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THE FULLY ELECTRIC XC40 SUV – VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC CAR AND ON...

Volvo Cars is launching its first fully electric car

THE FULLY ELECTRIC XC40 SUV – VOLVO’S FIRST ELECTRIC CAR AND ONE OF THE SAFEST ON THE ROAD

26 Sep 2019

The advance of electric cars constitutes the biggest change in the history of the automobile. For the first time in over a century, cars move without a petrol or diesel engine in the engine bay and have a battery in the floor, changing the car at its core.

With the introduction of the forthcoming fully electric Volvo XC40 SUV next month, Volvo Cars is not just launching its first fully electric car – in true Volvo tradition, it is also introducing one of the safest cars on the road, despite a fresh set of challenges presented by the absence of an internal combustion engine.

“Regardless of what drives a car forward, be it an electric machine or combustion engine, a Volvo must be safe,” says Malin Ekholm, head of safety at Volvo Cars. “The fully electric XC40 will be one of the safest cars we have ever built.”

While building on the excellent safety standards of the original XC40, Volvo Cars safety engineers had to completely redesign and reinforce the frontal structure to deal with the absence of an engine, meet Volvo Cars’ high safety requirements and help keep occupants as safe as in any other Volvo.

“The fundamentals around safety are the same for this car as for any other Volvo. People are inside, and the car needs to be designed to be safe for them,” says Malin Ekholm.

To help keep passengers safe and the battery intact in the event of a collision, Volvo Cars also developed a new and unique safety structure for passengers and battery alike in the XC40. The battery is protected by a safety cage which consists of a frame of extruded aluminium and has been embedded in the middle of the car’s body structure, creating a built-in crumple zone around the battery.

The battery’s placement in the floor of the car also has the benefit of lowering the center of gravity of the car, for better protection against roll-overs.

Meanwhile, the car’s body structure has not just been reinforced in the front, but also at the rear. Here, the electric powertrain has been integrated in the body structure to realise a better distribution of collision forces away from the cabin and reduce the strain on people inside the car. In terms of active safety systems, the battery powered XC40 also introduces new technology. It is the first Volvo model equipped with a new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensor platform with software developed by Zenuity, the joint venture company owned by Volvo Cars and Veoneer.

The new ADAS platform is a modern, scalable active safety system that consists of an array of radars, cameras and ultrasonic sensors. Because of its scalable nature it can easily be developed further and lays the foundation for the future introduction of autonomous drive technology.

Volvo Cars will reveal more details about the fully electric XC40 in the coming weeks, before it will be first shown to the public on October 16.

THE NEW VOLVO XC40 NOW AS A PLUG-IN HYBRID

Volvo’s new T5 Twin Engine petrol-electric hybrid powertrain debuts in the form of the XC40

THE NEW VOLVO XC40 NOW AS A PLUG-IN HYBRID

19 Sep 2019

  • Volvo’s new T5 Twin Engine petrol-electric hybrid powertrain debuts in XC40.
  • Volvo becomes first car manufacturer to offer plug-in hybrid versions across its entire model range
  • Front-wheel-drive hybrid system uses 180hp three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine with 82hp electric motor to achieve combined output of 262hp – highest figure in the
  • XC40 line-up
  • Preliminary WLTP data indicates CO2 emissions from just 38g/km and combined fuel economy of up to 141.1mpg, yet smooth performance with 0-62mph in only 7.3 seconds
  • Lithium-ion battery with 10.7kWh capacity provides all-electric driving range of up to 28.6 miles
  • New seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission as standard
  • First deployment of a hybrid powertrain in Volvo’s CMA compact vehicle platform
  • New powertrain offered in R-Design, R-Design Pro, Inscription and Inscription Pro trim levels


  • Volvo reaches an important milestone in its industry-leading powertrain electrification programme with the debut of the new T5 Twin Engine hybrid system in the multi-award-winning XC40 SUV. The introduction makes Volvo the only manufacturer to offer plug-in hybrid versions across its entire product range.

    Power and efficiency
    The T5 Twin Engine marries Volvo’s efficient new 1.5-litre three-cylinder 180hp petrol engine with an 82hp electric motor in a hybrid system that delivers 262hp, making it the most powerful powertrain in the XC40 range. This power is balanced with strong environmental credentials: preliminary WLTP figures for CO2 emissions are from just 38g/km (where 19-inch wheels are specified), while combined cycle fuel consumption is expected to be up to 141.1mpg. The compact, energy-dense lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 10.7kWh, enabling exhaust emissions-free electric-only driving of up to 28.6 miles (provisional data), according to driving conditions and battery charge levels.

