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Volvo gives city dwellers a welcome retreat with new pop-up activity studio

Volvo Car UK is to bring a Scandinavian sanctuary to three of the UK's busiest cities, offering members of the public a retreat from the stresses and strains of daily life.

Opening soon in Edinburgh, and subsequently appearing in Manchester and London, the firm's 'Escape the City in your City' pop-up studio will offer a selection of relaxing and complimentary 30-minute sessions, including yoga, Swedish massage, meditation, art classes and guided run club. 

The studio will appear on Edinburgh's popular Castle Street from Tuesday 18th to Friday 21st April before heading south to Manchester's city centre destination, Spinningfields, from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th April. The last city escape will be located in Canary Wharf, one of London's major business districts, from Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th May.

For those who want to explore the city beyond their everyday routes, Volvo will also be providing free-of-charge cycle hire throughout each event. 

Taking design cues from Scandinavian architecture to create a warm and intimate environment, the multifunctional space will also display Volvo's long-awaited new XC60 premium SUV before it arrives at dealerships later this year. With a beautifully designed, clutter-free cabin featuring natural materials and a 9.0-inch touchscreen, the XC60 will provide a relaxing and welcoming space for all its occupants, wherever the car may be.

Jon Wakefield, Managing Director, Volvo Car UK, said: "As a human-centric company, we want to reinforce the importance of taking time out of our busy schedules. Much like the interior of the new Volvo XC60, our pop-up studio will provide people with a calm, relaxing space to escape the rigours of city life."

Completely free of charge, sessions will take place throughout each day between 07:00 and 19:00, all designed to leave you feeling truly rejuvenated – visitors simply have to sign up.

Volvo Cars celebrates its 90th birthday in April with the production of the first new XC60 SUV

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, will this month start production of its new XC60 mid-size SUV in Gothenburg, Sweden.

 

The new XC60 will leave the factory 90 years to the month after the first-ever Volvo, the ÖV4, saw the light of day on 14th April 1927.

 

This first Volvo sold a total of 275 vehicles in its lifetime, which was modest even in those days. The new XC60 replaces one of the best-selling models in Volvo’s 90-year history.

The new XC60 replaces the old

Volvo’s original XC60 became a phenomenon, with climbing sales every year since it was introduced in 2008. Seven years after it was revealed, it became the bestselling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe, and in its ninth year it is still the best seller. 

 

The current XC60 today represents around 30 per cent of Volvo’s total global sales, and this month the number of original XC60s produced will surpass 1,000,000.

 

“Volvo is very proud of its history. The past 90 years have been exciting, but the 10 years left until the 100-year anniversary may come to be more exciting as industry focus shifts to autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity,” says Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo Cars. “The new XC60 is in many ways the embodiment of these trends.”

 

The new XC60 is one of the safest cars ever made and offers the latest in safety technology, including the new Oncoming Lane Mitigation system, which uses Steer Assist to help mitigate head-on collisions.

 

Volvo’s semi-autonomous driver-assistance system, Pilot Assist, which takes care of the steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 km/h, is available in the new XC60 as an option.

 

With the new XC60 now on the market and gradually becoming available for order on markets across the globe, Volvo is set for another record year of sales in 2017.

 

90-year anniversary

Volvo’s founder, Assar Gabrielsson, saw an opportunity for car manufacturing in Sweden after having observed the growing auto industries in the US and Europe from his position within sales at the Swedish ball bearing maker SKF, a supplier to the car industry.

 

Pointing towards Sweden’s readily accessible steel, cheap labour and skilled engineers, he managed to convince SKF to invest in a spin-off car business called AB Volvo.

 

The first mass-produced Swedish car was quite a conventional vehicle, with elements of American car design, a wooden frame made of ash tree and beech, a 1.9-litre side-valve engine and artillery wheels with wooden spokes.

Ray Chapman Motors announces full pricing and specification details of new premium XC60

The new Volvo XC60 SUV is now available to order from Ray Chapman Motors with on-the-road prices starting at £37,205 for the D4 AWD Momentum version.

 

The XC60 is the first of Volvo's mid-sized 60 series models to be built on its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform. It is powered exclusively by Volvo's efficient Drive-E powertrains, and features much of the advanced connectivity, entertainment and safety technology from the larger 90 series cars – the S90 premium saloon, V90 estate and XC90 SUV.

