Volvo Takes Top Honors in IntelliChoice's 2015 Certified Pre-Owned Car Awards for the Eighth Straight Year
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Nov. 12, 2014) - Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) once again took top honors from IntelliChoice, the leading provider of automotive cost and value analysis, at the 16th annual IntelliChoice Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Car Awards. Volvo won the Best Premium Program award for the eight straight year.
"The best of these programs have continued to deliver substantial peace of mind, particularly through their extended CPO Warranties, said Eric Anderson, Ownership Database Supervisor at IntelliChoice. “The Volvo program features a no-deductible 7-year/100,000-mile comprehensive plan, which is the primary reason Volvo retains the top spot in our analysis among Premium programs."
IntelliChoice highlighted Volvo's success noting the brand has achieved a 100% Inspection Score since 2008, which speaks to the thoroughness of its inspection process. Volvo has sold over 10,000 certified pre-owned vehicles in the first three quarters of 2014, which represents a 34% increase over the same time period in 2013. All of Volvo’s dealerships participate in the program. The program adds a number of other benefits including VIN-specific window stickers summarize original equipment and display the warranty expiration date.
For more information on Volvo's award-winning CPO program, please visit: http://www.volvocars.com/us/sales-services/sales/volvo_certified_preowned/pages/default.aspx
All-new Volvo XC90 debuts enhanced multi-filter that improves interior air quality
By introducing a larger, more efficient multi-filter in the cabin, Volvo Cars continues to refine its standard-setting CleanZone initiative. CleanZone is their unique approach to controlling interior air quality and providing a better driving environment through innovative solutions for enhanced wellbeing and health. Drivers can breathe easier because most microscopic, hazardous “fine dust” particles will now be prevented from entering the car.
The multi-filter was designed especially for the SPA platform and will first appear in the all-new XC90 in the beginning of 2015. It features a larger design that intercepts more particulates and pollen, as well as a layer of active charcoal that effectively removes a host of contaminants that can impact the health of drivers.
The results are impressive. In a car equipped with the new improved multi-filter, the amount of “fine dust” particles smaller than 0,4 μm can be as much as 70% less than in a car without the filter, according to a standardized component test. This is a significant improvement as studies have shown that dust particles smaller than 10 µm can cause a number of health problems, including difficulty breathing and lung infections.
“Up to 45 per cent of the industrialised world’s population is now suffering from some form of allergy or hypersensitivity. Over ten per cent has asthma. At Volvo, our commitment to safety goes well beyond safety belts and air bags. It’s about making sure that every minute you and your family spend in a Volvo is as safe as it can possibly be. That includes breathing,” says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development. “With this filter we are now at the forefront of the industry in terms of particle separation.”
The filter is one element of Volvo’s state-of-the-art Interior Air Quality System (IAQS). Another element is a sensor that monitors the incoming air for noxious substances. If the level of harmful substances becomes too high (such as when driving through a tunnel), the car’s air intakes will automatically close. Together, the multi-filter and sensor keep out a number of harmful and irritating pollutants, including:
- Nitrogen oxides
- Ground-level ozone
- Gases and unpleasant odours
The CleanZone approach
Filtering outside air accounts for only half of CleanZone’s holistic approach to improving the driver’s environment. The other half, minimizing harmful emissions within the car, is just as important. And Volvo Cars has a number of programmes in place to achieve this.
Drivers, for example, appreciate that when they unlock their cars by remote control, the remote cabin ventilation system automatically vents out the interior air within one minute, getting rid of odours and emissions before drivers enter.
But in fact, the work to minimize interior emissions begins long before the cars are even built, with strict controls on the substances that may be used inside the cars. And Volvo Cars is leading the industry in switching to new, less toxic materials with fewer harmful additives.
Volvo Cars has also implemented a rigorous test programme to monitor and control emissions. This programme includes evaluations by the Volvo Cars Nose Team, whose members smell different objects to determine if their odour is acceptable or too strong. What is known as the ‘new car smell’ is actually low levels of emissions from materials. The levels do not present a danger but on hot days, concentrations that irritate hypersensitive people may occur.
Another aspect of the programme is the sun simulator test, in which the car is heated until the interior reaches a temperature of 65º Celsius - simulating parking in the sun on a hot summer's day. The emissions of Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOCs) and aldehydes are then measured. Volvo has a very strict limit for TVOCs, since high levels in interior air can cause headaches, nausea and dizziness – and trigger asthma. Aldehydes are also limited because they, especially formaldehyde, can cause both respiratory and contact allergies. Nickel, another source of contact allergies when released from metallic surfaces, is also minimised.
With its focus on health and well-being, CleanZone represents the spirit of Volvo Cars’ human-centric approach to its work. It’s an approach that is perfectly in sync with modern sensibilities: all around the world consumers are becoming increasingly aware of how air quality can impact health, and are now demanding cleaner air inside their vehicles. Volvo Cars will continue to lead the way.
Volvo Unveils Limited Edition Volvo Ocean Race XC60 at the Miami International Auto Show
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Nov. 6, 2014) – Volvo Cars of North America will unveil its limited edition Volvo Ocean Race XC60 at the Miami International Auto Show which is held November 7-16.
The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the world’s most grueling adventures. This special edition pays tribute to the courageous men and women racing across the oceans, with special design elements that truly embody the soul of human challenge in the special comfort of a Volvo.
Featured in a distinctive “Ocean Blue II” exterior color, the limited edition Volvo Ocean Race XC60 also comes with a number of unique features including black or blonde leather interior with orange stitching, and exclusive 18” wheels.
Available in both T6 Drive-E FWD and T6 AWD, other Volvo Ocean Race XC60 features include:
- Inscribed “Volvo Ocean Race” tread plate
- Volvo Ocean Race exterior emblem on front fenders
- Volvo Ocean Race deco inlay
- Start-up logo in Sensus screen
- Orange stitching on door panels
- Floor mats and luggage compartment mat with orange stitching and Volvo Ocean Race rubber tag
The 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race kicked off in Alicante, Spain on October 4, 2014. To reach the finish in Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2015, 66 of the world’s top sailors will race 38,739 nautical miles around the world – almost twice the circumference of the Earth. In seven teams, they will cross four oceans and stop in 11 countries in five continents. The Volvo Ocean Race is scheduled to reach Newport, Rhode Island May 5-9, 2015, the only U.S. stop on the journey, with the in-port race on May 16. The seventh leg gets going the following day on May 17, 2015.
The Volvo Ocean Race XC60 T6 Drive-E and T6 AWD start at $42,100 and $43,600 respectively.
To learn more about the Volvo Ocean Race, please visit: http://www.volvooceanrace.com/