    The new T5 Twin Engine joins two diesel and three petrol powertrains in the XC40 range, with an all-electric model joining the line-up next year to provide a truly comprehensive choice.

    A first for the CMA platform
    The T5 Twin Engine is not only the first hybrid powertrain in the XC40, it is also the first to be engineered for use in Volvo’s CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform. It is front-wheel drive, in contrast to the established T8 Twin Engine (390hp) powertrain deployed in larger models built on the SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform, which has all-wheel-drive capability.

    The powertrain’s efficiency and performance are supported by a new seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission, featured for the first time in a new-generation Volvo model.

    Ease of charging
    XC40 T5 Twin Engine models come with a recharging outlet on the nearside front wing. A 4.5m cable with a three-pin plug is provided as standard.

    Charging via the fast-charge cable will completely recharge the car’s high-voltage battery in as little as 2.5 hours. Fully charging via the three-pin plug cable takes between 3.5 and 6 hours.

    Every inch the modern Volvo
    Displaying cool, clean, contemporary lines, the XC40 blends Scandinavian style with all the desirability and dynamism customers seek from a compact SUV. Generous equipment levels across the board major on seamless on-board connectivity, advanced comfort and convenience features, and cutting-edge safety aids.

    According to Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director of Volvo Car South Africa, South African motorists are definitely “going green”. “We are seeing this with the Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in hybrid; interest in this vehicle is at an all-time high. There is currently no plan for the new XC40 plug in hybrid version to come to South Africa but if it did, we would anticipate a high level of interest,” he predicts.

    XC40 T5 Twin Engine technical specifications*

    TransmissionSeven-speed twin-clutch automatic, front-wheel drive
    Engine configurationIn-line, three cylinders
    Engine capacity1,477cc
    Max. engine output180hp/5,800rpm
    Max. engine torque265Nm/1,500-3,000rpm
    Max. electric motor output82hp
    Max. electric motor torque160Nm
    Battery typeLithium-ion
    Battery capacity10.7kWh
    Total system max. output262hp
    0-62mph acceleration7.3 seconds
    Top speed127mph
    WLTP CO2 emissions38g/km (19-inch wheels); 41g/km (20-inch
    WLTP fuel consumption112.8-141.1mpg
    WLTP all-electric range26.1-28.6 miles


    First deliveries to UK customers from February 2020. * All technical data is preliminary
    THE VOLVO ON CALL APP COMES TO SOUTH AFRICA

    Volvo’s new T5 Twin Engine petrol-electric hybrid powertrain debuts in the form of the XC40

    THE VOLVO ON CALL APP COMES TO SOUTH AFRICA

    16 Sep 2019

    Volvo On Call (VOC), an innovative app-based service that helps motorists to communicate with their cars, has arrived in South Africa.

    It facilitates a multitude of tasks: with Volvo On Call, motorists can remotely lock or unlock the doors to their car, check the fuel level from their office desk, and cool or heat their car before they get it – and they can do this all via their smartphone, smartwatch, tablet or desktop.

    According to Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director of Volvo Car South Africa, Volvo on Call is a key to the digital world. “One app, gives Volvo drivers control over their car’s functions. It also provides access to a world of convenient services,” he reveals.

    Maruszewski explains that, with Volvo On Call, a car becomes far more than just a means of travel. “It becomes your personal assistant. It can tell you about the best coffee spots in town and send the destination to your car’s navigation system. It knows when you have appointments, where they are, and how to get you there,” he reveals.

    South African motorists will particularly appreciate the associated safety and security benefits. “Motorists who forget to lock their car will get a notification message. And Volvo On Call automatically contacts the emergency services if you are involved in an accident and tells them where you are,” Maruszewski explains.

    Other remarkable capabilities of Volvo On Call include the ability to provide an in-car WiFi hotspot, which can be accessed by everyone in your car. “You can stream music and films to the car too,” says Maruszewski.

    Anyone who has ever lost track of their car in a huge parking lot will also welcome Volvo On Call with open arms. “The app will show you the location of your car on a high-definition map, and then provide directions on how to reach it. You can even ask your car to hoot and flash for five seconds to identify itself and guide you to its location,” says Maruszewski.

    Drivers of vehicles other than Volvos can download the app for free and try it in demo mode.

    Volvo On Call is a standard feature in South Africa with effect from model year 2020 Volvo derivatives. It is entirely free of charge for five years. Thereafter, it can be extended for a small fee.

