Volvo Ocean Race/Team Vestas Wind statement (updated)
At 1510 UTC, Saturday, November 29, Team Vestas Wind informed Race Control that their boat was grounded on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean. Fortunately, no one has been injured.
We are in contact with the boat to establish the extent of the damage and ensure the crew is given the support needed to enable it to deal with the situation.
The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Reunion Island is aware of the problem.
The crew has informed us that it is currently grounded on a reef but nobody is injured. Volvo Ocean Race and Team Vestas Wind’s top priority is to make sure the crew is safe.
The crew has informed Race organisers that it now plans to abandon the boat as soon as possible after daybreak.
Team Alvimedica and two other vessels are in contact with Team Vestas Wind to assist.
We will give you more information as it becomes available.
Volvo Ocean Race/Team Vestas Wind updated statement (2045 UTC)
Team Alvimedica has now arrived at the site, is in radio contact with Team Vestas Wind and standing by to assist Team Vestas Wind, waiting for daylight.
Race Control is in contact with Team Vestas Wind every hour. The situation is currently stable on board and the crew plans to remain on board until daylight.
There is also contact established with a coastguard station on Isle de Sud, approximately 1.5 km from the boat, which has a RIB available.
The plan is for this vessel to assist in abandoning the boat as soon as possible after daylight.
Both rudders have been reported broken by the Team Vestas Wind crew. The team has also reported water ingress in the stern compartment.
The Volvo Ocean 65 has watertight bulkheads in the bow and the stern. The remaining part of the boat is intact including the rig.
We will update as soon as we have further information.
Volvo Ocean Race/Team Vestas Wind update (2145 UTC)
Team Vestas Wind reported that they had now deployed two life rafts as the stern of the boat was being beaten on rocks of the reef. The bow is pointing out to sea.
The team added that they were keeping the life rafts some 15 metres from the boat, which the crew could reach if necessary.
There were no plans to do this yet but the life rafts had been deployed now as they may not be able to do so later.
The current plan remains to abandon the boat at daylight with the assistance of the coastguard at Íle du Sud as well as Team Alvimedica.
We will update you further as more details become available.
Volvo Ocean Race/Team Vestas Wind update (0045 UTC)
Team Vestas Wind reported to Race Management that all nine crew have safely abandoned the boat. The life rafts are anchored to a dry section of the reef, where the crew awaits daylight.
At daylight, they intend to board a RIB from the local coastguard to be taken ashore on a nearby island or join Team Alvimedica. All nine are uninjured.
We will continue to give updates on the situation as we receive more information.
Volvo Ocean Race/Team Vestas Wind update (0300 UTC)
Race Control has had it confirmed that the Team Vestas Wind crew has now been rescued and will stay on the Íle du Sud, where there is a house and some facilities. All the crew is safe and nobody is injured.
Team Vestas Wind is making plans with Volvo Ocean Race on how to transport the crew off the island as well as how to salvage the boat.
Team Alvimedica has now been released and will continue racing towards Abu Dhabi.
Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, said: “I’m extremely relieved that every one of the nine crew members now are safe and that nobody is injured. 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.”
John Scotti Volvo marks North American Debut of Volvo Retail Experience concept
Montréal, QC. November 26th, 2014. John Scotti Volvo unveiled the all-new Volvo Retail Experience, a retail design concept that enhances the customer experience while focusing on design quality and contemporary aesthetics. John Scotti Volvo is the first retailer in North America to implement the new retail experience concept. The new design provides a welcoming, accessible retailer for Volvo customers offering a warm accessibility that signals another positive illustration of the future of Volvo in Canada.
“The Volvo Retail Experience concept is a positive signal of Volvo’s commitment to Canada as well as the brand’s bright future in the automotive landscape,” said President & CEO Marc Engelen. “John Scotti Volvo is the first retailer in North America to showcase the Volvo Retail Experience concept demonstrating their continued dedication to the re-invigoration of the Volvo brand.”
The Volvo Retail Experience Concept is a design that can be universally applied, offering flexibility to adapt to the diverse retail network of Canada. The concept is designed around a delicate balance of contrasts that focuses on both the exterior and interior of the retailer. The design, furniture and lighting complement one another and all align as part of Volvo’s loyalty to its Scandinavian heritage.
Volvo Cars at the 2014 Guangzhou Motor Show
China to be the cornerstone of Volvo Car Group’s global expansion
- Record sales of at least 80,000 this year, making China Volvo’s largest market
- Popular XC60 crossover to be built in China at plant in Chengdu
- All new sedan to be made in China at plant in Daqing
- Asia launch of all-new XC90 at Guangzhou
Volvo Car Group, the Swedish company owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding, is committed to making China the centerpiece of its global expansion plans by establishing new manufacturing facilities and ensuring its most up to date models are manufactured in China and made available for sale both domestically and internationally.
China is poised to replace the US as Volvo Cars largest market in 2014 with sales of at least 80,000 cars, up from 61,146 in 2013, highlighting the company’s growing presence in the world’s fastest growing automobile market.
The premium segment of the car market in China is forecast to grow by 20 per cent this year. Volvo Cars expects to outpace this growth in 2014, indicating it is gaining market share from its competitors. It has a long-term goal of selling 200,000 cars a year in the country.
Volvo Cars underlined its long term commitment to China earlier this month by significantly expanding its manufacturing facility in Daqing, China.
