Volvo Cars of Canada Opens a New Parts Distribution Centre in Toronto, Ontario
TORONTO, ON. On September 3rd, 2014, Volvo Cars of Canada opened a new parts distribution centre in Toronto specifically designated for eastern and central Canadian retailers. Marc Engelen, President & CEO of Volvo Cars of Canada and Miguel A. Mazarias, Divisional Vice President of Neovia Logistic Services were on-site to perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Neovia Logistics team will be responsible for the management and operation of the Toronto distribution centre. The opening of this distribution centre further symbolizes Volvo Car’s commitment to the Canadian market, to the retailers and to consumers who seek premium, reliable vehicles as well as optimal customer satisfaction.
“The opening of the parts distribution centre is an important step in our effort to re-establish the Volvo brand in the Canadian market.” stated Marc Engelen, President & CEO of Volvo Cars of Canada Corp.
“The retailers are extremely happy to have a parts distribution centre back in Canada as they will see significantly improved and consistent delivery times.” stated Carol Kitchen, Vice President, Customer Service, for Volvo Cars of Canada. “We expect these improvements in parts delivery to have a positive effect on both retailer and consumer satisfaction.”
Formerly, all Canadian retailers were served from distribution centres in the United States, with central and eastern Canadian retailers supplied from the Volvo distribution centre in Rutherford, New Jersey and western Canadian retailers being served by a centre in Ontario, California. Although western retailers will continue to work with the warehouse in Ontario, California, the Toronto distribution centre signifies a positive shift to a localized parts supply that is expected to supplement the continued focus on the Canadian market and further the re-establishment of the Volvo brand in the automotive landscape, Canada-wide.
With the help of Neovia Logistics Services, the Toronto distribution centre will support eastern and central Canadian retailers in an efficient manner that looks to better balance costs and service levels while supporting retailer relationships and their service business. A global partner of Volvo Cars, Neovia Logistics has a presence that spans six continents and coordinates business logistics in a plethora of industries.
“Neovia is honoured to be the selected logistics partner for Volvo Cars in Toronto.” stated Miguel A. Mazarias, Divisional Vice President for Neovia Logistics. “Since 2003, Neovia has been providing high quality services to Volvo Cars in Europe, and we are excited and ready to also deliver premier services to the Volvo Cars retailers in Canada.”
“We are very excited to be an extended part of the Volvo family here in Canada. With our experience with automotive service parts we feel we can do an excellent job for the Volvo retailers in Eastern Canada.” stated Kris Paquin, Divisional Vice President for Neovia Logistics.
Well adept in the coordination of automotive services and logistics, the operation of the distribution centre in Toronto makes for a fitting opportunity to continue the already strong partnership between Volvo and Neovia Logistics.
About Neovia Logistics
Neovia Logistics (www.neovialogistics.com) is a global, industrial contract logistics company, leveraging over 85 years of operational and distribution expertise. Unlike most 3PLs offering only transactional services, Neovia approaches logistics from their customers’ perspective, providing comprehensive inventory management and dynamic warehousing, to outstanding job-site and inbound-to-manufacturing services. With global operations across six continents, 25 countries, 96 facilities and shipping to over 190 countries, Neovia partners with companies in construction, mining, automotive, energy and other industries.
About Volvo Cars of Canada
Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. 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.
Instant success: First Edition of all-new Volvo XC90 sold out in 47 hours
The First Edition of the all-new Volvo XC90, 1,927 individually numbered cars only available for sale via digital commerce, sold out in 47 hours after it was released on Wednesday afternoon at 16.00 hours CET. Most of the cars were reserved within one hour from sales start. At its peak, 7 cars were sold every minute
“We are very pleased, but not really surprised,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service of Volvo Car Group. “The huge interest in the XC90 escalated to astronomical levels after the world premiere last week.”
The First Edition cars, which celebrate the year Volvo was founded, were for the first time in history only available at www.volvocars.com.
The 1,927 First Edition owners of the best SUV in the world will get a fully equipped car with uniquely numbered tread plates and a distinctive badge on the tailgate.
“The first buyers signed up for their favourite number in milliseconds. The rapid response confirms that the XC90 is a truly iconic car model. The First Edition will be a collectors item in the future,” said Alain Visser.
