RCM Golf Society Final at Ilkley Golf Club
The Final of the Ray Chapman Motors Golf Society took place at Ilkley Golf Club. Just under 40 customers and guests took part and the winners were:
Brian Lowson & Peter Taylor - 42 points
Nearest the Pin - 2nd - Paul Horsley
Nearest the Pin - 15th - John Preston
2's Club: Ray Chapman, Peter Taylor, Brian Lowson, David Elson, John Preston, James Sutherland & Peter Schofield
If you are a Volvo customer and would like to join our Golf Society please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Venues and dates for the 2019 season will be released in the new year.
XC60 takes Towcar of the Year title as Volvo enjoys quadruple success in Caravan and Motorhome Club awards
Volvo has demonstrated the strength in depth of its SUV range with the XC40 and XC60 together winning four honours in the 2019 Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year Competition. The honours, including the overall Towcar of the Year award for the XC60, were presented at a ceremony held at the RAC Club in London.
The Volvos were among 35 vehicles tested by expert judges at the Millbrook proving ground in Bedfordshire. Each car was checked by the club's technical team before being put through their paces by a specialist driving team. Performance was tested and each vehicle's 'caravanability' was assessed, taking into account factors such as the boot space available to carry kit, accessories for a caravan trip and the towball height.
Assessing the XC60, the judges declared they were impressed by the car's "outstanding performance" in terms of acceleration, braking and stability when towing a caravan, showing perfect poise and minimal body roll when towing both at high speeds and on twisty routes. "It also gave one of the most comfortable rides of the entire competition – all in all an ideal car for caravanners," they added.
The XC60's success adds to its impressive list of awards and achievements since being launched last year, including the UK and the World Car of the Year 2018 titles, and the safest car to be tested by in the independent safety organisation Euro NCAP in 2017. The version put to the test by the Caravan and Motorhome Club was a D5 AWD. The heart of its towing capability is the D5 2.0-litre PowerPulse diesel engine, a member of Volvo's new Drive-E family of compact, lightweight and highly efficient four-cylinder powerplants. The D5 musters 235hp and an impressive 480Nm of torque, available from 1,750 to 2,200rpm to give smooth and surefooted towing performance towing trailers of up to 2.4 tonnes. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard add to the easy and reassuringly secure driving experience.
Where the XC40 – a D4 AWD model – was concerned, the judges were unanimous in announcing "towing just got cooler", acknowledging the impressive design quality of the latest addition to Volvo's premium SUV line-up. The award was clinched on performance as well as desirability: the XC40 "excelled" in many of the benchmark tests, in particular the required hill start on a 17% gradient, which it performed "without hesitation". Notably it just beat the petrol-powered XC40 T5 model to the win.
The XC40's 190hp D4 diesel engine is another Drive-E unit that's well suited to towing duty. It delivers maximum torque of 400Nm from 1,750 to 2,500rpm, ensuring effortless, flexible performance even when fully laden (the braked towing capacity is 2.1 tonnes). As with the XC60 D5, the powertrain features an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Volvo's Polestar Engineered Optimisation performance upgrades are available for both the XC40 and XC60, providing a series of electronic enhancements for engine performance, gearshifts and accelerator response. The result is a more precise and controlled driving experience, further increasing the models' suitability for towing.
Both the XC40 and XC60 are generously equipped as standard, including Volvo's technically advanced and intuitive Sensus touchscreen control system, and the City Safety range of active and preventative safety features.
The cars' exterior designs and cabin appointments reflect Volvo's contemporary luxury and craftsmanship, while the spacious interiors are adaptable for accommodating both passengers and cargo.
Jon Wakefield, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "The Caravan and Motorhome Club has tailored its awards programme to reflect the real-world priorities of people who need a towcar they can trust to do the job, that is safe, well equipped and cost effective to run. It's hugely rewarding that both our XC40 and XC60 have performed so strongly, emphasising how they provide such a strong combination of practicality, versatility and genuine customer appeal."
