COLCHESTER VOLVO RETAILER AND ACCIDENT AND REPAIR CENTRE WINS MANUFACTURER’S AWARD
Lookers Colchester & Chaplane has scooped an award at the Volvo Bodyshop & Retailer High Achiever Recognition Awards 2017.
The awards, held for the first time, recognise the achievements of the network’s approved bodyshops and their corresponding retailers.
Bodyshops were scored throughout 2017 according to a range of different criteria including performance and the extent to which the bodyshop has embraced the Volvo brand. Lookers Colchester & Chaplane took the ‘wildcard’ award as the best performing retailer and bodyshop after the manufacturer’s eight regional winners.
Taking place at Ruthin Castle in North Wales, the event brought together the best in the country.
Steve Plunkett, Volvo body and paint development manager, commented: “Competition was fierce throughout the year, and whilst Lookers Colchester & Chaplane were pipped at the post for the regional award we were delighted to present them with the wildcard award.
“It is vitally important that we recognise the work carried out by our network’s bodyshop partners all of which are an extremely valuable asset to our brand. Their hard work and dedication ensures a Volvo vehicle undergoing repairs meets our exacting standards and they are crucial in helping us maintain the brand’s reputation for safety and service.”
Added retailer principal at Lookers Colchester Miles Alvis: “We are delighted our bodyshop partner was recognised in this way, it reflects the company’s dedication to our brand and the close working partnership we have developed.”
Lookers Colchester & Chaplane contested the East Anglia and South Midlands region which was won by Donalds of Ipswich & DJ Mackenzies.
Volvo on Call - Engine Remote Start....Now Live
With winter on the way the exciting new feature, Engine Remote Start, is now live! For all existing XC90, V90 and S90s fitted with Volvo on Call, this convient functionality is available within the Volvo on Call App. What a very easy and convinient way to defrost the car on those cold mornings!
This great new feature will be available on brand new XC60, S60 and V60 cars built from this week.
Volvo On Call is a subscription service featuring an app that puts you in constant touch with your Volvo. Lock or unlock the doors, check your fuel, cool or heat your car – with your smart device, you can communicate with your Volvo and control it wherever you are. Inside the car, you can get roadside and emergency assistance with the push of a button.
Volvo Cars Reveal Sporty S90 & V90 R-Design Models
Central to the S90 and V90 R-Design is an advanced sport chassis that delivers an energetic, road-hugging drive.
“R-Design delivers an edge to our elegant estate and sedan models in our 90 Series, with a winning combination of a sportier, more responsive drive with clearly visible performance styling,” said Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President Marketing Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Cars.
Sporting a new front-end design with spoiler-integrated fog lights, the R-Design models come with a unique grille and piano black trim on both front and rear. A new 5-spoke matt black diamond-cut wheel adds to the performance feel.
A wide range of styling cues are included on the inside – from unique deco trim, pedals and mats, to the sporty contour seats and special steering wheel, including a high level interior illumination package that radiates attention to detail.
Order books are now open for the S90 and V90 R-Design models.
Volvo XC90 Named Game-Changer at the Autocar Awards 2016
*Seven-seat XC90 SUV praised for 'transforming Volvo's standing'
*Honoured for combining cutting-edge technology with comfort, practicality and desirability
*Tablet-style infotainment system and ground-breaking safety aids standard on every XC90
*Priced from £46,850 and offered with diesel, petrol and innovative plug-in hybrid powertrains
Autocar's Game-Changers are those cars that have done the most to move the car industry, or their makers, forwards in the past year – and the XC90 has certainly done that. Built on Volvo's all-new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, the XC90 was the first evidence of the Swedish brand's global transformation. Combining Volvo's world-renowned safety, comfort and practicality credentials, it also moves the game on in terms of connectivity and its range of powerful yet efficient Drive-E powertrains.
Commenting on the award, Autocar's editorial director, Jim Holder, said: "The XC90 has transformed the standing of Volvo in the most striking fashion, combining practicality, comfort and cutting-edge technology in a hugely desirable package."
That cutting-edge technology includes the nine-inch Sensus touch screen control system. This is no ordinary touch screen, however: not only does it include pinch, zoom and swipe functionality – unlike many rival systems – it even works when you're wearing gloves. It provides access to the internet and a range of cloud-based apps and internet radio stations, too.
The Drive-E powertrains also showcase the future of Volvo's engines. The XC90's four-cylinder, 2.0-litre units use sophisticated fuelling and boosting technologies to combine efficiency with power. The D5 diesel engine benefits from an innovative solution to increase responsiveness at low revs. Called PowerPulse, it uses compressed air to spool up the turbocharger when it would otherwise be inactive, which helps give the XC90 impressively strong performance from a standing start. The T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric hybrid, on the other hand, combines a total of 407 hp with CO2 emissions of just 49 g/km. It can also travel for up to 27 miles in zero-emission electric-only mode.
Naturally, safety is at the forefront of any Volvo, and the XC90 includes two world-first safety aids: automatic emergency braking at a junction, which will apply the brakes for you if you inadvertently turn into the path of an oncoming vehicle, and run-off road protection, which includes a collapsible section in the front seats to reduce the likelihood of spinal injuries if the car leaves the road.
Nick Connor, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "We're delighted that the XC90 has been recognised as such a transformative model by Autocar. We're immensely proud of the car and what it heralds for Volvo – both in terms of our new-found style and desirability, but also that it is the first in an entirely new product range due in the next few years. Volvo is on a roll at the moment, and this honour for the XC90 is yet more proof that our transformation is well on track."