Daqing will make some of the most innovative vehicles in Volvo’s product range, based on its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), a modular vehicle technology. This move will make Daqing one of the most advanced car making facilities in China. The first SPA Volvo to be made in Daqing will be an all-new premium Sedan.
Also this month Volvo Cars started production of its bestselling XC60 at its plant in Chengdu. The Volvo XC60 is the second model to be produced in Chengdu after the plant started production of the Volvo S60L long wheel base sedan in November 2013.
Adding the XC60 to the Chengdu production line also means that the plant will add 500 new manufacturing jobs, bringing the total headcount in the plant to around 2,650 employees. A new working time system will secure the required increase in output.
The XC60 is the best-selling Volvo model globally and in China.
Globally, XC60 sales have increased 20.4 per cent to 98,309 cars in the first nine months of 2014, while sales in China are up 32.3 per cent to 24,940 cars over the same period. Earlier this year, the XC60 passed the 500,000 cars sold mark since it was launched in 2008.
Chinese premiere in Guangzhou: the all-new Volvo XC90
At the 2014 Guangzhou Motor Show, Volvo Cars will for the first time show the all-new Volvo XC90 to Chinese audiences. Together with the United States, China will be the main market for what is the first Volvo fully developed under the company’s Chinese ownership.
The all-new XC90 is a visually striking, premium quality seven-seat SUV with world-leading safety features, a top-of-the-line T8 Twin Engine powertrain with close to 400 horsepower and CO2 emissions of around 60 g/km, an unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency and a superlative interior finish. The car also features beautiful interior and exterior design including an innovative tablet-like touch screen control console, which forms the heart of an all-new in-car control system.
Together with the China-produced S60L Petrol Plug-in Hybrid, the XC90 T8 Twin Engine confirms Volvo Cars’ leading position within smart electrification. In 2015 Volvo will start offering Chinese buyers an XC90 T8 Twin Engine with an extended electric range of 50km, in order to meet local regulations.
Three years in the making and part of a USD 11bn investment programme, the all-new XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history. The car captures Volvo’s future design direction, incorporates its own range of new technologies and utilises its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology and its highly efficient two-litre, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain family.
As such, the all-new XC90 is firm evidence of the Volvo-by-Volvo strategy. Its outstanding combination of luxury, space, versatility, efficiency and world-class safety will bring the SUV segment into a new dimension, just as the original XC90 achieved in 2002.
“SPA has enabled us to create the world’s first SUV without compromises,” said Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research and Development of Volvo Car Group. “You get the in-command feel, generous interior space and flexible capability combined with the agility and smooth comfort of a much smaller and lower car.”
A special First Edition series of 1,927 XC90s – offered globally and on-line only – sold out in only 47 hours in September. Around 350 of the First Edition cars went to Chinese buyers – a good indication of how attractive the XC90 is for luxury SUV customers in China.
Volvo in Daqing
Volvo Cars has an existing manufacturing facility in Daqing which was founded in September 2013. Its first product, the XC Classic, a version of Volvo’s world famous XC90 SUV, and was launched in China in September 2014.
The existing Daqing plant has around 700 employees and an initial capacity of 80,000 vehicles.
Volvo Cars' decision to significantly expand production in Daqing highlights its growing commitment in China. The Swedish company is majority owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding, a Chinese company, but also enjoys a close and developing relationship with the Daqing city government, which owns 37 per cent of Volvo Cars.
Volvo Cars and the city of Daqing are working together to help spur economic growth and development in the city and surrounding region, driven by Volvo Cars' growing presence in the fast growing Chinese car market.
Volvo in Chengdu
The Chengdu plant is located in the Chengdu Economic and Technological Development Zone in central China. Annual production capacity of the plant is 120,000 cars.
Volvo Cars also has a plant in Daqing, northeast China, where assembly has started of the Volvo XC Classic, a locally-built variant of the first-generation Volvo XC90 for the Chinese market.
Furthermore, Volvo Cars operates an engine plant in Zhangjiakou, northwest of Beijing, which has been operational since the autumn of 2013 and supplies engines to Chengdu and Daqing.
All of the company’s operations in China have been developed according to the Volvo Cars’ global standards and processes used in the Torslanda and Ghent plants in Europe.
“The Chengdu plant is absolutely on a par with our European plants,” said Lars Danielson, Senior Vice President Volvo Cars China Operations and CEO of Volvo Car China. “Whether it is in terms of quality, installed technology and equipment, working environment and safety or environmental performance, our plant in Chengdu matches Volvo Cars’ global standards and requirements.”
China quality is global quality
Cars made in China will be of global standards. Volvo uses global, monitored standards such as the Volvo Cars Manufacturing System, Volvo Cars’ global quality engineering, quality audit and quality assurance standards.
Levels of installed technology and equipment are also the same as are the working environment, safety and environmental performance standards. This experience will be matched at all its China operations.
On top of the Global Manufacturing System, Volvo imposes global standards in all other operational areas. All employees have been trained for their task according to Volvo Cars’ global training standards. All suppliers have successfully passed a strict evaluation process according to Volvo Cars’ global supplier standards.
All operations must be in compliance with the Volvo Cars Global Environmental Standards. All cornerstones of Volvo Cars’ global standards and processes have been implemented in areas such as working environment, health and safety. This experience will be matched at all its China operations.