 

A choice of three 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engines will initially be available – the D4 and D5 PowerPulse diesels, and the T5 petrol. A T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid will be available later in the year.

 

Every XC60 comes with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. The D4 offers 190 hp, combined fuel consumption of up to 55.4 mpg and CO2 emissions from just 133 g/km. The D5 has 235 hp, combined fuel consumption of 51.4 mpg and CO2 emissions of 144 g/km. It also benefits from PowerPulse, an ingenious Volvo invention that uses compressed air to spin the engine's two turbos when they would otherwise be dormant, such as very low engine revs, boosting responsiveness.

 

The T5 offers 254 hp, combined fuel economy of up to 39.2 mpg and CO2 emissions from 164 g/km.

 

Every version of the XC60 is luxuriously equipped. As standard, even entry-level Momentum variants come with leather-faced upholstery, LED headlights with active high beam, two-zone climate control with 'CleanZone' air-filtration system, heated front seats, a powered tailgate and 18" alloy wheels.

 

Volvo's Sensus infotainment system is also standard. This brings a 9" portrait-style touch screen, satellite navigation – including lifetime annual map updates and Real-Time Traffic Information (RTTI) – and an intuitive voice-activation system. It even provides access to the internet and a range of cloud-based apps such as Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher and Yelp.*

 

Volvo's City Safety system is fitted to every XC60. This includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, and the world-first application of Steer Assist. This feature helps to avoid or limit the severity of collisions at low speeds by assisting with the steering in an emergency, such as when swerving to miss an obstacle.

 

Pilot Assist, Volvo's innovative semi-autonomous drive feature, is an optional extra on every XC60. It assists with the steering (up to 80 mph) and takes care of the acceleration and braking required to keep the car within lane markings and at the desired cruising speed or distance from any vehicle in front. Pilot Assist is another step towards fully autonomous driving.

 

The dynamic R-Design version adds 19" alloy wheels, sports suspension, sports seats trimmed in leather and Nubuck, a high gloss black front grille, and silver matt and high gloss exterior detailing.

 

The luxurious Inscription trim level gets Nappa soft leather upholstery and electrically adjustable ventilated front seats. It also has a different style of 19" wheels, chrome exterior details, and rear footwell and side step illumination.

 

Every version is also available in highly specified Pro form. Going for Momentum Pro brings powered front seats, a heated steering wheel and windscreen, active bending headlights with adaptive shadow technology, and Volvo On Call, Volvo's ingenious connected smartphone app, which allows you to control various car functions remotely.

 

R-Design Pro benefits from all this, along with 21" alloy wheels and electronic air suspension and adaptive dampers, while Inscription Pro has 20" wheels, the upgraded suspension and a massage function for the front seats.

 

An optional Xenium package is available across the range and adds a powered tilt and slide panoramic glass sunroof, a 360o surround view parking camera system, and Park Assist Pilot, which includes automatic parallel and 90o parking.

 

Smartphone Integration is another option, and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This provides access to certain functions of your Apple or Android device and optimised apps directly via the XC60's touch screen, voice-activation system or the buttons on the steering wheel.

 

A superb Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system is available, too. This uses the same advanced digital surround sound processing as in the 90 series cars, and features 15 speakers and a total output of 1,100W.

 

Duncan Chapman, Dealer Principal says:  "We're incredibly excited about the brand-new XC60. Not only does it bring all the style and advanced technology from our larger cars to our best-selling SUV, it is the latest step in Volvo's transformation."

 

The XC60 is available to order now, with the first customer deliveries expected in late summer 2017.

 

XC60

HP

Nm

Combined fuel economy (mpg)

CO2 (g/km)

BIK 2017-18 (%)

