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Volvo Has Built 600,000 Vehicles on the CMA Platform Since 2017

posted by on 4 August 2020 in Volvo News

Volvo’s compact vehicle platform has, since being introduced in 2017, provided the basis for more than 600,000 vehicles worldwide, the company revealed today in a statement. The platform underpins the XC40 as well as the XC40 Recharge P8 electric vehicle, whose sales are set to begin this fall. It was also used to create the […] More…

Volvo’s Plug-In Sales Nearly Doubled Last Year

posted by on 27 July 2020 in Volvo News

Sales of Volvo’s plug-in hybrid vehicles neared the 30,000 units mark in Europe in the first half of 2020. That was a full 24% percent of the more than 123,000 vehicle total it posted for the first half of the year. Although the numbers look substantial, Automotive News reports that nearly 80% of Volvo’s sales […] More…

Maybe Next Year: Volvo Pushes Back Sales Targets to 2021

posted by on 24 July 2020 in Volvo News

Volvo Cars will be unable to reach its global volume target of 800,000 vehicles this year. Considering everything that has — or hasn’t — happened in 2020, any automaker that ends the period moving more metal than they did in 2019 should probably have a statue erected in front of their headquarters celebrating a major […] More…

Volvo Planning on Expanding Stable with Aerodynamic EVs

posted by on 23 July 2020 in Volvo News

Electric vehicles are the name the name of the game, and Volvo doesn’t want to be left behind. But according to Robin Page, Volvo’s Senior VP of Design, SUVs and and EVs “contradict each other.” So how do you balance that in the future? With a range of sleeker and more aerodynamically-focused EVs, reports AutoExpress, […] More…

Low S60 Demand in America Spells Trouble for Charleston Plant

posted by on 21 July 2020 in News Volvo Blog

Volvo’s only US plant is struggling mightily through this pandemic. The plant, which currently produces the S60 “really needs an SUV,” says Volvo CEO, Hakan Samuelsson. The troubles started, as you might expect, with the COVID-19 pandemic. That meant a shut down from March through to May 11. Then supplier issues in Mexico meant that […] More…

Watch: The Polestar 2 May Have the Best Infotainment System in Any Car Right Now

posted by on 17 July 2020 in News Polestar News

Video reviews of the Polestar 2 are finally trickling out of Europe and as you might expect, the conclusions are quite good.  CarWow’s Mat Watson takes you through his initial impressions of the interior—which being Volvo-derived is excellent—and the driving impressions—which being electric are impressive. The marquee feature, according to Watson, though, is the new […] More…

The Safety Innovation That Put Volvo on the Map Is Behind Its Largest Recall

posted by on 2 July 2020 in News Volvo News

To be fair, three-point seat belts didn’t exactly set American consumers on fire back in 1959, but the innovation eventually caught on, becoming the industry’s dominant passive restraint. Yet even safety features can contain safety defects, which is why Volvo Cars is embarking on its largest recall to date. The (Chinese-owned) Swedish automaker has announced […] More…

Volvo Partners with Waymo to Develop Self-Driving Vehicles

posted by on 26 June 2020 in News Volvo News

Waymo is set to become Volvo’s exclusive level 4 autonomous drive partner thanks to a new deal inked by the companies.  The deal will see the auto manufacturer and the tech company working together on a new “mobility-focused electric vehicle platform for ride-hailing services” that Volvo will manufacturer. Waymo, meanwhile, will provide the artificial intelligence […] More…

Polestar 2 Performance Pack Adds Brembo Brakes, Ohlins Dampers

posted by on 24 June 2020 in News Polestar News

Featuring Brembo brakes, Öhlins dampers, 22 available driver settings, and lightweight 20-inch forged alloy wheels, the Polestar 2’s Performance Pack will be familiar to any fans of Volvo—and that’s a good thing. The four-piston aluminum brake callipers have been designed with Brembo “Stile” do fit Polestar’s distinct Scandi aesthetic. Inspires be the lines of the […] More…

Polestar Launches Annual Design Challenge

posted by on 23 June 2020 in News Polestar News

Inspired by the creative posts shared to its Instgram page, Polestar is launching a formal design challenge for students and professionals. The brief for the contest is to design something “that stretches the boundaries of imagination, looks ahead 20 years without stretching into the realm of fantasy.” Notable absent from that brief is the word […] More…