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  • VOLVO GOES "LIVE" AT DETROIT AUTO SHOW

    2009/01/09

     Volvo will broadcast and webcast live from the North American International Auto Show on January 11th, 2009, where the company will unveil the S60 Concept that gives the world a glimpse of Volvo’s next new sedan model.

    "We will create an historic one-hour live TV show to be broadcast throughout North America and simultaneously presented on the World Wide Web. Media from around the world will be able to watch presentations from the Volvo display in Detroit while asking questions in real time to top management, designers and engineers," said Peter Ganjbar, manager of global broadcast media relations at the Volvo Car Corporation.

    Due to a concern over the possible decrease in attendance by automotive and business media at major auto shows around the world, Volvo Car Corporation has developed an innovative media service. Its inaugural use will be at the North American International Auto Show on January 11th in Detroit.

    "Media attendance at the major auto shows is critically important to Volvo for the launch of new vehicles and the sharing of corporate news. It was vital to consider new ways of reaching our core media base and to help journalists do their job regardless of their ability to travel or attend auto show media previews," says Ganjbar.

    Volvo Cars will debut the new crossover XC60 in Detroit along with the innovative S60 Concept, and will announce the company's latest safety engineering application.

    "Volvo must continue its outreach to the world's media and allow journalists access to product information and corporate perspectives regardless of economic conditions. It is our obligation to help the media to do its job," says Ganjbar.

    The solution in this case will be a televised High Definition (HD) broadcast and simultaneous interactive global webcast, produced live from the Volvo display in Detroit. The one-hour program will air throughout the United States via the DIRECTV satellite system, now rated the nation's #1 satellite broadcast provider and linked to over 41 million households in the United States.

    The HD TV broadcast will include live coverage of the Volvo press conference supplemented by specific executive interviews and product explanations.

    "But, the real news is our interactive ability to accept text media questions and to respond to these in real-time both on-air and via the web. This unique concept was first developed by havoctv for music and sports programming and will be adapted for this purpose," says Ganjbar.

    "The times call for vehicles that serve the needs of a global consumer concerned about sustainability, safety and economy. These Volvo core values must be communicated, regardless of the global economic slowdown and its residual affect on media covering our industry," said Ganjbar.

    HOW TO VIEW AND PARTICIPATE:

    Participating media should register up to January 10th to receive an online media password. The registration site is http://havoc.tv/volvos60concept/show.php . Instructions for participation and registration can also be found at http://havoc.tv/volvos60concept , where there is a link to the registration page.

    The Volvo/havoctv interactive webcast will enable viewing media - around the world - to watch the Volvo press conference and other program elements online and to text their question from a computer or appropriate mobile device during the one-hour program to an on-site host in Detroit.

    The host will then ask Volvo program guests some of the submitted questions. Their responses will be seen and heard live on both the DIRECTV television broadcast throughout the United States and via the global webcast.

    The program's goal is to provide media who may be unable to attend Volvo's Detroit press conference with exactly the same information their colleagues will see and hear at the event.

    The Volvo press conference will air on January 11th at 5:30 - 6:30 PM Eastern Time in the United States on DIRECTV Channel 101. In South Africa that will be at 12:30 AM on Monday morning, January 12th. Program content will stream at: http://havoc.tv/volvos60concept and will also be available at http://www.volvocars.com/ via a program link.

    Should you experience any problems to register for participation in the webcast, please contact me.

    Deon Sonnekus
    Media Affairs
    Volvo Car South Africa

    Volvo will broadcast and webcast live from the North American International Auto Show on January 11th, 2009, where the company will unveil the S60 Concept that gives the world a glimpse of Volvo’s next new sedan model.
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