    VOLVO CARS REPORTS 10.2 PERCENT GLOBAL SALES GROWTH IN AUGUST

    Volvo Cars reported a solid sales performance in August

    VOLVO CARS REPORTS 10.2 PERCENT GLOBAL SALES GROWTH IN AUGUST

    21 August 2019

    If there is one stand that no visitor to the Festival of Motoring should miss, it is the Volvo Cars stand – it will deliver a feast of motoring and never-seen-before cutting-edge technology!

    This year’s Festival of Motoring sees the launch of the House of Volvo, a double-story stand that will feature the very latest Volvo cars. The star of the stand will be the refreshed XC90. Visitors will be able to learn all about this SUV’s incredible features – not least of which is Safety with Autobrake (it’s still the only system on the market to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals). They will also be able to check out its brand new six-seater configuration and other interior and exterior enhancements.

    One of the most remarkable bits of tech in the automotive game today – Volvo On Call – is also brand new to South Africa, and visitors will be able to discover (and experience) this incredible technology. Volvo on Call app gives you control over your car’s functions. Your car becomes more than just means of travel – it is your personal assistant. And it’s not limited to Volvo drivers; pop into the House of Volvo to find out more.

    Of course, the motoring game is all about the actual driving – and visitors to the show will be able to experience the full Volvo range on the handling track. It will also be possible to take the XC60 and XC90 for a spin on the 4x4 track.

    Finally, don’t forget to pop into the shop at the House of Volvo, and grab some Volvo-branded merchandise. See you there!

    Volvo Trucks Iron Women is one of Volvo Groups seasonal gift initiatives

    Volvo Trucks Iron Women is one of Volvo Groups seasonal gift initiatives

    Volvo Trucks Iron Women is one of Volvo Groups seasonal gift initiatives

    29 August 2019

    National Women’s month seeks to celebrate women in society's contribution to achieving freedom in South Africa, and while historically, trucking is a heavily male-dominated profession, Volvo Group and SOSNPO believes that there are many benefits of providing opportunities to female drivers in South Africa.

    SOSNPO, in collaboration with Volvo Group has created a new unique job opportunity for the many communities SOSNPO is assisting. Volvo Trucks ‘Iron Women’ is one of Volvo Groups ‘seasonal gift initiatives’ which on behalf of its employees contributes to resolving societies' challenges in the local markets, serving to create prosperity in the communities. The aim of the programme is to enhance the capacity of professional drivers, to improve road safety and ultimately to enable them to contribute to their future employers’ fleet productivity, safety, profitability, and efficiency. This qualification, approved by the Transport Education Training Authority, is based on both theoretical and practical modules. According to research, there are certain areas where women actually outperform their male counterparts in the driving seat. It is widely acknowledged that women have a lower accident ratio, longer tenure and less sick days.

    “Volvo is committed to educating women to qualify as heavy-duty commercial truck drivers”, says Marcus Hörberg, Vice President of Volvo Group Southern Africa. “With women severely under-represented in the industry, it is hoped that this initiative will help increase the pool of skilled women drivers in the country. We believe that this project has the potential to affect change in the local transport industry, which will truly benefit from more gender diversity.”

    Together with SOSNPO, Volvo Trucks are assisting the project to assist with transportation to implement much-needed water solutions in informal settlements and rural communities. Volvo Trucks head of marketing, Valentia Hobbs believes it is incumbent upon large corporations to address the 'barrier' that continues to exclude emerging black, and especially black female talent, which SOSNPO initiatives have been focused on for the past year. "Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive. It's not only a gender issue but a business issue, which is why women empowerment and transformation is at the core of every part of our operations and goals for Volvo as the world’s safest vehicles on the road trucks”.

    For the upcoming water and climate change international congress ‘W12’ hosted by SOSNPO and the City of Cape Town in January 2020, Volvo Car South Africa is the official transportation Partner. The W12 Congress VIP's will be shuttled between the venues safe in the knowledge that Volvo Car South Africa already has the industry accolade of being the safest vehicles on the road.

    Head of Marketing at Volvo Car South Africa, Charmagne Mavudzi, salutes all those who are helping to close gender gaps and opportunities in the world by empowering women in the economy.

    "There's never been a better time for women to join the industry. With support from business leaders like Volvo Group, we can call attention to the under-representation of women in the transportation industry and highlight the value that women can contribute. As drivers, women can help address the current capacity crunch”

    Volvo Trucks Iron Women is one of Volvo Groups seasonal gift initiatives

    The House of Volvo will deliver a feast of motoring and never-seen-before cutting-edge technology!

