Efficiency and electrification are the key drivers when Volvo Car Corporation takes the lead in the quest for green motoring and superior fuel economy."We claim environmental leadership through groundbreaking initiatives within smart electrification and downsizing our conventional powertrains to four-cylinder engines solely," said Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of the Volvo Car Corporation at a press gathering in connection with Los Angeles Auto Show 2011.
Many critics assumed that the Volvo Car Corporation entered the SUV segment too late when the Volvo XC90 was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2002.Instead, the ingenious XC90 revitalized the whole segment by successfully addressing all the problems of earlier SUVs.
Volvo Cars China and Shanghai International Automobile City Group - a local government supervision authority - has decided to undertake a fleet demonstration programme with a test fleet of two Volvo C30 Electric cars in the community of Jiading outside Shanghai. "We are very proud to bring the first Volvo C30 Electric cars to China and contribute to the electrification of the country", says Freeman Shen, chairman of Volvo Cars China.
The Volvo C70 convertible reappears in the sunlight in a new Inscription version with a number of unique and desirable features.The Inscription blends distinctive exterior details such as the painted grille and black 18-inch wheels with exclusive interior features, including Sovereign Hide upholstery and a leather-covered dashboard.
Volvo Polestar Racing and driver Robert Dahlgren bagged points in Shanghai, China, at the WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) despite treacherous weather conditions in qualifying that played a big part in the overall results of the weekend. "We were fast all weekend, but qualifying was a lottery that unfortunately had a decisive impact on the rest of the weekend for us," said Dahlgren.
The European Tour's first-ever true ‘tournament of champions' event has been confirmed for South Africa's number-one golf course, The Links at Fancourt, from 19th - 22nd January, with the prospect of the finest field ever assembled for a European Tour event on African soil chasing the €350,000 (Approx US$500,000) first prize. With a prize fund of €2million (Approx.US$2,700,000) the Volvo Golf Champions is the first solely-sanctioned European Tour event of 2012 and offers the circuit's most valuable purse on the African continent.
Volvo Polestar Racing and Robert Dahlgren had a strong but frustrating WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) weekend at Suzuka in Japan with third in qualifying, retirement in race one and a fighting fifth in race two."The retirement was frustrating but I am really pleased that we have been able to show that we have the pace to fight for top three," said Dahlgren.
The Volvo Car Corporation is in the lead among European carmakers when it comes to reducing carbon dioxide emissions. This is shown in the sixth annual analysis conducted by T&E, the European Federation for Transport and Environment. "We are delighted and very proud of this result. We are following our ambitious plan which puts the spotlight on cutting carbon dioxide emissions," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of the Volvo Car Corporation.
Volvo Car Corporation's technical experts are facing new challenges as silent electric power alters the car's acoustic footprint both inside the vehicle and in the surrounding road environment.They are aided in their hunt for the perfect car sound by one of the industry's most modern acoustic labs. "The aim is to fine tune the noise level from the vehicle in order to create a seamless, pleasant sound experience," says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Volvo Car Corporation.
At the beginning of 2011, Volvo Car Corporation unveiled the V60 Plug-in Hybrid - a virtually production-ready car with carbon dioxide emissions below 50 g/km.The Plug-in Hybrid, which will be launched on the market in 2012, is the result of close cooperation between Volvo Car Corporation and Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall.