Volvo Canada drives into new partnership with Aeroplan
First automotive partner for Canada’s premier loyalty program
TORONTO, ON, (September 4, 2013) – Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. is pleased to announce a new and exciting multi-year partnership agreement with Aeroplan, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program. Effective immediately, Aeroplan Members can earn Aeroplan Miles for purchases across the entire automotive lifecycle.
- Test Drive – Earn up to 250 miles for the test drive of any new Volvo car;
- Vehicle Purchase/Lease – On an ongoing basis members will be able to earn a minimum of 25,000 miles on all qualifying Volvo vehicles. In addition, from September 4th- October 31st, members can earn up to 75,000 miles for the purchase of a qualifying Volvo vehicle. See full details on specific models;
- Vehicle Servicing & Accessories – Earn 1 mile for every $1 spent for vehicle servicing and for the purchase of Volvo parts and accessories.
To celebrate the launch of this exciting new partnership, Volvo Canada will be offering Aeroplan Members some exclusive offers September 4th – October 31st , 2013.
- 75,000 Aeroplan Miles for purchase, lease or finance of 2013 model year Volvo S80
- 40,000 Aeroplan Miles for purchase, lease or finance of 2013 Volvo S60, XC70 or XC90
- Two Aeroplan Miles for every $1 spend for vehicle servicing, Volvo parts or accessories.
“We are honoured to be the first automotive partner involved with the Aeroplan loyalty program,” said Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. President and CEO Marc Engelen, “We believe that this partnership will ultimately provide additional value to existing Volvo owners and attract new buyers looking for a quality premium vehicle.”
“We are very excited to add Volvo, one of the world’s most recognized quality automotive brands, to our growing roster of premium partners,” said David Houston, Vice President, Partnerships, Aeroplan. “Volvo is Aeroplan’s first full life-cycle automotive partnership, providing our members with the opportunity to earn miles at every stage of the cycle, from test drive to service, and members will also benefit from Volvo’s ongoing commitment to an exceptional ownership experience, superior vehicle safety measures and outstanding customer service."
About Volvo Cars of Canada Corp.
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 and XC60 are among only 18 vehicles that were awarded the prestigious new Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).
For more information about Volvo and Volvo products, please visit www.volvocanada.com
Aeroplan, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program, is owned by Aimia Inc., a global leader in loyalty management.
Aeroplan's millions of members earn Aeroplan Miles with its growing network of over 75 world-class partners, representing more than 150 brands in the financial, retail, and travel sectors.
In 2012, approximately 2.3 million rewards were issued to members including more than 1.6 million flights on Air Canada and Star Alliance carriers which offer travel to more than 1,000 destinations worldwide. In addition to flights, members also have access to over 1,000 exciting specialty, merchandise, hotel, car rental and experiential rewards.
The Volvo Concept Coupé – the next-generation P1800:
Elegant confidence enabled by the new scalable architecture
Inspired by contemporary, progressive Scandinavian lifestyle and design as well as iconic elements from the past, the elegant new Volvo Concept Coupé is the first of a series of three concept cars that reveal the design possibilities created by the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).
After a more than a year of rising expectations, the first design by the new Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath, showcases how design builds emotion into the Volvo brand and points toward the next generation of Volvo models, starting with the forthcoming XC90 in 2014.
“The Volvo Concept Coupé is no futuristic dream car. It is designed to demonstrate the capability of our new architecture: the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures. Even though the all-new XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognize the connection instantly when it is revealed next year,” said Ingenlath.
Developed in-house for Volvo Cars only, the Scalable Product Architecture liberates Volvo’s designers and engineers from the limitations of previous cross-brand platforms.
“The new Volvo Concept Coupé reveals how we could shape our cars from now on. Free from the superficial surface excitement of other car brands, we add emotional value to the Volvo brand with the calm, confident beauty that is the hallmark of Scandinavian design,” says Thomas Ingenlath.
Powerful visual impact
The visual impact of the new proportions is most powerful when viewing the Volvo Concept Coupé from the side. The distance between the dashboard and the front axle is extended and the greenhouse has been moved slightly rearwards.
A low hood, roof, and the five-spoke, 21-inch wheels also contribute to the impression of an elegant Gran Tourer oozing effortless power. The confident stance is emphasized by a beltline that spans an elegant bow along the whole car.
“Think about the powerful calmness of a lion. He doesn’t have to prowl to radiate respect. Even lying down he shows very clearly what he is capable of,” smiles Ingenlath.
New T-shaped Daytime Running Lights
The face of the Volvo Concept Coupé is characterized by a new topography on the hood and the ‘floating’ grille, flanked by headlights featuring new T-shaped daytime running lights guides. Just like the rear light signature, the daytime running lights are distinctive elements in the new design direction of Volvo Cars.
“The face is new, but it also carries more than 85 years of Volvo heritage with great pride. We are still working with the final interpretation of the grille and the iron mark and this will be revealed together with the XC90 next year,” said Ingenlath.
