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Volvo confirms Aussie rollout of electrified XC40s and role in global EV strategy

7 May 2018

By TERRY MARTIN

THE fully electric version of Volvo’s new XC40 small SUV due late next year or early in 2020 will be the Swedish brand’s first foray into zero-emissions motoring in Australia, bolstering a burgeoning range of electrified vehicles that will include all-electric and plug-in hybrid variants in every model line.
The XC40 range launched last week will expand in late 2019 with the car-maker’s first three-cylinder engine – an economical 115kW/265Nm 1.5-litre turbo-petrol T3 unit that will also be combined with an electric motor to produce the T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid variant that is expected to launch alongside the full-electric version around the same time.
Volvo Car Australia’s new managing director Nick Connor confirmed the model rollout to GoAuto – noting that the launch of the electrified versions could push into early 2020 – and reaffirmed its commitment to the global strategy that will see all new models released from 2019 available as either a mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or battery-electric vehicle.
Mr Connor said Volvo Car Australia had an obligation and responsibility to offer electrified vehicles wherever possible, despite the segment only accounting for a fraction of total new-vehicle sales.
He did emphasise, however, that the Australian subsidiary’s ability to achieve Volvo Cars’ just-announced new target of 50 per cent of global sales coming from fully electric cars by 2025 would depend on broader issues such as consumer attitudes and the rollout of recharging infrastructure.
“We have to be mindful of what consumers actually want,” he said. “We can make these bold statements, but ultimately consumers get to decide, and that’s the way it should be.
“Honestly, I think it’s a bold ambition, I think that in some markets it’s almost certainly achievable, and you can see what happens in markets like Norway where there’s big incentives for electric cars, the take-up is phenomenal.
“I don’t think it’s impossible, but what percentage we do in a particular market is going to be determined by the infrastructure, it’s going to be determined by tax incentives, those things are out of Volvo’s control.
“Ultimately, we’ll follow the market, we’ll have the electrified product offers here if consumers want it, but with the best will in the world, we’re not going to drive people into electrified cars if there isn’t an appropriate infrastructure or incentive for them.
“We’re committed to hybrids and fully electric cars (in Australia). My personal view is that if we’ve got a full plug-in electric vehicle, we should offer it, even if the numbers initially are quite small.
“We’re going into a new part of the market and I think we should lead. We have a responsibility to lead if we’ve got the products available. What volume we ultimately do by 2025 is not entirely up to us but I think we should put the offer out there, we’ll promote it, and promote its benefits.
“It’s not going to suit everybody and we have to accept that, but those it does suit I think we’ve got an obligation to try and persuade them.”
Source: www.goauto.com.au

7 May 2018

By TERRY MARTIN

THE fully electric version of Volvo’s new XC40 small SUV due late next year or early in 2020 will be the Swedish brand’s first foray into zero-emissions motoring in Australia, bolstering a burgeoning range of electrified vehicles that will include all-electric and plug-in hybrid variants in every model...
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Volvo XC60 wins World Car of the Year, beating Mazda CX-5 and Range Rover Velar

Volvo XC60 wins World Car of the Year, beating Mazda CX-5 and Range Rover Velar

Volvo logo29 Mar 2018

By RON HAMMERTON

A JURY of motoring journalists from around the world has crowned Volvo’s XC60 luxury medium SUV the 2018 World Car of the Year. Announced at the New York motor show overnight, the award whittled down an initial list of 34 vehicles to a shortlist of three – the XC60, Mazda CX-5 and Range Rover Velar – before a final vote gave the Swedish SUV the nod. The trophy – the 12th in the annual awards announced in New York each year – was handed to Volvo Cars president and CEO Hakan Samuelsson who commented: “I am pleased to see our company’s product investments paying off.” The XC60, which also won Wheels magazine’s Car of the Year award for 2017 in Australia, is the second in a string of three all-new SUVs from Volvo, sandwiched between the large XC90 and small XC40. While the XC60 got the top gong, other cars picked up prizes. Nissan’s new second-generation all-electric Leaf – which Nissan had hoped would become the first car to win WCOTY twice – had to settle for World Green Car, while the Audi A8 was dubbed World Luxury Car. The Range Rover Velar picked up a consolation award by winning World Car Design of the Year. BMW’s M5 was named World Performance Car, while Volkswagen’s Polo was crowned World Urban Car. Last year’s WCOTY was won by the Jaguar F-Pace, while the 2016 award went to Mazda’s MX-5.

Volvo XC60 wins World Car of the Year, beating Mazda CX-5 and Range Rover Velar

Volvo logo29 Mar 2018

By RON HAMMERTON

A JURY of motoring journalists from around the world has crowned Volvo’s XC60 luxury medium SUV the 2018 World Car of the Year. Announced...
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Volvo V90 Cross Country defies the Swedish wagon stereotype

Volvo V90 Cross Country

Volvo V90 Cross Country defies the Swedish wagon stereotype

New-age SUVs are transforming Volvo and winning new fans but the brand hasn't given up on the regular station wagon. Its flagship is the V90 Cross Country, a top-end family hauler whose only real rivals are the Audi A6 Allroad and Mercedes-Benz E-Class All Terrain. THE PICK-UP ALI: This is new. A big Volvo wagon that's not an SUV.

