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Volvo Bringing Innovative S60L PPHEV to Beijing

Swedish hybrid uses three driving modes for performance.

by on Apr.18, 2014

Volvo's S60L PPHEV concept will be unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show.

Volvo plans to unveil its latest green car at the Beijing Auto Show next week: the S60L PPHEV. The plug-in hybrid not only gets up and goes, but it gives drivers the option of how they want to drive.

The PPHEV, which is short for petrol plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, provides motorists with three driving modes: pure, hybrid or power.

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In Pure mode, the S60L will travel in pure electric mode for more than 30 miles. In the default hybrid mode, the carbon dioxide emissions are about 50 g/km. This corresponds to fuel consumption of just two liters per 100 km. It will travel approximately 600 miles in hybrid mode. (more…)

Volvo Reveals Concept Estate Ahead of Geneva Debut

Completes concept trilogy.

by on Feb.27, 2014

Volvo debuts the third in its trilogy of concept vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show: the Volvo Concept Estate.

There are plenty of big changes coming at Volvo, the Swedish maker planning a major shift in its powertrain strategy, opening a pair of factories in China – and adopting a new, and much more expressive design language.

We’ve been getting hints of where the styling side of that equation will head as Volvo has rolled out a trio of concept vehicles over the last three months covering three of its primary body styles.

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It began with the Frankfurt Motor Show reveal of the Volvo Concept Coupe, continued at Detroit North American International Auto Show with the unveiling of the Concept XC Coupe – and will wrap up at next week’s Geneva Motor Show with the debut of the Volvo Concept Estate. (more…)

Volvo Introduces “All Weather, All Season” Polestar Performance Cars

Limited edition S60, V60 variants reach showrooms by summer.

by on Feb.07, 2014

Volvo's new S60 and V60 Polestar models debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

Following in the footsteps of luxury rivals such as Mercedes-Benz with its AMG line and BMW with its M-Series, Volvo is rolling out the quickest factory Volvos ever. But the Swedish says it is taking a different approach with the V60 and S60 Polestar models, describing them as “all weather, all seasons” performance cars.

Production of the unique Polestar cars will be limited. Only 120 of the V60 sportswagon and S60 sedan will be available in the U.S., according to representatives from Volvo and Polestar.

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While Polestar has been transforming Volvo products into track models since 1996 and producing performance parts for various models over the years, this will be the first time specific models will carry the Polestar designation, Tony Nicolosi, Volvo USA chief executive officer, said after the Volvo press conference at the Chicago Auto Show.

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Volvo’s Radical New Powertrain Line-up Debuts

Maker dropping old Ford engines by 2015.

by on Jan.24, 2014

The 2015 Volvo V60 will debut the new Drive-E engines, as will the new S60 and XC60 models.

Hoping to establish itself as a significant player in the global luxury car market, Volvo is making an $11 billion investment in new products and the plants to build them – an aggressive and much-needed plan that puts a particular premium on an all-new line-up of advanced powertrains that Volvo promises will deliver both segment-leading mileage and world-class performance.

The first of the maker’s models equipped with the new Drive-E engine family are just beginning to roll into U.S. showrooms this month – and they mark the beginning of the end of the relationship between the Swedish-based company and Ford Motor Co. that began when the Detroit maker purchased Volvo Cars in 1999.

The Last Word!

But the powertrain program isn’t without its risks, Volvo officials acknowledge. Among other things, it will mean convincing upscale buyers who traditional equate displacement with desirability that a high-tech 4-cylinder engine can be as good, or better, than the six- and eight-cylinder powertrains that traditionally dominate the luxury market.

The goal is to create a family of “smaller, more intelligent engines that will turn the V -8 engine into a dinosaur,” proclaims Derek Crabb Volvo’s vice president of powertrain engineering.

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Volvo Concept Provides Glimpse at Maker’s Design Future

Concept XC Coupe aims to inspire an active outdoor life.

by on Jan.15, 2014

Volvo's Coupe XC concept is supposed to evoke a vision of an active outdoor life, said Senior Vice President Thomas Ingenlath.

Volvo is in the midst of debuting three concept vehicles at three different auto shows, and at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it showed the Volvo Concept XC Coupe, which is the second of three.

It’s the successor to the Volvo Concept C that we first saw at the Frankfurt Motor Show last autumn, which Volvo insiders confirmed as giving the world a good sense of the company’s future design direction.

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The the second of three concepts is supposed to show classic Scandinavian design, “timeless beauty,” according to Volvo Senior Vice President Thomas Ingenlath, as well as an “active outdoor life.” (more…)

Volvo Concept XC Coupe, Ford Mustang Win Auto Show Design Awards

Hailed as best by jury of global designers.

by on Jan.15, 2014

The 2015 Ford Mustang at its global debut.

