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<b>XC90 Wins Canadian SUV of the Year - Over $45k</b><p><BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Montreal, Quebec - Nine 2003 Canadian Car of the Year Award category winners were announced today by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) during the Montreal International Auto Show.<br> <br>AJAC's president of the Canadian Car of the Year Awards, Jim Kenzie, explained that, "Canadian consumers want to know which vehicles are the "Best New" for 2003. Based on recent survey results, almost 70% of Nissan Altima buyers were aware that the Altima won AJAC Car of the Year in 2002. Of those, 93% said they were influenced to purchase a Nissan Altima because it was "Canadian Car of the Year". 47.5% of those buyers identified the award as a "strong/extremely strong" influence on their decision to buy the Nissan Altima." <p>"This year's winners represent the best among a group of new cars and trucks for 2003, as selected by a professional group of automotive experts who test drive, and report on, new vehicles in various media," said Kenzie. <p>"Unlike American or European car awards, our Canadian program follows a sophisticated voting process based on back-to-back, real-world testing. Our vote and test results are made available to the consumer to help him or her make an informed decision when buying a new car." <p><b>The winners are:</b> <p>Best New Economy Car: Mitsubishi Lancer ES <br>Best New Family Vehicle: Honda Accord Sedan <br>Best New Luxury Car: Mercedes Benz E-Class <br>Best New Sports Coupe / Sedan (under $35,000): Mazda Speed Protege <br>Best New Sports Coupe / Sedan (over $35,000): Mercedes Benz C32 AMG <br>Best New Station Wagon / MPV: Pontiac Vibe <br>Best New Sports / Performance Car: Nissan 350Z <br>Best New Sport Utility Vehicle (under $45,000): Nissan Murano <br><b>Best New Sport Utility Vehicle (over $45,000): Volvo XC90 2.5T</b><p>The overall Canadian Car and Truck of the Year will be announced on February 12th, 2003 in conjunction with the official opening of the 2003 Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto, Ontario. The Best New Design and Best New Technology winners will also be declared at that time. <p>For more information, see AJAC's web-site, <A HREF="http://www.ajac.ca" TARGET="_blank">http://www.ajac.ca</A>. <p>See also CanadianDriver's preview and description of the Car of the Year contenders: Part One, Part Two, Part Three.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>-Drew
 

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Re: XC90 Wins Canadian SUV of the Year - Over $45k (rkuehn)

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Interesting its the 2.5T...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>I am telling you...the 2.5T will, very soon, make up for at least 50% of all XC90 sales. People who have had SUVs and are used to nothing but V6 and V8 engines, scoff at the "little" 2.5T engine. They even refuse to test-drive it. The 2.5T has PLENTY of power. The more people drive the 2.5T the more popular that model is going to get.<p>Yannis
 

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Re: XC90 Wins Canadian SUV of the Year - Over $45k (GrecianVolvo)

Yannis -<p>Long time listener, first time caller. As my name implies, I am new to the Volvo scene, but the XC90 is not to be ignored. I love your posts, and if you weren't outside Philly I'd be getting my XC90 from you. I have even forwarded your ordering post to the dealer I ordered from in here to ask how his practices differ. More on that later.<p>Here is my question. I have ordered (I hope) a T6, and after taking a test drive I felt pretty good about the engine decision. Yet, I have seen you gush over the 2.5T for sometime now, and I need one thing clarified. Have you been driving a 2.5T with the versitility/3rd row package? If not, I guess for us out there who need/want the 7 seats, the compairisons might be apples to oranges. I'm interested in your take. Many thanks.<BR><BR>
[Modified by volvovirgin, 10:31 PM 11-22-2002]
 

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Re: XC90 Wins Canadian SUV of the Year - Over $45k (volvovirgin)

I think Yannis is right on track about the 2.5T. My wife and I drove both versions several times in addition to driving other SUVs. When we finally made the decision to go with the XC90, I put in an order for the 2.5T. Then I started having second thoughts......did the 2.5T have enough power? So, I went back for one more test drive. I pushed it in stop and go traffic, and at freeway speeds, and came back with a big smile on my face knowing I'd made the right decision. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I haven't dirven a 2.5T version with the versitility package, but the 3rd row adds only 160lbs according to the brochure. I did drive it with 4 adults (3 of which were 200lbs or more).<p>I will be using it primarily for commuting and soccer-dad duties. I have read some negative posts about the 2.5T in mountain situations, and if you are planning to tow something heavy you might want to consider the T6. Otherwise the 2.5T has plenty of oomph!<p><BR><BR>
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Re: XC90 Wins Canadian SUV of the Year - Over $45k (volvovirgin)

