Monthly Archives: March 2016

Volvo to offer hi-ho parts!

VOLVO is offering its customers the chance to spice up their vehicles with the introduction of the Polestar Performance Parts line of hi-po products.

The S60, V40, V60 and XC60 will be offered with a range of enhancements including chassis parts, wheels, exhaust and details for both the interior and exterior.Polestar Performance Parts will go on sale in Australia at the beginning of the second quarter of 2016 through the dealer network, but pricing is yet to be confirmed.The products will be made available either as full kits or as individual parts, with a focus on wheels, suspension packages and bodykits.All parts are developed and tested in combination with Volvo, and will have no impact on the Swedish car-maker's factory warranty.There is also the possibility that the performance parts will be made to fit other models in the future.The products were developed in conjunction with the engineers and racing drivers from Polestar and motor sport twin Cyan Racing.Polestar research and development director Henrik Fries said that the company wanted to use the experience of the Cyan Racing cars to influence the performance of regular Volvo models.“The secret of our success on the tracks is in creating balanced and precise cars that are predictable for the driver to control in all situations,” he said.“Lessons learned on the tracks are transferred directly into the development of our road cars and performance products. The new range of Polestar Performance Parts is no exception– they are designed and developed with the very same philosophy.”Australia was the pilot market for Volvo's S60 Polestar performance flagship that has since been adopted in other global markets. The car-maker paired up with Garry Rogers Motorsport to enter a team in the V8 Supercar championship a few years back, but its future is unclear beyond the 2016 season.
Volvo  Spoiler alert: Polestar Performance Parts, such as this spoiler for the XC60, will be available for purchase from April onwards. Source: http://www.goauto.com.au

School Holidays Start On Friday

With school holidays starting on Friday, now is a great time to get your Volvo serviced before going away. Not only can we make sure that your Volvo has fresh oil and new filters, we can also perform a comprehensive safety check to make sure that you and your family are safe. This safety check will check air bag operation, brakes, seat belts, lights, exhaust and of course your tyres. Remember that Berry Motor Group has 11 Volvo loan cars to keep you on the road. Photo courtesy of www.shedoes.com.au, a fashion and lifestyle website.
With school holidays starting on Friday, now is a great time to get your Volvo serviced before going away. Not only can we make sure that your Volvo has fresh oil and new filters, we can also perform a comprehensive safety check to make sure that you and your family are safe. This safety check will...
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Report: Volvo XC40 Crossover Due Within Three Years, Coming to U.S.

Report: Volvo XC40 Crossover Due Within Three Years, Coming to U.S.

The 40 Series returns to U.S. market.

  Volvo will bring its 40 Series cars back to the U.S. beginning with a new compact crossover like dubbed the XC40 (shown above in a spy photo). The move comes as Volvo commits to bringing its 40 Series cars back to the U.S. market, reports Automotive news.We heard previously that Volvo planned to sell its next generation of 40 models — including the V40 hatchback and S40 sedan — in the U.S. Volvo research and development vice president Peter Mertens told Automotive News that it is very important to offer those cars in the U.S. going forward.“We will have the next-generation 40 cars absolutely in the U.S.,” he said. “I think it was a mistake not having the V40, not being prepared for the U.S. It was a mistake, but it was in that time when the company was in extreme trouble.”Volvo CMA platform side view with text1 The Volvo V40, S40, and XC40 will be based on Volvo's new compact modular architecture (CMA) flexible chassis (pictured above). That platform will be shared with models from Volvo’s parent company, Geely, and will underpin every future Volvo from the 40 Series size and down. Underhood, expect the 40 models to offer Volvo’s new Drive-E three-cylinder turbocharged engines.Volvo has said the first CMA-platform model will launch in 2017. Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson told Automotive News that those small cars will reach America within three years’ time, hinting an arrival date by 2019.
Source: http://www.automobilemag.com

Report: Volvo XC40 Crossover Due Within Three Years, Coming to U.S.

The 40 Series returns to U.S. market.

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Australia’s Best Cars Awards has announced the 2015 Volvo XC90 the “Best Luxury SUV” winner!!

VOLVO XC90 INSCRIPTION D5

In the previous awards, the XC90 was ranked 13 in the field but in the latest testing it bolted to the top of the pack with an all-new model – one that had been many years coming.

Quick specifications
  • Engine2
  • Transmission8A
  • Indicative drive away$104,163
  • Fuel economy6.2
  • Fuel typeDiesel
  • ANCAP5 star

When Volvo released the first XC90 in 2003, it basically pioneered the luxury seven-seat SUV market. Now the well-heeled are spoiled for choice with offerings from Mercedes, BMW and Range Rover to name a few. This time around there were 20 contenders in this category which also included models from Lexus, Porsche, Nissan, Mazda and Ford. The XC90’s new look brings it in line with other Volvo models but it’s in the cabin where it really shines. Judges praised its beautiful interior design, class-leading ergonomics and seating comfort, with the Volvo XC90 sprinting ahead when it came to the Design and Function section of the scoring.

Nice touches are the rimless mirror, the cover over the centre storage area that is not a cheap plastic – other car makers, please take note – the tiny diamond-shaped impressions on the toggle switches, and the crystal-like appearance of the gear lever. Unlike many seven-seat SUVs, where the third-row seats are more of an afterthought, Volvo has focussed on making sure every occupant enjoys the XC90 experience. First is the theatre-style seating, where the first row is the lowest, the next is slightly higher and the next higher again. This provides better vision for all occupants and also helps reduce motion sickness. Volvo has also designed the sound system so all passengers have the same sound experience regardless of seating position. The sub-woofer is located in the roof so the sound is distributed evenly throughout the cabin.

Given the Swedish manufacturer’s focus on safety, the XC90 did very well here, scoring a 10 (class-leading with the Mercedes-Benz ML 350) for keeping occupants protected. The XC90 debuts not one but two world-first safety features: City Safety with Intersection Collision Mitigation, which can stop you turning into the path of an oncoming car at an intersection, and Run Off Road Protection, which prepares the car if, despite all the other technology, you do leave the road. The Inscription model also has cross-traffic alert and rear-collision warning, and the curtain airbag protection covers all three rows. Not surprisingly, given the Volvo’s interior design, the XC90 was rated equal top of the category with the Range Rover Sport for build and finish quality, a criterion considered critical for this type of car given its luxury price-tag. Buyers in this class expect a reasonable level of drivability, including some off-road prowess. XC90 was never going to topple the Range Rover Sport in this regard – nor could any other contender – but in the end XC90’s design and function was irresistible.

Source: http://australiasbestcars.com.au/car/870/volvo-xc90-inscription-d5

VOLVO XC90 INSCRIPTION D5

In the previous awards, the XC90 was ranked 13 in the field but in the latest testing it bolted to the top of the pack with an all-new model – one that had been many years coming.

Quick specifications
  • Engine2
  • Transmission8A
  • Indicative drive away$104,163
  • Fuel economy Read more