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  • 4 reasons the Volvo S90 sedan is destined for success (and one reason it isn’t)

    The Volvo Cars brand is in the midst of what could just turn out to be quite the transformation. Indeed, with the launch of the widely acclaimed second-generation Volvo XC90 in late 2014, the Swedish automaker took its first public step towards the sort of success that seemed impossible during its final years under Ford ownership. And now, still boasting the considerable backing of the Chinese automotive giant that essentially rescued it, the Gothenburg-based manufacturer has taken the wraps off its next flagship sedan: the 2017 Volvo S90. This sleek premium saloon – which replaces the largely forgettable S80...

  • Volvo’s Concept 26 is all about screens, the future of not driving

    Volvo is serious about you being productive in traffic. So serious that it's released a new concept aimed specifically at working commuters. According to the Swedish car maker, Concept 26 (named to reflect the average daily commute to work of 26 minutes) is meant to take the frustration out of your daily commute. Mostly though, it's about choice. If you're in a massive tailback and you need to take care of a few emails, the car can take care of things for you. And if you're tearing down a scenic mountain pass then you can resume control. "It’s all...

  • Volvo claims its safety tech has cut accident claims by 28%

    There was a brief period when Volvo was desperately trying to get people to see past its safety credentials and view it as an exciting car brand. More recently though, it's attempted to reclaim that legacy and is trumpeting the technological advantages its made in terms of safety. The latest example of this has seen the Swedish car maker publicising a study which shows that the safety tech built into its cars has cut accident claims by 28%. Based on real-life accumulated insurance claims data from the Swedish insurers If and Volvia, responsible for insuring around 160 000 cars...

  • Volvo joins the race to replace your keys with smartphone app

    Losing your car keys is painful. Your car is as useful as a blind pirate and the gap in your memory where your key's location is, reminds one of the grandest of canyons.  Volvo and the Apple Watch or  Android wear, have now teamed up to form the Volvo On-Call app. For those not-Volvo drivers out there, the On Call service was launched in 2001 and gave Volvo owners and drivers support in their darkest hour. Not when you needed a shoulder but when you needed an airbag because yours deployed when you hit a speed bump too fast (you know Volvo and...

  • Volvo will pull out of motorsport citing marketing, safety concerns

    If you thought Sweden was a sensible country, the latest news from Volvo will have you seriously doubting that decision. The company has announced that it will chicken out of racing because "Motorsport does not conform with our brand, where we stand for smaller engines and safety," noted marketing head Alain Visser, speaking to Touring Car Times. We're not sure if anyone told him, but Formula 1 uses 1.6-litre hybrid turbocharged motors. Isn't that small enough? We think the move is rather strange for a company that has come to be known for more than it's manic obsession with safety. What does...

  • This is Volvo’s all-new plug-in hybrid XC90 [Gallery]

    Chances are our collective futures are likely to include a lot more plug-in hybrid SUVs. It's likely the only way these urban behemoths will be able to achieve the kind of mileage owners are starting to expect and it also means a little extra power on the road. Porsche led the way with its plug-in Cayenne and now Volvo looks set to follow suit with the latest version of the XC90. According to Volvo, the XC90 T8 is the first car in its stable designed from the ground up for plug-in/electrification compatibility. This, the Swedish company reckons, has enabled it...

  • Volvo unveils new Drive-E tri-turbo engine good for 450-horsepower

    Volvo -- you know that safety-crazed Swedish company pumping out those rather svelte cars of late -- have unveiled its latest ultra-advanced engine. Sounds boring, right? Not when the motor in question uses three turbochargers. You'd think a company more worried about safety wouldn't want its engines to emit any more power, but apparently 320-horsepower just isn't enough. Volvo is rating the new concept powertrain at 450-horsepower, enough to mildly embarrass a Lexus or Jaguar, with much larger engines. It's a novel concept too utilising Volvo's Drive-E technology, and some rather ingenious thinking. Traditional multi-turbo systems are mounted in series at...

  • Volvo Trucks trolls rookie valet to promote latest transmission tech [video]

    Undoubtedly, there are few better jobs on this planet (apart from thrashing a Mercedes around Singapore as a Formula 1 driver) than being a valet for one of the Riviera's prime casinos. Or any casino in Europe, really. Driving some of the world's most beautiful exotics and getting tipped in the hundreds is something only us car enthusiasts, and cash-lovers, can lust over. But sometimes, even valets are faced with vehicles they'd rather not drive. We've seen some wonderful marketing schemes over the years, and Volvo has been in the thick of it recently with its safety tech videos, but this...

  • Volvo unleashes R-Design flair for super-safe XC90 SUV [Gallery]

    How safe is the Volvo XC90? Allegedly safe enough for Volvo to speed it up a bit. The new R-Design package of the world's latest SUV has today been uncovered by the Swedes, and it's simply scrumptious. For those who dare not take their beloved off-roaders off-road, the package enhances the SUV's street credibility, handling and, thanks in part to the Drive-E hybrid powertrains, speed with around 400-horsepower on tap. We've previously noted the car's extensive safety systems and driver aids, and one will probably need all of them chucking this thing into the corners. But isn't it beautiful? We might...

  • Volvo’s XC90 is one extremely tough car to destroy [video]

    We all know that modern cars are safe, and have to be safe, thanks to the strenuous crash and safety tests conducted prior to production. Volvo has kindly uploaded a video of its XC90 being destroyed, to highlight the latest advancements in safety technology. And safety features there are aplenty. In addition to the technology present in the car itself, there is a massively strong frame surrounding the occupants in the event of a crash. The so-called Scalable Product Architecture is lighter and stronger than the older car, but it doesn't mean its worse -- not by any means. It...

  • Amphibious Volvo 240 takes on a lake and wins spectacularly [video]

    We've seen the chaps on Top Gear try their hand at making amphibious vehicles, with hilarious and truly remarkable results. But the cars weren't exactly good on the road, nor on the water. Enter Theon Parseghian's world of waterbourne wonder. The New York native has turned a Volvo 240 estate into a boat with some imagination and serious know-how. Oh, and it works. Flawlessly. Unlike Clarkson's Toyboata (which worked rather well, while it did work), Parseghian's "Evolvo" has an engine mounted where the rear seats should be, which in turn powers a propellar below the craft. It's also completely watertight. And...

  • Upcoming Volvo XC90 parades two ‘world first’ safety technologies

    Volvo has an ambitious vision. The company wants to ensure that no serious injuries or deaths will come at the wheel of its cars. At the rate safety technology is advancing, it's not entirely impossible either. But the company has announced two "world first" safety technologies that will feature on its XC90, that will likely take it one step closer to its dream. Along with the bog standard safety packages shoved into cars these days, the seven-seater, all-wheel drive bohemoth will feature two completely new driver aids, namely "Run-off road protection" and "Auto brake at intersections." The former allows the XC90...

  • Is the new Volvo V60 spot the weirdest car ad ever made?

    There are a couple of strategies you can take if you're going to make a car advert: seeping shots of the car in a dramatic vista is one option, light-hearted whimsy surrounding kids and/or animals is another. If you're the person behind the latest spot for the Volvo V60 though, you apparently completely ignore those options and then make an ad based on your flu-induced fever dreams. The two-minute video is apparently meant to be focused on design, but you'll probably spend more time thinking about the nonsensical narrator, the cat decals covering the windows and whether the guy...

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