Volvo Cars’ European registrations up 8.4 per cent in April, growing faster than the overall market
The positive momentum of Volvo Cars’ growing sales in Europe continued in April and Volvo Cars is now growing faster than its main premium competitors in Europe. The latest report from ACEA* shows that while the overall European market was up by 4.2 per cent, Volvo Cars grew by 8.4 per cent. Sweden, UK, The Netherlands and Spain were the main drivers of growth for Volvo Cars.
“We are encouraged that our new product range with the Drive-E engines is so well received. This will allow us to continue to grow going forward”, says Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Cars.
For the first four months of the year, Volvo Cars is also ahead of the market development with registrations growing by 8.8 per cent versus 7.1 per cent for the whole market.
The total number of Volvo registrations in Europe amounted to 20,840 cars in April (2013: 19,224) and for the period January-April 80,180 Volvos were registered (73,682).
A strong product offer including an entirely new engine family is boosting demand for Volvo Cars in European dealerships. The Volvo XC60 crossover is the main growth driver while also the XC70 crossover and the V60 sportswagon models are boosting customer demand. The positive developments are expected to continue as the new Drive-E engine family, offering class leading performance and fuel economy, is reaching showrooms.
*European Automobile Manufacturers' Association
Volvo Ocean Race boats clock up 30,000 miles with help of official logistics partner GAC Pindar
ALICANTE, May 19 (Volvo Ocean Race) - Five Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 boats have already covered around 30,000 nautical miles in their pre-event preparations giving both teams and event organisers the opportunity to test equipment and crews on land and sea.
The training runs have visited seven ports in the United States, China, Portugal, Spain (Lanzarote) and the United Kingdom ahead of the race that will start in October this year.
“We’re delighted with how our new one-design boat, the Volvo Ocean 65, is shaping up so far with all the crews reporting back to us positively on their progress so far,” said the event’s Race Director Jack Lloyd.
The trips have also put the Volvo Ocean Race’s Official logistics partner, GAC Pindar to the test, assisting all teams with their global transport challenges.
One team taking full advantage of GAC Pindar’s services is the Chinese entry, the Dongfeng Race Team. Their boat is now currently being shipped to Newark, USA, ahead of the team’s transatlantic crossing, which will be in full race mode.
Lou Newlands of the Dongfeng Race Team said: “We are delighted to have the expert support of GAC Pindar in the build-up to and during the Volvo Ocean Race.
“Plans can change at a moment’s notice in the sport of offshore sailing and GAC Pindar has always responded effectively under tight deadlines. We look forward to working with them more closely as the race gets underway.”
Team Alvimedica, meanwhile, are in Lisbon preparing for their transatlantic crossing to Newport, Rhode Island in May. GAC Pindar was tasked with the rapid transportation of two containers to arrive in Portugal ahead of their boat.
Bill Erkelens, Chief Executive Officer of Team Alvimedica, said: “We left for Lisbon slightly earlier than originally scheduled and needed to ensure our containers arrived ahead of the boat. GAC Pindar ensured that they arrived in the perfect location and ahead of schedule. As a result, we are now able to start preparing our boat for the transatlantic.”
Tom Touber, Chief Operating Officer of the Volvo Ocean Race, said: “Even though the Race is still some five months away, our logistics partners GAC Pindar are already showing their value to us and the teams in this important pre-event preparation period.
“The Volvo Ocean Race offers a very testing logistics challenge and it is vital to us that we have the right partner to deliver a totally reliable service to keep our nine-month event visiting 11 countries on track. That is why we have gone for experience and have partnered with GAC Pindar.”
GAC Pindar will provide a complete logistics support package for the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, including transportation and customs clearance of pavilions and hospitality infrastructure for the Race Villages as well as broadcast and other support equipment for the ports the Race will visit over the nine months.
The 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will begin in Alicante, Spain on October 4, 2014 with the in-port race there. With the 1st leg, Alicante to Cape Town, starting on October 11 the teams will cover 38,739 nautical miles before the finish and a final in-port race in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 27, 2015.
Volvo XC60 passes 500,000 units sold milestone
The Volvo XC60, Volvo Car Group’s (Volvo Cars) best-selling model since 2009, passed the 500,000 units sold mark in April. It has taken the model only little over half a decade to reach this milestone.
The XC60’s excellent sales performance is another indicator of Volvo Cars’ strong growth in recent years and future potential. The model, which has been on sale since 2008, has steadily seen its sales volumes increase since its introduction. In 2012 the XC60 breached the 100,000 mark for the first time with 106,203 units sold, while in 2013 over 114,000 units were sold. During the first four months of 2014 Volvo Cars sold 41,920 XC60s, an increase of 24.2 per cent compared to the same period in 2013.
'With the XC60 we have shown that we have the ability to compete on equal terms with our German rivals like BMW and Audi, and it gives us strength to do the same with future models,' says Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Cars. "This is a car that is not only a success today but will continue to be one in future.”
The destination for the 500,000th XC60 was the United States. The US is also the market that has sold the most XC60s (thus far around 73,000 units), closely followed by China with around 70,000 units sold, and then Germany, Sweden and the UK.
There are several reasons for the success of the Volvo XC60, says Alain Visser. Part of the explanation is that the car came at the right time, while it also carried forward the confidence that was built up with the success of the XC90.
“Most of all, the XC60 is a timeless model and a very good representation of what Volvo's brand stands for,” says Alain Visser. “The ability to personalise the model with a wide range of accessories has also been an important factor in its success."
"I see no reason why more of our models won't sell just as well," Alain Visser concludes. "For example, we are confident that the V40 will achieve over 100,000 units sold during this year and I see that as just one more step on the journey towards our long-term goal of selling 800,000 cars annually.”