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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…

HEICO takes a stand

posted by on 19 June 2020 in Tuner News

Even a Volvo limited to a top speed of 180 km/h can provide enormous driving pleasure. This is shown by HEICO SPORTIV’s extensive range. Nevertheless, the Volvo tuner from Germany takes a clear “yes to tuning” position and continues to develop performance upgrades. “We see it as our original mission to optimize Volvo´s beyond the […] More…

Volvo’s Largest Chinese Plant Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

posted by on 8 June 2020 in News Volvo News

Volvo is saving 11,000 tonnes of CO2 per year thanks to a new supply contract that means 100% of the power its Chengdu plant uses is renewable. The plant is its largest in China and is the latest move in its mission to be climate neutral. With it, Volvo’s global renewable electricity mix is at […] More…

Polestar Koenigsegg Collab Sadly Doesn’t Include Actual Engineering

posted by on 4 June 2020 in News Polestar News

Earlier this week, we were excited to report two of Sweden’s top three manufacturers, Polestar and Koenigsegg, were teasing a collaboration. Today, Car and Driver reports that the collaboration will include a promotional video and nothing more. “The brands (and our designers) are quite friendly, and decided to have some fun with cars for everyone […] More…

Volvo Poaches Designers from Mercedes and Facebook

posted by on 3 June 2020 in News Volvo News

Volvo has just welcomed two new designers to the team and their CVs have the company excited. Claudia Braun and Thomas Stovicek join Volvo Global Design team, though they will occupy two very different roles.  Braun comes to the company from Mercedes-Benx and will become Volvo’s new President of Color and Material Design. There she […] More…