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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…

Volvo Teams Up with Helmet-Maker to Develop Better Cyclist Safety Test

posted by on 5 June 2019 in News Volvo News

Volvo claims it doesn’t want anyone to die in or as a direct result of its vehicles and the latest safety risk it’s seeking to address is cyclists. In concert with POC, a Swedish maker of sporting goods and bicycle helmets, Volvo is developing a first-of-its-kind test to pinpoint the dangers of a vehicle to […] More…

Volvo Creates VR Goggles to Use While Driving

posted by on 29 May 2019 in News Volvo News

In partnership with Finnish tech company Varjo, Volvo has unveiled a new virtual reality headset that it hopes to use to speed up the design process. By donning a set of virtual reality goggles, test drivers can get behind the wheel of a real car and test designs and ideas that are still on the […] More…

So You’ve Had an Accident: Volvo Wants to Help

posted by on 14 May 2019 in News Volvo News

Big accidents aren’t the only scary ones. Sometimes, even if you haven’t been hurt, it’s hard to know what to do next. So Volvo USA wants to help. Known as Volvo Car Accident Advisor, the service is specifically intended for people who have not suffered any injuries and gives you guided accident documenting and digital […] More…

Volvo Predicts 20-25% Increase in Plug-In Hybrid Sales by End of Year

posted by on 22 March 2019 in Volvo News

The push is on to keep up with the unexpedectly high demand for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) at Volvo. Despite claiming that it would add electrification to every model in its lineup, Volvo says it has underestimated the demand for PHEVs and will increase production. “By the end of the year we should be up […] More…

Volvo Celebrates 60 Years of Three-Point Seat Belts by Sharing More Safety Features

posted by on 20 March 2019 in Volvo News

In 1959, Volvo decided to do something with its invention that would make most CEOs blanche. It freely gave away one of its innovations: the three point seatbelt.  The premise of the decision is that the three-point seatbelt could save lives, so why keep it from anybody? Since then, according to the company, the invention […] More…