Volvo Car Corporation boosts the iconic XC90 with refined exterior and interior
The Volvo Car Corporation is rejuvenating the successful Volvo XC90.
The refinements to the iconic SUV include more sophisticated lines and materials and an even more rewarding driving experience.
The XC90 owner can stay in touch with the parked vehicle via a new mobile application for an iPhone or Android smart phone.
"The XC90 still boasts all the virtues that have made it one of our most successful models ever. The spacious and flexible crossover combines excellent handling and comfort with superior get-you-there ability and flexibility. Now we have upgraded the XC90 with a number of features that emphasise the large SUV's unique blend of sophisticated elegance and capable ruggedness," says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at the Volvo Car Corporation.
The XC90 is designed to give an elegant, muscular and robust impression. This has been reinforced through a number of refined details.
New Day Running Lights give the front more character. The redesigned silver metallic bumper bar as well as silver roof rails are standard on all variants. There is a new lower door moulding and all XC90 versions are fully colour-coordinated
The new tail lamps have dual light guides, LED brake lights and a silver turn indicator bulb (still with orange light). The news features also include six-spoke 18-inch wheels in silver matt finish.
More luxurious interior
A number of refinements have been made to give the XC90 interior an even more luxurious aura, including the three-spoke steering wheel, aluminium décor as standard and the watch dial-inspired instrument design with white lighting.
The tailgate is divided into an upper and a lower section. It now comes with a new, colour-coordinated leather grab handle. The load cover has also been redesigned.
The seating position gives the driver an in-command feeling. Seven seats are standard on most markets. All the passenger seats can be folded to create a fully flat loading floor.
Exclusive Executive version and sporty R-Design
The XC90 is also available in an even more exclusive Executive version with a number of features that further elevate its level of cosseting luxury, such as soft leather seats with ventilation and massage as well as a number of details with a more exclusive finish.
The R-Design version boosts the XC90's sporty aura and gives the car a more driver-focused character. On top of the special chassis, the new R-design version also features redesigned upholstery, inlays, door panels and new 19-inch wheels.
Six-cylinder petrol engine and two turbo diesels
The in-line, six-cylinder 3.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine offers 243 hp and maximum torque is 320 Nm. Fuel consumption (EU Combined) is 11.4 l/100 km (265 g CO2 per kilometre).
The Volvo XC90 can also be specified with a choice of two turbo diesels:
- The high-performance D5 with 200 horsepower and 420 Nmof torque.
- The Front Wheel Drive (FWD) 2.4-litre, five-cylinder D3 with 163 hp and 340 Nm of torque.
Fuel consumption (EU Combined) is 8.3 l/100 km with the D5 and 8.2 l/100 km with the D3. The corresponding CO2 figures are 219 g/km and 216 g/km respectively.
Bluetooth music streaming and new mobile application
The Volvo On Call system can now be combined with Bluetooth mobile phone connection. The system has been upgraded with music streaming from a preferred Bluetooth enabled portable music player. Volvo is the only car brand to offer Bluetooth music streaming throughout the entire vehicle range.
New too is a mobile application that makes sure that the driver can stay in touch with the parked car via an iPhone or Android smart phone. The mobile application is an extension of Volvo On Call.
Wide range of features
Owners of all new Volvos from Model Year 2012 with Volvo On Call can download the mobile application that opens up a range of possibilities, such as:
- Car locator. The location of the car is shown on a map. There is also a digital compass that points the driver in the right direction.
- Remote heater start. If the car is equipped with a parking heater, it can be started or timer programmed via the mobile app.
- Vehicle dashboard. This feature gives the driver access to a wide range of information: fuel level, remaining range to empty tank, average fuel consumption, average speed, odometer reading and trip meter reading.
- Car check. The mobile app performs a "health" check of the car, displaying information about bulbs, brake fluid level, coolant level, engine oil level and engine oil pressure.
"Creating an intuitive and ergonomically optimised relationship with the car is part of our aim to offer a feeling of relaxed control. The mobile application is much more than a gadget. It is the first step in our connectivity strategy. We have started to build a bridge to the future - and the mobile app will be extended with a range of possibilities," says Peter Mertens.
Volvo Car Corporation first with next-generation hybrids - the V60 Plug-in Hybrid is three cars in one
How about integrating the very best properties from three different car types into one, single attractive sports wagon? By simply pressing a button you can choose which car you want to drive:
- An electric car with a range of up to 50 kilometres.
- A high-efficiency hybrid with carbon dioxide emissions averaging just 49 g/km.
- A muscular fun-to-drive car with a combined output of 215+70 horsepower, 440+200 Nm of torque and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h of just 6.9 seconds.