    Volvo Trucks Iron Women is one of Volvo Groups seasonal gift initiatives

    29 August 2019

    National Women’s month seeks to celebrate women in society's contribution to achieving freedom in South Africa, and while historically, trucking is a heavily male-dominated profession, Volvo Group and SOSNPO believes that there are many benefits of providing opportunities to female drivers in South Africa.

    SOSNPO, in collaboration with Volvo Group has created a new unique job opportunity for the many communities SOSNPO is assisting. Volvo Trucks ‘Iron Women’ is one of Volvo Groups ‘seasonal gift initiatives’ which on behalf of its employees contributes to resolving societies' challenges in the local markets, serving to create prosperity in the communities. The aim of the programme is to enhance the capacity of professional drivers, to improve road safety and ultimately to enable them to contribute to their future employers’ fleet productivity, safety, profitability, and efficiency. This qualification, approved by the Transport Education Training Authority, is based on both theoretical and practical modules. According to research, there are certain areas where women actually outperform their male counterparts in the driving seat. It is widely acknowledged that women have a lower accident ratio, longer tenure and less sick days.

    “Volvo is committed to educating women to qualify as heavy-duty commercial truck drivers”, says Marcus Hörberg, Vice President of Volvo Group Southern Africa. “With women severely under-represented in the industry, it is hoped that this initiative will help increase the pool of skilled women drivers in the country. We believe that this project has the potential to affect change in the local transport industry, which will truly benefit from more gender diversity.”

    Together with SOSNPO, Volvo Trucks are assisting the project to assist with transportation to implement much-needed water solutions in informal settlements and rural communities. Volvo Trucks head of marketing, Valentia Hobbs believes it is incumbent upon large corporations to address the 'barrier' that continues to exclude emerging black, and especially black female talent, which SOSNPO initiatives have been focused on for the past year. "Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive. It's not only a gender issue but a business issue, which is why women empowerment and transformation is at the core of every part of our operations and goals for Volvo as the world’s safest vehicles on the road trucks”.

    For the upcoming water and climate change international congress ‘W12’ hosted by SOSNPO and the City of Cape Town in January 2020, Volvo Car South Africa is the official transportation Partner. The W12 Congress VIP's will be shuttled between the venues safe in the knowledge that Volvo Car South Africa already has the industry accolade of being the safest vehicles on the road.

    Head of Marketing at Volvo Car South Africa, Charmagne Mavudzi, salutes all those who are helping to close gender gaps and opportunities in the world by empowering women in the economy.

    "There's never been a better time for women to join the industry. With support from business leaders like Volvo Group, we can call attention to the under-representation of women in the transportation industry and highlight the value that women can contribute. As drivers, women can help address the current capacity crunch”

    VOLVO CARS INTRODUCES REFRESHED XC90

    Volvo Car South Africa has unveiled a refreshed version of its best-selling XC90

    VOLVO CARS INTRODUCES REFRESHED XC90

    19 Aug 2019

    Volvo Car South Africa has unveiled a refreshed version of its best-selling XC90. This visually striking, premium quality SUV boasts world-leading safety features, efficient yet frugal powertrains and a superlative interior finish.

    The latest XC90 follows in the esteemed footsteps of the all-new XC90, which was launched globally in 2015. At the time, it was the first of Volvo’s cars to feature the company’s new more prominent iron mark, which has the iconic arrow elegantly aligned with the diagonal slash across the grille. Together with the T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” DRL lights, the iron mark introduced an entirely new, distinctive and confident face for Volvo’s forthcoming generation of vehicles.

    The same styling is carried through in the 2020 XC90. However, the latest SUV also boasts new wheels, new exterior colours and a modern new grille. Significantly, it also comes in a brand new six-seat configuration.

    “The overall impression, both exterior and interior, has a strong connection to the key elements of the Swedish lifestyle: the generous space, the celebration of light and the focus on well-being,” says Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director of Volvo Car South Africa.

    Luxurious interior
    When the all-new XC90 debuted in 2015, it had the most luxurious interior ever designed for a Volvo. Precisely the same applies to the very latest model.

    The most striking feature is a tablet-like touch screen control console, which forms the heart of the in-car control system. This system is virtually button free and represents an innovative way for drivers to control their car and access a range of Internet-based products and services. It also helps create an interior that is modern and spacious.