Echoes the iconic P1800
The Concept Coupé also features elements that echo the design of the Volvo P1800 from the 1960s.
“It is a car designer’s duty to reflect and incorporate design signatures that are vital parts of the company’s heritage. The P1800 is an iconic Volvo, renowned for its beautiful forms and detailing. However, using elements from the P1800 exterior and interior has nothing to do with being retro. We are using these subtle links to a glorious past to create a future where sheer beauty becomes a recognized part of Volvo’s identity. That journey starts with Concept Coupé,” said Ingenlath.
Sparkling crystal gear-lever
The blue-grey exterior is echoed on the inside of the Volvo Concept Coupé. Refined, handcrafted elements such as the leather instrument panel, inlays made of naturally aged wood and the dark blue woven carpets are blended with beautifully machined metal details.”
“To me, handcrafted crystal is one of the finest examples of high-quality Scandinavian design and I love the idea of bringing it into the car. The prominent position of the gear-leaver is the perfect place for this sparkling sensation,” said Robin Page, Design Director Interior at Volvo Car Group. He adds: “The experience inside Concept Coupé is an excellent example of how we will make Volvo customers feel truly special.”
Large portrait touch-screen
The concept car also includes a totally new approach to Volvo Cars’ human-centric user experience. A large portrait touch-screen in the center console interacts with an adaptive digital display and head-up display in front of the driver.
“This is a natural integration of user interfaces in our new car generation. Interaction with pleasure but without distraction is the key. We bring connectivity into our cars to make them both more enjoyable and safe,” explains Ingenlath.
The Scalable Product Architecture is also being prepared for completely autonomous driving. The first features with autonomous steering to avoid accidents and make driving more comfortable will be introduced in 2014 – and Volvo Cars’ aim is to have cars with fully autonomous technology out on the roads before 2020.
Gasoline plug-in hybrid – powerful and efficient
The gasoline plug-in hybrid driveline in the Volvo Concept Coupé reflects Volvo Cars’ strategy to use electrification to create the most powerful versions in the new four-cylinder Drive-E engine family. This will take power figures up into V8 territory.
The concept car features a two-liter high-performance Drive-E gasoline engine with a supercharger and turbo. The petrol engine is teamed with an electric motor on the rear axle. This gives Volvo Concept Coupé a total output of around 400 hp and over 440 lb.-ft. of torque.
Volvo XC70 & XC90 win Vincentric Best Fleet Value in Canada awards
Accolade provides valuable service to consumers by analyzing cost-of-ownership
TORONTO, ON (August 1, 2013) - The second annual Vincentric Best Value in CanadaTM awards were recently announced with the Volvo XC70 and XC90 receiving nods in the premium wagon and premium mid-size crossover category respectively.
Each month Vincentric measures the cost to own and operate over 1,800 vehicle configurations based upon typical use in a commercial fleet. To determine these overall lifecycle costs, fleet purchase incentives are incorporated into the calculation of the Vincentric Fleet Price for each vehicle, and costs for each vehicle are measured in the following 8 areas: depreciation, insurance, fees and taxes, financing, fuel, maintenance, repairs and opportunity cost.
"Our awards take into account all costs involved with owning and operating a vehicle, enabling fleet buyers to understand automotive value and measure the impact a specific vehicle will have on their finances," said David Wurster, President of Vincentric. "The Vincentric Best Fleet Value in Canada awards for the XC70 and XC90 show that in addition to the many features and benefits associated with these vehicles, they provide great value as well."
To determine the Vincentric Best Fleet Value in CanadaTM awards, these fleet costs for each of the 1,800+ vehicle configurations were measured in all ten provinces, with this data being used to create Canada totals. The result was over 144,000 cost measurements. To qualify, manufacturers needed to have an active fleet program and meet specific thresholds for sales in the commercial and governmental markets.
"We are pleased to accept these Vincentric awards that recognize real world cost of ownership," says Marc Engelen, president & CEO Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. "The award-winning Volvo XC70 and XC90 provide owners with a true luxury experience while offering tremendous value."
Further information regarding all of the winners of the Vincentric Best Value in CanadaTM awards for the 2013 model year and the Vincentric methodology is available at http://cts.vresp.com/c/?Vincentric/5a931564ad/194f8b1771/e48b7ecfe4.
Vincentric provides data, knowledge, and insight to the automotive industry by identifying and applying the many aspects of automotive value. Vincentric data is used by organizations such as Yahoo! Autos, AOL, Cars.com, Chevrolet, Toyota, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Kiplinger.com, Business Fleet Magazine, Volvo, NADA Guides, The AutoChannel.com, and Fleet-Central.com as a means of providing automotive insight to their clientele. Vincentric, LLC is a privately held automotive data compilation and analysis firm headquartered in Bingham Farms, Michigan.
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 42 Volvo automobile retailers across the country. The S60 and XC60 are among only 18 vehicles that were awarded the prestigious new Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).