All-new Volvo XC90: 1,927 limited First Edition cars available only via digital commerce
The initial series of 1,927 cars celebrates the year Volvo was founded 87 years ago
Volvo Cars is releasing a limited First Edition of its all-new Volvo XC90, which was launched today in Stockholm. The 1,927 individually numbered cars celebrate the year Volvo was founded and, for the first time in history, they will only be available for order via digital commerce at www.volvocars.com/us.
The online store opens for business on September 3rd at 10:00 am ET.
“Those who want to be among the first ones to own the best SUV in the world have to act fast. The huge interest in the all-new XC90 indicates that the First Edition will sell out quickly,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service of Volvo Car Group.
The online only First Edition is just one example of Volvo Cars’ revitalized approach to marketing activities and outstanding personal service.
The First Edition cars have uniquely numbered tread plates, a distinctive badge on the tailgate, a leather key fob with the First Edition logo, and are powered by a high-performance gasoline engine from Volvo Cars’ new four-cylinder Drive-E powertrains.
The supercharged and turbocharged T6 AWD has an output of 316 hp and a maximum torque of 295 lb.-ft. The engines are teamed with a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission.
The 4-corner air suspension includes Four-C, an electronically controlled damping system. There is a choice of five modes, including one where the driver is free to tailor the settings to his or her personal taste.
Black exterior and amber leather seats
The Onyx Black exterior and 8-spoke, 21-inch Inscription wheels are combined with an interior featuring supple nappa leather seats in Amber, a Charcoal leather dashboard and Linear Walnut wood inlays.
The power-operated heated front seats are equipped with ventilation. The outer seats in the second row have heating and the two third row seats are power-operated.
The tablet-like touch screen in the center is one of the most striking features in the all-new XC90. It is the heart of the all-new in-car control system that is virtually button free and represents an entirely new way for drivers to operate their car and access a range of Internet-based products and services.
The Bowers & Wilkins audio systems features a 1,400 watts Class D amplifier, 19 speakers, one of the first air-ventilated subwoofers integrated in a car and the latest sound processing software, which brings the emotional experience of a world-class live performance into the car.
Most comprehensive standard safety package
The car offers the most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety package available in the automotive industry. It includes two world first safety technologies: a run-off road protection feature and auto brake at intersection capability.
City Safety, which becomes the umbrella name for all of the Volvo Cars’ auto brake functions, is also standard. Collision prevention and mitigation is now possible with vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians in front of the car, day or night.
The fully-equipped XC90 T6 AWD First Edition carries a price of $65,900.
Volvo PV444 – the "little Volvo" turns 70
The Volvo PV444 was the start and the symbol for the new Volvo after the Second World War, and marked the start of its export drive to the USA. 1 September will mark the 70th anniversary of its premiere in royal presence.
On 1 September 1944 an exhibition opened that would become very important for the development of Volvo. The location was the newly built Royal Tennis Hall in Stockholm.
Out in the world the Second World War was still going on. But Volvo was looking ahead to the peace that would come shortly. The exhibition was to show what the then 18 year old company had done previously, what they were producing at the time, and what the public could expect when peace came.
The exhibition covered the entire Volvo Group and visitors got to see everything from a tank to hole grinding machines - and two new Volvo cars: The PV60 and the PV444. They were called "Volvo's doves of peace" in Volvo's customer magazine, Ratten.
The PV60 was a pre-war design meant to have premiered in 1940, but when the Second World War broke out the plans were scrapped because production of civilian cars by Volvo practically ceased.
The big star at the exhibition at the Royal Tennis Hall was, without a doubt, the "little Volvo", the PV444. Visitors stood on several levels to catch a glimpse of the car. What they got to see was a prototype that could not even run.
When the PV444 was unveiled in September 1944, work to develop the model had only been going on for a couple of years. Around 40 designers were working on developing the new car. A full scale wooden model was built and painted black, with silver paint denoting where there were meant to be windows. It was completed in March 1944 and shown to Volvo's founders Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson. After having looked at the car for a short time, both gentlemen took a decision that would affect Volvo's entire future as a car manufacturer - the car would be built.
During the exhibition and briefly thereafter, 2300 sale agreements for the PV444 were signed. But it would be some time before any cars could be delivered. During the years that followed, prototype cars were subjected to tough testing, and it was only on 3 February 1947 that the first car was signed off, with production starting in earnest the next month.
The PV444 was not just the first smaller car made by Volvo. It was also the first model with a monocoque body. The four-cylinder engine was a completely new design and was Volvo's first overhead valve design for a passenger car. The engine was 1.4 liters and its first version was capable of 40 hp SAE. All of the so-called A model PV444s were painted black using cellulose paint with metal parts inside the car painted in a light green color.
Among the prominent visitors to the inauguration on 1 September 1944 were Prime Minister Per Albin Hansson, Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf, Princes Carl and Eugen, and Prince Carl Johan, uncle of King Carl XVI Gustaf. They were received by Volvo's founders Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson.