    “The interior is pure and uncluttered, while still radiating the sophisticated confidence and formality that luxury SUV customers expect. The simplicity is perfectly in tune with our Scandinavian design heritage. It opens up generous surfaces and gives us the opportunity to create a modern, luxurious interior architecture,” says Maruszewski.

    The interior combines materials such as soft leather and wood with handcrafted details, including a gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors, the famous Swedish glassmaker, on the T8 Inscription and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control. The superlative and award-winning interior design now includes two USB ports as standard as well as a telematics unit with a P-Sim card slot. As well as ample space for passengers, there is a flexible load compartment with up to 1 856 litres of space.

    The 2020 XC90 can be ordered with a range of different seating configurations. From the seven-seat family SUV, to the brand new six-seat configuration, the XC90 has been created to best fits people’s preferences and lifestyles. New interior materials including a slate grey upholstery and new décor inlays offer further options for personalisation.

    Superlative sound system
    The XC90 features one of the top audio systems available in the automotive world after Volvo Cars audio experts joined forces with their counterparts at the renowned British audio equipment company Bowers & Wilkins.

    The top-of-the-line system in the XC90 features a 1 476-Watt Class D amplifier and 19 Bowers & Wilkins speakers. The subwoofer – a Fresh Air™ design – is integrated in the car, which means that the volume of the passenger compartment is used as a resonance chamber.The subwoofer is located in the right rear wheel well and the air for the speaker element is taken from the wheel well. In practice the passengers are sitting inside a speaker enclosure.Using this design, a speaker does not need to take up so much space within the car.

    According to Maruszewski, this sound system is right up there with the best in the world. “This audio system goes beyond figures – our sound engineers have searched obsessively for audiophile perfection. Using a radically new approach, they developed a unique room transformation technology together with the Swedish audio software specialists Dirac Research. This technology makes it possible to recreate the acoustics of a specific room inside the car,” he reveals.

    There are three room modes: "Studio" for an excellent, dry and precise listening experience, "Individual Stage" that allows you to control the acoustics and create your own sound using the centre display, and "Gothenburg Concert Hall" which recreates the amazing acoustic experience of this legendary concert hall. “The result speaks directly to any music lover's soul – wherever you're seated in your XC90. The whole experience exudes quality and craftsmanship – most of the tweeter and mid-range speaker panels are in stainless steel, and the yellow speaker cones are elegantly visible through the mesh,” Maruszewski adds.

    Impeccable safety credentials
    The XC90 has been at the forefront of SUV safety ever since the first-generation model was launched in 2002. It was the first SUV in the world to be fitted with Roll Stability Control, which measures the car's roll angle in extreme manoeuvres and activates the stability control system to reduce the risk of a rollover accident.

    The second-generation XC90, launched in 2015, came with two world-first safety aids: Run-off Road Protection and automatic emergency braking at junctions. Should the car inadvertently leave the road, Run-off Road Protection automatically tightens the front seatbelts to keep occupants in the safest possible position. To help prevent spinal injuries, a collapsible energy-absorbing section between the front seats and seat frame cushions the vertical forces that can occur if the car lands on a hard surface. The XC90 was also the first car in the world to feature automatic emergency braking that activates if the driver turns into the path of an oncoming vehicle at a junction.

    Volvo's pioneering safety technology goes beyond protecting those inside the car, however. The XC60 mid-size premium SUV was the first car to come with automatic emergency braking as standard when it was launched in 2008, while every new Volvo model has been fitted with this life-saving technology since 2014.

    The 2020 XC90 comes with an arsenal of safety features including Adaptive Cruise Control, Distance Alert, Lane Keeping Aid, Run-Off Road Mitigation/Protection, Driver Alert Control, Road Sign Information, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency Brake Light, Brakes with Hill Start Assist and Automatic Hold, Automatic braking after a collision, Roll-Over Protection System, Roll Stability Control, reinforced passenger compartment, SIPS™ side impact protection system, collapsible steering column, side and dual-stage airbags (for the driver and front passenger), inflatable curtain, WHIPS™ whiplash injury protection system and City Safety with Autobrake (which recognises pedestrians, cyclists and large animals).

    Unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency The new XC90 offers a range of two-litre, four-cylinder powertrains, all of which provide an outstanding combination of performance and fuel-efficiency. These powertrains are coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

    The turbocharged diesel engine equipped to the Volvo XC90 D5 Geartronic AWD delivers 173 kW at 4 000 r/min and 480 Nm of torque at 1 750 – 2 250 r/min. Fuel consumption – at 5,7 litres per 100 km (combined) – is frugal.