The new Ford Mustang and the Volvo Concept XC Coupe took honors as the best designed production model and concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show.

They were among scores of new products unveiled during the annual Detroit event’s media preview that faced scrutiny by 30 current and retired chief automotive designers from around the world.

Designed to Please!

While fuel economy, performance and digital safety and infotainment systems have become increasingly important to buyers, studies routinely show that design remains one of the most critical factors, especially when shoppers are first figuring out which models to put on their shopping list.  And, if anything, that has triggered what many observers are calling a new golden era of automotive styling.

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Photos of Volvo Concept XC Coupe Leak Out

Anticipated replacement for XC90.

by on Jan.08, 2014

The Volvo Concept XC Coupe is expected to return in production form as a 2-door version of the XC90.

Everything you may have known about Volvo is wrong – certainly if you’re stuck back in the old days when the Swedish maker produced a narrow line of boxy, boring stations wagons.  These days, the maker is rolling out some increasingly dynamic and curvaceous designs with only a single wagon in its line-up and, oh, yes, Volvo is now owned by the ambitious Chinese automaker Geely.

We’ll get a good sense of where Volvo is heading in the days ahead when it tolls out its new Concept XC Coupe at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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It’s the successor to the Volvo Concept C that we first saw at the Frankfurt Motor Show last autumn, which Volvo insiders confirmed as giving the world a good sense of the company’s future design direction.

Indeed, the Volvo Concept XC Coupe is expected to return in production form later this year as a coupe version of the next-generation XC90 crossover.

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Volvo Turns Batteries into Body Panels

New approach could solve problem of where to put battery packs.

by on Oct.18, 2013

A Volvo S80 prototype embeds its nano batteries and ultra-capacitors inside carbon fiber body panels.

Battery cars have a number of potential advantages – including the ability to move the motor out from under the hood, something that could translate into a lot more space for passengers. On the downside, manufacturers struggle to find the right place to put bulky batteries that can eat up cargo and passenger space and, if poorly positioned, throw a vehicle’s weight balance horribly awry.

Volvo Car Group, the Swedish-based, Chinese-owned automaker, may have come up with an interesting alternative.  The maker wants to build energy storage devices right into the body panels of vehicles like the prototype S80 shown here.

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The experimental car is the culmination of a 3.5-year research project in which, Volvo says, “The project team identified a feasible solution to the heavy weight, large size and high costs associated with the batteries seen in hybrids and electric cars today, whilst maintaining the efficient capacity of power and performance.”

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Chief Designer Says Concept Coupe Captures “Essence” of Volvo’s Past and Future

Bringing new, sensual shape to brand best known for boxy designs.

by on Sep.11, 2013

The Volvo Concept Coupe draws its inspiration from the maker's old P1800 model.

Automotive designers often look into the rearview mirror when searching for new idea.  The latest version of the Volkswagen Beetle is perhaps the best modern example. But don’t use the word “retro,” stylists typically preferring the term, “DNA” to describe the look they were going for.

Or, in the case of Volvo, “the essence” of what the Swedish automaker stands for, explains new design chief Thomas Ingenlath, as he explains the motivation behind the new Volvo Concept Coupe making its debut this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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For those who might associate Volvo with the bland and boxy designs of decades past, the Concept Coupe could come as a shock. Then again, those more familiar with Volvo over the ages will quickly see the clear influence of the maker’s old P1800 sports car, produced between 1961 and 1973. Ingenlath admits it serves as a strong influence – not only for the Frankfurt show car but for the production designs Volvo plans to bring to market over the next few years.

“It’s the essence of what we’re doing,” Ingenlath says during an interview with TheDetroitBureau.com. “We’re taking the heritage of Volvo and remaking it as a convincing case for the future.”

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Volvo Teases New Concept C

Show car slated for Frankfurt reveal.

by on Aug.26, 2013

Volvo video gives a quick glimpse of new Concept C.

Volvo has been making plenty of promises for the future, the Swedish maker hinting at a variety of new products and a major transformation of its powertrain line-up to start rolling out over the next few years.

We’re likely to get a good look at what it has in mind during the Frankfurt Motor Show next month – and if a new teaser video released on Youtube.com is any indication, the Volvo Concept C will be anything but the plain “vanilla,” wagons that prior generations had grown used to.

What a Concept!

True, the now Chinese-owned maker has been steadily moving away from its boxy design roots in recent years, and the Volvo Concept You shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show offered a clear glimpse of where things are going. But if the snippets seen in this brief teaser are any indication, the Volvo design language is evolving rather rapidly.

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