Volvo Cars starts production of the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar
The first Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar cars have left the Volvo Torslanda factory plant on their way to customers around the world as production has begun.
”We are very happy to see the first ever complete production cars from Polestar be built in the Volvo factory. It is a satisfying result of many hours of work by the people of Polestar and Volvo behind this,” said Henrik Fries, S/V60 Polestar Technical Project Manager.
The Volvo factory in Torslanda celebrated 50 years recently with a total of over 6.8 million cars having been produced, starting with the Amazon model in 1964 and all the way to the new S60 and V60 Polestar today. The Polestar model also marks the first ever independent partner being introduced to the production process.
”We are delighted to see the first cars leave the factory and it has been an exciting journey together with Polestar to see these cars from the drawing board until the actual finalized product being produced with us on the factory line,” said Magnus Hellsten, Vice President Car Manufacturing Europe at Volvo Cars.
A total of 750 cars will be produced of the S60 and V60 Polestar model this year, heading to customers in Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA.
”It is an exciting process as there are many new and unique Polestar components that needs to work seamlessly in the Volvo factory without interrupting the production of other models. It was a truly proud moment to see the first Polestar blue cars on the production line together with the XCV70, S80 and other models. The cooperation with Volvo works really well and we are looking forward to an exciting future together,” said Fries.
The new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar features a thoroughly developed chassis with high performance dampers and brakes which in combination with four-wheel drive and 350 hp from a turbo charged 6-cylinder engine creates a driver’s car for all year.
Visit www.nextpolestar.com for more information.
Pristine Volvo P1800ES sells for record price at Bonhams auction
Bonhams Auctioneers has sold a 1973 Volvo P1800ES Sport Wagon for the record sum of 92,400 USD. It was at an auction at the Greenwich Concours d´Elegance in Connecticut, USA that the Swedish classic with just 13,000 miles on the odometer was sold. “As far as we know, this is a new world record for a classic Volvo”, a representative for Bonhams said.
This P1800ES has spent its entire life in Keene, New Hampshire, and been used very little by its three owners, the first of them keeping the car for 27 years.
The red paintwork is totally original, so is the black leather upholstery and the car has sought after factory equipment as factory fitted A/C.
The presale estimate was 30,000 to 40,000 USD ,but it was bid strongly by a number of current and former Volvo dealers before ultimately selling to an overseas bidder for more than the double.
“The car was nicely presented, well preserved and totally original. It was key for a high price like this, a restorer would struggle to match the build quality of the factory in Gothenburg,” said Eric Minoff, specialist at Bonhams´ Motor Cars department.
More about this remarkable P1800 ES can be found at http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21916/lot/334/
Dock Talk: Newport comes out in force to welcome Team Alvimedica
Welcome to our new weekly round-up of Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 news and gossip – Dock Talk – which we will be running all the way up to the start of the event on October 4 in Alicante.
ALICANTE, Spain, June 12 – The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 won’t be visiting the sailing-crazy town of Newport, Rhode Island for nearly a year but anticipation is already sky-high after Team Alvimedica sailed in this week.
Despite the miserable weather, the town came out in force with a flotilla of vessels on Monday to welcome their “home boys” led by resident Charlie Enright, who is skipper, and fellow American Mark Towill.
Team Alvimedica’s young crew of trialists had just crossed the Atlantic from Portugal in a 10-day trip with a bunch of experienced Volvo Ocean Race old hands on board including Stu Bannatyne who has competed on no less than six occasions.
“It’s everything I could have hoped it to be on a rainy night, it was really nice for ever one to come out,” Enright said of the welcome. “After 10 days on the open ocean coming into Newport is an amazing thing.”
Newport will be hosting the race in May next year. The 12th edition starts with the Alicante In-Port Race on October 4 before setting sail the following week for the first leg from southern Spain to Cape Town.
The ocean crossing was an important milestone for the crew. “It was a big step for Team Alvimedica,” Enright said. “We had good weather all the way across. We’re excited about what we achieved and what’s to come. We’re here doing some more training before we head back across the Atlantic in July.”
Enright, 29, and Mark Towill, 25, and the rest of the crew, replicated “race mode” on board throughout the transatlantic as they tested the rookie sailors and immersed themselves in ocean racing technique.
Another team with an experience gap to bridge are Dongfeng Race Team who are planning to blood three new Chinese rookies – if they shape up – in their crew which is due to be announced in Lorient, France on June 26.
They certainly don’t lack race know-how from their French skipper Charles Caudrelier who helped French compatriot Franck Cammas win the last edition on board Groupama.
After sailing 10,000 nautical miles so far including a transatlantic crossing, Caudrelier believes his crew is shaping up nicely including the Chinese wannabes.
Caudrelier reported this week that the crew had passed “a key stage” with flying colours and found “real talent in both the western and Chinese crew”.
Meanwhile, Team SCA are enjoying a breather from on-board training after ticking off two transats.
The 12 women left Lanzarote for a break with a fitness plan in their bags to “to get them moving, loosen them up, get them back into a normal routine and functioning on a normal body clock”, according to the team's fitness coach and physio Santi Casanova.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are also taking a mid-summer breather from their training base in Cascais near Lisbon. Next on their schedule is a transatlantic from Portugal to Newport at the end of June.
They will be back in Europe for Cowes Week where their boat Azzam will be officially launched on August 6 and race during the regatta.
The buzz for the Volvo Ocean Race continues to grow in the Netherlands, meanwhile, with Dutch boat Team Brunel continuing to do their bit to build the future of sailing in a country where the sport ranks high as a national pastimes.
With skipper Bouwe Bekking’s men back home for a couple of weeks, 4,000 Dutch kids received a miniature version of their Volvo Ocean 65 as part of a school project to get children involved in sailing. They will have to do their homework though.
A magazine will be distributed to every kid for every leg of the race. They´ll be finding out about biology, geography, life onboard and technology.