Volvo renews partnership with British Sailing
Volvo has renewed its long-term partnership with the RYA, the national body for sailing in the UK.
Volvo will retain its role as Official Car Partner, providing investment and support across the RYA’s Junior, Youth and Olympic Classes Programmes through until March 2021, and marking the 20th anniversary of support for RYA activity in the year that the iconic Volvo Ocean Race returns to British shores.
The RYA are the organisation behind the British Sailing Team and British Youth Sailing Team, through to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
With a fleet of cars from across the range, Volvo will support sailors and coaches as they train and race across the UK and Europe, transporting people, boats and equipment in comfort, safety and style.
In return, Volvo branding will be used on all sails, clothing and team kit, with a significantly increased prominence. British Sailing Team members will be available to support Volvo Car UK and dealer events and will act as brand ambassadors through social media channels.
In addition to this, the RYA Affinity Scheme will continue with active promotion to over 110,000 personal members across the UK.
The renewal comes just before the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race kicks-off in Alicante, Spain, heading to Cardiff for a stopover in May 2018. The race village will create a focal point for the world of sailing, attracting visitors from across the UK and providing an exciting branded experience for prospects, customers and other guests. More information on how you can get involved will follow in the New Year.
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Market Rasen Golf Society Event
If you haven't played at Market Rasen Golf Course it is definitely worth a visit. The last qualifier of the season was enjoyed by all and the weather was kind to us. The smell of fish and chips as we approached the 18th green was very tempting but our Chicken meal was equally delicious!
The winners were:
1st place – David Elson & Berni Clayton – 46 points
2nd Place – John Preston & Paul Horsley – 42 points
3rd place – Alastair Baron & David Stables – 41 points (countback)
4th place – Dave Smith & Tim Bramhall – 41 points
5th place – Richard Harrison & Clive Hill – 39 points
2’s – David Elson, Clive Hill, Brian Taylor, Tony Netherclift
NP on 5th – Neil Woodward
NP on 18th – Paul Horsley
Because some of the above have already qualified for the final – the qualifiers were:
David Elson & Guest
Alastair Baron & David Stables
Richard Harrison & Clive Hill
Rod Ashton & Nick Bristow
Matthew Rohan & Julian Boddy
The next event is the Grand Final, courtesy of Ray Chapman Motors and will be held at Worksop Golf Course later this month. If you are a Ray Chapman Motors Volvo customer and would like more information about our Golf Society please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Volvo Cars’ new XC40 delivers a confidence-inspiring SUV designed for city living
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, will bring a new standard of safety and user experience to the small premium SUV segment with the launch of the new Volvo XC40 this autumn.
Developed around the challenges of modern city life, the XC40 aims to make the daily urban commute less stressful and more enjoyable, because drivers in the segment can now rely on the award-winning safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies known from Volvo’s acclaimed new 90- and 60 series cars.
“The XC40 is our first car in this rapidly growing segment and has a clear focus on navigating today’s hectic city environments. Building on Volvo’s heritage as the leader in safety, the new XC40 will offer the best possible safety standards combined with an easy-to-use interface and convenient connected services,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars.
The XC40 is Volvo’s first car on its new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), and includes a range of ground-breaking technologies introduced in its 90- and 60 series siblings, which are based on Volvo’s larger Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).
Volvo’s approach to safety and user experience builds on a philosophy it calls the Circle of Life: a constant improvement of standards and technologies, based on consumer insights and real-life data.
Safety and driver-assistance features offered on the XC40 include Volvo’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system, the latest generation of City Safety, Run-off Road Protection and Mitigation, Cross Traffic Alert with auto brake, and the 360° camera that helps drivers manoeuvre their car into tight parking spaces. These and other technologies make the XC40 one of the best-equipped small premium SUVs.
“Modern city life presents complex challenges for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. With the XC40, we aim to reduce the so-called cognitive load on the driver. While our safety and driver-assistance systems actively identify and mitigate potential conflicts, you as a driver can relax more and therefore enjoy city driving,” said Malin Ekholm, Vice President Volvo Cars Safety Centre.
While the starting point for each new Volvo is the most advanced safety and driver-assistance systems, the new XC40 also benefits from the high levels of safety and infotainment found in its larger stablemates.
“We built a confident, easy-to-use and convenient everyday user experience based on real-life interaction and research, starting from our foundation of leading safety. The XC40 is a car for a generation of consumers that expect full connectivity. All the screens have been optimised for a safe, easy and efficient interaction, to support active city driving,” said Ödgärd Andersson, Vice President Vehicle Software & Electronics at Volvo Cars.