Allow us to present the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid. Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will reach the showrooms 2012.
"The second-generation hybrid is the perfect choice for the uncompromising buyer who wants a superbly carbon dioxide-lean car packed with driving pleasure," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.
The front wheels of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be driven by a five-cylinder 2.4-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel, which produces 215 horsepower and maximum torque of 440 Nm. The car features a six-speed automatic transmission.
The rear axle is powered by an electric motor producing 70 horsepower. The electric motor receives its power from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, located under the load floor.
The sophisticated and exceptionally compact battery pack consists of 10 modules with 20 cells in each module. It has an integrated computer that monitors and compares the temperature and charge level in each of the 200 cells. The battery pack also has an integrated water-cooling system, which is a connected to the car's climate control unit.
Three driving modes - three cars in one
The driver chooses the preferred driving mode via three buttons on the instrument panel: Pure, Hybrid or Power. The interaction between diesel and electric power is handled via a control system.
"In order to get true car enthusiasts to think green, you have to offer them the opportunity to drive with low carbon dioxide emissions without taking away the adrenaline rush that promotes genuine driving pleasure. The V60 Plug-in Hybrid has all the traditional properties of a genuine sports wagon. What we've done is to spice it up with spearhead technology that allows the driver to choose: zero emissions, high-efficiency hybrid or full-on performance. Just select the mode that suits best," says Stefan Jacoby.
The different temperaments
The Pure, Hybrid and Power driving modes give the V60 Plug-in Hybrid three different temperaments:
In Pure the car runs only on its electric motor as much as possible. If the battery has been recharged using electricity from a renewable source, the driving range is up to 50 km with zero emissions of carbon dioxide. Battery range varies with terrain, climate and driving style.
Hybrid is the default mode whenever the car is started. The diesel engine and electric motor interact to provide the optimal balance between driving pleasure and low environmental impact. Emissions of CO2 (NEDC, Combined driving cycle for certification) are 49 g/km, corresponding to diesel fuel consumption of 1.9 l/100 km. The car's total range is up to 1200 km. The driver has the possibility to key in the planned route's distance (short, medium or long) in the car setup menu, The control system calculates the balance between diesel and electric power to obtain the lowest possible CO2 emissions for the given distance.
In Power the technology is optimised to give the car the best possible performance. The diesel engine and electric motor have a combined power output 215+70 horsepower and maximum torque of 440+200 Nm. The electric motor's lightning-quick torque delivery contributes to the car's 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 6.9 seconds.
The majority of all European car drivers cover less than 50 km a day, for instance to and from work. On longer trips, the diesel engine gives the car the same range as a conventional hybrid.
Better traction with All Wheel Drive
Pushing the AWD (All Wheel Drive) button in the centre stack activates electric four-wheel drive. Instead of the mechanical power transmission of the conventional AWD system, it is the central control unit that manages torque distribution to the diesel-driven front wheels and the electrically powered rear axle. The electric AWD is designed to offer the driver better traction when starting and driving on slippery road surfaces such as snow or mud.
However, due to the electric motor's lower output, the torque level available for the rear wheels is limited and the AWD system is active in speeds up to 100 km/h.
When AWD is activated the diesel engine is running continuously and the High Voltage Generator maintains a sufficient charge level on the battery pack that feeds the motor on the rear axle with power.
Since the electrical All Wheel Drive is active on driver demand only it is more fuel efficient than a conventional, permanent AWD system
Save battery power for later
The V60 Plug-in Hybrid offers the driver the option to save battery capacity in order to have enough charge for driving on clean electricity later, for instance in an urban low emission zone.
When Save For Later is activated, the car makes sure that the battery has a sufficient charge level for another pure drive. If necessary, the High Voltage Generator recharges the battery in order to maintain a sufficient charge level for another "Pure" drive.
The aim is that the Save For Later mode should secure enough battery capacity for approximately 20 kilometre drive on pure electricity.
Two-step braking system
The two-step braking system is another intelligent feature in the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid. When the driver pushes the brake pedal, the system initially brakes the car by controlling the rear axle motor. This braking energy is used to regenerate the car's battery pack.
The mechanical brakes are only activated when the situation requires more braking power than the rear axle can handle.
Recharging at home
The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is recharged via a regular power socket (230V/6A, 10A or 16A) at home or in a parking lot. The charging time depends on the level of the current. A full 10A charge takes 4.5 hours. The time is shortened to 3,5 hours with 16A, while a charge in a 6A socket takes 7.5 hours.
To get a comfortable start of the journey, the car driver has the possibility to preheat or cool the passenger compartment during the recharging process. This also means that more battery capacity can be used for powering the car.
