Volvo Cars unveils new version of the S90 sedan and top-of-the-line S90 (video)
Excellence in Shanghai, marking a new era for car-making in China
Volvo Cars, the premium carmaker, has unveiled a new upgraded China version of its S90 sedan and a top-of-the-line luxury model called S90 Excellence, both aimed at the high-end sedan market, in advance of their first public appearance at the 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show.
The new S90 will be the most premium car ever made in China. Both versions will be built in Volvo Cars’ production facility in Daqing, China, and exported globally, highlighting the high levels of quality that underpin Volvo’s global manufacturing strategy.
“China will play an increasingly important part in our global manufacturing ambitions. Our factories here will deliver world-class products for export across the globe in coming years, contributing to our objective of selling up to 800,000 cars a year by 2020,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO, Volvo Car Group.
Volvo has paved the way in developing China’s exports of cars to global markets. It was the first Western car maker to export a premium China-made car to the US in 2015 with the S60 Inscription, which received a full 5-Star rating in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing.
Both the S90 cars underscore Volvo’s credentials as a premium car maker.
“The first thing you notice in the S90 Excellence is that we have removed the front passenger seat and replaced it with what we call the Lounge Console, designed to meet the chauffeur-driven executive customers’ need to relax or work while on the move. The second thing you will notice is the high quality materials that combine to deliver a well-thought-through and immersive luxury feel,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group.
The S90 Excellence incorporates many features designed to enhance the in-car experience – a full panoramic roof, foldout worktables, clever storage, a heated and cooled cup holder, an adjustable footrest and a built-in entertainment system featuring a large display for work or entertainment purposes. The S90 Excellence also includes a rear-seat touchscreen control interface, a built-in refrigeration compartment and handmade crystal glasses from Swedish glassmaker Orrefors.
The S90 will be available with Volvo Cars’ award-winning T4 and T5 petrol engines and the top-of-the-line T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid, delivering an uncompromising mix of performance and pure electric power that makes the most of Volvo’s ‘Relaxed Confidence’ chassis settings. The S90 Excellence will only come with the T8 Twin Engine powertrain option.
The new cars will come with a host of standard safety features including Large Animal Detection as a part of the City Safety system, Pilot Assist, which is a hands-on-the-wheel semi-autonomous driver assistance system that works up to 130 km/h.
Volvo’s new 90 Series cars also come with the convenience of smartphone integration, incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allowing convenient access to familiar smartphone features via the large center display in the car.
Both cars will be available with a new CleanZone air quality system that employs an ionic air cleaner, a PM 2.5 real-time monitor in the four-zone air conditioning system.
The new S90 goes into production in November. The S90 Excellence follows next year.
Volvo Cars expands production in China and unveils new China strategy
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has unveiled a new manufacturing strategy for China in which production capacity will be increased and China will be developed into a global manufacturing and export hub servicing growing demand for its new range of cars in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Volvo Cars will make its top-of-the-range S90-series cars based on its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) at its plant in Daqing, Heilongjiang province, in northern China. It also announced today that production of the new S90 premium sedan will in future be moved from Europe to China.
The Swedish company also announced that existing and future 60-series medium-sized SPA-based cars will be built at its plant in Chengdu, Szechuan province, in Western China, while its planned 40 series smaller cars, based on its Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), will be made at a plant that is currently being built in Luqiao, 350km south of Shanghai.
“With three plants – and the designation of one car line for each plant – Volvo creates an efficient production structure ensuring future capacity for growth,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive.
The Luqiao plant, which is owned by Zhejiang Geely Holdings but operated by Volvo Cars, will make Volvo’s new range of smaller 40-series CMA-based cars, as well as CMA-based cars for LYNK & CO, the new car brand launched in October by Geely Auto, highlighting the growing industrial synergies being developed by the automotive group.
Volvo’s expanded production capacity in China forms an integral part of its broader global industrial footprint.
Volvo currently operates two plants in Europe, in Sweden and Belgium. The Sweden plant in Gothenburg will continue to make 90 series and 60 series SPA cars while its plant in Ghent, Belgium, will in future be a CMA-only production facility making new 40 series cars.
Volvo is also building a new plant in South Carolina in the US that will also make SPA-based vehicles for domestic US consumption and for export.
The details of Volvo’s new manufacturing strategy in China came the same day it unveiled a new China-built version of its S90 sedan and a top-of-the-line, specially upgraded luxury model called S90 Excellence, in advance of their first public appearance at the 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show.
The new S90 will be the most premium car ever made in China. Both versions will be built in Volvo Cars’ production facility in Daqing and exported globally, demonstrating the high levels of quality control that underpin Volvo’s global manufacturing strategy.
All Volvo Cars’ plants adhere to Volvo Cars’ global Volvo Car Manufacturing System (VCMS), utilising and following the company’s global manufacturing and quality standards.
Volvo has paved the way in developing China’s exports of locally made cars to global markets. It was the first Western car maker to export a premium China-made car to the US in 2015 with the S60 Inscription.
Volvo Car Canada Ltd. Announces V90 and V90 Cross Country Pricing and Packaging
RICHMOND HILL, ON. (October 28th, 2016.) Volvo Car Canada Ltd. is pleased to announce the pricing and packaging for the V90 and V90 Cross Country. Both vehicles are set to arrive in the first quarter of 2017 with V90 pricing starting at $59,900 and V90 Cross Country pricing starting at $61,900.
With their arrivals to the market, both the V90 and V90 Cross Country will complete the 90 Cluster in the Volvo Cars lineup. The most recent additions to the product lineup, the award-winning XC90 and S90, have been noted as game changers in their respective categories and have been met with overwhelming praise across the industry. The V90 and V90 Cross Country are expected to match this acclaim and are designed on the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). They will be available in Canada with the T6 engine variant, equipped with a 4-cylinder, turbocharged and supercharged engine, an 8-speed geartronic automatic transmission offering 316 horsepower and 295 lb. ft. of torque. In Canada, the V90 and V90 Cross Country will be exclusively offered with all-wheel-drive capabilities.
The V90 will offer Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trims, as well as the Cross Country specific trim. The V90 Momentum MSRP is $59,900, the R-Design MSRP is $64,450 and the Inscription MSRP is $66,050. The Cross Country MSRP is $61,900 as previously reported at the V90 Cross Country unveiling on September 15th. The V90 offers the following packages: Momentum Plus Package ($1700), Vision Package ($2000), Climate Package I ($1350) & Climate Package II ($2300), Sports Seats & Napa Leather ($1800) as well as a plethora of stand-alone options including Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound system ($3250), Graphical Head-up Display ($1150), Rear Air Suspension ($2350) and Apple CarPlay ($400). The Cross Country trim offers all of those options as well as trim-specific packages Premium Package ($1500) and Premium Plus Package ($2500).
The V90 and V90 Cross Country pre-sale is now available; customers who would like to pre-order the V90 or V90 Cross Country can do so at their local Volvo retailer.