Black exterior an Amber leather seats
The Onyx Black exterior and 8-spoke, 21-inch Inscription wheels are combined with an interior featuring nappa leather seats in Amber, a Charcoal leather dashboard and Linear Walnut inlays.
The First Edition will be powered by a high-performance petrol or diesel engine from Volvo Cars’ new four-cylinder Drive-E powertrains. The supercharged and turbocharged T6 All Wheel Drive has an output of 320 hp, while the D5 twin turbo diesel engine has 225 hp. The engines are teamed with a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission.
Striking tablet-like touch screen
The tablet-like touch screen in the centre is one of the most striking features in the all-new XC90. The heart of the all-new in-car control is virtually button free and represents an entirely new way for drivers to operate their car and access a range of Internet-based products and services.
The Bowers & Wilkins audio system features a 1,400 watts Class D amplifier, 19 speakers and the latest sound processing software, which brings the emotional experience of a world-class live performance into the car.
Most comprehensive standard safety package
The most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety package available in the automotive industry includes two world first safety technologies: a run-off road protection package and auto brake at intersection capability. All of Volvo Cars’ auto brake functions vehicles, covering cyclists and pedestrians in front of the car, are also standard.
Virtual Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – it’s just like the real thing but you can stay home to play. And now it’s double the fun
ALICANTE, Spain – Two giants of ocean racing – one virtual and one very much reality – have joined forces to provide gamers with a double treat for the next nine months.
The Volvo Ocean Race is the sailing’s leading round-the-world crewed event and Virtual Regatta boasts the world’s largest sailing gaming community with peaks of more than one million players.
Together they are launching two games for the first time for the forthcoming Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 that will allow both serious gamers and casual players the chance to immerse themselves in the real action at sea.
So what’s in store?
Virtual Regatta Offshore allows players to participate in all nine legs of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, with your virtual boat. Your boat sails 24h a day/ seven days a week. It’s up to the player to select the best heading and sails for the conditions. The game is available on all web platforms or from the Virtual Regatta apps (Android and IOS).
A 3D arcade-style game will allow players to get to know the Volvo Ocean 65, the new one-design boat that is being used by all teams. The objective of the game is to complete a short, technical course – as fast as possible. The game will be made available to the public in the stopover villages of the Volvo Ocean Race but it will also be online and on mobile applications (Android and IOS).
Follow the action online with Sébastien
For the nine months of the 38,739-nautical mile Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, an online news programme highlighting the virtual race entitled “Virtual Regatta News” will be hosted by the popular French presenter Sébastien Destremau and co-produced by Cypok Media. The programme will feature news related to the virtual competition: interviews with players, advice and reports about the actual race.
Kicking off in September – and all in a great cause
Virtual Regatta and the Volvo Ocean Race are working with Save the Albatross Campaign to bring you the Prologue of the Virtual Volvo Ocean Race. The virtual fleet will depart from the Isle of Wight on September 15, onboard the new Volvo Ocean 65, and arriving in the port of Alicante. All profits from the race will go to the Save The Albatross campaign, helping save these magnificent sea birds. This race is exclusively available on Virtual Regatta and will not count in the final ranking of the Virtual Volvo Ocean Race.
They said it…
“We hope to have hundreds of thousands players from five continents taking part in the Virtual Volvo Ocean Race. The international reach of the Volvo Ocean Race aligns perfectly with our objectives, and we hope to have immense success with this project. This year we have a number of innovations that we hope players and the partners of the Volvo Ocean Race will enjoy. Records are meant to be broken!” - Philippe Guigné, CEO of Virtual Regatta.
"Virtual Regatta and Volvo Ocean Race are the best at what they do and together we make a partnership which we’re sure will attract big followings for both our new games. One will be an opportunity for race fans and serious gamers alike to replicate the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 itself with all the kind of tough tactical choices the sailors themselves have to make at sea. And the other will be an arcade-style game which you can play online in just a few minutes and challenge your friends to see who’s best at the helm. I can’t wait for the virtual action to start!” – Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Save these dates now
September 15 - Departure of the Virtual Volvo Ocean Race Prologue
October 4 - In-port race in Alicante
October 11 - Departure of Leg 1 from Alicante to Cape Town