Volvo Cars Leads European Automakers With Most IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Awards
Volvo Cars has won the 2017 Top Safety Pick Plus award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 luxury SUV with Active Dual Xenon headlamps. The Volvo S90 luxury sedan and XC90 luxury SUV won the Top Safety Pick designation for 2017. As of today’s announcement from IIHS, Volvo leads European car manufacturers with the most Top Safety Pick Plus awards.
All Volvo models have been recognized by IIHS for safety. An August 2016 report from IIHS showed that cars outfitted with Volvo City Safety, which included vehicle detection, reduced rear end crashes by 43% and those with injuries by 45%. In 2017, the Volvo S90 and XC90 will include large animal detection with automatic emergency braking, aimed at further preventing or mitigating accidents on the road.
“Volvo’s commitment to safety is crystallized in our Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020.” Said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Car USA, “Our new cars prove that luxury, style and performance can perfectly compliment world-leading safety.”
Cars awarded Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus are currently available at local Volvo retailers.
Polestar optimizes the latest Volvo Cars model
The latest generation Polestar Performance Optimization is now available for the new Volvo V90 Cross Country, taking the performance and drivability further in five key areas of the rugged and refined estate.
”To include the V90 Cross Country, a true adventure crossover, in our optimization program is a vital part of our operation to further expand on Volvo Cars’ new SPA vehicle architecture. Our product provides performance-oriented customers with a new level of driving pleasure,” said Niels Möller, Chief Operating Officer of Polestar.
The optimization, available for the V90 Cross Country T6, D5 and D4 models* to begin with, does not only increase engine performance but affects a total of five areas for a more dynamic driving experience.
The main focus for the optimization is on the mid-range, the area most often used in everyday driving. Connected to this is a new calibration of the gearbox, including faster shifts, in order to support the increased performance, making for a more engaging driving experience.
”Our focus is as always on creating usable performance, just as when we develop our racing cars to win championships. This is made possible by treating the entire powertrain, including engine, gearbox, throttle response and more, as one unit when developing our optimizations,” said Thed Björk, who drives a Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 with Drive-E technology in the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship.
Alongside the release for the V90 Cross Country, further engine options have been made available* for the Polestar Optimization such as the Volvo XC90 D4.
* = Release timing and availability may vary; contact your local Volvo dealer for further information.
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.”