    The XC90 T5 AWD is equipped with a 187 kW petrol engine, which features a high-pressure turbo. It delivers 350 Nm of torque at 1 500 to 4 800 r/min. Fuel consumption is a commendable 7,6 litres per 100 km (combined).

    The supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine equipped to the Volvo XC90 T6 Geartronic AWD delivers 235 kW of power at 5 700 r/min and torque of 400 Nm at 2 200 – 5 400 r/min. It consumes 8,0 litres of petrol per 100 km (combined).

    The range-topping Volvo XC90 T8 Geartronic AWD has a 300 kW (235 kW + 65 kW) petrol engine that is also supercharged and turbocharged. It works in conjunction with an electric motor, delivering power of 300 kW (235 kW + 65 kW) and torque of 640 Nm (400 Nm + 240 Nm. Fuel consumption is a remarkable 2,1 litres per 100 km (combined) while emissions are a low 49 g/km.

    R-Design model up for grabs
    Volvo Car South Africa is launching a new R-Design version of its award-winning XC90. R-Design models are the sportiest XC90s to date, featuring a range of design, dynamic and equipment upgrades to give Volvo’s SUV a sporty makeover.

    The outside of the car is distinguished by 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, black door mirrors and a gloss black mesh front grille. Inside, there are leather/nubuck sports seats and a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel complete with gearshift paddles. R-Design XC90s also get a powered front passenger seat with memory function (to match the driver’s seat), sports pedals, black headlining and upgraded interior lighting. There’s even an exclusive R-Design leather-clad remote key fob.

    R-Design models come with Drive Mode Settings and Adjustable Steering Force as standard, too, which allow you to choose between different settings for the engine, transmission, steering and the optional air suspension.

    Volvo On Call is standard
    The 2020 XC90 comes standard with Volvo On Call, an innovative app-based service that helps motorists to communicate with their cars.

    It facilitates a multitude of tasks: with Volvo On Call, motorists can lock or unlock the doors to their car, check the fuel level and cool or heat their car – and they can do this all via their smartphone, smartwatch, tablet or desktop.

    According to Maruszewski, Volvo on Call is a key to the digital world. “One app gives Volvo drivers control over their car’s functions. It also provides access to a world of convenient services,” he reveals.

    Maruszewski explains that, with Volvo On Call, a car becomes far more than just a means of travel. “It becomes your personal assistant. It can tell you about the best coffee spots in town and send the destination to your car’s navigation system. It knows when you have appointments, where they are and how to get you there,” he reveals.

    South African motorists will particularly appreciate the associated safety and security benefits. “Motorists who forget to lock their car will get a notification message. And Volvo On Call automatically contacts the emergency services if you are involved in an accident and tells them where you are,” Maruszewski explains.

    Other remarkable capabilities of Volvo On Call include the ability to provide an in-car WiFi hotspot, which can be accessed by everyone in your car. “The signal is so strong that you can even stream music and films without having to worry about buffering,” says Maruszewski. An added benefit is the fact that the batteries of portable devices are not drained, leaving them ready for use when they are needed.

    Anyone who has ever lost track of their car in a huge parking lot will also welcome Volvo On Call with open arms. “The app will show you the location of your car on a high-definition map, and then provide directions how to reach it. You can even ask your car to hoot and flash for five seconds to identify itself and guide you to its location,” says Maruszewski.

    Volvo On Call is entirely free of charge for five years. Thereafter, it can be extended for a fee.

    The model year 2020 version of the XC90 will be available on dealer showroom floors from mid-August 2019. Maruszewski says that there is already considerable customer interest in the new model. “The XC90 has already won over 120 awards globally, including the 2016 SA Car of the Year. In its latest incarnation, it’s most definitely the finest SUV that Volvo has ever created. You get the generous interior space and flexible capability combined with the agility and handling of a much smaller and lower car. The adrenaline rush that is key to true driving pleasure is delivered by powertrains that offer an unrivalled combination of power and clean operation. And since the XC90 carries the Volvo badge, world-class safety is standard. It’s an unbeatable combination,” he concludes.

    VOLVO CARS INTRODUCES REFRESHED XC90

    Volvo Car South Africa has unveiled a refreshed version of its best-selling XC90

    VOLVO CARS INTRODUCES REFRESHED XC90

    19 Aug 2019

    Volvo Car South Africa has unveiled a refreshed version of its best-selling XC90. This visually striking, premium quality SUV boasts world-leading safety features, efficient yet frugal powertrains and a superlative interior finish.

