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.