Volvo Canada officially welcomes V60 Sportswagon to Vancouver
2015 model unveiled at VIAS features world-first Cyclist Detection active safety technology
VANCOUVER, B.C. (March 25, 2014) – Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. President and CEO Marc Engelen unveiled the exciting new 2015 Volvo V60 Sportswagon to media at the Vancouver International Auto Show today. Available at Volvo Canada retailers now at a starting MSRP of $39,800, the new-to-Canada V60 has already garnered an overwhelmingly positive reaction from consumers and automotive media alike.
While the V60 follows the rich heritage of safety and utility that Volvo has always stood for, it also marks a bold departure with its elegant styling, intuitive technology, stirring performance, dynamic handling and a luxurious interior that offers a true premium experience.
Since the very first wagon, safety has always been of paramount importance to Volvo and the V60 Sportswagon takes this legacy to the next level. New advanced software, including more rapid vision processing and advanced radar technology have made it possible to extend the Blind Spot Information System to include a Lane Change Merge Aid and Cross Traffic Alert. It has allowed City Safety to operate up to 50 km/h and also for Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake technology to now identify cyclists.
Customers can choose from the 250 hp V60 T5 AWD, the award-winning T6 AWD putting out 300 hp, or opt for the aggressive styling and sublime performance of the V60 R-Design boasting 325 hp and 354 lb.-ft. of torque mated to Haldex electronically variable all-wheel-drive with Instant Traction.
The V60 Sportswagon is available with a technologically advanced and fuel efficient four-cylinder Drive-E powerplant mated to an eight-speed transmission. This range of smaller, more intelligent engines feature power curves that give exciting drivability compared with engines with more cylinders. At the same time fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced. Developed completely in-house and produced at Volvo Car Group's engine plant in Skövde, Sweden, the Drive-E family of engines marks a true milestone in Volvo’s history.
Utilizing both supercharging and turbocharging technology, these direct-injection powertrains have been optimized to deliver higher performance than today's six-cylinder units, while offering lower fuel consumption than most four-cylinder engines. These highly sophisticated powertrains have also been designed to incorporate electrification right from the start, paving the way towards a greener future without compromise.
Volvo’s future also includes a recently announced partnership with Apple. Our innovative Human Machine Interface promises to transform the in-car experience by allowing drivers to use voice and steering wheel controls to access Apple features and services, ensuring that the driver’s attention is always on the road.
Volvo’s dedication to understanding and preventing distracted driving goes one step further with the development of in-car systems that can recognize and distinguish whether a driver is tired, inattentive or preoccupied.
A number of research projects have also been orchestrated recently with great success, including one that utilizes magnets in the roadway to determine a vehicle’s position in the lane. Another is a pilot project in which road friction information from individual cars is shared within a cloud-based system. This real-time data about slippery or dangerous areas on the road can then be used to warn vehicles nearby, at the same time as it contributes to making winter road maintenance more efficient.
All of these innovative technologies strengthen our commitment to Vision 2020; our goal that no one shall be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo by the year 2020.
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, S80 and XC60 are among only 22 vehicles that have been awarded the prestigious new Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). Volvo Cars is committed to Vision 2020, our goal that no one shall be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo by the year 2020.
Volvo S60 and V60 Win Premium Car of the Year
Volvo Car UK is delighted to announce that its S60 and V60 models have been named Best Premium Car of the Year by leading business sales publication Fleet News at an award ceremony last night, beating the Audi A4 and A6 and BMW 3-Series.
Along with winning the Fleet News Premium Car of the Year, the Swedish car maker was shortlisted in two further categories, namely New Company Car of the Year with the S60 and V60 models and Best Crossover with the XC60.
Volvo’s recent range of more fuel efficient engines; the quality, desirability and reliability of its premium cars; along with the efficiency of its ‘Designed Around You And Your Business’ fleet solutions were all key factors in winning the award.
It marks a flying start to 2014 for Volvo Car UK’s Business Sales division as the company brings to market new, class-leading versions of the Volvo V60 with an all-new D4 engine that emits a class-leading 99g/km CO2 while producing 181hp, making it a compelling choice for company car users. The new D4 engine will be available in the popular V40 5-door hatchback later this year, providing business customers with even more choice.
Selwyn Cooper, Head of Business Sales for Volvo Car UK, commented: “We’re delighted to have won this Fleet News award, which serves to underscore Volvo’s commitment to providing great cars and user experiences to our business customers. With our new D4 engine, we have one of our strongest model line-ups to date for 2014 and we look forward to building on this success.”
Volvo Initiates Project Using Cloud-based Communication to Make Driving Safer
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (March 19, 2014) - Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars), the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen) are joining forces for a pilot project in which road friction information from individual cars is shared within a cloud-based system.
The real-time data about slippery patches on the road are used to warn vehicles nearby, at the same time as it contributes to making winter road maintenance more efficient.
“The pilot is one of the first practical examples of the way communication between vehicles over the mobile network enables vehicles to ‘speak’ to each other and with the traffic environment. This can contribute to making traffic safer,” says Erik Israelsson, Project Leader Cooperative ITS (Intelligent Transport System) at Volvo Cars.
“We have 50 test cars on the roads, and next winter the fleet will grow considerably. Our aim is to make the technology available for our customers within a few years,” he adds.
Using the mobile network
When the Volvo test car detects an icy or slippery road patch, the information is transmitted to Volvo Cars’ database via the mobile phone network. An instant warning is transmitted to other vehicles that are approaching the slippery area, making it possible for the drivers to take immediate action to avoid a critical situation.
A slippery road warning on the instrument cluster alerts the driver. The application in the vehicle will be designed to adapt the driver warning to match the severity level based on the vehicle speed and the present road conditions.
Improved winter road maintenance
The information about the icy patch is also sent to the road administrator as a complement to existing measurement stations along the road. The data can help the road administrator and key partners to better plan and execute winter road maintenance and quickly address changed conditions.
“When the road administrator has access to information from a large number of cars, the data can be used to make winter road maintenance more efficient. The information could help to improve road safety further for all road users. This could also reduce the use of salt when not needed and minimize the environmental impact,” says Israelsson.
Volvo Cars recognizes that the maintained integrity of end-users is an important aspect of the system. The information shared with the road administrator will not include data of unique vehicles. The aggregated information is used solely to describe the present status of the road network.
Ambitious connectivity strategy
Volvo Cars strategically invests in and initiates partnerships to create cloud-based solutions, and the slippery road warning is the first safety feature in the Volvo cloud. The development of sophisticated communication via the mobile network is part of the company’s aim to offer customers a fully connected experience.
“This is only the beginning. In the future we will have increased exchange of vital information between vehicles,” says Erik Israelsson. “There is considerable potential in this area, including safer traffic, a more comfortable drive and an improved traffic flow.”
“The strategic focus on connectivity within our new Scalable Product Architecture paves the way for more cloud-based safety solutions. This will bring us closer to our safety vision that nobody should die or suffer serious injuries in a new Volvo car by the year 2020,” concludes Israelsson.