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Volvo Car UK supports Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust's vision of a wilder, healthier, more colourful world

Volvo Car UK is partnering with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust to support vital work to revive landscapes and restore biodiversity by planting trees and reintroducing iconic lost species. 

The natural world is in crisis and wildlife across the world is suffering from the impacts of climate change and intensive farming. Durrell's conservation expertise looks to rebuild ecosystems so they are more diverse and resilient, and therefore more efficient at capturing carbon.

Recovering the Atlantic Forest

Volvo is contributing to the planting of 17,000 trees in this lush rainforest that extends along the Atlantic coast and inland in southern Brazil, neutralising approximately 2,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. Planting these trees will create a wildlife corridor to connect isolated forest fragments and give threatened wildlife a chance to thrive again. This is vital to tackling climate change because forests that are rich in wildlife are more efficient at capturing carbon.

Reintroducing iconic species

The donation will also help Durrell's first rewilding projects in the UK to return native species to parts of Britain where they have been absent for many years. It is working to reintroduce white storks to southern England for the first time in several centuries and also planning to reintroduce the European wildcat, one of Britain's rarest and most endangered mammals, to Wales.

Volvo Cars' ambitious climate strategy

The donation is another practical step by Volvo to help safeguard and improve our natural world, alongside its ambitious plans to de-carbonise both its products and its global operations, and ultimately become a climate-neutral business by 2040. The firm has already announced that by 2025 it aims not only to reduce the lifecycle carbon footprint per car by 40%, but also to reduce carbon emissions from both its supply chain and global manufacturing and logistics operations by 25%, and for half the cars it sells globally to be fully electric.

 

The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Established by author and conservationist Gerald Durrell in 1959, Durrell's overall aim is for more diverse, beautiful and resilient natural landscapes in which species can thrive and people can enjoy a deeper connection with nature. Its approach concentrates on the rewilding of animals, the rewilding of ecosystems and the rewilding of people.

 

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is an international charity working to save species from extinction. Headquartered at Jersey Zoo in the Channel Islands, Durrell's vision is for a wilder, healthier more colourful world.

 

Kristian Elvefors, Managing Director, Volvo Car UK, said: "Volvo protects what's important to people. As well as the road safety for which we're renowned, this also means investing in planetary safety. It is a privilege to be working with Durrell, an organisation with a fantastic global reputation and history of success. We are excited about the projects being launched in the UK and look forward to keeping up to date with their progress."

Gary's 25 Years of Excellent Service

Gary's 25 Years of Excellent Service!

Brindley Volvo’s Service Manager Gary Owen reflects on 25 years working for Brindley Garages Group.

Gary started his career in the motor industry at E.L Boutes in the 1980’s which was later acquired by Brindley. He had a couple of other jobs within the motor trade until 1994 when Gary applied for the Service Manager position at Brindley Group and was delighted to get the role. He still fondly remembers his first day well, an exciting time for the group where many people had started that same day to take on a new project.

Gary found it surreal working in the same building where E.L Bouts had once operated in Merridale, Wolverhampton. Brindley enjoyed many good years at the dealership until the group outgrew the site and transferred to Brindley Autopark with new franchises. In 2008 Gary moved to what was Brindley Stourbridge with Citroen and Mazda until relocating again to Brindley Volvo in Wolverhampton.

Gary is still full of enthusiasm for his job and the company after all these years. He said: “It has been a great career with Brindley Group and it’s family values. It was pleasing to visit another dealership in the group recently and catch up with staff I have previously worked with or employed. I’m looking forward to the next years with the premium Volvo brand and Brindley Garages Group.”

From everyone at Brindley thank you for your excellent service Gary and all the best for the years to come.

Pictured: Gary (far right) at E.L. Boutes in the 1980's.

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BRINDLEY APPOINT NEW HEAD OF BUSINESS

Dave Gutteridge appointed as Head Of Business

We are proud to announce that David Gutteridge has been appointed as our new Volvo Head of Business. 

David has worked for the Brindley Group for many years and has a wealth of management experience due to this. He has a wealth of knowledge throughout the motor trade and will be on hand to offer that knowledge to you. We'd like to wish him every success with his new position.

Exclusive new Polestar Engineered models add extra electrified performance to Volvo S60, V60 and XC60

Full specification details have been confirmed for the new S60, V60 and XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered, the plug-in hybrid high-performance halo variants of Volvo's mid-size models. These cars are the latest part of Volvo's commitment to electrification, and benefit from the expertise of the Volvo Car Group's electrified performance division, Polestar.

The S60, V60 and XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered's engine, brakes, suspension, automatic transmission and wheels are all upgraded for improved dynamics, while exterior and interior design changes provide a subtle nod to the progressive performance character each car offers.

The 390hp plug-in hybrid T8 Twin Engine is already established as the most potent powertrain on offer in the S60, V60 and XC60, but with Polestar's tuning, output from its 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is increased from 303hp to 318hp. With 87hp provided by the electric motor, the total system output is 405hp. Performance is suitably electrifying: in fact, the S60 Polestar Engineered is capable of 0-62mph in just 4.4 seconds – making it the fastest-accelerating production Volvo car ever made – yet it is also capable of electric-only zero-emissions driving of up to 27.3 miles and fuel economy of 104.5mpg (WLTP Combined cycle).

