All-new Volvo XC90 Named Crossover of the Year by Rocky Mountain Automotive Press
DENVER, CO (March 16, 2016) – The all-new Volvo XC90 has been named Crossover of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press, a non-profit media association representing independent automotive journalists from 10 states including Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico.
The trophy was presented at a media event last night ahead of the Denver Auto Show.
Now in its tenth year, the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP) awards recognize vehicles that are all-new or significantly revised for the 2016 model year. The vehicle nominating committee considered performance, fuel economy, value, and vehicle features to narrow down the field to three finalists in the Rocky Mountain Crossover of the year. The finalists for 2016 were the Hyundai Tuscon, Nissan Murano and Volvo XC90.
After voting by the entire RMAP membership was complete, the Volvo XC90 was declared the winner.
“The Rockies and greater Midwest are very important markets for Volvo and we are grateful to receive this honor,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO, Volvo Car USA. “Volvo understands people in this area want to lead healthy, active lifestyles and the XC90 enables that.”
Redesigned from the ground up the 2016 XC90 carries forward the full-size SUV torch for Volvo, the 89-year-old Swedish automaker best known for building some of the safest passenger vehicles available.
The elegantly styled XC90 is available with a range of powerful and efficient powertrain configurations, from a 250-horsepower turbocharged engine with front-wheel-drive to a 400-horsepower, all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid that can propel seven-passengers to 60 MPH in about five seconds and get 53 MPGe.
Inside, the XC90 features Volvo’s Sensus control system, which is centered around a 9.3-inch tablet-like touchscreen that incorporates most vehicle controls, including Apple CarPlay, and can be operated without removing gloves.
Like all new Volvos the XC90 also features Intellisafe, a full suite of active and passive safety technologies. And with semi-autonomous driving features like Pilot Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control the XC90 is ready for life in the twenty-first century. Together these features and functions are helping Volvo realize Vision 2020, which states that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car.
Volvo Cars’ S60 and V60 Edition add design to driving pleasure
Volvo Cars is set to begin production of special editions of the S60, Volvo’s premium mid-size four-door sedan and its expressive sibling, the five-door V60 estate. The cars will come with a range of attractive exterior and interior updates that add an additional splash of dynamism.
The S60 and V60 cars from Volvo deliver a distinct mix of everyday driving pleasure with the comfort, convenience and safety that only Volvo can deliver.
“The S60 and V60 are drivers’ cars. Our focus with the Model Year 2017 Edition is to take this winning concept even further with a combination of fresh design features,” said Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group.
Inside the cabin the S60 and V60 Edition models come with sport leather seats in off-black or soft beige, complemented by a black headliner. The steering wheel, which can now be ordered with built-in heating, has also been treated to a contrasting thread and groove, adding looks and luxury to the feel. Contrasting stitching has also been added on the gearshift gaiter. Two interior trims will be offered – Milled Aluminum, as standard and Piano Black as an option.
On the exterior several new exterior colors will be available including the expressive Mussel Blue and Luminous Sand options recently seen on the new S90, V90 and XC90 models. The S60 and V60 Edition will offer a choice of two new wheels, the diamond cut 17” Rodinia, the 18” Tucan, adding a dynamic look and feel.
In keeping with the glossy black of the new wheels, the Edition models also come with a range of high gloss black features, front and rear bumper inserts, and the grille, which is enhanced by horizontal chrome bars. The Edition models also come with integrated tailpipes, retractable door mirrors and park assist (rear) as standard.
Volvo Achieves NHTSA and IIHS Standards 11 Years Ahead of Schedule
Today the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced an agreement between major automakers to make Automatic Emergency Braking standard on vehicles by 2025, something Volvo has been doing since 2014.
“Automatic Emergency Braking is a critical part of our Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by the year 2020,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President & CEO of Volvo Car USA, “thousands of Volvo owners have already realized the benefits of this technology.”
In January 2016, a report conducted by IIHS showed that City Safety, which includes Volvo’s Automatic Emergency Braking function, reduced rear-end collisions by 41% and injuries to occupants by 47%.
Volvo continues to develop new safety technologies and make them standard in order to achieve the company’s Vision 2020. Recent technologies include:
- Large Animal Detection with Automatic Braking, a world first safety innovation, will warn the driver about large animals entering the roadway and stop the vehicle to avoid an accident. This technology will be on the 2017 S90 and XC90
- Cyclist and Pedestrian with Automatic Braking provides advanced warning and automatic braking when cyclists or pedestrians are present in the vehicle’s lane of travel. This feature is available on all Volvo models.
- Intersection Auto Brake debuted with the 2016 XC90 and is another world-first safety technology that prevents a Volvo driver from steering into oncoming traffic at an intersection via automatic braking.
More information about Volvo’s safety innovations can be found here.