Volvo Car Mobility launches mobility brand M
Volvo Cars today launches M, a new brand that will expand the company’s global mobility operations by providing dependable, on-demand access to cars and services through an intuitive app.
Moreover, M will learn about its users' needs, preferences and habits, personalising the customer relationship. It will debut in Sweden and the US in the spring of 2019.
“Volvo Cars is becoming more than just a car company. We recognise that urban consumers are rethinking traditional car ownership. M is part of our answer. We are evolving to become a direct-to-consumer services provider under our new mission ‘Freedom to Move’,” said Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars President and Chief Executive.
M is developing proprietary learning technology that asks users about their specific needs instead of merely informing them where they can pick up a car.
“The services currently available mainly offer alternatives to a taxi or public transit,” said Bodil Eriksson, CEO of Volvo Car Mobility. “We’re focused on the way people use the cars they own, which sets us apart. We aim to provide a real alternative to that experience. It should enable us to live life on our terms, getting things done and maximising precious time. We see the opportunity to offer a premium experience.”
In addition to a team of experienced and sought-after digital software engineers and leading talent, M draws on 20 years of learnings and data from Sunfleet, Volvo Car Group’s car-sharing pioneer. Sunfleet is the leading car-sharing company in Sweden, with 500,000 annual transactions and a fleet of 1,700 cars. It will be fully integrated into M in 2019, making the service available to all existing Sunfleet members.
“Mobility is undergoing a fundamental transformation, and Volvo Cars is leading that change. The launch of M creates new sources of revenue for Volvo Cars and will be integral to the company’s ambition to build more than five million direct consumer relationships by the middle of the next decade,” said Mr Samuelsson.
“Stockholm, Sweden, will serve as M’s base of development and where we already conduct extensive testing. A broader Beta test will take place this autumn,” said Ms Eriksson.
Further information about the M service will be released later this year.
Established in 2018, M is a new brand from Volvo Car Mobility, a wholly owned and stand-alone entity within Volvo Car Group that aspires to deliver a better alternative to car ownership for urban and metro consumers. M’s mission is to enable more people to move freely, meaningfully and sustainably. Its proprietary technology platform aims to advance a new generation of consumer mobility services that provide a more intuitive user experience. M draws on two decades of valuable data and experience from car-sharing pioneer Sunfleet.
Double win for Volvo's new-generation SUVs at Auto Express New Car Awards
• Honours for both new Volvo XC40 and XC60 in Auto Express New Car Awards 2018
• XC40 named Small Premium SUV of the Year
• Best Premium Hybrid Car of the Year award for super-efficient XC60 T8 Twin Engine
Volvo's new generation of premium SUVs have accomplished a double success at the Auto Express New Car Awards, announced last night. The new XC40 took the title of Small Premium SUV of the Year, while the XC60 with the innovative T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric hybrid powertrain was named Premium Hybrid Car of the Year.
The awards are the latest in a series of top honours earned by both models, including the World Car of the Year title for the XC60, and both European and UK Car of the Year for the XC40.
Summing up the judges' verdict on the XC40, Steve Fowler, Auto Express Editor-in-Chief, said: "Volvo has scaled down what made its larger SUVs so successful and added all its know-how to create a more affordable, well-proportioned and practical five-seat SUV. The XC40 is loaded with all the latest safety kit, has a wonderful, tech-laden interior and is available with a wide spread of engines. All of this explains why we've named it Small Premium SUV of the Year 2018."
The XC40 is full of advanced and useful technology, including Volvo's pioneering semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system, available on all models, and the Sensus nine-inch touchscreen and voice-activated control systems that allow easy access to the car's infotainment and connectivity functions. The XC40's premium credentials are reflected in its striking styling and an interior that is both supremely practical and comfortable, finished in high-quality materials.
The findings were equally enthusiastic for the XC60 T8 Twin Engine. Steve Fowler said: "It's not hard to understand why the Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine scooped our Premium Hybrid Car of the Year award. With handsome styling, a stunning interior and a petrol-electric drivetrain that allows it to cover up to 26 miles in zero-emissions mode on a single charge, this car is as pleasing to look at as it is to own. It's a tremendous all-rounder."
The advanced XC60 T8 Twin Engine comes with a powerful yet efficient 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels and an electric motor driving the rears. Together, they provide a total of 390hp and a huge 640Nm of torque, enabling this mid-size SUV to hit 0-62mph in just 5.5 seconds. Yet the high efficiency of its hybrid technology also means CO2 emissions are as low as 52g/km and the official combined cycle fuel economy figure is up to 122.8mpg (according to the new WLTP, NEDC-derived, testing protocol).
On top of this, the XC60's elegant Scandinavian design and spacious cabin filled with premium natural materials and cutting-edge technology make it a thoroughly modern, luxurious place in which to travel.
Jon Wakefield, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "These awards carry great prestige and reaffirm that our new-generation SUV models are giving our brand serious momentum. Although the XC40 is our first ever model in the premium compact SUV market, it has already established itself as the benchmark in the class. For the XC60, our T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid adds another layer of technical sophistication that delivers gains both in real-world efficiency and genuine driver appeal."
For more information on the Volvo XC40, and to use the online configurator, please go to www.volvocars.com/uk/cars/new-models/xc40, while details of rel="noopener noreferrer" the XC60 can be found at www.volvocars.com/uk/cars/new-models/new-xc60
New Service Manager at RCM
Long serving employee at Ray Chapman Motors Malton, Dan Watson has taken up his new role running the service department.