Thanks for your post and vote of...confidence. I must tell you, though, it may be "unfair" to ask/request your local Retailer to see how they compare with what I do at my dealership. They have their own system which, as long as it is an honest and fair system, is going to ensure that you get a car in an orderly fashion. Everybody has their own style and their own way of conducting their business and this site is not the "official manual" for Volvo Retailers.<p>Who did you buy your XC90 from? Martens Volvo?<p>Having written that, to asnwer your question....no, I have not driven a 2.5T model with the Versatility package. But I have driven the 2.5T, MANY TIMES, with 4 more passengers on board (plus myself) and sometimes I had my 105-lbs. dog in the back. Our T-6 models have the Versatility package but I have only driven it once with a full load. Usually, the customer, myself and (sometimes) a spouse. I can honestly say that the 2.5T has a lot of power, enough not to get you in trouble or get you in trouble (with the law). I have had the car as fast as 105 mph and it got there pretty easily. I merged (even with four people) in highways, drove it on steep hills, etc. I think that car is just fine.<p>Now, as Ernest mentioned below, if you are going to tow close to the XC90's capacity (5,000 lbs.), especially on hilly terrain I would probably suggest the T-6. Especially from the standpoint of not having to hear the 5-cylinder powerplant grunt.<p>I am not a proponent, per se, of the 2.5T. But I can't stand misinformed people making poor decisions, especially when they are going to affect them financially. It's the customer's money but if I don't give him/her my opinion, I will asphyxiate!<IMG SRC="http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/dead.gif" BORDER="0"> For example, I see so many people coming to me and telling me that they don't want to lease because they "drive too much"...and I have to spend 20 minutes or so in order to convince them that they are PERFECT candidates for leasing....<IMG SRC="http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> Same with the XC90. Many people TOTALLY refuse to test-drive the 2.5T. I just can't see someone wasting $2,800+ for a car they probably don't need (T-6). Anyway, I digressed so be it.<p>I am trying to answer the question "what wouod I get"? I and it would be a tremendous struggle for me, mainly from the standpoint of equipment. I would want the 18" alloys and the wood steering wheel. So, if I got a 2.5T and had to buy four extra rims, four 18" tires and a new steering wheel, I would be stupid (by that time) not to just buy the T-6. But, I would not buy the XC90 because it is an SUV, it sits too high and I just <B> <U>love</U> </B> my car despite the fact that the XC90 has so much more room.<p><br>Yannis
 

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Re: XC90 Wins Canadian SUV of the Year - Over $45k (GrecianVolvo)

Yannis -<p>Thanks for the reply. I appreciate your point on "fairness," yet, since you are in a competitive business selling the same product as other Volvo dealers, I believe it to be entirely fair to throw your post up as a reference point, and ask how Martens' (good guess) policies differ from yours. To date I have received no response other than my salesperson saying he asked the powers that be for a response. Not encouraging.<p>I also appreciate your insight on the 2.5T. I think having examined the posts here and elsewhere comparing the two vehicles, other than the startlingly light steering on the T6, I think that is the vehicle for me. Let's be truthful here -- the car for my wife. Hopefully mine/hers is in the pipline somewhere.<p>BTW, if I had placed a deposit on a T6 with you on 10/22/02, ballpark when you would have projected an ETA on the car, if you can.<p>Enjoy making your customers happy with your upcoming deliveries.
 

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Re: XC90 Wins Canadian SUV of the Year - Over $45k (volvovirgin)

I've heard generally good things about Martens. I've used them for servicing on my Volkswagen, and besides the high DC hourly charges, they're good at what they do. I've never bought a car from them though.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR> To date I have received no response other than my salesperson saying he asked the powers that be for a response. Not encouraging.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>They have some good people at Martens. Ask to speak to either Aziz Elhallou (Sales Manager) or Jesus Martinez (he is in charge of current and incoming inventory). They are both very nice guys. Tell them I said "hi", too! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I also appreciate your insight on the 2.5T. I think having examined the posts here and elsewhere comparing the two vehicles, other than the startlingly light steering on the T6, I think that is the vehicle for me.[/quote]<p>The steering of the T-6 is..."startlingly light"??? I think that is an exaggeration. But you are not going to lose control of the car like it has been suggested...just different and it may be a welcome feature if your wofe will be doing a lot of urban driving.<br> Let's be truthful here -- the car for my wife. Hopefully mine/hers is in the pipline somewhere.<p><BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>BTW, if I had placed a deposit on a T6 with you on 10/22/02, ballpark when you would have projected an ETA on the car, if you can.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>I am so not going to get involved in this...sorry! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Enjoy making your customers happy with your upcoming deliveries.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Thanks! It is so much fun calling them and letting them know that their car arrived and also to see their happy faces when they se their XC90 in the delivery area! It is such an emotional experience!<p>Yannis
 
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