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Volvo XC60 crowned 'Best Premium SUV'

New XC60 praised for its style, quality, technology and comfort

• Described as "the complete package" by Auto Express
• XC60 available now in petrol, diesel and petrol-electric plug-in hybrid form

The Volvo XC60 has been voted 'Best Premium SUV' at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2017.

The new XC60 won praise for its interior quality, design, technology, spaciousness and comfort-oriented approach. Auto Express's expert testers also said the XC60 has "a level of safety, connectivity and autonomous technology that leads the sector" and that it "will be a very easy car to live with day-to-day".

Commenting on the award, Steve Fowler, Editor-in-chief of Auto Express, said: "Volvo has done it again with the XC60. The XC90 has been a serial winner at our Awards and now the XC60 wins at the first attempt. It's another super-stylish SUV from Volvo that offers a level of quality, comfort and technology that rivals can't – it really is the complete package."

This second-generation model has all of the advanced connectivity and safety equipment introduced in Volvo's award-winning range of large premium cars. It also brings Volvo's latest elegant Scandinavian design to the mid-size SUV class, along with the brand's ground-breaking Sensus touchscreen control system.

The XC60 is available with a range of powerful yet efficient engines, including the innovative T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. This combines a petrol engine with an electric motor, making it a near-silent zero-emission city car one minute and a high-performance family SUV the next. With CO2 emissions of just 49 g/km, the T8 is also exceptionally tax-efficient.

Jon Wakefield, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "Winning the Auto Express 'Best Premium SUV' award is a fantastic testament to the quality and desirability of the new XC60. The XC60 brings all the style, sophistication and cutting-edge connectivity and safety features from our largest cars to our best-selling model, introducing the fruits of Volvo's transformation to even more owners."

The XC60 wasn't the only successful Volvo at the Auto Express Awards. The XC90 – a two-time winner of the 'Best Large SUV' award – was also highly commended in the 'Best Large Premium SUV' category this year, showcasing Volvo's expertise when it comes to SUVs.

32 Years of Volvo Ownership

One of Volvo Cars Poole’s customers has recently taken delivery of his 17th Volvo.

Fred Morning has been a Volvo owner since 1978 when he purchased his first Volvo Car, a Volvo 160 in metallic blue. Since then he has owned a total of 17 Volvos in a wide variety of models including:

160 - Metallic Blue 
140 DL- Orange
240 DL -  Maroon 
360 GLT 4 dr - Red
360 GLT 2dr -  White
440 GLT Auto - Sea Green
440 SE Auto - Silver
850 SE Auto - Metallic Grey 
S40 SE Auto -  Silver
S40 Turbo - White 
V70 Auto - Silver 
XC70 -  Blue 
V50 SE Lux - Copper 
V50 Auto -  Black 
V40 SE Lux - Copper 
XC70 Auto - White 
V40 SE Nav - White
V60 SE Nav - Silver

On average Fred has purchased a new Volvo every 2 ¼ years! 

Fred said ‘Poole Volvo have a wonderful showroom, all cars displayed nicely. Staff well dressed & smiling, good reception – all knowledgeable. They are well versed on all vehicles. Thanks to Atholl Mitchell for all his help nothing is a trouble! My favourite Volvo of all is the XC70’s, my latest purchase being a V60 SE Nav – all the best for the future.’

Thank you Fred for being so loyal to the Volvo brand and we look forward to helping you with number 18 in a couple of years’ time!

Appointed development driver for Polestar

Richard Göransson

The most successful Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) driver ever, Richard Göransson, has been appointed as development and event driver for Polestar, the performance brand of Volvo Cars.

”With his vast experience and champion-winning success, Richard Göransson will be a valuable asset for Polestar, both in terms of our existing car programmes and products, as well as helping us develop the products that we have in store for the future,” said Henrik Fries, Vice President, Research and Development of Polestar.

The five-time reigning STCC champion claimed the 2016 STCC title for Polestar Cyan Racing and has, since his first season in the championship in 2003, claimed 43 victories, 82 podium finishes and 16 pole positions.

Göransson has driven for a large number teams in several categories of motorsport over the years, developing championship-winning cars.

”I am very happy to join Polestar. It’ll be a different but very exciting assignment compared to what I have done in past. But just as developing racing cars is a passion of mine, developing road cars is as well. Polestar’s philosophy of “From Track To Road” is a fascinating concept that I look forward to being a part of, bringing progressive performance products to customers around the world,” said Richard Göransson.

Göransson joined Polestar Cyan Racing in 2016 and is now becoming involved in various development projects and media events, such as the model year 17 367-hp Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar cars.

Strongest ever resale values

S90, V90 and XC90

Strongest ever resale values underline Volvo's success as a true premium player

 *  Volvo S90, V90 and XC90 have all received the brand's highest-ever resale values in their respective segments*

 *  New XC60 also receives competitive figures from CAP HPI following UK pricing announcement

 *  Figures underscore Volvo's transformation into a true premium competitor

Record resale values are helping establish Volvo's new 90 series cars in the highly competitive premium marketplace.

As the first models introduced in the transformation of Volvo's product range, the premium S90 saloon, V90 estate and XC90 SUV all benefit from beautiful exterior and interior design, and feature the latest connected and semi-autonomous technologies as standard. According to automotive data experts CAP HPI, each model is benefiting from the strongest resale values Volvo has ever seen in its respective segment.

The new XC90 continues to perform strongly within its segment, with CAP HPI's Gold Book in May reporting that the XC90 D5 PowerPulse Momentum will be worth 48.7% of its original price after three years and 60,000 miles. This puts it ahead of the 46.8%, 43.5% and 42.1% for the equivalent Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE respectively.

The V90, meanwhile, is highly competitive against its premium estate rivals for both D4 Momentum and Inscription variants. CAP HPI forecasts that the entry-level D4 Momentum will be worth 41.2% of its original price after 36 months and 60,000 miles, compared with 42.5%, 40.5% and 36.1% for the equivalently specified Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, BMW 5 Series Touring and Audi A6 Avant respectively. The V90 Inscription fares even better, at 41.8%.

In the executive saloon segment, the S90 D4 Momentum, which has marked a giant step forward for Volvo in this area of the market, fares competitively against models that have previously dominated the sector. CAP HPI forecasts that the model will be worth 39.8% of its original price after three years and 60,000 miles, putting it right in the heart of its segment, with respective values of 41.8%, 40.9% and 36.2% for the equivalent Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series and Audi A6.

The news will be welcome for individuals and companies looking to run a new S90, V90 or XC90, with strong residuals translating into highly competitive monthly lease costs.

This success looks set to carry forward to the firm's future models, too. Following the official announcement of UK prices and specifications, the long-awaited new XC60 SUV has already received strong values from CAP HPI forecasts, with a 10-percentage-point increase over its predecessor. The outgoing XC60 D4 SE Nav AWD is currently forecast to be worth 35.2% of its original price after 36 months and 60,000 miles, while the new XC60 D4 AWD Momentum receives an equivalent value of 45.6%.