Volvo SUVs win European and World Car of the Year Awards
Volvo Cars has completed its domination of the car industry’s major awards after the XC40 compact luxury SUV won the 2018 European Car of the Year and the XC60 mid-sized luxury SUV was named 2018 World Car of the Year.
It is the first time Volvo has won either of the prestigious awards, and they continue a pattern of unprecedented success for Volvo’s SUV range. The XC60 is also the 2018 Wheels Car of the Year in Australia, and 2018 Utility (SUV) of the Year in North America. The XC90 won the same US title in 2016. And leading UK publication What Car? judged the XC40 its 2018 Car of the Year.
Volvo Cars president and CEO Håkan Samuelsson has also been recognised for his work in driving the success of the company in recent years – named the inaugural World Person of the Year by the same panel of international media that voted the XC40 European Car of the Year.
“I am pleased to see our company’s product investments paying off,” said Samuelsson. “Winning the European Car of the Year award with our First Ever XC40 is perfect timing. Volvo now has three globally available SUVs in its range for the first time. The XC40 will be a strong contributor to further growth, taking us into a new and fast-growing small SUV segment.
“The World Car of the Year award for the XC60 also shows that Volvo has the right combination of design, connectivity and safety that appeals to customers across the world.”
In a summation of the Volvo XC40’s victory, where it outscored the nearest challenger by a big margin of 325 points to 242, the European Car of the Year organisation wrote:
“…The XC40 undeniably follows the tracks of its valued bigger brothers, but with a younger focus. The XC40 combines a generous [ground] clearance with rather agile handling and the lively performance of its powerful launch versions, especially the T5.
“Quality, looks, ruggedness and, of course, safety are among the aspects appreciated by jury members for this SUV of surely high acceptance. The roomy cabin shows a good level of equipment even in the entry-level versions… The neat fascia includes a 9-inch touchscreen as part of the Sensus infotainment system.”
The European Car of the Year panel comprises nearly 60 motoring experts from 23 countries, while the World Car of the Year judging panel covers 24 countries with more than 80 automotive journalists.
The XC40 came through an original field of 37 contenders before beating six other finalists.
Volvo’s XC60 emerged victorious from a three-stage process that started with a 34-strong vehicle entry list, followed by a shortlisted top 10 and then a battle of three finalists.
The XC40 has launched this month in Australia as the first model on Volvo Cars’ new compact modular vehicle architecture (CMA).
You can read more details about Volvo’s first ever compact SUV elsewhere in this edition of I Roll.