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9:30 PM | January 24 2020

Volvo Cars' Key Models and Moments of 2019

2019 was another fascinating and successful year for Volvo Cars. I Roll looks back at the key moments and models that proved why it is the world’s most progressive luxury car brand.
XC40
JANUARY – XC40 WINS CARSALES CAR OF THE YEAR
The new Volvo XC40 compact luxury SUV made an early mark after being declared 2019 Car of the Year by leading motoring website Carsales.
 
Scrutinised over a week by eight experienced experts and competing in a tough field of more than 20 contenders, the Carsales judges scored highest across five criteria covering powertrain, chassis, packaging, comfort and refinement, and safety, infotainment and connectivity.
 
Carsales wrote that the Volvo XC40 blended “packaging appeal, high-tech innovation and Volvo’s acknowledged expertise in both active and passive safety”.


Read more about the Volvo XC40’s 2019 Carsales Car of the Year win.

xc40 2019 Car of the Year
FEBRUARY – XC40 WINS WHEELS CAR OF THE YEAR
In Wheels magazine’s decades-long running of its renowned Car of the Year, no luxury brand had ever won back-to-back awards. That changed in 2019 when the Volvo XC40 took the prestigious trophy the year after it had been won by the mid-sized Volvo XC60.
 
Wheels’ Car of the Year testing program is famous – or rather notoriously – gruelling, with all vehicles subjected to about 10,000km of driving on proving grounds and public roads to find the stand-out car among 24 strong considerations.
 
The Volvo XC40 secured the majority votes of the judging panel for impressive in multiple areas, including award-winning safety, connectivity, interior space efficiency, and a radical approach to interior storage that helps to eliminate common cabin clutter.

 


Polestar
MARCH – POLESTAR 2 REVEALED
The second model from electric performance brand Polestar – an all-new, all-electric five-door fastback – is unveiled.
 
Sitting on the same Compact Modular Architecture as the Volvo XC40, the Polestar 2 utilises two electric motors and a 78kWh battery integrated into the vehicle’s floor.
 
There’s a 500km emissions-free range (based on Europe’s WLTP cycle), while the Polestar 2’s all-wheel-drive system and 300kW/660Nm outputs allow it to accelerate from 0-100km/h in less than five seconds.
 
The vehicle is also noteworthy for featuring an embedded Android infotainment system.

Read more about the Polestar 2

EVA Initiative
APRIL – PROJECT E.V.A
Volvo announces its Project E.V.A initiative, which aims to highlight existing inequalities in car safety development.
 
As part of the project, Volvo Cars announces it is sharing its vast real-life accident data with other car makers so more cars can be developed to protect all people, regardless of gender, height, shape or weight – beyond the ‘average person’ typically represented by crash-test dummies.
 
It’s not the first time Volvo has shared something important in the area of vehicle safety. The Project E.V.A announcement comes 60 years after the Swedish company invented the three-point safety belt that would eventually go into all cars.

Read more about Project E.V.A.

T5 Twin Engine
MAY – XC40 T5 TWIN ENGINE
As part of Volvo’s industry-leading move to electrify all of its new models, the T5 Twin Engine is the first plug-in drivetrain option announced for the XC40 compact luxury SUV.
 
An electric motor and 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine produce combined outputs of 184kW of power and 445Nm of torque, powering the front wheels in tandem for remarkable acceleration yet helping to maximise fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
 
The XC40 T5 Twin Engine, yet to be confirmed for Australia, features multi driving modes, including a Pure mode that allows for emissions-free commuting up to 50km.
Read more about the Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine.

Living Seawall
JUNE – LIVING SEAWALL
A first study of a Volvo collaborative ocean conservation project reveals its Living Seawall in Sydney Harbour reveals a variety of thriving marine life.
 
The Living Seawall at Milsons Point comprises 50 special tiles formed from concrete reinforced with recycled plastic fibres and etched with tiny alcoves to provide a habitat for fish, filter-feeding organisms and other species.
 
