Volvo XC60 wins World Car of the Year 2018
The new Volvo XC60 mid-size SUV has been named World Car of the Year 2018 at the New York Auto Show, adding another accolade to Volvo’s growing list.
The XC60 also scooped the prestigious North American Utility of the Year Award earlier this year, while the XC40 small SUV was named European Car of the Year at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. The World Car of the Year win is the first in this competition for Volvo Cars, the premium car maker.
“I am pleased to see our company’s product investments paying off,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars. “We are up against some tough competition, but this award for the XC60 shows that Volvo has the right combination of design, connectivity and safety that appeals to customers across the world.”
In the new XC60, Euro NCAP’s best overall performer in 2017, Volvo’s City Safety Autonomous Emergency Braking system has been enhanced with steering support for when automatic braking alone may not help avoid a potential collision. In addition, Oncoming Lane Mitigation with Steer Assist helps mitigate head-on collisions, and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Steer Assist functionality has been added to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions.
The XC60 is available with a range of diesel and petrol engines, as well as Volvo Cars’ award-winning T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid at the top of the powertrain range, delivering 390hp and acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 5.3 seconds.
These two accolades come hot on the heels of Mr Samuelsson’s World Car Person of the Year recognition, awarded by the same panel of international media in Geneva earlier this month. Mr Samuelsson was given this inaugural award in recognition of his work in driving the success of Volvo Cars in recent years.
Volvo XC40 wins seven-vehicle Autocar mega-test
The XC40 impressed the Autocar test team with its cocooning interior. They appreciated the car’s “high hip point and loftiest vantage point”, which gave a bird’s-eye view of the road. They also said the XC40 had the “comfiest driver’s seat and nicest, most enveloping and luxurious interior ambience”.
The Mazda CX-5 and BMW X1 came in second and third respectively. The Volvo won thanks to its superior ride and handling, which was described as “deliciously grown-up, mellow, refined and relaxing”.
Autocar summed up the XC40’s victory: “It has luxury, desirability, comfort and charm to spare. The sheer dynamic fitness-for-purpose of the Volvo is the finishing touch that makes it a hugely deserving winner and one of 2018’s hottest automotive properties.”
The full article is featured in the February 28th issue of Autocar.
Volvo XC90 is a genuine life-saver
• No Volvo XC90 driver or passenger deaths reported in UK car-to-car crashes
• Government crash statistics back up Volvo's pioneering real-life crash investigation work
• More than 70,000 Volvo XC90s sold in the UK to date
• Entire Volvo range fitted with automatic emergency braking as standard since 2014
• Volvo's advanced safety technology designed to keep occupants and other roads users safe
Not a single Volvo XC90 occupant has died in a car-to-car accident in the UK, according to official Government crash figures.
The statistics, provided by the police as a result of personal injury accidents on public roads, show that no XC90 driver or passenger fatalities have been reported since records began in 2004*.
The XC90, more than 70,000 of which have been sold in the UK to date, has been at the forefront of SUV safety ever since the first-generation model was launched in 2002. It was the first SUV in the world to be fitted with Roll Stability Control, which measures the car's roll angle in extreme manoeuvres and activates the stability control system to reduce the risk of a rollover accident.
The second-generation XC90, launched in 2014, came with two world-first safety aids: Run-off Road Protection and automatic emergency braking at junctions. Should the car inadvertently leave the road, Run-off Road Protection automatically tightens the front seatbelts to keep occupants in the safest possible position. To help prevent spinal injuries, a collapsible energy-absorbing section between the front seats and seat frame cushions the vertical forces that can occur if the car lands on a hard surface. The XC90 was also the first car in the world to feature automatic emergency braking that activates if the driver turns into the path of an oncoming vehicle at a junction.
Volvo's pioneering safety technology goes beyond protecting those inside the car, however. The XC60 mid-size premium SUV was the first car to come with automatic emergency braking as standard when it was launched in 2008, while every new Volvo model has been fitted with this life-saving technology since 2014. The latest version of automatic emergency braking can even detect pedestrians, cyclists and large animals, helping to keep all road users free from harm.
Volvo has an exceptional record in official crash tests, too. Both the latest-generation XC90 and XC60 were named the car with the best overall performance of the year when they were tested by safety organisation Euro NCAP, in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
Volvo even uses information from real accidents to improve the safety of its cars. Since 1970, its Accident Research Team has collected data from thousands of real-world accidents to help better understand and address real-life safety on our roads.
This continued focus on safety innovation and real-life accident data is all part of Volvo's Vision 2020 – that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020.
Matthew Avery, the Director of Research at Thatcham Research, the motor insurers' automotive research centre who analysed the Government data, said: "The extraordinary safety record of the Volvo XC90 in the UK is built on class-leading passive safety. In Euro NCAP impact testing, unrivalled protection was given to occupants of the car. Volvo has long been a pioneer in active safety, too, offering standard-fit safety technologies which help drivers to avoid crashes completely. This not only protects occupants, but also those outside of the car.
"It's that combination of outstanding passive and active safety which sees Volvo cars excel in Euro NCAP safety testing, setting the standard for all car makers."
Commenting on the XC90's safety record, Jon Wakefield, Volvo Car UK's Managing Director, said: "Volvo has been at the forefront of automotive occupant safety since we invented the three-point seatbelt in 1959, and our determination to build the safest cars possible has been backed up not only by the safety awards we have won, but most importantly by the real-life safety record of our cars. Put simply, there is no safer car on the road than a Volvo."
For more information on the Volvo XC90, and to use the new online configurator, please go to www.volvocars.com/uk/cars/new-models/xc90
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.