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.
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.