    The latest XC90 follows in the esteemed footsteps of the all-new XC90, which was launched globally in 2015. At the time, it was the first of Volvo’s cars to feature the company’s new more prominent iron mark, which has the iconic arrow elegantly aligned with the diagonal slash across the grille. Together with the T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” DRL lights, the iron mark introduced an entirely new, distinctive and confident face for Volvo’s forthcoming generation of vehicles.

    The same styling is carried through in the 2020 XC90. However, the latest SUV also boasts new wheels, new exterior colours and a modern new grille. Significantly, it also comes in a brand new six-seat configuration.

    “The overall impression, both exterior and interior, has a strong connection to the key elements of the Swedish lifestyle: the generous space, the celebration of light and the focus on well-being,” says Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director of Volvo Car South Africa.

    Luxurious interior
    When the all-new XC90 debuted in 2015, it had the most luxurious interior ever designed for a Volvo. Precisely the same applies to the very latest model.

    The most striking feature is a tablet-like touch screen control console, which forms the heart of the in-car control system. This system is virtually button free and represents an innovative way for drivers to control their car and access a range of Internet-based products and services. It also helps create an interior that is modern and spacious.

    “The interior is pure and uncluttered, while still radiating the sophisticated confidence and formality that luxury SUV customers expect. The simplicity is perfectly in tune with our Scandinavian design heritage. It opens up generous surfaces and gives us the opportunity to create a modern, luxurious interior architecture,” says Maruszewski.

    The interior combines materials such as soft leather and wood with handcrafted details, including a gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors, the famous Swedish glassmaker, on the T8 Inscription and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control. The superlative and award-winning interior design now includes two USB ports as standard as well as a telematics unit with a P-Sim card slot. As well as ample space for passengers, there is a flexible load compartment with up to 1 856 litres of space.

    The 2020 XC90 can be ordered with a range of different seating configurations. From the seven-seat family SUV, to the brand new six-seat configuration, the XC90 has been created to best fits people’s preferences and lifestyles. New interior materials including a slate grey upholstery and new décor inlays offer further options for personalisation.

    Superlative sound system
    The XC90 features one of the top audio systems available in the automotive world after Volvo Cars audio experts joined forces with their counterparts at the renowned British audio equipment company Bowers & Wilkins.

    The top-of-the-line system in the XC90 features a 1 476-Watt Class D amplifier and 19 Bowers & Wilkins speakers. The subwoofer – a Fresh Air™ design – is integrated in the car, which means that the volume of the passenger compartment is used as a resonance chamber.The subwoofer is located in the right rear wheel well and the air for the speaker element is taken from the wheel well. In practice the passengers are sitting inside a speaker enclosure.Using this design, a speaker does not need to take up so much space within the car.

    According to Maruszewski, this sound system is right up there with the best in the world. “This audio system goes beyond figures – our sound engineers have searched obsessively for audiophile perfection. Using a radically new approach, they developed a unique room transformation technology together with the Swedish audio software specialists Dirac Research. This technology makes it possible to recreate the acoustics of a specific room inside the car,” he reveals.

    There are three room modes: "Studio" for an excellent, dry and precise listening experience, "Individual Stage" that allows you to control the acoustics and create your own sound using the centre display, and "Gothenburg Concert Hall" which recreates the amazing acoustic experience of this legendary concert hall. “The result speaks directly to any music lover's soul – wherever you're seated in your XC90. The whole experience exudes quality and craftsmanship – most of the tweeter and mid-range speaker panels are in stainless steel, and the yellow speaker cones are elegantly visible through the mesh,” Maruszewski adds.

    Impeccable safety credentials
    The XC90 has been at the forefront of SUV safety ever since the first-generation model was launched in 2002. It was the first SUV in the world to be fitted with Roll Stability Control, which measures the car's roll angle in extreme manoeuvres and activates the stability control system to reduce the risk of a rollover accident.

    The second-generation XC90, launched in 2015, came with two world-first safety aids: Run-off Road Protection and automatic emergency braking at junctions. Should the car inadvertently leave the road, Run-off Road Protection automatically tightens the front seatbelts to keep occupants in the safest possible position. To help prevent spinal injuries, a collapsible energy-absorbing section between the front seats and seat frame cushions the vertical forces that can occur if the car lands on a hard surface. The XC90 was also the first car in the world to feature automatic emergency braking that activates if the driver turns into the path of an oncoming vehicle at a junction.

