Volvo Cars Poole
More than The Centre of Business
Volvo Cars Poole, has become a Regional Business Centre for the brand. This achievement follows the relocation to brand new, Swedish inspired 1.5-acre premises on Ringwood Road in Poole earlier this year.
As a Regional Business Centre, Volvo Cars Poole will be the south coast’s fleet and company car specialist, working in an area stretching across Dorset and into Salisbury and west Hampshire.
To support this growth, two Local Business Development Managers have been recruited, and their role is to work closely with businesses to understand their company car requirements and to introduce them to the award-winning Volvo range.
Paul Taylor and Agate Loce will be based at the Poole showroom, but will also travel to businesses across the region.
Volvo Cars Poole general manager, James Litton, said: “I am delighted that we have been given this business certification – it means that we can now get out into the corporate world and show businesses what we have to offer within our range of vehicles. From the V40 and V60 estate through to the larger S90 saloon and XC range of SUVs, we have a broad range of award-winning models to suit any business need. We can also offer many funding options to ensure we meet every businesses’ individual requirements.
“With Paul and Agate with have recruited two people with an extensive knowledge of business sales within the automotive industry, so our customers will be able to rely on them as experts in company car taxation, funding, environmental credentials and of course the Volvo car range. I am looking forward to building strong relationships with other businesses in Dorset and beyond.”
Volvo Cars Poole opened in its new showroom on Ringwood Road in February 2018.
The new showroom houses eight new vehicles, can service 12 vehicles at any one time and displays over 60-approved used Selekt Volvo models.
leads upgrades to Volvo's XC40 compact premium SUV range
New T3 three-cylinder petrol engine
• New petrol powertrain ideally suited to XC40's urban-friendly performance and design
• T4 petrol and D3 diesel powertrains also now available, the latter with the option of front- or all-wheel drive
• Extensive equipment choice with Momentum, R-Design and range-topping Inscription grades, together with 'Pro' higher-specified versions of all three
• Revised range on sale now with on-the-road prices from £27,610 for the T3 Momentum model
Volvo has expanded its XC40 premium compact SUV range, strengthening the appeal of the reigning European Car of the Year with new powertrains and trim levels.
The new powertrains are led by the debut of the much-anticipated T3 petrol, Volvo's first ever three-cylinder engine. The latest addition to Volvo's Drive-E engine family, the T3 is ideally suited to the XC40's role as a nimble and efficient, urban-friendly vehicle. The compact, 1.5-litre, direct-injection unit develops a healthy 156hp at 5,000rpm and is matched to a six-speed manual transmission. An eight-speed automatic option will be introduced at a later date.
There's no shortage of pulling muscle from the XC40 T3, with 265Nm of torque available from 1,850 all the way to 3,850rpm. This helps support a towing capacity of up to 1.6 tonnes with a braked trailer. Acceleration is equally impressive for an entry-level petrol engine, with 0-62mph dispatched in 9.4 seconds.
Against this lively performance, benchmark efficiency figures reveal combined cycle fuel economy of up to 45.6mpg and CO2 emissions from 144g/km.
The XC40 line-up has further grown with the addition of the well-proven 2.0-litre, four-cylinder T4 petrol and D3 diesel engines. The 190hp T4 comes with all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission as standard, while the 150hp D3 offers both manual and automatic options, the latter with the added choice of front- or all-wheel drive. The established 247hp T5 petrol and 190hp D4 diesel complete the engine line-up, both with all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission.
Jon Wakefield, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "The XC40 is the ideal recipient of the new T3 engine, a unit that demonstrates Volvo's commitment to innovative engineering and technology that prioritises compact packaging without compromising performance and efficiency. Together with the other powertrain additions to the line-up, it gives us a comprehensive model range that will help the XC40 achieve its full market potential."
The XC40 range also now offers a full spectrum of equipment grades: Momentum, R-Design and Inscription, each with an optional 'Pro' upgrade.
The standard equipment featured on Momentum models reflects Volvo's progressive connectivity, entertainment and safety innovations, with features such as the Sensus nine-inch touchscreen control for multiple on-board functions and easy smartphone connectivity, satellite navigation, automatic LED headlights with Active High Beam, 18-inch alloy wheels and a dual-zone climate control system that monitors and maintains cabin air quality. The Volvo On Call remote control and emergency assistance service is also provided as standard, together with keyless start, rear parking sensors, cruise control, automatic windscreen wipers and integrated roof rails.
R-Design models are distinguished by exterior features such as a Black Stone roof and door mirrors, high-gloss black grille, front and rear skid plates, roof rails and window frames, dark-tinted rear windows, integrated dual tailpipes, and alloy wheels with a striking diamond-cut and matt-black finish. The sporty theme continues inside with R-Design tread plates, black headlining, sports pedals and a perforated leather wrapping for the steering wheel and gearknob. Equipment features include leather and Nubuck upholstery, front seat cushion extensions and LED front foglights. The R-Design also gets more dynamic suspension settings than other XC40s, including stiffer springs, thicker anti-roll bars and faster-acting rear shock absorbers.
The Inscription specification builds on the Momentum grade with contemporary luxury items including Driftwood cabin inlays, leather-faced upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, ambient door and instrument panel lighting, and a powered tailgate. An Orrefors crystal glass inset adds a special quality to the gearshift lever on automatic versions. Front parking sensors, matt silver skid plates and chrome grille inserts are also part of the package.
The Pro versions of each grade introduce further comfort and convenience elements, including heated front seats, larger-diameter wheels (on R-Design Pro and Inscription Pro models), active bending headlights, LED front foglights with cornering function, and a heated windscreen.
A wide range of option and accessory packs are available for customers to individualise their XC40. All models are available with the Intellisafe Pro pack, which includes Volvo's pioneering Pilot Assist driver-assistance system. This provides steering, braking and acceleration control to help keep the car within its lane, and at a set speed or a safe distance from any vehicle ahead.
The full XC40 range, extending to 38 different combinations of engines, equipment grades and transmissions, is on sale now, with on-the-road prices ranging from £27,610 for the T3 Momentum manual to £37,620 for the T5 Inscription Pro automatic.
Double Win for Volvo's new-generation SUVs
Auto Express New Car Awards
• 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."
Volvo XC90 is a Genuine Life-Saver
• 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."