Fleet World names Volvo Cars as 'One to Watch' in 2017
• Volvo Cars voted 'One to Watch' by top fleet magazine
• Firm's cars praised for cutting-edge safety and connectivity technology, as well as new petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains
Volvo Cars has been awarded the 'One to Watch' accolade at this year's Fleet World Honors.
The award, which the title presents to a manufacturer or product 'on the verge of great things', is an endorsement of Volvo's transformation strategy which is set to see the company establish itself as a leader in autonomous drive, connectivity and electrification over the next few years. This is Volvo's second consecutive appearance on the annual winners' list, after the ground-breaking XC90 was crowned Best SUV in 2016.
The transformation of the Volvo brand has seen the successful recent launches of the XC90 premium SUV, S90 saloon and V90 estate, and with a host of new models to be released in the coming years, the firm's impact on the fleet sector will be significant. Its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platforms have liberated the company to explore intelligent and diverse opportunities to set new benchmarks in terms of connectivity, safety and efficiency.
Commenting on the win for Volvo, the Fleet World judges said: "With the sublime new S90, V90 and XC90, and a line-up of new compact models now close to market, the future is looking promising for Volvo. And they're not just striking to look at, featuring cutting-edge safety and assistance technology, advanced connectivity and brilliant new petrol, diesel and hybrid drivetrains. All are foundations for a much stronger fleet presence."
New technologies such as Run-off Road Mitigation and Large Animal Detection are already helping fleets to minimize risk, while Volvo's semi-autonomous drive Pilot Assist feature helps take the strain out of long business journeys. The company will launch its first car capable of full autonomous driving by 2021.
Meanwhile, Volvo's Drive-E powertrain range includes some of the world's most powerful four-cylinder engines. The new family of powertrains uses sophisticated fueling and turbocharging technologies, as well as advanced transmissions, to provide responsive power with far lower fuel consumption and emissions. Volvo also aims to sell one million electrified cars globally by 2025.
Selwyn Cooper, Head of Business Sales, Volvo Car UK, commented: "Volvo Cars has set a new standard for itself, and still has an exciting journey ahead in its transformation as a brand.
"For this to be recognized by an influential publication such as Fleet World is an outstanding achievement for the company, and is further evidence of our commitment to designing and building new cars that make life simpler, safer and more cost-effective for business users."
The Fleet World Honors ceremony was held at the iconic Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London, on Tuesday 21 February.
Digital Doors Open for Volvo V90, Pricing Announced
(ROCKLEIGH, N.J.) The Volvo V90 Wagon is now available to order for U.S. customers. The custom order approach via Volvo Concierge allows the company to provide a full range of options to wagon lovers. Customers can perfect their vehicle via a unique one-to-one interaction with a Volvo representative online. The V90 will also be available through Overseas Delivery, which can be initiated via Volvo Concierge or at a local retailer. The T5 FWD R-Design V90 will start at $49,950.
The V90 has received international praise for its combination of style and utility. Based on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and the new Volvo design language, the V90 shares interior design attributes with the award-winning S90, such as the 9” Sensus Connect Touchscreen, open-pore wood trim and Nappa leather.
The V90 will be available with either Volvo’s T5 FWD, turbo-charged Drive-E engine or T6 AWD, turbo and super-charged powertrain in Inscription or R-Design trim. Leather seats, a Panoramic moonroof, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard along with City Safety, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection.
Wagon lovers are invited to log on to http://www.volvocars.com/us/build/wagon/v90 and customize their vehicle. While there, they can access Volvo Concierge, which uses online chat, email and phone conversations to assist in configuring and ordering a car. The Volvo Concierge will stay in constant contact with the future V90 owner, notifying them of when the car has been shipped from Sweden and when it is expected to arrive home. Upon arrival at a local retailer for customer delivery, the car will have all options, such as radio stations and software settings, personalized based on the owner’s preference.
V90 customers that wish to have the full Scandinavian experience can choose Overseas Delivery, which provides two paid airline tickets and hotel accommodations to Gothenburg, Sweden. Customers will receive a tour of the factory where their V90 was assembled and then pick up their car at Volvo’s Factory Delivery Experience Center. V90 owners can drive the car throughout Europe and drop it off at a designated port for shipping back to the United States. Customers can order the V90 through Overseas Delivery via Volvo Concierge, by calling 1-800-631-1667, or a Volvo retailer.
All-New Volvo S90 Wins Roadshow Editor’s Choice Award
The all-new Volvo S90 luxury sedan has won the Roadshow Editor’s Choice Award, presented by CNET.
“The new S90, like the XC90 before it, really impressed the entire Roadshow crew,” said Tim Stevens, Roadshow editor-in-chief. “The sophisticated styling always caused my glances to linger, while the interior was the kind of cosseting space I didn't want to leave. But, it's the technology that really shines, from the standard Pilot Assist functionality to support for both Android Auto and CarPlay in the excellent Sensus system, there's really very little to fault here.”
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Roadshow's Editors’ Choice award is issued to those cars that really stand out in their class. Cars that don't just excel in one area but that do so across the board.
“We are very proud such a respected organization as Roadshow recognized the Volvo S90,” said Lex Kerssemakers, president and CEO of Volvo Cars USA. “Volvo is now truly up with the world’s best luxury carmakers.”
The Volvo S90 is available with a powerful and efficient 316-horsepower turbo- and supercharged engine. It is the first car to come standard with semi-autonomous drive functionality and also features a 9-inch tablet like touch screen. The S90 was recently given top safety ratings for its Autonomous Emergency Braking system. Pricing starts under $49,000.