“Like the larger XC60 and XC90 SUVs, the XC40 features Volvo’s connected Sensus infotainment system, centred around the now familiar large, portrait-oriented touch screen. Easy to use and intuitive, the Sensus interface allows drivers to access a host of functions and services,” concluded Ödgärd Andersson.
Volvo Cars’ electrification strategy recognised by United Nations
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has been recognised by the United Nations for its ground-breaking electrification strategy in the latest report from the UN’s Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
The report, launched earlier this week at the Global Compact’s annual high-level meeting in New York, focuses on the progress that Global Compact members have made in supporting the delivery of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It highlights 10 chief executives that have taken particularly bold and disruptive action, including Volvo Cars’ President and Chief Executive, Håkan Samuelsson.
The Global Compact has also recognised Volvo Cars as a LEAD member, a group of the most committed, engaged and ambitious companies within the Global Compact. A founding member of the Global Compact, Volvo Cars is one of only 44 LEAD companies out of a total of 9,500 members - and one of only two car makers.
In the report, entitled ‘Business Solutions to Sustainable Development’, Håkan Samuelsson lays out the company’s reasoning behind the electrification strategy announced in July of this year.
“We’re doing this because we think this is the right future for Volvo Cars, and that it will make us stronger. It’s sound business,” says Mr Samuelsson in the UNGC report.
With the announcement, Volvo Cars became the first established car company to fully embrace electrification and place it at the core of its future business. From 2019, every new Volvo car launched will have an electric motor, marking the historic end of cars that have only an internal combustion engine.
The electrification announcement was a watershed moment in the industry, and Volvo Cars’ example has been followed since by other car makers who have made similar announcements.
As part of its strategy, Volvo Cars will launch five fully electric vehicles between 2019 and 2021. Three of these cars will be Volvo models and two will be Polestar performance cars. These cars will be supplemented by a range of plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid options on all models, representing one of the broadest electrified car offerings of any car maker.
“Volvo Cars is leading the way and we can see now that the automotive industry is waking up to its responsibilities. We are proud to be a LEAD member of the UN Global Compact and of being acknowledged for our industry-leading commitment to an electric future,” said Stuart Templar, Director Sustainability at Volvo Cars.
The full UNGC report and the interview with Mr Samuelsson on Volvo Cars’ electrification strategy can be found here.
In May of this year, Volvo Cars hosted the bi-annual meeting of the UN Global Compact Nordic Network at its headquarters in Gothenburg. It represented one of the largest gatherings of Nordic corporate sustainability experts under the auspices of the United Nations.
Volvo Cars buys Luxe assets in digital consumer experience push
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today announces the acquisition of the platform, technology, key staff and other assets of Luxe, a US based premium valet and concierge service. This acquisition provides Volvo Cars with a major boost in the development of digital services that simplify consumer experience.
The advanced software and technology platform as well as key data scientists, app developers and software engineers currently employed by Luxe will join Volvo’s digital organisation in Silicon Valley.
The Silicon Valley office provides an additional centre of gravity for Volvo Cars’ efforts in building digital products and services for its global business across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. For example, it was deeply involved in the development of a pilot program for on-demand refuelling for Volvo owners in San Francisco.
“Our vision is a future in which technology simplifies life so you never have to stop at a petrol station, go to a car wash or even take your car in for service ever again. The acquisition of Luxe is a step towards realising that ambition. I look forward to working closely with the highly talented team at Luxe who created its advanced technology from the ground up,” said Atif Rafiq, Chief Digital Officer at Volvo Cars.
The acquisition of the Luxe platform is expected to considerably accelerate Volvo Cars’ ability to offer digital customer experiences such as pick-up and drop-off services, adding a new level of convenience for Volvo owners. More specifically, the technology behind Luxe provides the company with advanced algorithms in the areas of routing, logistics planning and arrival time prediction.
“As more and more of our cars are connected, the availability of digital services becomes a critical part of the process of selecting a new car. Simplification of experience and placing control directly into the hands of the consumer is what today’s technologies enable, and what defines our vision in the digital space,” said Mr Rafiq.
Silicon Valley-based Luxe has operated previously in a select number of major US cities, including San Francisco, New York and Chicago. The service allowed drivers to drop off their car at any point in the city, where a professional valet took care of finding a secure parking spot, as well as fuelling and cleaning the car if the customer desired.
No financial details of the transaction will be disclosed.