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365 Days Later: What Volvo’s Subscription Service Means for the Larger Industry

posted by on 13 November 2018 in News Volvo News

Despite the push from an eager industry, car subscription services haven’t proven an overwhelming success. The general consensus is that premium services, while intriguing concepts, are too expensive and complicated to maintain at scale. Book by Cadillac, which was recently suspended by General Motors, is emblematic of the public’s lackadaisical response to a system mired in logistical […] More…

Volvo Launches ‘M’ Brand for All Your Mobility Needs

posted by on 9 July 2018 in News Volvo News

Having already launched the Care by Volvo subscription program, the Swedish-Chinese automotive brand wants to continue cramming feathers into its cap. It’s now launching a new mobility brand that sounds very similar to car-sharing services offered by numerous automakers and rental firms. There could be an issue with the naming strategy, however. Volvo wants to […] More…

Trump is Talking Tariffs Again, Takes Aim at European Cars

posted by on 5 March 2018 in News Volvo News

President Donald Trump amplified his earlier threat of a global trade war this weekend by suggesting he would impose a tax on European cars if the EU countered his proposed steel and aluminum tariffs. On Thursday, Trump called for a 25 percent import tariff for steel and a 10 percent fee on aluminum in the […] More…

Nothing Lasts Forever Except Maybe your Saab (if You Sign on to a New Parts Warranty)

posted by on 22 February 2018 in Industry News News

One day, if we’re lucky, we’ll see a documentary showcasing old Saabs in their natural habitat. The slinky 9-3 plying the interstate between Burlington, Vermont and the Connecticut coast, a valiant 9000 prowling between a Denver lawyer’s office and home, and a black 900 convertible sneaking up on a rural farmers’ market. David Attenborough will […] More…

Turkey Is Making a Weird Amount of Progress on the Saab 9-3 Becoming Its ‘National Car’

posted by on 15 November 2017 in News Tuner News

Apparently, Turkey’s electric is still in the works. In case you don’t remember, the former hub of the Ottoman Empire purchased the Saab 9-3’s license from National Electric Vehicle Sweden while it was still attempting to convert the model into a marketable EV in 2015. But, despite being the absolute perfect project to give up on, […] More…

Ford Challenges Lynk & Co for Sounding Too Much Like Lincoln

posted by on 1 August 2017 in Lynk&Co News News

Ford Motor Company is finally challenging Geely Holding Group’s trademark application for the Lynk & Co automotive moniker. We’ve been waiting on this one for a while and are a little curious as to why it took Ford so long to realize the Geely-backed brand sounded so similar to Lincoln Motor Company. While Chinese manufacturers enjoy […] More…

Volvo’s Polestar Might Become Separate Performance Brand for EVs

posted by on 13 June 2017 in News Volvo News

Despite being Volvo Cars’ official performance arm since 2015, Polestar has always felt like a separate entity. Its current offerings for the North American market are limited to amped up versions of the S60 and V60 — distinctive in personality and produced in extremely limited quantities. However, Volvo’s parent company Geely wants to make a change, converting […] More…

Swedish Pride: Is Volvo About to Return to the Stock Market?

posted by on 21 December 2016 in News Volvo News

Volvo has only recently started exhuming itself from its post-recession sales hole and pushing its disastrous fling with Ford into the past. Turning a corner, the company has sold over 470,000 cars so far this year, aided largely by the successes of its XC90 SUV. Operating earnings having tripled in the first half of this year. Now, […] More…

Volvo Chooses Hotshot Executive to Replace R&D Lead Poached by Audi

posted by on 8 December 2016 in News Volvo News

Volvo has named Henrik Green as its new head of researching and development, replacing Peter Mertens, who was usurped by Audi in November. Green, 43, entered Volvo’s executive branch in October as the senior vice president of sales, production planning, and customer service. Volvo says the vacant position, which was created for Green specifically, will be filled […] More…