business operations.
The new commitment has been christened ‘omtanke’, which is a Swedish word that means ‘consideration’ or ‘caring’.
Among the commitments being made by Volvo Cars are that it will impose climate neutral operations by 2025, have 35 per cent of its leading positions held by women by 2020, move further towards its vision that by 2020 no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo and work with international partners to promote sustainability.
“Sustainability is nothing new or something that sits outside our operations, it is something that forms an integral part of everything we do. It is simply our way of operating,” said Mr Samuelsson. “This new sustainability commitment reflects Volvo Cars’ fundamental belief that we must also grow responsibly.”
Volvo XC60, V60 Win Over Northwestern Media
Rockleigh, NJ (April 18, 2016) The Volvo XC60 and Volvo V60 have been ranked favorites of the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA).
The 2016 XC60 T6 All-Wheel-Drive compact utility vehicle was voted best Premium Utility Vehicle, and the 2016 V60 Cross Country wagon voted best Premium Compact Utility Vehicle, at the NWAPA’s Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year Competition April 13-14 in Shelton, Washington.
Representing global, national and regional outlets such as MSNAutos.com, The New York Times, The Portland Tribune and others, NWAPA journalists evaluated 28 vehicles from 20 brands in six categories across ten criteria including on- and off-road ride, handling and capability, design, technology, comfort, efficiency and value.
“That the XC60 and V60 beat such tough competition is a testament to the incredible engineering that went into them,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO, Volvo Car USA. “Volvo has always been and always will be about people. Building strong, capable, safe cars is something Volvo never intends to stop doing.”
Nik Miles, president of the NWAPA, said, “After considerable evaluation, the automotive journalists of the Northwest clearly felt that both Volvo cars stood out as the best in their class. This is not the first win for Volvo at Mudfest and we expect them to return to defend their titles next year.”
“When evaluating the vehicles, our members really put them through the ringer,” said Ryan Douthit, event chair and producer of Driving Sports TV. “The fact that Volvo won not one but two classes is really quite impressive.”
The XC60 T6 AWD is equipped with Volvo’s powerful and efficient Drive-E engine. The 2.0-liter turbo- and supercharged power plant provides a very healthy 305 horsepower and an EPA-rated 27 MPG highway. The XC60 comes standard with Volvo’s legendary safety technology, which includes City Safety low speed collision avoidance system, high strength steel safety cage, Whiplash Protection System (WIPS), and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Luxury is also standard, in the form of a panoramic sunroof with power sunshade, leather upholstery, heated power outside mirrors, and more. Prices start at $43,350
The V60 Cross Country offers drivers a unique combination of size and functionality. With more than 2-inches additional ground clearance over the standard V60 and a unique appearance package, the all-wheel-drive wagon is available with Hill Decent Control, which automatically controls vehicle speed on slippery or sloppy downhills often encountered in the damp and forested Pacific Northwest. Prices start at $41,000.
Volvo XC90 Named Among Wards 10 Best Interiors
ROCKLEIGH, NJ (April 14, 2016) – The all-new Volvo XC90 has earned a spot among the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors awards, which recognizes new or significantly improved passenger vehicle interiors.
The Volvo XC90’s interior is designed to make occupants feel better when they arrive at their destination than they did when they set out. Natural materials such as Nappa leather and open pore wood skillfully highlighted by faceted rotary controls and polished trim provide a clean, crisp, calming environment worthy of any modern Scandinavian home.
“The XC90 interior arguably makes the most dramatic styling statement in this year’s competition, leveraging a uniquely Scandinavian sensibility,” said WardsAuto Senior Editor Tom Murphy. “From the diagonal grain of the Linear Walnut wood inlays and Oreffors crystal gear shifter to the user-friendly tablet-shaped display screen and gleaming brightwork, the XC90’s cabin is a credit to all things Swedish.”
“The interior of the all-new XC90 sets new standards for the segment, if not the industry,” said Robin Page, Head of Interior Design at Volvo Car Group. “I am proud of the many talented Volvo designers and engineers who executed flawlessly to create something XC90 drivers can be deeply proud of.”
Eight editors at WardsAuto, a leading trade publication for the global automotive industry, selected the XC90’s interior after evaluating 47 vehicles -- including 18 utility vehicles -- for interior materials, ergonomics, driver information, safety, comfort, fit-and-finish and aesthetics.
Page will accept the trophy at the Wards Interiors Conference May 11 in the Grand Riverview Ballroom at Detroit’s Cobo Center. He will also be a keynote speaker.
New 367 horsepower Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar now available
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, and Polestar, the performance brand owned by Volvo Cars, have announced the launch of the quickest cars they have ever made – the new 367hp Polestar S60 sedan and V60 estate.
Both cars make the zero to 100kmh sprint in 4.7 seconds and are limited to a top speed of 250kmh, powered by a specially-enhanced version of Volvo’s award-winning four cylinder Drive-E powertrain.
Polestar has taken an original V60 and S60 and added a bigger turbo, a supercharger, new conrods, new camshafts, a larger air intake and a higher capacity fuel pump to augment the engine, and matched it with a BorgWarner four-wheel drive system and the new Polestar-optimized eight-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox.
On top of this new performance-optimized equipment, Polestar has radically reduced the car’s weight. The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar are 24 kilos lighter over the front axle and 20 kilos lighter in total compared to the previous model years.
“These cars are properly quick,” said Niels Möller, Chief Operating Officer, Polestar. “But they are more than that. They combine Polestar’s 20 years racing pedigree with Volvo’s inherent pragmatism and engineering heritage. These are very quick cars that you can use every day of the year.”
These two new models also mark the globalization of the Polestar brand.
The first road legal Polestar cars were launched in 2014 to limited markets. Today, Polestar is delighted to announce that it is expanding the number of markets where a Polestar will be sold from 13 to 47 and doubling production volume from 750 cars a year up to 1500.
Both cars trace their heritage to the new Volvo S60 Polestar TC1, the all-new FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) race car from Polestar Cyan Racing. The new road cars use the same base chassis, engine and philosophy of the team behind the development.
“While used in vastly different ways, these cars share more than just technology. The core philosophy is the same, developed by people with the same passion. It is about creating performance that can be used in all situations, no matter if it’s about winning a championship or being able to enjoy a safe, functional and fun-to-drive car all year,” said Thed Björk, Polestar Cyan Racing race and development driver.
The race and road car feature a further developed four-cylinder Drive-E engine, with the two-liter, twin charged engine of the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar producing 367 horsepower and 470 Nm. The changes compared to the standard T6 engine include a bigger turbo, new conrods, new camshafts, a larger air intake and a higher capacity fuel pump.
Despite the increased performance, fuel consumption and emissions are at a class-leading level of 7.8 l/100 km and 179 CO2 g/km, further proving the efficiency of Volvo’s Drive-E powertrain.
Part of the improved performance and especially handling compared to the previous model years is an optimized weight distribution.
“All changes made to the car are about improving drivability and efficiency. The base of the new engine carries motorsport technology with solutions like the combination of turbo and supercharger, lightweight materials and more. This works hand-in-hand with our core philosophy and has enabled us to evolve the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar,” said Henrik Fries, Vice President R&D, Polestar.
Other new features on the cars include a new 20” lightweight rim, Polestar calibrated electro-assisted power steering and a new slotted brake disc of 371 millimeters.
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