For more information on the Volvo XC40 and XC60, and to use the online configurator, please go to www.volvocars.com/uk
Volvo Car UK scoops four BusinessCar Awards
Volvo Car UK has won four prestigious trophies at the second annual BusinessCar Awards. The Volvo XC40 won the BusinessCar Award for New Company Car of the Year, rubber-stamping it as the car of choice for fleet drivers. The XC40 was also named Best Compact SUV, while the XC90 scooped Best Large SUV. Volvo itself was named Manufacturer of the Year for its commitment to leading the way in safety, connectivity and electrification, developing the best models for fleet drivers.
The BusinessCar Awards were presented at a ceremony in London on Thursday 13th September. The awards recognise the best the industry has to offer, from suppliers, fleet decision-makers and manufacturers. BusinessCar is the UK's biggest fleet publication, read by almost 19,000 fleet decision makers.
Simon Harris, Editor of BusinessCar, said: "Volvo is clearly in a period of ascendancy, led by an exciting range of new models with a clear brand identity, which started with the second-generation XC90. Three years on from that car's launch, it's still picking up trophies – judged by our panel of experts as Best Large SUV – while the compact XC40 seems to be serving up the same DNA but in a smaller package, winning Best Compact SUV.
"As our judges gave these cars the recognition they deserved in their respective classes, it's pleasing to see their opinions reflect those of our readers who voted the XC40 the New Company Car of the Year. The reader-voted awards are audited to ensure only the votes of those with responsibility for company fleets are counted.
"Volvo's continued focus on corporate customers and making improvements that ensure it's an easy company with which to do business is also delivering results, with BusinessCar readers voting the company as Manufacturer of the Year."
Steve Beattie, Head of Business Sales at Volvo Car UK, said: "It's a huge honour to have won yet more high-profile industry awards, but for one of these wins to be for our new XC40, voted for by readers who are fleet professionals, is especially gratifying. The XC40 is our first ever model in the premium compact SUV market, but it has secured a place far ahead of the competition with multiple award wins and industry recognition within its first year. The instant success of this model, as well as that of the XC90, surpassed even our highest expectations.
"Alongside Volvo being named Manufacturer of the Year, these wins show that with our commitment to leading automotive safety and connectivity, as well as electrification, we are delivering exactly what the fleet market both wants and needs."
The XC40 and XC90 are available with a wealth of advanced and useful technology, including Volvo's pioneering semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road Protection and Mitigation, Cross Traffic Alert, and a 360-degree camera that helps drivers manoeuvre their car into tight parking spaces. Both cars also feature the Sensus nine-inch touchscreen and voice-activated control systems that allow easy access to the cars' infotainment and connectivity functions, ideal for busy professionals on the move. In fact, the XC40 and XC90 both set a new standard in their segments in terms of connectivity and safety technology, and design.
The XC40 and XC90's premium credentials are reflected in their striking styling and interiors that are both supremely practical and comfortable, finished in high-quality materials. The XC40, in particular, offers ingenious and functional storage solutions, including especially generous storage space in the doors, an under-seat cubby, a special space for phones – including inductive charging capability – a foldout hook for small bags, plus a removable waste bin between the front seats.
For more information on the Volvo XC40 and XC90, and to use the online configurators, please go to www.volvocars.com/uk
Volvo adds power and refinement of T5 petrol engine to S90, V90 and XC90 models
We are delighted to announce that Volvo is introducing the performance and efficiency benefits of its T5 turbocharged petrol engine across its large-car range, adding the T5 powertrain to the S90 saloon, V90 estate, V90 Cross Country and XC90 SUV.
What does this mean?
• Increased petrol powertrain choice for customers across the S90 saloon, V90 estate and XC90 SUV model ranges
• Strong and efficient 2.0-litre 250hp four-cylinder turbocharged unit, a core member of Volvo's Drive-E engine family
• Paired as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and offered in both front- and all-wheel-drive formats
• All new T5 models available to order now
Tuned to deliver 250hp and an impressive 350Nm of torque, the T5 has well-established credentials as a strong yet refined performer that delivers impressive fuel economy and emissions. It is matched as standard to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The T5 is a member of the newest Volvo-designed-and-built Drive-E engines, and is further evidence of Volvo's continued focus on petrol engine technology. The advanced 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit is both compact and lightweight, with aluminium and aluminium alloy extensively used in its construction.
