Volvo XC90 Wins Best New SUV - CUV over $60,000 at the 2016 Canadian Car of the Year Awards
Toronto, ON. November 24th, 2015. The Automobile Journalist Association of Canada (AJAC) announced this year’s “Best New” category winners for the 2016 Canadian Car of the Year Awards. Winning the 2016 Best New SUV - CUV, over $60k, category was the 2016 XC90. The two other finalists that finished behind the XC90 in voting were the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and the Lincoln MKX.
“Volvo Canada is pleased to see the continued recognition from the AJAC contingent, with this being the second year in a row we have been recognized as a Canadian Car of the Year ‘Best New’ winner,” said Marc Engelen, President & CEO of Volvo Cars of Canada. “The XC90 continues to impress, and we are thrilled to add this award to our growing list of accolades for arguably the best luxury SUV in its segment.”
The event in which each vehicle was measured was at the annual “Test Fest” held in Bowmanville, Ontario this past October. The testing site was Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Volvo Pilots In-car Delivery in Sweden
With just days to go before Black Friday and Cyber Monday – the busiest shopping days of the Holiday season – Sweden’s Volvo Cars has unveiled a brand new way to take some of the hassle out Holiday shopping.
The premium car maker has launched the world’s first commercially available in-car delivery service in Volvo's hometown, Gothenburg, Sweden. In cooperation with PostNord, the Nordic region’s leading communication and logistics supplier, Lekmer.com, the leading Nordic online toy and baby goods store, and Mat.se, a Swedish online grocery retailer, customers can have toys, gifts, food and drinks delivered to their car.
Volvo In-car Delivery promises to bring some of the cheer back to the Holiday season by eradicating the more unpleasant aspects of seasonal shopping such as a desperate search for parking space in a busy parking lot, crowds of stressed people and the disappointment of missed deliveries.
The Volvo In-car Delivery works via a digital key, which is used to gain one-time access to your vehicle. Owners simply order the goods online, receive a notification that the goods have been delivered and then just drive home with them.
“Christmas is fun – but let’s be honest, it is also a busy time for most families. This service simply makes shopping easier,” said Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President for Marketing, Sales and Service at Volvo. “Volvo In-car Delivery provides concrete proof that connected car technologies can be used to save people time and make their lives easier.”
Volvo In-car Delivery is currently only available for Volvo drivers in Gothenburg who subscribe to the Volvo On Call service, but it will be introduced elsewhere in Sweden and to other countries in future. There will also be a wider range of goods available for In-car Delivery as Volvo joins forces with more companies in future.
The service is extremely simple to use. Volvo owners just choose the In-car Delivery option at the online checkout when they buy their gifts, food, drinks or other packages.
The Volvo In-car Delivery service is a good example of Volvo’s broader attitude to how new technologies can be introduced to its cars.
Volvo is always keen to explore new technologies, be it in the areas of safety, autonomous driving or connectivity, but believes fundamentally in Scandinavian utility – meaning it will only introduce a technology if it actually saves lives, saves times, adds an element of convenience or benefits drivers.
“Volvo is not interested in technology for the sake of technology,” said Klas Bendrik, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Volvo. “If a technology does not make a customer’s life easier, better, safer or more fun, we don’t use it.”
Volvo Cars to develop next generation automotive technologies with Microsoft
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, will work together with Microsoft, the leading platform and productivity company, to jointly develop next generation automotive technologies.
The two companies today revealed how Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first fully untethered holographic computer, might be used in future to redefine how customers first encounter and explore a car, as well as how cars might be bought and sold in future.
Areas of future collaboration between the two companies could include autonomous driving technologies and the utilization of data generated from connected cars to create new services.
Today’s HoloLens demonstration was conducted at Microsoft’s global headquarters in Redmond, USA, and showed how mixed reality might be used by customers to configure cars in three dimensions. With HoloLens, a powerful, wearable computer, holograms are mixed into the physical world.
“HoloLens offers the freedom to create a bespoke experience which customers can steer themselves. Imagine using mixed reality to choose the type of car you want – to explore the colors, rims, or get a better understanding of the features, services and options available,” said Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Service at Volvo Cars.
He added HoloLens technology might also liberate dealers from more traditional sales environments and allow them to take a car configurator out on the road in small Pop-Up stores, shopping malls or on the high street, opening up new sales channels and introducing cars to a far larger potential audience.
At the HoloLens demonstration today, participating journalists were also given a mixed reality preview of Volvo’s new S90 premium sedan, which will be unveiled in reality at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.
Today’s event offered an indication of the potential of mixed reality to transform the relationship between the customer and the car. Journalists were able to experience Volvo’s new sedan and its latest autonomous driving technology in 3D before the car has even been built and launched.
“We are thrilled to be working with Volvo Cars to reimagine what is possible in car design, discovery and purchasing. We are excited to be at this intersection of technology and human-centric design with Volvo,” Scott Erickson, Senior Director, Microsoft HoloLens at Microsoft Corp.
Today’s demonstration marks the beginning of longer term cooperation between Volvo and Microsoft that will embrace a range of new technologies, all of which have implications for the automotive industry.
One area of focus will be autonomous driving. Volvo Cars is a pioneer in car safety and is leading the way when it comes to connected cars and autonomous driving. It has announced a program called Drive-Me in which 100 self-driving and connected cars will be given to real customers on real roads around the Swedish city of Gothenburg by 2017, the world’s largest autonomous driving experiment.
Other areas of cooperation are expected to include how information gathered by cars and their drivers can be used to enhance the driving experience and the possibility of using predictive analytics to improve safety.
“We are extremely happy to innovate with Microsoft in the field of future mobility,” said Klas Bendrik, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Volvo Cars. “Today’s technology will allow us to achieve not only a more sustainable and crash-free future but also new benefits for our customers and society. Together with Microsoft we aim to pioneer in this field.”