What Car? Names Volvo XC90 As Best Large SUV Winner At Used Car Of The Year Awards 2014
- Volvo XC90 named Best Large SUV class winner at What Car? Used Car of the Year awards 2014
- Refinement, design, practicality and value for money all singled out for praise
- More than 54,000 XC90s have found homes with UK customers over 12-year lifecycle
After 12 years on sale and more than 54,000 UK owners, the current Volvo XC90 continues to reaffirm its legendary status with yet another award win.
What Car? has tonight named the 2010 XC90 2.5 D5 SE Lux as Best Large SUV category winner at its Used Car of the Year Awards 2014.
Judges praised the car’s refinement, design and practicality, together with its value for money as a used vehicle for the nation’s families.
Alex Newby, Associate Editor at What Car?, said: “The XC90 is the only non-MPV you can get which will fit three child seats in a row. That makes it fantastically attractive to anybody who has a larger family but frankly doesn't want the image that comes with an MPV or similar car. It's also fantastic quality and it does very well for safety; it's got an excellent number of features.
Fellow judge Nigel Donnelly added: “It's a family car par excellence. It's got seven seats, it's very safe, it's reliable, and it's cracking value as a used buy.”
The award comes just weeks after the car’s successor was revealed to the world. Indeed, such is the anticipation among customers for the forthcoming replacement, a special First Edition of the new car, available for online purchase only to 1,927 customers, proved so successful it sold out in just 47 hours.
Bruce Greenwood, Used Car Programme Manager at Volvo Car UK, said: “The first XC90 proved a runaway success for us here in the UK – and a 12-year lifecycle, with sustained sales success throughout that period, is proof of just how well the car was designed.
“On the evidence of the recent First Edition launch, it seems the new model is attracting just as much attention and is hotly anticipated so we look forward to attracting more new customers to the Volvo brand in the coming years.”
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Dramas in store for Leg Zero!
Organisers order crews to run through crisis scenarios
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ALICANTE, Spain – Seven Volvo Ocean Race boats set off together for the two-day Leg Zero on Friday knowing that a series of “crises” loom for all of them – and they have all been planned by the organisers.
The fleet will be sailing to Majorca and back from Race headquarters in Alicante and failure to complete the trip will mean they will have to return to do it again or at least complete any unfinished mileage.
Before the Leg Zero race starts in earnest, they will need to run through a list of emergency procedures such as losing a man overboard or major equipment failure.
The all-women’s Team SCA have even been given a special model made by Race organisers to practise their rescue procedures for a crew member swept off the boat.
Race Director Jack Lloyd explained why the event is ensuring all seven crews go through the crisis rehearsals ahead of the start of the Volvo Ocean Race proper on October 4.
“Leg Zero is a really important exercise for both the Race and the sailors,” says Lloyd. “We are able to dry run all our communications in Race Control and for the media.
“Safety of course is paramount – this Race is risky enough as it is – and we want to ensure all the crews know exactly what they need to do if things go badly wrong such as a sailor falling overboard.
“All the teams have been briefed that they need to go through these safety exercises before the trip.”
Lloyd is underlining that Leg Zero does not count towards the Volvo Ocean Race itself but the ultra-competitive teams which are more evenly matched than ever before in the 41-year history of the event thanks to the new one-design Volvo Ocean 65 can’t help but introducing some serious rivalry to the event.
“This will be a really important test for us and a chance to improve and work on a few things with just weeks to go before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race. Leg Zero is a real race, and we will be treating it as such,” says Italy’s Alberto Bolzan of Team Alvimedica.
“It will be a very important exercise in terms of the sail changes, the tactics, and it will be important to learn from what the other teams do. We are working hard from six in the morning to 10 at night, using every minute of the day.”