Volvo XC40 pure electric
9:30 PM | December 11 2020

Volvo and Polestar in 2020: A dozen milestones

I Roll reflects on some of the major milestones reached by Volvo Cars and its strategic affiliate Polestar despite a challenging year.
Volvo lineup
Volvo sets Australian sales record
In January, official industry sales figures revealed Volvo as Australia’s best-performing luxury car brand (with notable sales volume) in 2019. A record 7779 vehicle sales made Australia one of the highest growth markets globally for the Swedish brand, with a year-on-year growth figure of more than 16 per cent that couldn’t be matched by rivals.
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All-New Volvo V60 launched in Australia
Volvo wagons are legendary, and in February the All-New Volvo V60 was released locally to continue the company’s famous lineage of practical, family-oriented ‘estates’. Epitomising luxurious versatility, the V60 combines outstanding Scandinavian craftsmanship, beautiful and timeless design, contemporary technology, and a spacious interior that includes one of the largest luggage compartments in the segment.

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Volvo Polestar 2
Production of Polestar 2 electric performance fastback begins
In April, electric performance brand Polestar began production of its first global electric model, the Polestar 2. The fully electric performance fastback features outputs of 300kW and 660Nm, all-wheel drive and a 78kWh battery pack that enables a range of 470km (WLTP fuel cycle). Polestar 2 is also the world’s first car to feature a built-in infotainment system powered by Android, featuring Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store.
Polestar 2 is initially made available in 10 global markets including Europe, China and North America, with an Australian market planned for late 2021.
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Volvo 180kmh speed limit
Speed-limit cap introduced on new Volvos
Mid 2020 featured an announcement underlining Volvo Cars’ global leadership in automotive safety: a new 180km/h speed-limit cap for every new Volvo. The limited top speed formed part of the company’s promise made in 2019 to introduce such a limitation and goes beyond regulation and legislation to help close the remaining gap to zero serious injuries and fatalities in traffic. While considered a controversial move by some, Volvo Cars believes it has an obligation to continue its tradition of being a pioneer in the discussion around the rights and obligations of car makers to take action that can ultimately save lives, even if this means losing potential customers.
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Volvo 5 Year Warranty

Volvo Car Australia introduces five-years warranty
Extra peace of mind comes to Volvo ownership in Australia after the company expands its factory warranty period on every new Volvo sold locally to five years and unlimited kilometres. While Volvo Cars not only builds some of the world’s safest cars but also cars that are built to last, the long warranty ensures any unforeseen manufacturing issues that occur during the factory warranty will be promptly remedied free of charge – and by Volvo-trained technicians using Volvo Genuine Parts. The warranty also follows the car, so is transferrable to the next owner.
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XC40 Recharge
Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid joins luxury compact SUV range
Volvo’s highly popular and multi-award-winning luxury compact SUV, the XC40, received a new member of its range in August with the introduction of the Recharge Plug-In Hybrid variant. In contrast to other XC40 models powered by 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines, the Recharge Plug-In Hybrid combines a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor to make it one of the quickest XC40s while also making it the most fuel efficient. With a full battery, the XC40 Recharge PHEV can be driven on electric power alone for up to 46km of zero-emissions motoring. It can then be recharged using a conventional household socket.
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Volvo P1800
Volvo P1800 Cyan reinterprets iconic 1960s sports car
The P1800 lives! In September, the racing team long associated with Volvo revealed a ‘restomod’ version of Volvo’s iconic coupe – taking a 1964 model and equipping it with modern components and construction. The P1800 Cyan’s body is made from carbon fibre and high-strength steel rather than steel for greater strength and lower weight, for example, while the original car’s live rear axle is replaced with independent, double-wishbone suspension. For a purer driving experience, Cyan Racing decided to forgo modern driving aids such as electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes or brake booster.
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XC40 fully electric
Volvo Cars starts production of fully electric XC40
Another production milestone occurs in November with assembly of Volvo Cars’ first ever fully electric car – the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric – getting underway in Belgium. It is the first of several fully electric Volvo vehicles set to be built in the coming years as the company works towards a 2025 target of 50 per cent of its global sales comprising fully electric cars, with the rest hybrids. The all-wheel-drive XC40 Recharge Pure Electric offers a projected range of more than 400km (WLTP, Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure) on a single charge. The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is due to go on sale in Australia in 2021.
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Polestar Recharge
Volvo Cars and Polestar to overachieve on 2020 EU CO2 emissions target
Also in November, Volvo Cars and its strategic affiliate Polestar confirmed they will reduce fleet emissions beyond their joint CO2 target for 2020 as defined by the regulations set by the European Commission. The news brought further credibility to both companies’ strategic focus on electrification. Volvo Cars was the first established car maker to commit to all-out electrification and is the only brand to offer a plug-in hybrid variant on every model in its line-up. Polestar has established itself as a leading electric performance brand.
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