Volvo Cars reveals stylish and versatile new V90 wagon (video)
The eagerly-awaited Volvo V90 was revealed today in Stockholm, Sweden. The stylish and versatile V90 is the latest in the luxury car maker’s top-of-the-line 90 series sitting alongside the award winning XC90 SUV and the recently-launched S90 luxury sedan.
Building on Volvo Cars’ indisputable heritage in the wagon segment, that began over 60 years ago with the Volvo Duett, the new V90 takes the luxury wagon a clear step forward in terms of aesthetics, materials and finish, while living up to the ultimately practical nature of any true wagon.
“We have a very strong position in the wagon segment,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “In many people’s minds we are known as the definitive wagon brand. While the Volvo brand today stands for more than wagons, we are proud to carry forward this rich heritage with the V90.”
The new V90 is the third car unveiled in Volvo’s top-of-the-line 90 series, all of which are built on the company’s specially-designed and fully modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which has opened up a range of new opportunities in terms of how Volvos can be designed, built and equipped.
“The modern luxury wagon is all about the intriguing combination of a luxurious experience with the functional origins of the wagon silhouette. The sophisticated ambience of our new Volvo Interiors is combined with a great cargo space, providing the right kind of functionality – whether through connectivity or cargo and storage solutions,” said Thomas Ingenlath senior vice president for design at Volvo Cars.
The new V90 delivers cutting-edge Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive technology, the most advanced standard safety package on the market, with large animal detection and run-off road mitigation, and class-leading connectivity including smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay.
Volvo Cars has also worked tirelessly on driving dynamics in the new model delivering a totally new and refined driving experience characterised by a sense of engaging control and predictability.
“We have a very strong offer in the V90. The T8 Twin Engine gas plug-in hybrid will deliver around 400 hp and a pure electric range of around 50 km,” said Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Cars.
The new Volvo V90 is scheduled to arrive in the United States in 2017.
New Volvo S90 Luxury Sedan Makes Chicago Debut, XC90 SUV Presented With Three Awards at 2016 Chicago Auto Show
CHICAGO, IL (February 11, 2016) -- The new Volvo S90 luxury sedan made its Chicago debut today at the Chicago Auto Show, while the XC90 SUV presented with three awards. Volvo’s complete lineup of premium cars will be on display at McCormick Place February 12-21.
The S90 has been widely praised since its reveal to the world’s press in December for its stunning exterior and sumptuous interior. Its proud yet non-aggressive face, characterized by a concave grille, itself a homage to the Volvo P1800, is home to Volvo’s new Iron Mark. The T-shaped Thor’s Hammer lights deliver a powerful sense of direction that makes the S90 unmistakable on the road.
Inside this low, wide sedan, Volvo has taken cues from the success of its XC90 model and raised the bar with some stunning details on the new dashboard and instrument panel, including new air blades that stand vertically on each side of the Sensus user interface.
“We created our new flagship sedan, the Volvo S90, as a real game changer. It is classy and cool. The exterior is exceptionally well surfaced with a fantastic stance and the sort of clean lines that are singularly appropriate of a Scandinavian design. The interior masters the art of blending innovative technology and natural materials into an elegant, welcoming and tasteful ambience, Swedishness at its best,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design at Volvo Car Group.
The launch of the new S90 forms the second chapter in the complete renewal of Volvo’s product range, which began in 2015 with the new XC90 SUV.
The seven-passenger XC90 was given a MotorWeek Driver’s Choice award, named Best Family Car by the Midwest Automotive Press Association (MAMA), and was selected as a Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy (Premium Midsize Crossover/SUV) at separate media events here.
These additions bring to 26 the number of awards the XC90 has received this model year in the U.S., including Motor Trend’s 2016 SUV of the Year and the 2016 North American Truck of the year. Globally, the XC90 has won more than 70 awards since being launched in July 2015.
“Volvo means ‘I roll’ in Latin, and we are really rolling,” Kerssemakers said. “These awards come from experts we hold in the highest regard for their knowledge and understanding of what makes a good car, which is what makes each of them so valuable.”
Designed and engineered from the ground up, the XC90 is the first vehicle built on the Swedish car company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which will underpin many new products over the coming years, including the S90, which is scheduled to go on sale later this summer. A supercharged and turbocharged two-liter engine with 316-horsepower delivers an EPA-rated 25mpg on the highway.
The XC90 is equipped with Intellisafe, a suite of standard safety features and technologies that make it an IIHS Top Pick+. Sensus, Volvo’s unique infotainment system, is controlled through a 9.3-inch tablet-like touch screen that allows drivers an incredible amount of personalization. Apple CarPlay is available now and Android Auto is coming soon.
IIHS Study: Volvo’s City Safety Reduces Rear-End Crashes by 41%, Injuries by 48%
ROCKLEIGH, NJ (January 28, 2016)The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing highway crash deaths and injuries, completed an academic study on Volvo’s City Safety system that is standard on all Volvo vehicles. The report found that standard City Safety in 2011-2012 S60 models and 2010-2012 XC60 models reduced the rate of rear-end crashes by 41%, injuries to occupants by 47% and rear-end crashes involving third-party injuries by 48%.
IIHS concluded that “City Safety appears to be highly effective at reducing rear-end crashes and associated injuries reported to police, even on roadways with speed limits higher than the system’s operating range.”
City Safety is standard on all Volvos sold in the United States and includes a host of safety technologies including automatic emergency braking. The system is being constantly improved, with intersection autobrake being added to the 2016 XC90 and large animal detection with autobrake being introduced in the 2017 S90 sedan. Automatic braking and forward collision warning technologies help further Volvo’s Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by the year 2020.
“This study reinforces Volvo Car’s long standing leadership in safety,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Car USA, “We look forward to future studies where the effectiveness of these systems will be even greater.”