Dramas in store for Leg Zero!
Organisers order crews to run through crisis scenarios
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ALICANTE, Spain – Seven Volvo Ocean Race boats set off together for the two-day Leg Zero on Friday knowing that a series of “crises” loom for all of them – and they have all been planned by the organisers.
The fleet will be sailing to Majorca and back from Race headquarters in Alicante and failure to complete the trip will mean they will have to return to do it again or at least complete any unfinished mileage.
Before the Leg Zero race starts in earnest, they will need to run through a list of emergency procedures such as losing a man overboard or major equipment failure.
The all-women’s Team SCA have even been given a special model made by Race organisers to practise their rescue procedures for a crew member swept off the boat.
Race Director Jack Lloyd explained why the event is ensuring all seven crews go through the crisis rehearsals ahead of the start of the Volvo Ocean Race proper on October 4.
“Leg Zero is a really important exercise for both the Race and the sailors,” says Lloyd. “We are able to dry run all our communications in Race Control and for the media.
“Safety of course is paramount – this Race is risky enough as it is – and we want to ensure all the crews know exactly what they need to do if things go badly wrong such as a sailor falling overboard.
“All the teams have been briefed that they need to go through these safety exercises before the trip.”
Lloyd is underlining that Leg Zero does not count towards the Volvo Ocean Race itself but the ultra-competitive teams which are more evenly matched than ever before in the 41-year history of the event thanks to the new one-design Volvo Ocean 65 can’t help but introducing some serious rivalry to the event.
“This will be a really important test for us and a chance to improve and work on a few things with just weeks to go before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race. Leg Zero is a real race, and we will be treating it as such,” says Italy’s Alberto Bolzan of Team Alvimedica.
“It will be a very important exercise in terms of the sail changes, the tactics, and it will be important to learn from what the other teams do. We are working hard from six in the morning to 10 at night, using every minute of the day.”
Volvo Cars of Canada Opens a New Parts Distribution Centre in Toronto, Ontario
TORONTO, ON. On September 3rd, 2014, Volvo Cars of Canada opened a new parts distribution centre in Toronto specifically designated for eastern and central Canadian retailers. Marc Engelen, President & CEO of Volvo Cars of Canada and Miguel A. Mazarias, Divisional Vice President of Neovia Logistic Services were on-site to perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Neovia Logistics team will be responsible for the management and operation of the Toronto distribution centre. The opening of this distribution centre further symbolizes Volvo Car’s commitment to the Canadian market, to the retailers and to consumers who seek premium, reliable vehicles as well as optimal customer satisfaction.
“The opening of the parts distribution centre is an important step in our effort to re-establish the Volvo brand in the Canadian market.” stated Marc Engelen, President & CEO of Volvo Cars of Canada Corp.
“The retailers are extremely happy to have a parts distribution centre back in Canada as they will see significantly improved and consistent delivery times.” stated Carol Kitchen, Vice President, Customer Service, for Volvo Cars of Canada. “We expect these improvements in parts delivery to have a positive effect on both retailer and consumer satisfaction.”
Formerly, all Canadian retailers were served from distribution centres in the United States, with central and eastern Canadian retailers supplied from the Volvo distribution centre in Rutherford, New Jersey and western Canadian retailers being served by a centre in Ontario, California. Although western retailers will continue to work with the warehouse in Ontario, California, the Toronto distribution centre signifies a positive shift to a localized parts supply that is expected to supplement the continued focus on the Canadian market and further the re-establishment of the Volvo brand in the automotive landscape, Canada-wide.
With the help of Neovia Logistics Services, the Toronto distribution centre will support eastern and central Canadian retailers in an efficient manner that looks to better balance costs and service levels while supporting retailer relationships and their service business. A global partner of Volvo Cars, Neovia Logistics has a presence that spans six continents and coordinates business logistics in a plethora of industries.
“Neovia is honoured to be the selected logistics partner for Volvo Cars in Toronto.” stated Miguel A. Mazarias, Divisional Vice President for Neovia Logistics. “Since 2003, Neovia has been providing high quality services to Volvo Cars in Europe, and we are excited and ready to also deliver premier services to the Volvo Cars retailers in Canada.”
“We are very excited to be an extended part of the Volvo family here in Canada. With our experience with automotive service parts we feel we can do an excellent job for the Volvo retailers in Eastern Canada.” stated Kris Paquin, Divisional Vice President for Neovia Logistics.
Well adept in the coordination of automotive services and logistics, the operation of the distribution centre in Toronto makes for a fitting opportunity to continue the already strong partnership between Volvo and Neovia Logistics.
About Neovia Logistics
Neovia Logistics (www.neovialogistics.com) is a global, industrial contract logistics company, leveraging over 85 years of operational and distribution expertise. Unlike most 3PLs offering only transactional services, Neovia approaches logistics from their customers’ perspective, providing comprehensive inventory management and dynamic warehousing, to outstanding job-site and inbound-to-manufacturing services. With global operations across six continents, 25 countries, 96 facilities and shipping to over 190 countries, Neovia partners with companies in construction, mining, automotive, energy and other industries.
About Volvo Cars of Canada
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.
Instant success: First Edition of all-new Volvo XC90 sold out in 47 hours
The First Edition of the all-new Volvo XC90, 1,927 individually numbered cars only available for sale via digital commerce, sold out in 47 hours after it was released on Wednesday afternoon at 16.00 hours CET. Most of the cars were reserved within one hour from sales start. At its peak, 7 cars were sold every minute
“We are very pleased, but not really surprised,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service of Volvo Car Group. “The huge interest in the XC90 escalated to astronomical levels after the world premiere last week.”
The First Edition cars, which celebrate the year Volvo was founded, were for the first time in history only available at www.volvocars.com.
The 1,927 First Edition owners of the best SUV in the world will get a fully equipped car with uniquely numbered tread plates and a distinctive badge on the tailgate.
“The first buyers signed up for their favourite number in milliseconds. The rapid response confirms that the XC90 is a truly iconic car model. The First Edition will be a collectors item in the future,” said Alain Visser.
Black exterior an Amber leather seats
The Onyx Black exterior and 8-spoke, 21-inch Inscription wheels are combined with an interior featuring nappa leather seats in Amber, a Charcoal leather dashboard and Linear Walnut inlays.
The First Edition will be powered by a high-performance petrol or diesel engine from Volvo Cars’ new four-cylinder Drive-E powertrains. The supercharged and turbocharged T6 All Wheel Drive has an output of 320 hp, while the D5 twin turbo diesel engine has 225 hp. The engines are teamed with a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission.
Striking tablet-like touch screen
The tablet-like touch screen in the centre is one of the most striking features in the all-new XC90. The heart of the all-new in-car control 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 system features a 1,400 watts Class D amplifier, 19 speakers 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 most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety package available in the automotive industry includes two world first safety technologies: a run-off road protection package and auto brake at intersection capability. All of Volvo Cars’ auto brake functions vehicles, covering cyclists and pedestrians in front of the car, are also standard.