Volvo Car Torslanda celebrates 50 years of success
- April 24 sees the inauguration of the new body plant at Volvo Car Torslanda
- The inauguration will take place on the exact same date as the original plant was inaugurated 50 years earlier, in 1964
- Throughout the year Volvo Cars will focus attention on the plant’s role back then, today and in the future
1964 was a milestone for Sweden’s automotive industry. That was the year Volvo Cars opened its gates at the Torslanda plant, marking the biggest industrial investment in Sweden’s history.
With a capacity for building up to 200,000 cars a year, the plant raised the bar for the development of new models, production volumes and manufacturing technology.
Over a period of five decades various classic models have left the factory gates, models that have defined what the Volvo brand stands for, with a focus on safety, environmental care, and quality.
Today, 50 years later, Volvo Car Torslanda is more in focus than ever before.
The opening of the new body plant, Torslanda TA3, together with the multi-billion investment in the SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform constitutes the basis for scalable and flexible development and the production of future model generations. First off the mark with the new platform is the all-new XC90, which will be launched later in 2014.
During the year Volvo Cars will highlight 50 years of development, team spirit and innovation in a variety of ways.
The celebrations will get under way on April 24, exactly 50 years after the original plant’s inauguration. Invited guests will attend the opening ceremony of the new bodybuilding plant and be treated to an historic exhibition, visits to the plant and visions of the future.
Volvo Cars introduces luxurious interior package for the model year 2015 line-up
A wider choice of personalization possibilities is in sharp focus when Volvo Car Group presents the new model year 2015 line-up. Buyers of the Volvo XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 can order a stunning interior upgrade with the new luxurious Inscription package.
“The Inscription package offers consumers a complete luxury upgrade of the interior. It is perfectly in line with our aim to move Volvo towards a more premium brand position,” says Anders H. Gustavsson, Vice President VLM Special Products at Volvo Car Group.
The Inscription package includes Inscription Soft Leather upholstery in several unique colors, beautiful leather covered instrument panel, premium deco inlays, soft leather on extended surfaces such as the back of seats, center armrest and neck rest, which also features an embroidered Inscription logo, and unique floor mats.
There is also a selection of single Inscription options, such as Inscription Walnut deco inlays and a charcoal headliner (XC60) that creates an exclusive interior ambience.
The exterior Inscription options include three radiant co lour alternatives – Crystal White Pearl, Electric Silver and Ember Black (V70, XC70 and S80) as well as 19-inch (V70 and S80) or 20-inch (XC60) ten-spoke wheels.
More special editions
Volvo Car Group is celebrating the upcoming 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s most grueling ocean adventure, with a special edition of sailing-inspired cars. The fifth generation Volvo Ocean Race Edition includes the Volvo V40, V40 Cross Country, V60 and XC60. At the same time, Volvo Cars also introduces the V70 and XC70 Edition for customers with a taste for a more dynamic look and handling.
Sensus Connect in all models
From model year 2015, all new Volvo models can be equipped with the updated on-board infotainment and navigation experience Sensus Connect, offering customers a fully connected car. The cloud-based services allow the driver to find and pay for parking from the car, discover new restaurants at the destination, stream favorite music seamlessly and much more. The HERE Location Platform provides connected navigation with 3D maps.
The brand new Connected Service Booking app tells the driver when it’s time to have their car serviced – and suggests an appointment at the Volvo dealership.
Sensus also includes an improved top-of-the-line Premium Sound system by Harman Kardon with a 5x130W amplifier with the next-generation sound enhancement software Dirac Live and up to 12 loudspeakers.
Super-efficient Drive-E engines for all models
From May 2014, all new Volvo models can be ordered with engines from the new Drive-E power train family – offering a world-class blend of drivability and low CO2 emissions. The CO2 emissions of the 190 hp Volvo V40 D4 with manual gearbox are down to an outstanding 85 g/km – an offer no competitor is even close to matching.
“The outstanding take-off and responsiveness of the Drive-E engines, combined with a smooth engine sound, will make the cars even more fun to drive, without compromising on modern customers’ demand for superb fuel economy and minimized CO2-emissions,” says Michael Fleiss, Vice President Power train at Volvo Car Group.
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.