It benefits from a raft of sophisticated engine technologies, including a variable valve system that supports driveability as well as overall efficiency, advanced combustion control and measures to reduce power losses through internal friction. The single-scroll turbocharger uses exhaust gases to force more air through the induction system, increasing the engine's responsiveness to driver inputs.
In the S90 saloon, the new T5 is available in all model grades apart from the entry-level Momentum and the Momentum Pro, and joins the existing T4 petrol, D4 and D5 PowerPulse diesels, and the T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid. Despite being the most powerful non-hybrid unit in the range, it achieves combined cycle fuel economy from 42.8mpg and CO2 emissions from 154g/km*. For business users, its first-year benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rate is 31 per cent. The T5's power translates into sharp performance, with a 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 140mph. The new S90 T5 is available from £41,120 on-the-road for the R-Design version.
The V90 mirrors its sister saloon in terms of the availability of the T5 within the range, with the addition of the Cross Country all-road estate models. The benchmark efficiency figures are from 41.5mpg and 157g/km in the standard V90, and from 38.2mpg and 172g/km with all-wheel drive in the Cross Country. Performance is equally impressive, with 0-62mph in just 7.0 seconds in the V90 and 7.4 seconds in the V90 Cross Country. T5 prices are from £43,120 for the V90 R-Design and £44,685 for the V90 Cross Country. The BIK tax rates are 32 per cent for the R-Design and 35 per cent for the Cross Country.
Customers for the XC90 SUV can specify the T5 with all-wheel drive in all model grades, starting with the Momentum, which has an on-the-road price of £50,435, and topping out with the luxuriously specified Inscription Pro at £59,235. The BIK rate for business motorists is 37 per cent. The XC90 T5 AWD achieves official combined cycle figures from 35.8mpg and 184g/km, while acceleration from rest to 62mph is dispatched in 7.9 seconds.
Jon Wakefield, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "The T5 petrol engine is a superb addition to the S90, V90 and XC90 ranges. This cutting-edge engine brings increased choice for our customers, and offers strong performance with excellent efficiency and refinement. We're sure it'll be a hit with retail and business users alike."
We are now taking orders for the new T5 models across the S90, V90 and XC90 model ranges. If you would like more information or to discuss this further please call York 01904 789789 or Malton 01653 693751 where one of our Sales Consultants will be delighted to help you.
All figures quoted are WLTP, NEDC-derived
European Car of the Year Volvo XC40 receives five-star rating in Euro NCAP assessment
Volvo Cars’ XC40 adds another accolade as it receives five stars and top ratings in its 2018 Euro NCAP tests. This means the XC40 joins its larger siblings in the 60 and 90 series as one of the safest cars on the roads.
The 2018 Euro NCAP testing was the toughest ever with new and more demanding challenges on safety technology, including cyclist-detection with auto-brake and emergency lane-keeping systems. Overall, the new XC40 received the highest safety score among all cars tested under the new regime.
“The new XC40 is one of the safest cars on the market,” said Malin Ekholm, Head of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre. “It comes as standard with the largest offering of safety technology of any small SUVs, helping drivers detect and avoid collisions, remain safely in their lane and reduce the impact of accidentally running off the road.”
All tested Volvo cars on sale today have received five stars in their respective Euro NCAP assessments. Last year, the XC60 was crowned the overall best-performing large off-roader and the best overall performer in the prestigious Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class safety awards. The XC90 received the same accolade in 2015.
In March this year, the XC40 was named 2018 European Car of the Year, the first Volvo to win the prestigious award, and it has since been one of Volvo’s top sellers. The company also announced in May that it would expand production in its manufacturing facilities in both Europe and China to meet the overwhelming demand for the car.