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Volvo Cars retail sales up 9.6 per cent in first nine months of 2016

Volvo Cars continued its global sales momentum in September and reported its 16th consecutive month of global growth on the back of increases in all main regions. Sales for the first nine months are up 9.6 per cent year-on-year to 379,329 cars, while September sales rose by 6 per cent to 48,259 cars.

• Monthly and year-to-date sales growth in all main regions, total global sales of 379,329 cars
• September represents 16th consecutive month of growth
• September sales up 6 per cent to 48,259 cars, driven by strong 27.8 per cent growth in China
• Strong demand for new XC90 main growth driver
• UK sales of 34,861 so far this year, up 7.6 per cent on 2015's figures

Human Made Stories

Volvo Car UK has today announced Human Made Stories, a series of short films in partnership with Sky Atlantic, to mark its new 90 series range of cars.
 
In parallel with Volvo's values of innovation, sustainability, craftsmanship and design, Human Made Stories conveys the Volvo philosophy to always put people first by telling the stories of three defiant pioneers: people who inherently do things differently, challenge conventions and create their own path.
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THE BUMPY ROAD TO EFFECTIVE AND SAFE CRUISE CONTROL

JESSICA KADEL looks at the benefits of Cruise Control

Cruise control has graced many cars for a while now and it’s easy to see the benefits of such a nifty system. Not only does cruise control make long trips easier by taking the strain off of your foot, but it also improves your fuel consumption, consequently helping you save money on fill-ups and potential speeding fines.

However, the road to developing this effective system has not been a particularly straightforward one. Here, we take a look at how these systems currently work, some of the developments in cruise control history which have led us here, and where cruise control will take us in the future.

HOW CRUISE CONTROL WORKS

For those behind the steering wheel, cruise control works by simply achieving a speed of over 30mph, pressing a button which will usually be located on the steering wheel and then just applying the brake or pressing cancel to stop the cruise control.

However, the technical side of cruise control is slightly more complex. With this system, the throttle valve of your car is triggered by a cable connected to an actuator, instead of your foot on the accelerator. This throttle valve regulates the power and speed of the engine by limiting how much air is allowed in. Although it sounds relatively simple, it took a long time to master the mechanics behind cruise control.

THE HISTORY OF CRUISE CONTROL

Cruise control as we know it was invented back in 1948 by Ralph Teetor, a mechanical engineer who surprisingly, could not drive due to being completely blind. His idea for cruise control started after being driven by his lawyer, who constantly shifted speeds while talking. After years of developing and refining, the first cars to boast this technology were the 1958 models of the Chrysler Imperial, New Yorker and Windsor. Teetor’s system worked by calculating ground speed based on driveshaft rotations. It then used a bi-directional screw-drive electric motor to adjust the position of the throttle cable as necessary.

By 1960, cruise control was a standard feature on all Cadillacs. After this, different versions of the cruise control system were soon offered by various marques. They became increasingly popular in 1973 thanks to the oil crisis and the potential savings in fuel that cruise control offered.

The 90s onwards saw the rise of autonomous or adaptive cruise control, which can adjust to maintain a safe distance from vehicles in front of you. In 1992, Mitsubishi first got the ball rolling with a LIDAR-based distance detection system, however this early system only warned drivers of what was in front, without managing throttle, brakes or gears.

Autonomous cruise control today uses either radar or laser sensors which allows the vehicle to slow when approaching another vehicle ahead and accelerate again after traffic, with names like Jaguar, BMW and Audi being early contenders to boast this technology.

HOW SAFE IS CRUISE CONTROL?

Although cruise control has advanced miles over the years, there’s still question of how safe it is to rely on this system. A recent study by French based VINCI Autoroutes Foundation for Responsible Driving looked into the potential pitfalls of cruise control and discovered that it often leads to a decline in drivers’ attention, which consequently reduces their ability to respond to hazards.

According to General Delegate of the Foundation, Bernadette Moreau, drivers have less control overtaking other vehicles and have longer reaction times with cruise control. Moreau claims ‘these tools are meant to assist, not replace, drivers.’

While autonomous cruise control systems evidently reduce more hazards than basic cruise control, they are still not 100% reliable. For example, certain laser-based ACC systems do not detect vehicles in bad weather conditions and struggle to track extremely dirty vehicles.

Volvo V90 has been named 2016 Scottish Car of the Year

New Volvo V90 already impressing with innovative technology and new design.

The Volvo V90 has been named 2016 Scottish Car of the Year at the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers' Awards in Edinburgh. Volvo's new premium estate also won the Estate Car of the Year award.

The V90 beat stiff competition to win the coveted Car of the Year title, and was praised for its practicality, high-quality interior and stylish good looks. The judges were also impressed by its innovative technology, which includes the ground-breaking Sensus touch screen infotainment system. This is designed to operate like a smartphone or tablet, and allows you to control most of the car's functions using simple swipe or pinch and zoom gestures – even when you're wearing gloves.

This focus on advanced technology extends to every part of the car. The D5 diesel engine, for example, benefits from PowerPulse, an ingenious Volvo-designed system that uses compressed air to boost responsiveness at low revs. There's also Pilot Assist, the semi-autonomous drive technology that is fitted as standard to all V90s. This pioneering driver aid takes care of the steering, acceleration and braking at up to 80 mph, helping to make long motorway journeys less stressful and tiring.

Stephen Park, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, said: "Be in no doubt, the Volvo V90 is an exceptional car and one which reshapes the estate car marketplace. The judges were impressed by the way it marries traditional Volvo family values with a head-turning sense of style, advanced technology, exceptional build quality, safety, driving dynamics and one of the best cabin environments of any car at any price. In short, we reckon it's the most accomplished new car to be launched this year and one which offers strong appeal in the unique Scottish marketplace."

Every V90 also comes with a host of advanced safety equipment as standard, including two world-first aids: Large Animal Detection and Run-off Road Mitigation. Large Animal Detection helps to prevent collisions with animals such as deer by scanning the area in front of the car and automatically applying the brakes in an emergency if you fail to react in time. Run-off Road Mitigation is designed to stop the car inadvertently leaving the road by applying the steering if the car gets too close to the edge of the carriageway.

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Oulton Park XC90 Off Road Event

Customers put new XC90 to the test on XC90 Offroad Track

Rybrook Chester took customers to Oulton Park to put the new XC90 through it's paces on the Offroad track.

Off-road ability

Not only can the Discovery tow bigger loads thanks to its 3,500kg limit, it’s also the more capable choice for buyers wanting a premium seven-seater with go-anywhere versatility. It has three computer-controlled locking differentials and off-road tyres. Unlike the Land Rover, the Volvo doesn’t come with any special off-road programmes.

Digital revolution

The XC90’S digital dials are similar to those on the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, while its iPad-style interface is one of the best around. The Disco is showing its age by comparison, but we’re sure the new model – due next year – will get lots of gadgets to bring its tech tally up to scratch.

To book a test drive please contact Rybrook Chester.