On-the-road price

D4 AWD Momentum

190

400

55.4

133

28

£37,205

D4 AWD Momentum Pro

190

400

55.4

133

28

£39,005

D4 AWD R-Design

190

400

54.3

136

29

£39,705

D4 AWD R-Design Pro

190

400

54.3

136

29

£43,705

D4 AWD Inscription

190

400

54.3

136

29

£41,205

D4 AWD Inscription Pro

190

400

54.3

136

29

£44,905

D5 PowerPulse AWD R-Design

235

480

51.4

144

30

£43,205

D5 PowerPulse AWD R-Design Pro

235

480

51.4

144

30

£47,205

D5 PowerPulse AWD Inscription

235

480

51.4

144

30

£44,705

D5 PowerPulse AWD Inscription Pro

235

480

51.4

144

30

£48,405

T5 AWD Momentum

254

350

39.2

164

31

£37,900

T5 AWD Momentum Pro

254

350

39.2

164

31

£39,700

T5 AWD R-Design

254

350

38.7

167

32

£40,400

T5 AWD R-Design Pro

254

350

38.7

167

32

£44,400

T5 AWD Inscription

254

350

38.7

167

32

£41,900

T5 AWD Inscription Pro

254

350

38.7

167

32

£45,600


COSMETIC REPAIR CENTRE NOW OPEN AT MALTON

Ray Chapman Motors has launched a new Cosmetic Repair Centre, operating out of its Malton Volvo dealership, offering cost effective solutions for small and medium body damage on customer vehicles.

We have small to medium area repair technology, use skilled, experienced staff and the latest technology to keep vehicles in pristine condition with minimum cost and inconvenience.

Starting from £45, small scuffs, scratches, chips and dents, as well as alloy wheel repairs, can be restored again to look like new.   With the opening of the new Cosmetic Repair centre, Ray Chapman Motors has recruited specialist technician George, who will carry out cosmetic repairs at its Malton dealership, as well as offering mobile solutions if customers need vehicle repairs to be carried out at home or at the office.

“Following George's appointment, our new Cosmetic Repair Centre is the perfect offering for our customers who don’t require a full accident damage assessment, which can be a lengthy process, to fix those minor dents, scratches and dings. Our professional team will be able to identify how long the repair will take, allowing customers to either wait at the dealership or collect their car later in the day, at their own convenience. “With repairs starting from just £45, our Cosmetic Repair centre will quickly restore a vehicle’s full potential and potentially increase its value, particularly important if customers are looking to sell the vehicle on following the repair.”

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VOLVO CAR UK LAUNCHES FLEET-FRIENDLY TAX WEB APP

Marking the new tax year, Volvo Car UK has launched a new app to give business customers all the information they need to fund a company car.

Free to use by any business, the Fleet Tax Guide provides a single, accurate source of information to ensure fleets and their drivers are always up to date with relevant obligations and entitlements, including:

Tax rates and allowances

Personal and corporate, including lease rental restrictions

National Insurance Contributions (NIC) rates and thresholds

Employee and employer NIC rates and thresholds

Capital allowances

CO2-based first year, main pool and special-rate pool allowances to 2018

Benefit-in-Kind (BIK)

Rates to 2019/20 and fuel benefit multipliers and charges for 2017/18

OLEV and hybrid grant

Includes level of grant and eligibility criteria

Vehicle Excise Duty (VED)

Standard and first-year rates

Approved mileage allowance payments (AMAPs) and advisory fuel rates (AFRs)

Maximum income tax-free rates for payments to employees

Taking the XC90 T8 Twin Engine Momentum – with its ultra-low CO2 emissions – as an example, fleets can see, via the app, the range of financial benefits it attracts, including an incredibly low BIK rate of just 9% in 2017/18 for company car drivers. For this tax year, the BIK tax payable for a 40% taxpayer is just £2,174.40, while Class 1A NIC payments for employers in 2017/18 are just £750.17.

Selwyn Cooper, Head of Business Sales, Volvo Car UK, said: "The changes in company car tax thresholds continue to encourage low-CO2 company cars, but all the factors involved in funding a car can make the process quite daunting.

"Our new Fleet Tax Guide will help current fleet customers to stay ahead of any changes to their vehicle payments, while allowing companies looking to add Volvo to their fleet to make informed decisions based on the latest information, supporting them through the initial stages of the selection process. This is just another example of Volvo making its customers' lives easier."

Jeff Whitcombe, Director of BCF Wessex, who developed the app, said: "We developed the Fleet Tax Guide to replace the pocket tax guide that was hugely popular within the automotive industry for so many years. Our multi-platform digital guide is user-friendly and far more practical, offering up-to-date figures to provide a convenient way to access all the latest tax information relevant to businesses."

The Fleet Tax Guide is available as a free web app, supported by all Apple iOS (7+), Google Android (3.0+), Windows Phone (8+) and BlackBerry OS (7+) devices. There are no app store downloads to manage, and the guide will update itself instantly when any changes are made to the rules. As long as the device is connected to the internet, information will always be current and accurate.

The Fleet Tax Guide can be found by visiting www.fleettaxguide.co.uk/volvocars