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Watch: MotorWeek Reviews the 850 R

posted by on 31 May 2017 in News Volvo Blog

MotorWeek’s YouTube channel is back with another retro review, this time of the 1996 Volvo 850R. The sporty wagon challenged people’s views of the boxy, safety-obsessed Swedish brand. The car is well received, with host John Davis, praising the car’s four-wheel disc brakes and impressive handling. On the other side of the equation, he takes […] More…

Spied: XC40 Interior Caught While Testing

posted by on 22 May 2017 in Volvo News

The XC40 was out testing this week and our spy photographers caught the little Volvo’s interior on film. Like its bigger siblings, the XC40 is all understated luxury and clean, Scandinavian design. Unlike its siblings, the new compact SUV sits on a new platform. This little newcomer is based on the Compact Modular Architecture, a […] More…

Volvo Shows Off Autonomous Garbage Truck

posted by on 18 May 2017 in News Volvo News

Volvo doesn’t just make elegant and sophisticated cars, it also makes less glamorous vehicles, like garbage trucks. The bright minds over at the autonomous department have decided that autonomy need not apply exclusively to passenger cars. The video above shows how everything, even the vehicles that complete the most quotidian jobs can benefit from computer […] More…

Volvo to Start Producing XC90s in India

posted by on 18 May 2017 in News Volvo News

In an attempt to double its sales in the market, Volvo plans to start production of the XC90 in Hoskote, India. The XC90s will be built in a plant that Volvo already owns and the SUVs will be built from complete knockdown kits, meaning that they effectively just need to be assembled. The plant, located […] More…

2018 Volvo XC60 Starts at $41,500

posted by on 17 May 2017 in News Volvo News

The all-new XC60 can now be ordered from Volvo. With prices starting at $41,500 the newly updated luxury SUV is priced very competitively in its segment. With three engines to choose from and three trim levels, the new Volvo SUV can be kitted out to anyone’s tastes. The lowest cost option is the Momentum trim […] More…

Volvo CEO Says Diesel’s Days are Numbered

posted by on 17 May 2017 in News Volvo News

Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo’s CEO, recently revealed that this generation of diesel engines could be the company’s last. Volvo predicts that with mid-cycle improvements the engine will be useful until about 2023, but that the cost of developing a new engine after that will cost too much to be feasible. “From today’s perspective, we will not […] More…

Samuelsson Calls on Car Industry to Go Greener

posted by on 16 May 2017 in News Volvo News

Volvo’s CEO, Hakan Samuelsson last week called for the car industry to more closely reflect consumer demand and go greener. “Our customers want safer, more sustainable and convenient cars,” said Samuelsson. “We can meet that demand, be a force for change and grow our business at the same time. I am confident that our next […] More…

Watch: The S90 Goes up Against the Lincoln Continental

posted by on 11 May 2017 in News Volvo News

The Volvo is now the smart choice for people looking for luxury, but who don’t want one of the usual suspects. It’s interesting, it’s charming, and it doesn’t have the associations of the German brands. But now there’s another outsider coming to the luxury game with a renewed name: Lincoln. So which is the smart […] More…

Volvo Sales Up 10% in April

posted by on 2 May 2017 in News Volvo News

Sales continue to improve for Volvo, which celebrated a strong start to the year’s second quarter with a 10.5% sales increase in April. The increase was precipitated by strong performances in all three of Volvo’s main sales regions and amounted to nearly 47,000 cars sold worldwide. The Asia Pacific region and China, in particular, were […] More…

Volvo Profit Up 11 Percent in Q1 2017

posted by on 28 April 2017 in News Volvo News

Volvo Cars has had a strong first quarter of 2017 with profit rising 11 percent, to $395 million and sales increased by 7.1%. Globally, the Swedish automaker sold nearly 130,000 cars between January and March, though increasing investments in new staff and facilities mean that its operating margin went down from 7.5% to 7.3%. “In […] More…