Strong early demand for all-new Volvo XC90
The all-new Volvo XC90 is proving to be a hit with customers even before it has appeared in showrooms, with over 16,000 orders for the brand new seven-seat SUV already received.
“These strong order numbers are very encouraging and it shows that customers obviously like what they see in the new XC90,” says Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars. “The new XC90 represents the new Volvo Cars and it is the first in a series of new cars to come, as we renew our entire product portfolio in the coming years.”
The new XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new technologies and utilizing its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology and Drive-E powertrain family.
The end result is a visually striking, luxury seven seat SUV with world leading safety features, new powertrain technologies, an unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency and a superlative interior finish.
Series production of the new XC90 at the Torslanda plant in Sweden started in the last week of January, and deliveries to customers will commence this spring.
Volvo XC60 the most popular premium mid-size SUV in Europe in 2014
Volvo Cars’ ability to compete effectively against its competitors was underlined in 2014 after independently compiled registration figures from IHS Automotive/Polk show that the Volvo XC60 was the best-selling premium mid-size SUV in Europe*.
The numbers underline that the XC60, which has been Volvo’s best-selling model since 2009, continues to be an outstanding choice in the highly competitive mid-size SUV segment.
The numbers issued by IHS Automotive/Polk look at Europe-wide sales by model and segment, and show that a total of 70,257 units of the XC60 were registered around Europe in 2014. That is a better performance than all corresponding models from Volvo Cars’ competitors in the premium mid-size SUV segment. The XC60 is especially popular in important markets for Volvo such as Sweden, the United Kingdom and Russia.
The XC60’s excellent sales performance is another indicator of Volvo Cars’ strong growth in recent years and future potential. The Volvo XC60 was launched in 2008 and has steadily improved its sales performance every year since, no mean feat in the car industry.
In 2012 the XC60 breached the 100,000 mark for the first time with 106,203 retail units sold. Last year, the car set a new annual sales record of 136,993 retail units sold around the globe. In April of last year, the car passed the 500,000 retail units sold mark, a mere five years after its introduction.
The XC60 has global appeal and is not just popular in Europe. In China, the XC60 has been Volvo Cars’ best-selling model in recent years, while the model is also an important sales driver in the United States. In January of this year, the XC60 continued its upward trend and recorded a 16 percent year-on-year global retail sales increase.
*Europe = Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
Scandinavian cloud-based project for sharing road-condition information becomes a reality
Volvo Cars, the Swedish Transport Administration and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration are working together on a project to enable cars to share information about conditions that relate to road friction (such as icy patches).
The information will be shared through a cloud-based network – a revolutionary approach to improving traffic safety. And with the test fleet now expanding from about 50 cars to 1000, the project is moving rapidly towards its goal of making the technology available to customers within a few years’ time.
“The more information that can be shared on the road, the fewer surprises there are. And when you’re driving, surprises are what you most want to avoid,” says Erik Israelsson, Project Leader Cooperative ITS (Intelligent Transport System) at Volvo Cars.
“In light of that, we’ve developed a slippery-road alert, which notifies drivers about icy patches and contributes to making winter road maintenance more efficient. We’re also adding a hazard-light alert, which will tell drivers if another vehicle in the area has its hazard lights on. With these first two features, we have a great platform for developing additional safety features. This is just the beginning,” Erik Israelsson continues.
Project nears completion
And the research project is getting closer to real-world implementation: with the technology in place, the testing and validation phase is now about to begin. In this phase, Volvo Cars will both expand the test fleet 20-fold and broaden the test area to include two big Scandinavian cities: Gothenburg and Oslo. Together, these measures will provide a more complete picture of how the system will work in real winter traffic conditions.
Improved winter road maintenance
The slippery-road alert also sends information about icy patches to road administrators as a complement to existing measurement stations along the road. The data can help road administrators and their contracted entrepreneurs to better plan and execute winter road maintenance and quickly address changed conditions. In addition, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration will conduct an independent assessment of the system to identify additional uses for the data in aiding future winter road maintenance.
Ambitious connectivity strategy
Volvo Cars strategically invests in and initiates partnerships to create cloud-based solutions. The hazard-light and slippery-road alerts are the first safety features in the Volvo cloud. The development of sophisticated communication via the mobile network is part of the company’s aim to offer customers a fully connected experience.
“In the future we will have increased the exchange of vital information between vehicles, as well as between vehicles and infrastructure,” says Erik Israelsson. “There is considerable potential in this area, including safer traffic, a more comfortable drive and improved traffic flow,” he adds.
“This will bring us closer to our safety vision that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new
Volvo Overseas Delivery Program Voted Best by Global Traveler Reader Survey
The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program, which offers car buyers the unforgettable experience of picking up their Volvo in Sweden while also saving money, has been named the top program of its kind by the readers of Global Traveler Magazine. The survey, in its 11th year, asks frequent business and luxury travelers to name the best in a variety of travel-related categories.
Through Volvo's Overseas Delivery Program, participants guarantee themselves a free trip to Sweden by purchasing a new Volvo car. Volvo provides two complimentary airline tickets to Gothenburg, where the customer picks up their new car directly from the Volvo factory. Then, they can head out on a European road trip, and when they're ready to return home, they can simply drop off the car and Volvo will ship it to the United States for free.
Take advantage of overseas delivery:
- 1. Visit the nearest Volvo retailer to find your perfect Volvo.
- 2. Order your Volvo through the Overseas Delivery Program at your local retailer.
- 3. Enjoy two complimentary airline tickets to Gothenburg from SAS Scandinavian Airlines.
- 4. Pick up your new Volvo at the Gothenburg Factory Delivery Center. Your new car will be registered for your stay in Europe with insurance for 15 days (additional days can be added).
- 5. Test your Volvo out on the roads of West Sweden, either with one of the program's spectacular themed tours or on your own. Then, all of Europe is your road.
- 6. Drop off your Volvo in Gothenburg or an official drop-off location. Volvo will ship your car home and take care of all the problems that make importing a car difficult, from excise taxes to import duties.
To learn more about the Global Traveler reader survey, and to view a complete list of winners please visit: http://www.globaltravelerusa.com/2014-gt-tested-awards/
For additional information about the Volvo Overseas Delivery Program, please visit: http://www.volvocars.com/us/sales-services/sales/volvo_overseas_delivery/pages/default.aspx