Total sales reached 449,255 cars, an increase of 20.3 per cent over 2010 SPA - Scalable Product Architecture announced as new technology baseDesigned Around You - a new human centric corporate and brand strategyElectrification strategy taken one step further with Siemens partnershipNew organisation and Executive Management TeamChina growth plan in progress
Volvo Car Corporation's leadership in car safety is confirmed in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) 2012 Top Safety Pick award. The U.S. award recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rollover, and rear crashes - and no less than five Volvo models - the C30, S60, S80, XC60 and XC90 - earned a Top Safety Pick. Volvo is the only European luxury brand with five awarded models in the new IIHS report.
Volvo Car Corporation is already in the lead among European carmakers when it comes to reducing carbon dioxide emissions - and the journey continues with two new CO2 cutting initiatives:- The 1.6-litre diesel combined with automatic Powershift gearbox now comes with the same low fuel consumption and CO2 levels as the manual DRIVe versions. - At the same time, CO2 emissions from the turbocharged, 1.6-litre T3 petrol engine with manual gearbox are down to 135 g/km.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.