Jalopnik and Volvo Cars Partner in Film Festival
Jalopnik, a Gawker Media Group web blog about cars, and Volvo Cars partnered in a contest where readers could submit movie scripts about "Car Culture and Why We Care". The winning script written by Casey Phillips, a political campaign consultant who had never written a movie script about cars, was chosen by a panel of judges from Gawker and Volvo.
Volvo then sponsored the production of a movie, based on the script, which premiered in New York City at the 2nd Annual Jalopnik Film Festival in early November. Of course Volvo vehicles were used in the film, a 2015 S60 used in the first scenes and the Red 1800 featured in the 'starring role' was supplied by John Holtzapple.
A gallery of behind the lens, on location photos are available for viewing on Swedespeed thanks to Chris Stewart.
Volvo S60 Wins 2015 Luxury Compact Car of the Year presented by Auto123.com
Toronto, ON. December 1st, 2014. Auto123.com has announced the 2015 winners of the 6th Annual Auto123.com Awards. Winning the 2015 Luxury Compact Car of the Year Award is the 2015 Volvo S60. The other two finalists in the category were Audi A3 and the Cadillac CTS.
“Volvo Canada is pleased to accept this award for the S60, awarded by Auto123.com” said Marc Engelen, President & CEO of Volvo Cars of Canada. “The S60 continues to be an impressive luxury sedan that offers performance, comfort and reliability and Volvo Canada is thrilled to see the continued recognition of the model.”
The 2015 Volvo S60 offers a T5 and T6 variant in both FWD and AWD; the T6 AWD also offers an R-Design badge. The Volvo S60 continues to be an integral part of Volvo’s model lineup and this award is another signal of Volvo’s commitment to craftsmanship, design and the luxury segment of automotive manufacturing.
About Volvo Cars of Canada
Volvo Cars of Canada Corporation is part of the Volvo Car Group of Gothenburg, Sweden. The company provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to the 38 Volvo automobile retailers across the country. The S60, S80 and XC60 are among only 22 vehicles that have been awarded the prestigious new Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). Volvo Cars is committed to Vision 2020, our goal that no one shall be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo by the year 2020.
Team Vestas Wind crew safe after rescue
ALICANTE, Spain, November 30 – Team Vestas Wind crew were rescued in the small hours of Sunday morning after the Danish team's Volvo Ocean Race boat was grounded on a reef in the Indian Ocean, forcing them to abandon it.
All nine members of the team were uninjured in the drama, which unfolded from 1510 UTC on Saturday when their Volvo Ocean 65 hit the reef in Cargados Carajos Shoals, Mauritius.
For several hours, the crew stayed onboard their stricken vessel whose stern was being beaten badly by the waves as it was stuck fast in the reef with the bow facing the ocean.
The rudders were broken in the collision and the stern began taking on water although the stern compartment was locked tight.
Finally, around midnight, the team led by skipper Chris Nicholson (AUS) abandoned the boat and then waded, knee-deep through the sea to a dry spot on the reef from where they could be rescued by a coastguard RIB at daybreak at around 0230 UTC.
They were transported to the tiny islet of Íle du Sud, part of Cargados Carajos Shoals, which is also known as St. Brandon and situated some 430 kilometres to the north-east of Mauritius.
Race organisers and Team Vestas Wind will now attempt to take them from there to the mainland. Race Control in Alicante, Spain kept the Maritime Rescue Co-Operation Centre (MRCC) informed throughout the incident.
Team Vestas Wind’s rival race crew, Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA), diverted to assist in a rescue mission if necessary but were eventually cleared to continue racing north after it was apparent that the Vestas crew were no longer in danger.
Navigator Will Oxley (AUS) sent this report from Team Alvimedica: “All is well on board, though it is fair to say we are all shattered and quite emotional about what happened.
“We are really pleased we were able to be of assistance and that the crew of Team Vestas Wind are all well and we look forward to a beer with them as soon as possible.”
The Danish team’s concern now will be a salvage mission for their boat but it was not immediately clear how much damage the incident had caused.
Knut Frostad, Volvo Ocean Race CEO, said it was also not yet known why Nicholson’s crew had hit the reef, but this would be examined in due course.
“I’m extremely relieved that every one of the nine crew members now are safe and that nobody is injured,” he said. “That has always been our first priority since we first learned about the grounding.
“At the same time, I’m deeply saddened that this happened to Team Vestas Wind and Chris Nicholson and his team. It’s devastating for the team, for the race and for everyone involved. I really feel for Chris and the team right now and we will continue to support them all the way going forward.”
Team Vestas Wind was the last of the seven crews to announce their participation in the race with just six weeks to go before the event began in Alicante on October 4.
However, Nicholson, who was second on Camper and Puma in the last two editions, assembled an experienced crew backed by talented young sailors from Denmark.
They were fifth when the boat was grounded and were fourth in the opening leg from Spain to Cape Town.
“The safety and wellbeing of the crew has been our only concern during these difficult hours,” said Morten Albaek, CEO of Vestas Wind Ocean Racing.
“We are extremely grateful to the team at Volvo Ocean Race and to Alvimedica for their support and outstanding professionalism during the rescue operations. The extent of the damage to the boat will be evaluated and dealt with from here on.”
Meanwhile, Leg 1 winners Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) took the second stage lead from Spanish rivals MAPFRE (Iker Martínez/ESP) by 0340 UTC on Sunday with Team Brunel in third. But this was not a day when lead changes seemed important at all.