Multi-talented Swedes Join Forces To Deliver The Soundtrack Of The Summer
- Volvo Car UK supports up and coming Swedish singer songwriter Andreas Moe
- Signed to Sony Scandinavia, Germany and Benelux and Believe Digital for the rest of the world, Andreas arrives in UK this month to launch his international solo career
- Andreas’ next EP ‘Ocean’ launches July 14th, 2014
Following Volvo Cars successful collaboration with Swedish superstar Robyn, Volvo Car UK is delighted to announce it is joining forces with another talented Swedish musician, Andreas Moe, to launch his international solo career.
Already well known in his native Sweden, and now stepping out from behind the production desk, where he has collaborated and featured with DJ Royalty such as Avicii, Tiesto and Hardwell, 25-year-old Andreas Moe kicks off his international career this month.
In addition to his production credits and features, Andreas is also an accomplished song writer, having collected three double Platinum, two Platinum awards for various artists and 1 Gold award for a recent collaboration with Boyzone, and has toured as main support act to headliners such as Gabrielle Aplin.
To kick start the partnership, Andreas arrived at Volvo Car UK’s headquarters in Maidenhead to perform a live set for staff. Meanwhile, his upcoming EP, ‘Ocean’ is released on July 14th and the lead single can be viewed on social media here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKuyZ6gSqkE
“I’m really excited about this partnership and delighted that Volvo Car UK is supporting me at this early stage in my career,” said Andreas.
“I’ve grown up with Volvo in Sweden so it’s amazing that they’re helping me out here in the UK – I’m looking forward to working with them on some exciting projects throughout the year.”
Born in Stockholm, Andreas kicked off his career aged 16, touring every single youth club, bar and music venue in his home city before becoming a sought after writer, session guitarist, producer and singer in his own right. In 2011, he signed his first publishing deal with London based Phrased Differently.
A musical polymath, Andreas says his influences have been equally wide-ranging, from Michael Jackson, to Iron Maiden and Kiss, to Jeff Buckley. His own songs cover these musical influences, while lyrical inspiration comes from his experiences of love and relationships.
Andreas had his first big break in 2011 when he was asked to feature on Avicii's world-wide hit single 'Fade into Darkness' and from there the buzz picked up furthermore when he sang and co-wrote the double Platinum selling singles “Long Time”, “Under The Sun” and “Dance Our Tears Away” with Swedish DJ, John de Sohn, picked up by LA Reid in the US on Epic Records. Since then, Andreas has continued to collaborate with well known DJ’s around the world and enjoys writing toplines for dance music, however his heart has always been and will always be in pursuing his own singer songwriter career.
Andreas has released two EPs to date including “Collecting Sunlight” in 2012 and “This Year” in 2013. He was also chosen as main support to Gabrielle Aplin on her UK live tour in 2013 where he played in front of 40,000 fans. During the rest of 2013, he wrote his debut album, which is due for release in Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Benelux through Sony Music in October 2014
This year outside of Scandinavia, he will be releasing two EPs with a third following in January 2015. These releases will be supported by a very busy touring schedule which will see him performing at UK festivals, support tours and headline shows over this period. In addition, he also has features confirmed with Tiesto in June and Hardwell & Tiesto in October.
Nikki Rooke, Head of Corporate Communications, Events & Sponsorship at Volvo Car UK, said: “This is a great opportunity for two multi-talented Swedes to join forces here in the UK. Andreas is an amazing rising talent, with really strong musical credentials and songs that immediately just grab you. We’re delighted to be working with him on this year’s sound of the summer.”
Volvo Cars issues 2013 Sustainability report:
Volvo Cars leads the way in reducing fleet CO2 emissions
Volvo Cars reduced average fleet emissions by 8.4 per cent from 2012 to 2013, according to figures monitored by European car industry association ACEA. This underlines Volvo Cars’ position at the forefront of the European car industry in bringing down emission levels and further cements its environmental credentials.
Volvo Cars’ strong environmental performance serves as a reminder of the company’s technological leadership and innovation power. Volvo leads the industry when it comes to bringing more environmentally sound technologies to market, as witnessed by products such as the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid and the fully in-house developed Drive-E powertrain family. These technologies contributed to an average fleet emission level, weighed by sales volume, of only 131 g/km in 2013 (143 g/km in 2012).
These and other facts on Volvo Cars’ environmental performance are included in the latest edition of the company’s annual Sustainability Report, which is now available online (click here to download). Apart from emission levels of Volvo Cars’ vehicle line-up and the company’s sustainability strategy, the report also informs readers about how the company works with issues like energy efficiency within its operations, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, as well as compliance and ethics.