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PAUL: It's an old-school wagon, with a twist. It's got high-riding suspension and black plastic flares over the guards to give it that tough, getaway look. ALI: So it's like an up-market Subaru Outback, I'm thinking.
Volvo V90 Cross Country: Rival for Audi A6 Allroad and Mercedes E-Class All Terrain.
Volvo V90 Cross Country: Rival for Audi A6 Allroad and Mercedes E-Class All Terrain.
PAUL: Way up-market from the Forester. It is $109,200 drive-away and its only rivals are an Audi at $112,855 and a Benz at $109,900, unless you want to jump back into an SUV. ALI: That is seriously expensive. Here I was thinking it might be a rival for the Skoda Superb wagon - that's one of my favourites. PAUL: Well, it could be. But you could get two Superb wagons for the price of this Volvo. THE BAGGAGE ALI: I got a bit of a surprise at first. I thought it was an SUV. PAUL: That's why it's jacked up on those big wheels. People are not buying wagons these days. Even my all-time favourite, the Mercedes E-Class, now only comes as the All Terrain with a similar high-rider package. ALI: It's really nice, not a nerdy Volvo and it looks sporty and streamlined. PAUL: They've been doing it with the S90 sedan and this V90 - did you know they use V for wagons because it stands for Versatile? - is even better.
V90 Cross Country: V on wagon variants stands for versatile.
V90 Cross Country: V on wagon variants stands for versatile.
ALI: I love the fact that it's got the space that people expect in an SUV but you don't have the big square box. PAUL: It's fully loaded for safety, although I haven't seen an ANCAP rating yet, and it has lovely leather and all the usual luxury items. But you can still spend more with things like a $4500 audio, $3000 sunroof or bundled packs from $2000 to $6000. ALI: I think I'd just take it as it comes.   THE COMMUTE PAUL: It looks big and heavy, which it is, but it gets along pretty well. It's only got a relatively small turbo diesel but it's got huge torque and an eight-speed auto. ALI: With all-wheel drive, I'm guessing? Not that it really matters to me.
V90 Cross Country: On-demand all-wheel drive.
V90 Cross Country: On-demand all-wheel drive.
PAUL: It's on-demand, so you only get drive to the rear if the front wheels are slipping, as on snow or sand or a gravel track. ALI: Nice to know but I just like Volvos. I think they are terribly undervalued. PAUL: I think it's a very smooth drive, quiet and with a comfortable ride on those big tyres.   THE SHOPPING ALI: It's a bit of a bus to park. It's quite long so you have to be wary of the rear end. But I guess you get that when you squash an SUV down like a pancake. PAUL: At least it's got good vision all-round. ALI: The reversing camera is very clear and I like the portrait layout for the infotainment. It does take some getting used to, so people should be aware they will need one or two test drives to get used to it.
V90 cabin: Infotainment screen is portrait layout and has smartphone-style pinch and swipe ability.
V90 cabin: Infotainment screen is portrait layout and has smartphone-style pinch and swipe ability.
PAUL: You mean the pinching and swiping? ALI: Yes.   SUNDAY RUN PAUL: It's not a sports car, that's for sure, but it's a great car for a relaxing drive in the country. ALI: Or my weekly trip to the organic market. It was great with a couple of extra kids and easy to load all the produce in the back. PAUL: That diesel engine is so frugal you can just drive and drive. It would be a top car for a long interstate haul. ALI: There is going to be plenty of that happening in the next few weeks, with Christmas and the school holidays.
V90 Cross Country: Ample cargo space.
V90 Cross Country: Ample cargo space.
PAUL: And it's nice to know it has Volvo safety, in particular auto emergency braking, lane assist and blind-spot monitor.   THE FAMILY ALI: I like it. I think it's a great car for a family. ELI: It's got those booster seats in the back, too. I'm tall now but they give me a better view. ALI: Yes, Volvo gets big kudos for that. It seems like such a simple thing but built-in boosters for kids are great and I wish they were in every car. ELI: Me too.   TICK OR NO TICK ALI: I think a wagon like this is the smart buyer's SUV. I like it a lot and of course I give it the tick. PAUL: It's overpriced for me, and I think there are cheaper wagons that can do much of the same stuff. No tick.   VOLVO V90 CROSS COUNTRY PRICE From $109,200 drive-away (very pricey) SERVICE 3 years/unlimited km, $2195 for 3 years (expensive) ENGINE 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel, 173kW/480Nm (good punch) SAFETY Not tested, AEB, radar cruise, lane assist (will be 5 stars) FUEL 5.7L/100km (good for size) SPARE Space-saver (should be full-size) BOOT 1526L (fine for a family)
Source: https://m.thechronicle.com.au/
Volvo V90 Cross Country

Volvo V90 Cross Country defies the Swedish wagon stereotype