No other concept car in the history of Volvo Car Corporation has meant more for the company's technological advancement than the Volvo SCC (Safety Concept Car). Ten years after its 2001 world premiere in Detroit, the safety concept car can look back on a fantastic "career".
Volvo Car Corporation is now taking the next step in the company's electrification strategy by producing test cars with Range Extenders - electric cars that are fitted with a combustion engine to increase their effective range. The projects, supported by the Swedish Energy Agency and the EU, encompass three potential technology combinations. Tests of the various concepts will get under way in the first quarter of 2012.
The "One Tonne Life" project in Hässelby near Stockholm shows that living a climate-optimised lifestyle is also good for one's private economy. During the six months that the Lindell family lived their climate-smart lifestyle, they not only succeeded in reducing their carbon dioxide emissions by almost 80 percent - they also cut their monthly costs by almost 2,900 kronor compared with their "old" lifestyle.
James Thompson had his best ever STCC (Scandinavian Touring Car Championship) weekend and climbed to fifth in the championship after a strong podium finish in the first race in Gothenburg."I am pleased with the results from this weekend, it was a good comeback compared to the two past races," said Thompson.
Ronja Örtlund, 20, from Herrljunga in Sweden, will for four weeks accompany engineers at Volvo Car Corporation and she will also blog about her experiences. She is one of the twelve young people who have won "Sweden's Most Interfering Summer Job" at some of Sweden's greatest technology companies.
The quality demands of Volvo Car Corporation could not be confirmed more impressively: in the latest J.D. Power study for the German market, the Swedish manufacturer comes first in the brand ranking for 2011 - ahead of all the German premium brands and all the Japanese manufacturers, who dominated the competition for many years.
For the tenth year, environmentally aware teenagers from different parts of the world gathered together in Göteborg for the final round of the Volvo Adventure competition. This year's winners come from Shanghai in China with a project that demonstrates the environmental effects of replacing disposable chopsticks with recyclable ones.
After presenting its first front-wheel drive Volvo model – the 480 – in 1985, Volvo Cars continued its comprehensive product and production-technology transition with its next project, launched on June 11, 1991: the Volvo 850 GLT. The car with four world-firsts – one at the front, one at the rear and two in the middle.
The Volvo C30 Electric has now left the product development stage. Initial deliveries to leasing customers, mainly companies, authorities and governmental bodies, will take place immediately after the summer.
Volvo Polestar Racing and Robert Dahlgren gave their strongest performance yet in WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) at the fourth round on Hungaroring last weekend. Dahlgren was in the top of the field from the first test to the last race in front of an audience of 75,000 spectators.