The marine biodiversity prototype project is a joint effort between Volvo Car Australia,
Institute of Marine Science, Reef Design Lab and North Sydney Council.
 

Volvo Car Future Value
JULY – VOLVO CAR FUTURE VALUE
It’s another milestone in the Volvo ownership experience with the introduction of new way of buying a car.
 
Volvo Car Future Value aims to create greater peace of mind around a new vehicle’s resale value when it comes time to sell with a Guaranteed Future Value Price on select models that removes market variables from the equation.
With the utmost ownership flexibility, Volvo owners can choose to trade in for another new Volvo, retain their Volvo, or return their Volvo at the end of the loan term.
 

Car Helmet test

AUGUST – WORLD-FIRST CAR BIKE HELMET CRASH TEST
Volvo Cars reinforces its reputation for ground-breaking safety research and innovations with a world-first crash test designed to help improve cyclist protection.
 
The joint research project with leading Swedish sports and safety brand POC, fitting the company’s bike helmets to crash dummy heads mounted on a test rig. They are then launched towards different areas of the hood of a static Volvo car, at different speeds and angles for various measurements.
 
The learnings from the research project will help POC make its helmets safer and more protective in the event of a car-bike accident, while the tests will also provide valuable insights and learnings for Volvo Cars into these types of accidents for future development.

Read more about the Volvo-POC joint safety research project.

Volvo S60
SEPTEMBER – VOLVO S60 LAUNCHES IN AUSTRALIA
The All-New S60 sports sedan launches in Australia, bringing a sophisticated all-wheel-drive chassis that balances comfort and control, effortless performance from a selection of powertrains, and a stylish, high-tech cabin.

Three distinct trim grades comprise Momentum, Inscription and R-Design.
 
Volvo S60 T5 models feature a turbocharged petrol engine, with the R-Design variant gaining some extra performance through Polestar optimisation.
 
The flagship Volvo S60 T8 R-Design is powered exclusively by a Twin Engine powertrain that delivers rapid performance yet also provides outstanding fuel economy through a combination of supercharged/turbocharged petrol engine and electric motor.

Read more about the All-New Volvo S60.

Volvo Service Plans

OCTOBER – VOLVO SERVICE PLANS
Volvo Car Australia brings worry-free maintenance to the Volvo ownership experience with its new Service Plans.
 
The simple, cost effective plans provide peace of mind, covering comprehensive, scheduled servicing for your Volvo for the first three years or 45,000km, whichever event occurs first, via your Volvo Service Centre.
 
Service Plans are available for all Volvo models from model year 19 onwards, which includes our range of multi-award-winning SUVs, the V90 Cross Country wagon, and the All-New S60 sports sedan and All-New V60 wagon.
 

Volvo XC40 Recharge
NOVEMBER – XC4O RECHARGE REVEALED

The first ever fully electric Volvo is revealed: the XC40 Recharge.
 
Featuring an advanced electric, all-wheel-drive powertrain, the special addition to the range of Volvo’s award-winning compact luxury SUV can drive for more than 400km on a single charge (based on the European WLTP cycle).
 
There’s 300kW of power for strong performance (0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds), and the Recharge’s battery can be recharged to 80 per cent of its capacity in just 40 minutes using a fast-charger system.
 
The XC40 Recharge is not yet confirmed for Australia.
 
Recharge is also announced as the umbrella name for all Volvo models utilising fully electric or plug-in hybrid powertrains.
 
DECEMBER – XC60 DRIVE HAT-TRICK
Volvo Car Australia ends the year as it started – with a prominent award from a leading motoring media brand.
 
This time it is Drive, which for the third consecutive year declares the Volvo XC60 as its Best Luxury Medium SUV.
 
The XC60 secured category victory again despite being compared with a fresh group of all-new or updated competitors.
 
“Taking out the title once again is the Volvo XC60, thanks to its compelling combination of value, style, comfort and luxurious trimmings,” wrote Drive.
 

 

 

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