With the new Drive-E powertrains, Volvo Cars has created a family of smaller, more intelligent petrol and diesel engines with power curves that give exciting drivability while at the same time delivering the fuel economy of only four cylinders. By adding electrification such as plug-in hybrid technology to the engines, Volvo Cars can provide customers with both ultra-efficient and high-performance engines.
As such, the two-litre Drive-E powertrains offer customers a world-class blend of drivability and low CO2 emissions. For instance, the Volvo S60 T6 with 306 horsepower and the new 8-speed automatic is the first car in this segment that delivers over two horsepower per gram CO2 from a combustion engine only. The D4 with 181 horsepower and manual gearbox is the first diesel car on this power level in the premium D-segment with CO2 emissions under 100 g/km.
The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is Volvo Cars most technically advanced model ever - an electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car all rolled into one. The V60 Plug-in Hybrid is available with a full range of colours and specifications including R-Design, while retaining its class-leading emission levels of 48 g/km.
A rare Volvo convertible turns 60 years: the Volvo Sport
On 2 June 1954 the two-seater roadster, the Volvo Sport, and the company's first sports car, made its debut. But a low weight and reliable Volvo technology were not enough - production was shut down after just 67 had been built. Or was it 68?
The name of the new car was short and sweet - Sport - and it had a short and plump body with a big grill that looked like a turbine. The wheelbase was 20 centimetres shorter than that of the Volvo PV 444, whose mechanics it otherwise shared. Under the hood there was a 1.4 litre tuned version of the PV 444 engine, with twin carburettors and 70 horsepower. The top speed was specified as 155 km/h.
The Volvo Sport was the direct result of the many reconnaissance trips made to the USA by the company's founder and MD Assar Gabrielsson in the early 1950s. In his quest to learn as much as possible about the market before launching Volvo on the other side of the Atlantic, he met a lot of people in the car world. One company that he came into contact with was Glasspar in Montecito, California. Since 1951 they had been building hulls for boats and bodies for sports cars using the new material fibreglass.
Gabrielsson was very interested in the manufacturing process and wanted to find out how the material worked in Sweden. Furthermore, he had also noted in the USA that there was a huge interest in small, European sports cars - so Volvo ought to build one!
In 1953, Glasspar was tasked with designing a body, producing moulds, building the first prototype, and training Volvo's staff in how to design and manufacture fibreglass bodies. Back home in Gothenburg, Volvo's engineers were ordered to develop a suitable frame chassis that would fit the body.
Short development time
The project progressed at a rapid pace. By the beginning of 1954 Glasspar had delivered the first drivable prototype to Volvo, although it was still far from fully developed. For example, it lacked a canopy top and side windows that could be wound down. The prototypes faced tough criticism during internal testing. The chassis was too weak, the plastic cracked, the doors fitted poorly, and the three-speed gearbox was far from sporty.
By the time of the presentation at Torslanda Airport another two prototypes had been completed and Volvo was able to show it was serious about its sports car project. Those present were told the car would reach the market in 1955, and that a first series of 300 cars would be produced, all for export.
Straight after the first showing, Volvo undertook a demonstration tour with the three cars, visiting all Volvo dealers in Sweden.
The beginning of something new
In the spring of 1956 the first cars were delivered to customers in countries such as South Africa, Brazil, Morocco, and the USA. However, cars were also delivered to Swedish customers - the original policy that the Volvo Sport would be for export only had been reassessed. By that stage the car had been redesigned in several respects and now had a canopy top roof and windows that wound down. But the gearbox was still only three-speed.
Production and sales were slow and during the first year only 44 were built. In 1957 another 23 were built, but after the newly appointed MD Gunnar Engellau got to drive a Volvo Sport for a weekend he decided that production should cease immediately. The car did not live up to Volvo's quality requirements and the company was losing money on every car it sold.
The total number produced was 67, but later research shows that two cars were, probably accidentally, given chassis number 20. That would mean that 68 Volvo Sports were built. Surprisingly, many of the cars are still in existence - the whereabouts of around 50 are known.
Despite the failure of P1900 - as the car was known internally - Volvo still gained useful experience from the project. Shortly after the stop in production of the Volvo Sport, MD Gunnar Engellau commissioned a new sports car - made from steel. Four years later the Volvo P1800 was ready - and a significantly greater success for Volvo.