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City Safety Scores Again

Accident-prevention technology winning awards, possibly insurance discounts.

by on Feb.05, 2009

I See You: Volvo's City Safety system at work

I See You: Volvo's City Safety system at work

Have you ever been involved in a collision when driving in the city? If not, you undoubtedly know someone who was. The surveys suggest more than 75 percent of all accidents occur at speeds below 18 mph, usually on city streets.

No wonder Volvo got a lot of attention when it introduced City Safety, a driver assistance system that prevents, or at least reduces the severity of, lower speeds crashes. Here in the U.S., the technology will become standard on all versions of the new XC60 crossover, which we reviewed, earlier in the week.

City Safety is already piling up the awards. It netted the ‘Traffic Safety Achievement Award,’ presented during the World Traffic Safety Symposium, in New York, last month, and February sees the Swedes garnering the prestigious Paul-Pietsch award.

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First Drive: Volvo XC60

Forget the box.

by on Feb.03, 2009

2010 Volvo XC60: where's the box?

2010 Volvo XC60: where's the box?

Let’s play a game of word association. We’ll say the name of a brand, and you respond with the first word that comes into your head. Ready? Volvo…

If you said “boxy,” you’re not alone. That’s the classic shape most of us have grown up knowing. And it’s why a lot of people are likely to be confused by the pictures they’re seeing of the new Volvo XC60. It’s a sleek and sexy crossover that’s about as far as you can imagine from the staid Swedish wagons we’ve seen on the road in years past. Maybe that’s why Volvo designers decided to bolt an oversized brand badge on the grille.

Will diehards may be a bit disappointed by this dynamic new look, Volvo is betting on the XC60 to draw in a whole host of new buyers who’d normally drive past the company’s showrooms. And if our first drive of the new crossover is any indication, they just might be able to grab some of the folks who’d normally opt for more passionate brands, like BMW, with its compact X5, Audi, with the new Q5, Acura, with its RDX, or Volkswagen, with the oddly-named Tiguan.

The big grille, with that oversized Volvo logo, is flanked by a pair of upright daytime running lights, and sweeping headlamps that roll off into the fenders. The broad shoulders are familiar touches, found on a number of recent Volvo production models and concept vehicles, but the XC60 adds a cinched and sexy waistline. The roof is almost coupe-like, though it still provides a reasonable amount of headroom for rear seat passengers. The rear view might be the most familiar angle, distinctly Volvo with those broad shoulders and narrowed rear hatch.

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Q&A: Volvo CEO Doug Speck

New products, and maybe new owners?

by on Feb.02, 2009

No, Volvo's not going to the dogs

No, Volvo's not going to the dogs

These are uncertain times, in the auto industry. And nowhere is that more obvious than at Volvo. The Swedish automaker could soon go on the auction block, a victim of the financial crunch facing its American parent, Ford Motor Co.

Even if Ford opts to keep Volvo in the corporate family, the smaller maker is in the midst of some major changes. Its headquarters operation is moving from California to New Jersey, barely eight years after it left the East Coast to begin with. On the more positive side, Volvo Cars North America is getting ready to launch the most significant new product it has offered in several years, the XC60 crossover.

What else is in store? TheDetroitBureau.com spent time with Doug Speck, the 26-year Ford veteran who was named VCNA’s new CEO, barely a year ago, and pressed him on a variety of topics ranging from the possible sale to safety to the possibility of setting up an assembly operation in the U.S.

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