Volvo Cars is the fastest-growing top-5 premium brand in Europe
Volvo Cars’ European sales increased 12.9 per cent in the first eight months of this year, making it the fastest growing top 5 premium brand in Europe, according to independent figures compiled by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).
The strong first eight months of the year is attributable to healthy performances in larger European markets such as Germany, the UK and Sweden, while markets such as France, Italy, Poland, Spain and Finland have also shown steady growth.
Europe is Volvo Cars’ most important sales region, representing more than half of the company’s total global sales.
“The overall recovery of the European car market remains cautious but Volvo is clearly bucking that trend,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars. “I am pleased to see our cars selling so well in what is one of our largest and most important regions. Looking forward, we are well-positioned to benefit further from the European recovery.”
Customers across Europe have responded well to refreshed and updated versions of the Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80, all of which were launched in early 2013 as part of a large renewal programme.
The launch of Volvo Cars’ new two-litre, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain family also boosted Volvo‘s appeal to European car buyers. Volvo’s Drive-E powertrains offer drivers’ an unrivalled combination of power and environmental friendliness.
Elsewhere around the world, Volvo Cars has seen strong growth in China, its largest single market, where retail sales rose 36.9 per in the first eight months of the year, outgrowing its competitors.
The performances in China and Europe have offset a decline of 10.9 per cent in the US over the same period, resulting in overall global retail growth of 9.2 per cent for the first eight months of 2014.
Globally, Volvo Cars projects sales growth of approximately 10 per cent for the whole of 2014.
Paris Premiere: the all-new Volvo XC90
The general public will get their first look at the all-new Volvo XC90 at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
The all-new XC90 is a visually striking, premium quality seven-seat SUV with world leading safety features, a top-of-the-line 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.
Three years in the making and part of a USD11bn 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.”
“The adrenaline rush that is key to true driving pleasure is delivered by powertrains that offer an unrivalled combination of power and clean operation. And since the all-new XC90 carries the Volvo badge, world-class safety is standard,” added Peter Mertens.
All set for the big adventure!
- In-port race gives fleet a chance to test sea legs
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ALICANTE, Spain, October 2 – It’s been two long years of waiting but the Volvo Ocean Race returns to action in the opening Alicante in-port race on Saturday with anticipation rising thanks to a new one-design boat which promises the closest competition in the event's 41-year history.
The in-shore showdown marks the first competitive action since Franck Cammas’ French crew on Groupama lifted offshore’s most prestigious trophy back in June 2012.
This time, the seven-strong fleet will be competing for a second competition – the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Series – in Saturday’s race rather than points which count towards the overall prize.
Only if teams finish exactly equal on points in the offshore legs at the conclusion of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 in June next year will the in-port positions count as a tie-breaker.
The one-hour race around the southern Spanish port city’s harbour will give crews, media and fans alike the chance to see the new one-design Volvo Ocean 65 boats in serious action.
Whether the event will be a reliable form guide for the race proper is unlikely – in 2011, Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing boat won the in-port race in Alicante and then suffered a broken mast within hours of starting Leg 1 a week later.
But all crews are taking it very seriously with Leg 1 to Cape Town starting exactly a week after the Alicante in-port race on October 11.
“We always look forward to lining up against the other teams,” Walker said. “With the leg start just a week away it’s important that we protect the boat and the sails, but we will be gunning for a good result to kick off the campaign in style and give the fans back in Abu Dhabi something to cheer about.
“All the teams are very competitive and will also be out to win, so I’m sure the race will be an exciting spectacle,” he added.
The crew will welcome Britain’s Olympic medal-winning triathlon brothers Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee as guests on board, two men who know all about sport at its toughest.
The all-women’s crew of Team SCA, the first in the event since the 2001-02 race, were admitting some understandable apprehension mid-week about starting well.
“Although the in-port race doesn’t count towards the final result, we feel like we can still do a good performance and psychologically it’d be good to get a strong start to race properly,” said skipper Sam Davies. “We know that it’s not our strength, we’ve got to work hard.”
The action begins at 1400 local time (1200 GMT). The action will be shown live on www.volvooceanrace.com from 1350.
The teams are Team SCA (Sweden), Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Team Brunel (The Netherlands), Dongfeng Race Team (China), Team Alvimedica (Turkey/U.S.), MAPFRE (Spain), Team Vestas Wind (Denmark).
Volvo Cars introduces All Wheel Drive powertrain upgrade for V40 Cross Country
- All-Wheel Drive (AWD) rugged all-road capability
- Reduced emissions and improved fuel economy
- Powertrain upgrade completes a series of enhancements
The successful Drive-E powertrain with a 245 hp petrol turbo T5 engine that was made available earlier this year for the V40 is now being introduced for the V40 Cross Country – with the added capability of AWD.
“Volvo Cars is continuing to evolve the V40 Cross Country with this powertrain upgrade. The combination of the Drive-E T5 engine with AWD will give adventurous customers the power to explore, and all the control they need to be confident in all road conditions,” says Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Cars.
With 245 hp and 350 Nm of torque, the V40 Cross Country delivers all the power that drivers have come to expect from a Volvo. Adding to the refinement and fuel-efficient driveability is the 8-speed automatic gearbox with paddles on the steering wheel for manual gear shifting. The upgrade will be available starting mid-fall in Europe, with a global roll-out over the following months.
Impressive CO2 reductions
Since they were introduced last year, Volvo Cars’ ground-breaking four-cylinder Drive-E engines have been widely hailed for their unique ability to combine power and efficiency with a small footprint. Compared to the V40 Cross Country’s previous T5 engine, the new powertrain reduces emissions to an impressive 149 g/km – a level unmatched by the Audi Q3 TFSI Quattro (179 g/km), the BMW X1 BMW X1 xDrive20i xLine auto (170 g/km) or the Mercedez-Benz B-class (SUV) 220 Sport 4MATIC DCT (156 g/km).
This powertrain upgrade continues the series of enhancements that have been made to the V40 Cross Country this year. Other new additions have been a 19” Damara alloy wheel with grey diamond-cut rims, delivering not only extra comfort and off-road capability, but also less noise and added rim protection; plus a new exterior colour, Power Blue, as well as the updated on-board infotainment and navigation system, Sensus Connect, providing customers with a fully connected car.