The pre-conditioning also includes the possibility to cool the batteries. The battery pack has an ideal working temperature of 20-30°C. This means that the pre-cooling is highly important for maximising the charging capacity and thereby the driving range on each charge. The timing is programmed via the car's setup menu or remotely via a smart phone application.
The V60 Plug-in Hybrid has two heating possibilities. When running on electricity a PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) air heater is used. The car also has a Fuel Operated Diesel heater.
Smart mobile applications
On the outside the car has several additional features that emphasise its CO2-lean profile, such as lightweight wheels with exceptionally low air drag and tyres designed for low rolling resistance.
The instrument panel in the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid has been modified to give the driver a full range of important information about diesel and electricity consumption, battery charge level, remaining range and so on.
It will also be possible to communicate with the car via a mobile application. This gives the owner access to a number of smart features, such as climate conditioning, both pre cooling and pre heating, a reminder to plug in the charging cable if this hasn't been done at a certain and pre-set time for charging.
New, groundbreaking green-tech
"Volvo Cars has introduced groundbreaking green-tech before. For instance, we invented the catalytic converter with Lambda probe, a system that is now fitted to all cars. With our latest development we are once again demonstrating our leadership in the environmental field by being first to market hybrid technology in an entirely new dimension," says Stefan Jacoby, and adds:
"Having Vattenfall in the electricity generating industry as a partner gives us an added strength. It allows us to be on the inside and shape developments in this area, for instance when it comes to clean electricity and infrastructure. We will also offer our customers a climate-neutral electricity supply contract when our plug-in hybrid enters series production."
All figures are still preliminary.
The Volvo Ocean Race creates business for Volvo Car Corporation
The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the most demanding team sporting events in the world. It generates enormous media coverage and offers a unique chance for race partners and sponsors to meet customers without the presence of competitors.
From a business point of view it is a goldmine of opportunities.
The ties between the Volvo Ocean Race and the Volvo Car Corporation run deep. When the fourth race under the Volvo flag starts in Alicante in October 2011, the competing teams will embark on an eight-month-long adventure travelling around the world in some of the world's most treacherous seas. The race is the ultimate mix of world-class sporting competition and on-the-edge adventure, a unique blend of onshore glamour spiced with offshore drama and endurance. The extraordinary team spirit required, the demands on empowering leadership and the strong focus on safety and environment that characterise the race all add up to a perfect match for the requirements that Volvo Car Corporation sets for engaging in a sport.
"With the Volvo Ocean Race we have a fantastic opportunity to reinforce the brand and highlight specific characteristics such as design, dynamic performance and innovative technology. It enables our effort to move the brand towards more emotive values," says Karin Bäcklund, Director Global Sponsorship at Volvo Car Corporation.
Strong business focus
The business focus will be strong at the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race with a pavilion, shared by all the Volvo companies, where corporate guests as well as the general public can get to know the brand and its products. Volvo specifically invited 10,000 corporate guests for a unique two-day programme during the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race.
At the various stopovers, business and brand seminars will be offered as well as demonstrations and test drives. There is also a strong focus on developing the stopovers, making them into a more active and entertaining scene for visitors.
"Our target group consists not only of people with a specific interest in sailing - the Volvo Ocean Race is a great adventure containing lots of human drama and it therefore attracts a wider audience," says Karin Bäcklund.
Core value reinforcement
Safety has been a core value for Volvo Cars since its very first car was manufactured in 1927, and safety is also at the top of the agenda for the Volvo Ocean Race. For example, the boats are equipped with GPS systems so the vessels can always be immediately located should something untoward happen. All competitors must complete a safety training course before entering the race. Furthermore, there are collaborative agreements with the various national coastguards and maritime authorities along the entire route.
When it comes to environmental care sailing is the obvious choice since it does not use any power source other than the wind.
Media coverage and long-term relations
Media coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race is enormous. If we examine only the value of TV broadcasts, printed press and online media the return on investment is estimated at between 300 and 400 percent.
"The Volvo Ocean Race also gives us a fantastic opportunity to build long-term relations with customers all over the world, especially in countries with stopovers. During the last race, almost 4 million people visited race villages around the world. We are expecting even more this time," Karin Bäcklund concludes.
Facts and figures, Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012
- Start in Alicante, Spain, in October 2011
- Ends eight months later, early July 2012, in Galway on Ireland
- The race covers 39,000 nautical miles
- Each entry has a sailing team of 10 professional crew plus 1 media crew member
- Some legs will require more than 20 days at a time out at sea
- Each team member takes on different roles on board the boat. In addition to the sailing roles there will be two sailors with medical training, as well as a sailmaker, an engineer and a dedicated media crew member
For more facts and figures visit www.volvooceanrace.com