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The Airbag You Don’t Want? IIHS Cuts a Popular Safety Device Off at the Knees

posted by on 9 August 2019 in Industry News News

One particular airbag could be doing more harm than good, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. After looking at recorded “injuries” in more than 400 small- and moderate-overlap front crash tests, researchers at the institute turned the spotlight on a seldom-thought-of safety device: the knee airbag. While these types of […] More…

Haynes Manual Founder Dies, Aged 80

posted by on 12 February 2019 in News Tuner News

Even if you’re not mechanically minded enough to repair your own vehicle, your status as an automotive enthusiast has likely led to your encountering a Haynes Owner’s Workshop Manual at one point or another. Due to the wealth of information available within, this author purchased one for nearly every out-of-warranty model to ever pass through his ownership. While the internet stole […] More…

Forget About Getting Your Hands on a Tiny Slice of Volvo

posted by on 10 September 2018 in News Volvo News

After hiring financial advisors earlier this year, a move many believed was a precursor to an initial public offering (IPO), Volvo parent company Geely now claims the waters are too choppy to float any shares in the resurgent Swedish automaker. First reported by the Financial Times this past weekend, the Chinese holding company says there’s too many […] More…

Geely Readies Cash Dump to Turn Little Lotus Into a Major Player: Report

posted by on 9 August 2018 in Lynk&Co News News

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the massive Chinese conglomerate that owns Volvo Cars and a controlling stake in Lotus, wants to turn the British sports car maker into a big deal. Potentially, a deal big enough to give Porsche bouts of anxiety. That’s what sources with knowledge of Geely’s plans tell Bloomberg. The parent company’s efforts will […] More…

Volvo’s Already Shuffling Production to Avoid Tariffs

posted by on 20 July 2018 in News Volvo News

Unlike Volvo’s S90 sedan, which is built half a world away from its V90 wagon stablemate, the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker has some flexibility in where it sources its XC60 crossover. Two plants — one in China, one in Torslanda, Sweden — crank out the second-generation utility vehicle, but the U.S. market gets its full share from the […] More…

Room at the Bottom: Volvo Crafts a New Entry-level XC60

posted by on 28 June 2018 in News Volvo News

Few will disagree that the second-generation Volvo XC60 crossover, which debuted for the 2018 model year, is a handsome vehicle. The midsizer adopts many of the styling decisions bestowed upon its larger XC90 brother, and that’s a good thing. Still, despite its smaller footprint, the XC60 remains a premium vehicle with a premium price. For […] More…

Volvo Puts Pedal Down to Bring Next-generation, All-American Volvo XC90 to Market

posted by on 26 June 2018 in News Volvo News

The Chinese-owned Swedish brand’s first U.S. assembly plant, which is about to launch into production of the next-generation S60 sedan, will gain a second exclusive product in the form of the next-gen XC90. As the priciest vehicle bearing a Volvo Cars badge, the XC90 remains a huge part of the brand’s — presence and profits […] More…

Chinese Automaker Geely Snapping Up a Near 10-percent Stake in Daimler: Report

posted by on 23 February 2018 in Industry News News

Is a seemingly unstoppable Chinese automaker slowly amassing a significant ownership stake in Germany’s Daimler AG? That’s what sources tell Bloomberg. According to the news outlet, sources claim Geely Auto Group, which owns the Volvo, Lotus, and the mysterious Lynk & Co. car brand is steadily acquiring a $9.2 billion stake in the German giant. That […] More…

Defiant Kangaroos Stand Firmly in Path of Self-Driving Future

posted by on 29 June 2017 in News Volvo News

Who knew strange animals born with a sack stuck to their bellies would prove to be the largest hurdle in the advent of driverless vehicles? In areas where you’ll find marsupials, anyway. While North American drivers have long grown used to smacking deer with their personal vehicles, it’s a different story in the land of […] More…

Now Volvo Wants to Be Volkswagen Owners’ New Best Friend

posted by on 1 November 2016 in News Volvo News

First it was Hyundai flinging special discounts in the direction of imminently carless Volkswagen diesel owners. Now Volvo has added its name to the list of automakers attempting to woo this unique crop of vehicular nomads. The approval of Volkswagen’s massive settlement deal with U.S. owners and environmental regulators on Tuesday is apparently a sales […] More…