Software changes to the automatic transmission bring quicker gearshifts and a more precise shift programme that minimise gearchanges when cornering quickly.

Stopping power is increased with the adoption of a Brembo system (Akebono on the XC60) that features floating front discs and monobloc front calipers. The front discs are slotted for better heat management, while the front and rear calipers are finished in Polestar's new signature gold colour.

The Polestar Engineered models are fitted with Öhlins adjustable shock absorbers which use a dual-flow valve for accurate response to changes in the road surface and driving conditions, ensuring an excellent balance between handling precision and ride comfort. A strut bar between the front suspension towers also helps to improve steering response and handling. The strut bar and shock absorber design are shared with the 600hp Polestar electric performance hybrid coupé.

The wheels are lightweight forged alloys with a sporty five-Y-spoke design with contrast polished and black surfacing – 19-inch diameter for the S60 and V60, and 21-inch for the XC60.

In addition to the enhanced dynamics, the Polestar Engineered cars get a range of distinctive yet discreet styling features. These include Polestar emblems front and rear, a high-gloss black surround for the black front grille and a black chrome finish for the exhaust tailpipes. On the inside, there are gold-coloured seatbelts and a stitched finish for the instrument panel.

Polestar Engineered trim sits above R-Design Plus in the S60 and V60 range, and R-Design Pro in the XC60. Equipment additions to the S60 and V60 R-Design Plus grade include a heated steering wheel, Harman Kardon premium audio system and aluminium front tread plates. The XC60 benefits from the same upgrades on the R-Design Pro specification, with the addition of metallic paint (a heated steering wheel is standard on the XC60 R-Design Pro).

XC90 T8

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid honoured again at What Car? Awards

The XC90 T8 Twin Engine, flagship of the Volvo range, has picked up another prestigious honour, being named Best Plug-in Hybrid over £50,000 in the 2020 What Car? Awards. Its success was announced at a ceremony in London on Tuesday, 14 January.

 

Steve Huntingford, What Car? Editor, expressed the judges' appreciation of the qualities that set the XC90 apart from its plug-in hybrid competition. He said: "Unlike rivals, the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine comes with seven seats and has no less space for luggage than its conventionally powered siblings.

 

"Despite weighing well over two tonnes, it can sprint if needed; 0-62mph takes just 5.8 seconds thanks to a combined 385bhp from the petrol engine and electric motor. And so long as you keep the battery topped up with electricity, it has a very useful electric-only range of 29 miles."

Improved plug-in hybrid powertrain

That level of performance is the result of upgrades to the model in 2019, including an increase in the capacity of its lithium-ion battery that extended the potential driving range by more than 30%. The efficiency of the technology is reflected in impressive emissions and fuel economy, with official CO2 figures from 52g/km (NEDC correlated) and fuel consumption of up to 113.0mpg (WLTP Combined). Although the XC90 T8 Twin Engine is a luxury vehicle, this performance secures competitive ownership costs, including a benefit-in-kind tax rating of just 19% for business and company car drivers.

 

The plug-in hybrid technology is not confined to the higher echelons of the Volvo range; in the past year, the company has accelerated its ambitious electrification programme, so plug-in hybrid versions of every model in its UK range are now available. Working towards its global ambition of being a climate-neutral business by 2040, Volvo will also introduce its first all-electric model – the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric – during 2020.

 

Luxury and practicality

There is no questioning the XC90's premium quality, from its clean yet distinctive Scandinavian styling to its impressive equipment specification. The T8 Twin Engine powertrain is available in dynamic R-Design and luxurious Inscription grades, plus higher-spec 'Pro' versions of both. Across the board, they are equipped with features such as a four-zone climate control system, all-wheel drive (via a rear-axle electric motor), power-operated tailgate, LED headlights, heated, power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery (leather and Nubuck on the R-Design/R-Design Pro versions) and a rear parking camera.

 

Also fitted as standard is Volvo's Sensus system, which provides a nine-inch touchscreen to co-ordinate navigation and connectivity functions, voice control, access to the Volvo On Call connected services platform and a SIM card with up to 100GB of data. The Volvo City Safety package of high-tech active safety systems is also fitted to all versions.

 

Practicality is in no way sacrificed in order to accommodate the plug-in hybrid powertrain. The comfortable and flexible interior provides three rows of seats to accommodate up to seven adults, together with generous load space that can be easily extended when extra cargo capacity is needed.

 

Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Car UK Managing Director, said: "The XC90 T8 Twin Engine again proves its all-round quality with this latest honour, and we greatly appreciate the recognition What Car? has shown to our flagship model. Although it is a success in its own right, the XC90 plug-in hybrid also represents what we are doing across our entire model range to offer customers the benefits of electrification without compromising performance, premium quality and essential day-to-day practicality."