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.
Volvo won the first ever Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) race in 1996 and Robert Dahlgren secured the last ever victory in the season finale of STCC 2011 at Mantorp Park - 16 years later - Volvo's very last STCC race. "It feels great to claim the final STCC victory for Volvo. This is also extra emptional for me as I claimed the first and last STCC victory with the C30, a car that I have been involved in with the development work from start to finish," said Dahlgren.
Volvo Polestar Racing are new team championship leaders after a superior victory by Tommy Rustad in the second race of the weekend at Knutstorp."It was yet another dream race and the car was perfectly setup," said Rustad.
Professor John Schellnhuber has been awarded the 2011 Volvo Environment Prize. He is a world-leading researcher within the complex research field of sustainability science dealing with factors that impact at the global environment.
The Volvo Car Corporation is rejuvenating the successful Volvo XC90.The refinements to the iconic SUV include more sophisticated lines and materials and an even more rewarding driving experience. The XC90 owner can stay in touch with the parked vehicle via a new mobile application for an iPhone or Android smart phone.
The FIA World Touring Car Championship weekend in Spain proved to be a tough but rewarding challenge for Volvo Polestar Racing. Despite problems in qualifying, Robert Dahlgren managed to climb from 17th to 9th in both races.
Volvo Car Corporation and Siemens intend to jointly advance the technical development of electric cars through extensive strategic cooperation. The focus is on the joint development of electrical drive technology, power electronics and charging technology as well as the integration of those systems into Volvo C30 Electric vehicles.
Tommy Rustad celebrated the first victory of 2011 and climbs back to third in the championship after the STCC (Scandinavian Touring Car Championship) weekend at Jyllandsringen in Denmark."The first race was a true dream scenario. I was able to pull up a gap and control the race, a great victory," said Rustad.
Volvo Car Corporation now makes it possible for customers to combine fuel-cutting start/stop technology with an automatic gearbox.The new start/stop technology, which initially is available together with the 2.0-litre D3 turbo diesel, cuts CO2 emission with 10 g/km - translated into 0.4 litres less fuel consumption per 100 km.
At a press conference in Beijing, Volvo Car Corporation today announced a new global brand strategy - "Designed Around You" - as an important part of the brand's global revitalization plan. The management team from Volvo Car China also presented the progress of the China Growth Strategy including a sales improvement of 36 per cent for the first half of 2011.