WIN AN XC40!
Volvo’s new XC40 premium compact SUV will be unveiled at both Malton and York Thursday 22 February at an exclusive launch event. This includes a UK-wide prize draw, in which one person will win a new XC40 on the night.
The event is the first time the award-winning XC40 will be seen in showrooms and attendees to our event will be entered into a nationwide prize draw to win a new XC40 (prize draw spaces are limited). The winner will be announced on the evening and will be one of the first people in the UK to take delivery of the brand-new model.
Anyone who wants to come along to the launch event, which takes place from 17:30 to 21:30 on 22 February, should register at www.xc40event.co.uk
Thousands of guests are expected through the doors of 96 Volvo retailers nationwide on the night, and one guest at Malton and York will also win a high-end Harman Kardon home music system. Audio specialist Harman Kardon provides the range-topping sound system in the Volvo XC40, which includes high-quality music streaming on the move.
Duncan Chapman said: “This will be the first chance for customers to see the car in our showroom, and the fact that one guest will win a new XC40 that night adds to the excitement. It is set to be a fantastic evening and we are looking forward to welcoming loyal customers and those who may not have considered a Volvo in the past.
“The new XC40 is a stunning car that brings new levels of desirability, design confidence and interior usability to the premium compact SUV class. We wanted a launch evening that really did the vehicle justice, and we are confident that guests will be queueing up to book an XC40 test drive.”
The striking XC40 is Volvo’s first ever premium compact SUV, and has already been crowned What Car? Car of the Year 2018, just four months after it went on sale. With prices starting at £27,905, the new XC40 features much of the advanced connectivity, entertainment and safety technology found on Volvo’s larger XC60, S90, V90 and XC90 models.
The first XC40s on UK roads will be the powerful yet efficient T5 petrol and D4 diesel versions, both of which are in lavish First Edition specification and come with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Volvo Cars named as one of the world’s most ethical companies in 2018
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has been recognised by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2018 World’s Most Ethical Company®. This is the second consecutive year that Volvo Cars has received this recognition. 135 companies have been listed this year, with Volvo Cars being one of only three in the Automotive category.
“Responsible business is a fundamental part of Volvo Cars´ culture and way of operating, and something we continuously promote internally as well as with our business partners. An ethical approach to business is not only the right thing to do, but also brings financial value and helps attract and retain the best talent. We are proud that we have been recognised as one of the world’s most ethical companies for the second consecutive year.” says Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.
Maria Hemberg, Senior Vice President Group Legal, General Counsel and Chair of Volvo Cars’ Sustainability Board, commented: “The World’s Most Ethical Company assessment process has helped us drive the continuous improvement of our Compliance & Ethics programme. To be named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the second time is a welcome acknowledgement of our work to date in promoting ethical and responsible practices, both internally and externally.”
Volvo Cars has established a Compliance & Ethics programme to support its commitment to responsible business, as well as to prevent and mitigate a wide range of legal and ethical risks. As part of this programme, the Code of Conduct and the Code of Conduct for Business Partners, both based on international conventions and standards, set out the principles which employees and business partners are expected to abide to when working for or doing business with Volvo Cars.
Finally, in line with its commitment to fostering an ethical culture, Volvo Cars has developed a broad range of training on ethical business practices for all employees, as well as specific training for managers focusing on behaviour and role modelling.
Volvo XC60 wins Best Large SUV at Fleet World Honours
Volvo's new XC60 has scooped the coveted Best Large SUV award at this year's Fleet World Honours.
The Volvo XC60 beat all-comers in this competitive market sector based on its blend of refinement, safety and technology.
Alex Grant, editor of Fleet World, commented: "Volvo's XC60 is a reflection of how far the brand has come in recent years. A distinctly non-German take on the premium SUV, inside and out, the XC60 is quiet and luxurious over long distances and packed full of the latest connectivity, safety and plug-in technology for fleets."
Steve Beattie, Head of Business Sales, Volvo Car UK, said: "The Fleet World Honours are influential with fleet managers, so we are delighted the XC60 has won this award. It is further testament to Volvo's status as a premium brand and comes on the back of our second-highest UK sales performance in 25 years in 2017."
The Volvo XC60 offers class-leading technology, connectivity and safety. Luxuriously equipped, even the entry-level Momentum variant enjoys leather-faced upholstery, a nine-inch touch screen control system, LED headlights with active high beam, two-zone climate control with 'CleanZone' air-filtration system, heated front seats, a powered tailgate and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The XC60 was recently named as Europe's safest car in the latest Euro NCAP crash tests, and its advanced technology includes pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, fully automatic emergency braking and a system to help you steer around an object in an emergency. Pilot Assist, Volvo's pioneering semi-autonomous driving aid that helps keep the vehicle in its lane and at the desired speed on the motorway, is also available.
For more information on the Volvo XC60, and to use the online configurator, please go to www.volvocars.co.uk
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.