Having been with the RCM for 18 years, Dan became the aftersales department’s team leader two years ago and was promoted to service manager this year. He is now responsible for the front-of-house and workshop teams.
Dan earned his stripes after taking responsibility for the task of implementing Volvo’s new service strategy known as Personal Service Technicians (PST) for which he received an accreditation from Volvo UK.
Carried out in workshop bays equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment and tools, technicians work on cars as pairs rather than individually, which means work can be carried out twice as fast, nearly halving customer wait times. PST forms part of Volvo’s ‘Personal Service’, which streamlines aftersales functions to improve workshop efficiency while delivering a much more personal service to customers via dedicated service technicians.
Commented Dan: “I was honoured to be offered the opportunity to run the department. Having worked here for so many years, I have developed strong relationships with our customers and with other members of the team and the positive feedback I have received from everyone has been overwhelming.”
Duncan Chapman, Dealer Principal, said: “We have a strong tradition of ‘growing our own’ and it is always a great pleasure to see someone who joined us several years ago work their way up the career ladder into a hugely responsible position. Dan is a great asset to the business and we very much hope he will remain at the helm of our service department for several more years to come.
Volvo Cars debuts three-cylinder engine in new XC40 compact SUV
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today launched its new three-cylinder Drive-E powertrain in the XC40, the company's first entry into the compact SUV segment.
The new powertrain is the first three-cylinder engine in the company's 91-year history.
The all-new 1.5-litre, three-cylinder, direct-injection petrol engine was developed in-house using the same modular design as Volvo's four-cylinder Drive-E engines. The three-cylinder powertrain (badged T3) comes with a six-speed manual transmission. An optional eight-speed automatic transmission will follow next year.
In line with Volvo Cars' strategy to continue improving economies of scale, the engine will roll off the same production lines as the company's four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
"Our new three-cylinder engine is an exciting development for the XC40 and for Volvo Cars in general," said Alexander Petrofski, Senior Director Cluster 40 at Volvo Cars. "This compact engine design provides the flexibility we need as we introduce more powertrain options for XC40 customers."
Volvo's current D3 150 hp diesel and T4 190 hp petrol engines are also added to broaden the XC40 engine offer.
Furthermore, the new three-cylinder powertrain has been deliberately designed for integration into Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars. A hybridised as well as a pure electric powertrain option for the XC40 will be added later. More details will be available in due course.
XC40 customers now also have more choice in trim levels, including entry-level Momentum and dynamic R-Design versions, plus the luxurious new Inscription trim level.
Inscription trim offers exterior styling choices with 18", 19", 20" or 21" wheels, unique skid plates, side window and grille mesh chrome, plus model-specific paint colours. Inside, Inscription adds a newly designed crystal gear knob (on versions with an automatic transmission) and the attractive Driftwood deco inlays, which Volvo introduced in its award-winning XC60 mid-size SUV.
XC40 customers can further express themselves with accessories such as the new exterior styling kit that offers brushed stainless steel skid plates, lower door trim mouldings and integrated dual tailpipes, and the new accessory roof spoiler.
"The new XC40 is a youthful car that suits drivers with a strong sense of individuality," said Alexander Petrofski. "We want our customers to be able to make a statement their way – subtle or otherwise – and so we want to offer them more choices, both in performance and styling."
UK prices for the XC40 T3 start at £27,905 on the road, with Inscription versions available from £30,405. First customer deliveries are expected this summer.
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Swedish engine plant is Volvo Cars’ first climate-neutral manufacturing site
Volvo Cars’ engine factory in Skövde, Sweden, has become the company’s first climate-neutral manufacturing plant, having switched to renewable heating as of 1 January 2018.
Skövde is the first plant in Volvo Cars’ global manufacturing network to reach this status, which marks a significant step towards the company’s vision of having climate-neutral global manufacturing operations by 2025. Skövde also becomes one of only a few climate-neutral automotive plants in Europe.
“Improving energy efficiency is our first priority and then, for the energy we need to use, we aim for supplies generated from renewable sources,” said Javier Varela, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Logistics at Volvo Cars. “The Skövde plant achievement is an important addition to our broader efforts in minimising our environmental footprint. We are pleased to be a leader within the automotive industry in the move towards climate-neutral manufacturing.”
A new agreement between Volvo Cars and the local provider ensures that all heating supplied to the Skövde plant is generated from waste incineration, biomass and recycled bio-fuels. Since 2008, along with the company’s other European plants, its Skövde site’s electricity supply already comes from renewable sources.
“This is a proud moment both for the Skövde plant and for Volvo Cars,” said Stuart Templar, Director for Sustainability. “Environmental care is one of our core values. Along with our plan to electrify all new Volvo cars launched from 2019, climate-neutral manufacturing operations will significantly reduce our overall carbon footprint, supporting global efforts to tackle climate change.”
Volvo Cars is constantly looking at innovative ways to move towards its 2025 vision. For example, in 2016, the production plant in Ghent, Belgium, introduced a district heating system that reduced carbon emissions by 40 per cent, saving 15,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
“We will continue to work actively with our energy suppliers in all regions to secure further access to renewable energy for our manufacturing plants,” said Javier Varela.