Volvo Ocean Race Game starts on October 29
Race around the world on your desktop
The winner of the 2011-12 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race Game, which enables online players to race a virtual Volvo Open 70 around the world following the course of the actual race, will drive away in a brand new Volvo XC60 car.
Exactly like the world class professional sailing teams competing in the Volvo Ocean Race for real, players of the game will use live weather data to help them choose the fastest track and the optimum sail combinations to navigate their virtual boats around the world as quickly as possible.
Created by multiplayer online gaming specialists United Games, the all-new game will be launched on October 29, the day of the in-port racing in Alicante, and features many enhancements over the previous version which attracted over 220,000 players during the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race.
United Games CEO Marijn Harinck said:
"We're very excited to show the game to all the Volvo Ocean Race fans. There have been a lot of changes since the last virtual edition of the Volvo Ocean Race Game. Social media exploded, Twitter has become the number one newsfeed. With this in mind our team created a state of the art racing game where players can test their ability to navigate a Volvo Open 70 across the oceans.
"The last edition of the game was a huge success, though we think that the Volvo Ocean Race Game 2011-12 will outclass all sailing games. With Facebook integration and easy playable via mobile we can assure it will be easier to connect and sail your virtual yacht. But be aware, the competition will be also harder with over 500.000 boats on the water."
The 2011-12 game will be available to play on Facebook and on the Volvo Ocean Race website, as well as on several major news and sporting sites. For the first time, players will also be able to access the Volvo Ocean Race Game on iPhones and Android devices.
Facebook players will be able to tag friends and check how they are faring against them as well as sharing the game with other Facebook users. A built in "Friend Bar" within the game interface will enable all players to create and interact with their own communities as they play the game. Players will also be able to post to Facebook and Twitter directly from the game itself.
Other enhancements mean that the latest version will be significantly faster than previously and will enable novice players to quickly become proficient, while also challenging more expert players. Entry in the game is free but players will be able to purchase extra credits to access special features and information.
In addition to the top prize of a Volvo XC60, the second placed player will receive a unique timepiece, presented by IWC Schaffhausen, the official timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race and the Volvo Ocean Race Game.
Third prize will be a VIP Formula 1 motor racing hospitality package, including accommodation and access to the drivers' paddock, presented by Volvo Ocean Race logistics partner DHL.
A host of additional exclusive prizes will be given away during the race including VIP visits to stopover race villages and rides on Volvo Open 70s, as well as Volvo Ocean Race gifts and other special merchandise.
Volvo Ocean Race Communications Director, Jon Bramley said "Integration with Facebook and Twitter and the fact that the game can be played on several major news and sports websites, as well as on mobile devices, will dramatically extend its reach. The Volvo Ocean Race already has more than 50,000 Facebook fans and we are looking forward to welcoming many more when the game launches."
Before the start of Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa on November 5, players will have a chance to try out the new game during an official Practice Race from October 29 to November 2.
Volvo Ocean Race Game Schedule:
October 29th - Start of official Practice Race
November 2nd - Finish of official Practice Race
November 5th - Start of Leg 1 Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa
Volvo Ocean Race Game Links:
Official Website: http://www.volvooceanracegame.org/
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/VolvoOceanRaceGame
For more information on the Volvo Ocean Race please visit http://www.volvooceanrace.com/
For the Media Guide in English: http://bit.ly/qGQQKZ
Volvo Car Corporation reduced CO2 emissions most in Europe
The Volvo Car Corporation is in the lead among European carmakers when it comes to reducing carbon dioxide emissions. This is shown in the sixth annual analysis conducted by T&E, the European Federation for Transport and Environment.
"We are delighted and very proud of this result. We are following our ambitious plan which puts the spotlight on cutting carbon dioxide emissions," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of the Volvo Car Corporation.
Europe's eight largest carmakers cut their CO2 emissions by an average of 2 to 6 percent in 2010. The Volvo Car Corporation is the exception that stands out, with a CO2 reduction of no less than 9 percent. This is the result of a concerted environmental focus under the "DRIVe towards zero" banner. Sales of fuel-efficient diesel engines from the DRIVe range have been highly successful and are one of the explanations behind the major reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Examples of popular models are the V50 DRIVe with emissions of 99 gram/km and the V70 DRIVe with 119 gram/km. The Volvo Car Corporation's CO2 strategy also includes electrified cars with varying degrees of hybridisation, even more efficient diesel and petrol engines, and alternative fuels.
"The aim is to come down to an average of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre across our total car sales in 2020. In theory that is entirely feasible, but a lot depends on developments in legislation, incentives, energy availability and of course customer demand. In addition, the EU intends to introduce a new method for calculating carbon dioxide, and this too will impact our plan," says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at the Volvo Car Corporation.
The analysis by the European Federation for Transport and Environment shows how well European car manufacturers have succeeded in cutting CO2 emissions and fuel consumption in new cars. All told, carbon dioxide emissions from new cars sold in the EU dropped by 3.7 percent in 2010, and today the average figure for new cars sold in Europe is 140 grams per kilometre.
For more information visit http://www.transportenvironment.org/cars-and-co2/Follow Volvo Car Corporation on twitter: @VolvoCarsDRIVe
Volvo Car Corporation stays profitable after the first nine months, despite a predicted loss in the third quarter
The third quarter of 2011 shows an operating loss (EBIT*) of 763 MSEK for Volvo Car Corporation.
This quarter is known to be challenging in particular due to seasonality. Therefore the reported loss, although disappointing, is in line with expectations. The sales situation continues to be strong in all of the markets and Volvo Car Corporation is gaining market shares.
"There are concerns about consumer confidence given the turbulence of financial markets. At the same time I'm very pleased about the positive sales developments and the strength of our brand, and the outlook for 2011 remains positive", says Stefan Jacoby, President & CEO.
Compared to the third quarter prior year when a profit of 748 MSEK was recorded, the result is affected by adverse exchange rates and with spending on new technology. Revenue in the third quarter was 26.9 BSEK, a 1.5 BSEK increase from a year ago, due to improved market factors.
Volvo Car Corporation has delivered an operating profit of 477 MSEK in the first nine months and expects to show positive figures for the full year of 2011.
Retail sales in the third quarter increased by 27.7 percent to 103,119 units, an improvement of 22,396 units.
Significant growth was recorded in all sales regions, with China demonstrating the largest increase with 67.8 percent over 2010. North America grew by 19.9 percent, the Nordic region by 23.6 percent, Europe improved by 20.0 percent and the Overseas region grew by 50.3 percent compared to the same period in 2010. Market shares improved in all regions compared to prior year.
For September, Volvo Car Corporation recorded a new historical all time high with sales of nearly 42,000 units, making Volvo the fastest growing premium car brand.
In the first nine months of 2011, Volvo Car Corporation has sold 333,865 vehicles (retail), an improvement of 22.5 per cent compared to 2010. Improved sales are mainly driven by strong demand for the 60-series, with the all new S60 and V60 together with the XC60 crossover outperforming all other car lines.
Sales of the low-CO2 DRIVe models continues to improve. In Europe 29.4 percent of all sold Volvo cars in the third quarter carried the DRIVe badge.
The XC90 continues to perform well, growing by nearly 10 percent compared to 2010 in the third quarter, and the XC range now represents around 35 percent of total sales.
* (earnings before interest and taxes)
For questions please call:
Corporate Spokesperson Per-Åke Fröberg + 46 31 59 65 25