Volvo Car Canada Ltd. Announces New Extended Warranty Partner and Expanded Product Suite
RICHMOND HILL, ON (December 1, 2016) – Volvo Car Canada Ltd. has announced an expanded suite of branded protection products, arriving to market on January 1, 2017.
The revamped product suite, Volvo Increased Protection, will be launched in partnership with LGM Financial Services Inc., Canada’s leading provider of automotive finance and insurance products.
Volvo Increased Protection will include Mechanical Breakdown Protection and Appearance Protection. Both products are aimed at maximizing retailer performance and customer satisfaction at every step of the ownership experience.
Mechanical Breakdown Protection will replace the current Volvo Increased Protection Plan product, offering additional customer-friendly benefits such as Claims Free Rewards. Appearance Protection is a new Volvo product designed to maintain the vehicle’s showroom look and feel once it hits the road.
“Volvo Cars is pleased to announce the Volvo Increased Protection program and our partnership with LGM,” said Daniel Martin, Director, Customer Service for Volvo Car Canada Ltd. “The Volvo Car brand is built on design, safety, and dedication to our loyal customers; the added services in this new program are designed to optimize our retailer experience while also make owning a Volvo a comfortable and seamless process.”
The product suite will be backed by an extensive sales training program, as well as a dedicated bilingual claims and dealer support network.
“We’re ecstatic to be entering into this partnership with Volvo and supporting them in the design and launch of Volvo Increased Protection,” says Jeff Fallowfield, LGM’s president of distribution and marketing. “Car buyers today expect highly customized finance and insurance products that suit their lifestyle, and we’re confident Volvo dealers will see benefits from this expanded suite of options for their customers.”
The Volvo V90 has been handed the prestigious title of Best Estate in this year’s TopGear Magazine Best Cars in the World awards.
In its review of the car, the magazine praised the V90’s “genuinely brilliant” styling, efficient engines, blend of handling and refinement, interior ambience, and intuitive connectivity.
The TopGear award is the latest in a growing list of accolades for Volvo’s 90 series cars, which also include the new S90 premium saloon and XC90 SUV. The latter has picked up more than 10 awards in the UK alone since its launch in 2015, while the V90 was awarded the overall Scottish Car of the Year title earlier this month.
Commenting on the award, TopGear Magazine said: “Somehow, the Volvo V90 manages to be the antidote to 2016’s obsession with total connectivity and instant gratification while being totally connected and instantly gratifying.”
Launched earlier this year together with the S90, the V90 marks another step in the transformation of Volvo’s product range. Its advanced technology includes the standard fitment of the firm’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist feature, as well as the world-first introductions of Run-off Road Mitigation and Large Animal Detection. The Volvo On Call app allows the driver to control a range of functions from a mobile device, including the ability to remotely heat or cool the cabin before they get in. The car can also be turned into a WiFi hotspot, while smartphone integration is available.
At the heart of the V90 is a simple, luxurious cabin which uses natural materials to take interior design to a new level.
Jon Wakefield, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: “With its compelling mix of innovation, style and functionality, the new V90 defines the premium estate segment. To receive this award from TopGear Magazine is a tribute to the car’s game-changing abilities in a competitive marketplace.”
Swedish police first to use V90 estate as a police car, other countries also targeted
The Swedish police will take delivery of its first V90 police cars early next year, after the car recently achieved the highest rating ever in the Swedish police's highly demanding driving test.
The demands on emergency vehicles are higher than on normal road cars. On top of that, unlike in many other countries, in Sweden the police car is judged as a workplace. This means any car has to meet strict demands in areas such as performance, comfort, quality and ergonomics in order to qualify as a police car.
The Swedish police car test focuses on five areas: a brake test, an obstacle course, evasive action tests with and without braking, and high-speed emergency driving.
The overall score for the V90 was 9.2 out of 10, the highest rating ever achieved by any car in this demanding test.
The final test protocol on the V90 prepared by Swedish police test drivers concludes that "overall, it is difficult to find any faults at all. Chassis, steering, suspension, traction control and powertrain all show exemplary performance. Quick lane changes at high speeds feel almost deceptively easy, the car does what it is told to do and shakes off lateral forces without any protest".
While the Swedish police will be the first to start using the V90, Volvo Cars sells its police cars in other countries as well. Other police forces that in recent years have used Volvos include Norway, Italy, the UK and the Netherlands. The V90, too, will be made available to any interested police forces around the globe.
With the V90 police car, Volvo takes the highly refined driving experience of the award-winning standard V90 to the next level. To transform the premium estate into a suitable emergency vehicle, the Volvo Car Special Products department further develops the car to meet the specific demands of police forces.
For instance, the chassis is made stronger and more dynamic, the brakes and suspension are improved, and the car is fully equipped with all necessary tools and communication equipment. It takes about a week to transform a standard V90 into a police car at Volvo Cars special manufacturing facility in Torslanda, Sweden.
Volvo Cars has a long history in providing police cars: as far back as 1929, Swedish police fought crime from behind the wheel of a Volvo. In the decades that followed, classic Volvos such as the Amazon and the 144 also served in police uniform. More recently, the XC70 and V70 estates have been used by police forces. The XC70, too, was the best police car ever tested by Swedish police at the time of its introduction.