When the exhibition in Stockholm closed after ten days, 148,437 visitors had passed through. The queues regularly snaked along Lidingövägen outside of the Tennis Hall. Every day a PV444 was raffled among visitors to the exhibition. Everyone who had a phone subscription in Stockholm had received a free ticket. Many paying visitors also came and paid an entrance fee of one krona. Income from ticket sales was donated in full to the Red Cross.
When the PV60 and PV444 were presented Volvo's exports were modest. The magazine Ratten said the cars would: "make the public here in Sweden happy and even to some extent abroad once peace is reinstated". But it was with the PV444 that Volvo would establish its historically most important export market: the USA. On 15 August 1955, the first trial delivery of PV444s arrived in Los Angeles. The year after, Volvo had made its way to second place among the import brands in California.
Originally, it was intended for 8,000 PV444s to be built, a rather bold goal given that Volvo had previously never built more than 2,000 cars. But the "little Volvo" hit the mark just right. Almost 200,000 PV444s were produced up to 1958. If you include the modernized PV544, which was produced until October 1965, the total becomes exactly 440,000 cars. 160,000 of these were exported and 280,000 were sold in Sweden.
Volvo Leading The Industry With Car Connectivity
Volvo Leading The Industry With Car Connectivity And Telematics As Standard On Every Model: Introducing Sensus Connect, Volvo On Call, And The Volvo On Call Smartphone App
Comprehensive connected car and infotainment platform is offered across the entire 2015.5 Volvo lineup
- Access to the Internet and a range of entertainment/navigation apps, including Pandora, Yelp, and Glympse
- 3G connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot and tethering capabilities
- Volvo On Call smartphone app with vehicle status, remote lock, unlock, and start, car locator and more
- 24/7 call center support with in-car roadside assistance support and on-the-go service scheduling
- Refreshed user interface links the digital dashboard and center stack displays
- Experience Sensus Connect, Volvo On Call, and the Volvo On Call smartphone app, at any U.S. Volvo showroom
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (August 22, 2014) – With consumers’ lives becoming ever-more connected, Volvo Cars of North America is proud to introduce Sensus Connect, Volvo’s connected car platform, combined with the Volvo On Call telematics solution, and the Volvo On Call smartphone app. As the first manufacturer to offer such a system as standard equipment across the entire model range, Volvo is carrying its approach to design and safety into the connected car era. Customers can experience the system on all 2015.5 Volvo models, which are available now at all U.S. Volvo dealers.
Sensus Connect was developed to support customers’ growing needs to access infotainment that would be most useful when in the car, and is intended to enhance the day-to-day Volvo ownership experience. All new Volvos come integrated with cloud- and app-based services to make customers’ travels – and lives – easier and more enjoyable. Elements such 3G connectivity service powered by AT&T, Wi-Fi hotspot and tethering capabilities, Internet, phone, and text message access (with text-to-speech), in-car infotainment apps, 24/7 call center support with in-car roadside assistance, and more, are all included.
Sensus Connect And Volvo On Call Features
When entering a Volvo with Sensus Connect, customers are first greeted with full-function steering wheel controls and enhanced, select voice control options for greater safety. The added functionality is integrated into the user interface in look, feel and operation, including the digital dash and seven inch center stack display. With 3G connectivity, customers can access a curated collection of entertainment- and navigation-related apps to:
- Stream music, Internet radio stations, and podcasts (Pandora, TuneIn, Rdio, Sticher)
- Find restaurants, gas stations, and discover points of interest (Yelp, Wikilocation)
- Share your location with others (Glympse)
- Check the weather forecast
On vehicles equipped with in-car navigation (standard on premier trim levels and above), the system has also been upgraded, with 3D graphics and lifetime map upgrades, and is available as a standalone add-on. And with the Volvo On Call button, customers have the convenience of 24/7 roadside assistance and SOS emergency service access (with crash notification when the airbags or seatbelt pre-tensioners have been deployed), along with stolen vehicle tracking, for greater peace of mind.
Volvo On Call Smartphone App
A free smartphone app is also available with every 2015.5 Volvo model, the Volvo On Call app (available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone) provides customers an instant status overview of their Volvo. The app can show the Volvo’s current location, the status of its windows and door locks, details on recent trips, the vehicle’s fuel level and average fuel mileage, and more. A number of functions, including remote engine start to heat or cool the car before arriving (based on last used settings), honking the horn and flashing the lights, requesting roadside assistance, and even sending locations directly to the in-car navigation system, can also be performed via the app.
Customers can learn more about Volvo’s Sensus Connect, Volvo On Call, and the Volvo On Call smartphone app, as well as experience the 2015.5 Volvo models, today at any U.S. dealer. Please visit www.volvocars.us/sensusconnect for more information.