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Polestar May Make Another Halo Car, Probably Won’t Be a GT

posted by on 31 October 2019 in News Polestar News

Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar’s president, has ambitions for another impressive, exciting, attention-grabbing car, just don’t expect it to be like the Polestar 1. That’s according to a report from Motor1, which spoke to Ingenlath recently and asked him if there would be a followup to the Polestar 1. “That’s definitely my plan,” Ingenlath told journalists. “Will […] More…

So Your Phone is your Key, What Happens if it Dies? Volvo’s Thought of That

posted by on 18 October 2019 in News Volvo News

Volvo, Polestar, and the rest of the automotive industry are very excited about using smartphones as keys for cars. But what happens if your phone dies? A new patent from Volvo seeks to find a solution. Currently, key fobs all have keys hidden inside of them, so that if the battery dies, there’s still a […] More…

Volvo and Geely to Merge Combustion Engine Unit, Freeing Up Volvo to Work on Electrification

posted by on 7 October 2019 in News Volvo News

Volvo’s internal combustion design unit is being spun off and combined with Geely’s unit to a form one, new standalone business. This, say the companies, will allow Volvo to focus on the electrification of its range. After teasing the electric XC40, this marks another proclamation of Volvo’s dedication to all-electric powertrains. The Swedes figure that […] More…

European Pricing Announced for Polestar 2: Starts at 59,000 Euro

posted by on 3 October 2019 in News Polestar News

Polestar 2 today officially announced the launch price for its first full-electric, mass market car: the Polestar 2. Unfortunately, the prices were only official for its launch markets, but do give those of us this side of the Atlantic an idea of what Polestar has in mind. Prices will start at 58,800 Euros in Germany, […] More…

Driving the Updated 2020 XC90

posted by on 27 August 2019 in News Volvo News

The XC90 is being updated for 2020 and Volvo has taken an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach to the update, so you could be forgiven for not having noticed that the above-pictured XC90 has been changed. But along with wool seats, Volvo has changed the fascia, updated the braking system, and updated […] More…

First Drive: The XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered

posted by on 26 August 2019 in Features Reviews and Road Tests

When Volvo announced that it would spin Polestar off into its own sub-brand, the Volvo faithful worried that it might mean no more Polestar versions of Volvos. Fortunately, Volvo has cleverly, if somewhat confusingly, sidestepped that problem by changing the name of its hotter cars to “Polestar Engineered.” The first Polestar Engineered Volvo was the […] More…

A Polestar 1 Stars in the First Trailer for Need For Speed Heat

posted by on 14 August 2019 in Industry News News Polestar News

Need for Speed is coming back on November 8th and the first trailer doesn’t just make the game look like a blast, it features an endlessly modified Polestar 1. Set in the fictional Palm City—which is in no way similar to any Floridian cities how dare you suggest that—Need for Speed Heat features all the […] More…

Volvo Recalls More than Half a Million Cars for Fire Risk

posted by on 22 July 2019 in News Volvo News

Volvo is recalling more than 507,000 vehicles powered by its 2.0-liter engine. The recall is being ordered because, in rare cases, a faulty intake manifold may lead to a fire. The brand reports that its own investigation found that “in very rare cases the plastic engine intake manifold may melt and deform.” This, in turn, may […] More…

Volvo Gets Into Another Kind of Safety with Armored XC90

posted by on 26 June 2019 in News Volvo News

Volvo famously makes extremely safe cars, but the Swedes are taking it to the next level with their latest XC90. Not only will it be safe in a crash, it’ll be safe in a war zone. This XC90 is offered with a VPAM VR8 certification. That means that Trasco-Bremen, the German company that puts the […] More…

The Last New Saab (NEVS*) 9-3 Aero is Set to Be Auctioned Off by NEVS

posted by on 7 June 2019 in Industry News News

This 2014 Saab 9-3 Aero is likely the oldest new car you’re likely to see on sale today. And weirdly that probably means it’ll be one of the more expensive old new cars you see on sale today. And that’s because it’s the last of its kind. Built in 2014, it was the car to […] More…