    Volvo's pioneering safety technology goes beyond protecting those inside the car, however. The XC60 mid-size premium SUV was the first car to come with automatic emergency braking as standard when it was launched in 2008, while every new Volvo model has been fitted with this life-saving technology since 2014.

    The 2020 XC90 comes with an arsenal of safety features including Adaptive Cruise Control, Distance Alert, Lane Keeping Aid, Run-Off Road Mitigation/Protection, Driver Alert Control, Road Sign Information, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency Brake Light, Brakes with Hill Start Assist and Automatic Hold, Automatic braking after a collision, Roll-Over Protection System, Roll Stability Control, reinforced passenger compartment, SIPS™ side impact protection system, collapsible steering column, side and dual-stage airbags (for the driver and front passenger), inflatable curtain, WHIPS™ whiplash injury protection system and City Safety with Autobrake (which recognises pedestrians, cyclists and large animals).

    Unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency The new XC90 offers a range of two-litre, four-cylinder powertrains, all of which provide an outstanding combination of performance and fuel-efficiency. These powertrains are coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

    The turbocharged diesel engine equipped to the Volvo XC90 D5 Geartronic AWD delivers 173 kW at 4 000 r/min and 480 Nm of torque at 1 750 – 2 250 r/min. Fuel consumption – at 5,7 litres per 100 km (combined) – is frugal.

    The XC90 T5 AWD is equipped with a 187 kW petrol engine, which features a high-pressure turbo. It delivers 350 Nm of torque at 1 500 to 4 800 r/min. Fuel consumption is a commendable 7,6 litres per 100 km (combined).

    The supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine equipped to the Volvo XC90 T6 Geartronic AWD delivers 235 kW of power at 5 700 r/min and torque of 400 Nm at 2 200 – 5 400 r/min. It consumes 8,0 litres of petrol per 100 km (combined).

    The range-topping Volvo XC90 T8 Geartronic AWD has a 300 kW (235 kW + 65 kW) petrol engine that is also supercharged and turbocharged. It works in conjunction with an electric motor, delivering power of 300 kW (235 kW + 65 kW) and torque of 640 Nm (400 Nm + 240 Nm. Fuel consumption is a remarkable 2,1 litres per 100 km (combined) while emissions are a low 49 g/km.

    R-Design model up for grabs
    Volvo Car South Africa is launching a new R-Design version of its award-winning XC90. R-Design models are the sportiest XC90s to date, featuring a range of design, dynamic and equipment upgrades to give Volvo’s SUV a sporty makeover.

    The outside of the car is distinguished by 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, black door mirrors and a gloss black mesh front grille. Inside, there are leather/nubuck sports seats and a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel complete with gearshift paddles. R-Design XC90s also get a powered front passenger seat with memory function (to match the driver’s seat), sports pedals, black headlining and upgraded interior lighting. There’s even an exclusive R-Design leather-clad remote key fob.

    R-Design models come with Drive Mode Settings and Adjustable Steering Force as standard, too, which allow you to choose between different settings for the engine, transmission, steering and the optional air suspension.

    Volvo On Call is standard
    The 2020 XC90 comes standard with Volvo On Call, an innovative app-based service that helps motorists to communicate with their cars. It facilitates a multitude of tasks: with Volvo On Call, motorists can lock or unlock the doors to their car, check the fuel level and cool or heat their car – and they can do this all via their smartphone, smartwatch, tablet or desktop.

    According to Maruszewski, Volvo on Call is a key to the digital world. “One app gives Volvo drivers control over their car’s functions. It also provides access to a world of convenient services,” he reveals.

    Maruszewski explains that, with Volvo On Call, a car becomes far more than just a means of travel. “It becomes your personal assistant. It can tell you about the best coffee spots in town and send the destination to your car’s navigation system. It knows when you have appointments, where they are and how to get you there,” he reveals.

    South African motorists will particularly appreciate the associated safety and security benefits. “Motorists who forget to lock their car will get a notification message. And Volvo On Call automatically contacts the emergency services if you are involved in an accident and tells them where you are,” Maruszewski explains.

    Other remarkable capabilities of Volvo On Call include the ability to provide an in-car WiFi hotspot, which can be accessed by everyone in your car. “The signal is so strong that you can even stream music and films without having to worry about buffering,” says Maruszewski. An added benefit is the fact that the batteries of portable devices are not drained, leaving them ready for use when they are needed.

    Anyone who has ever lost track of their car in a huge parking lot will also welcome Volvo On Call with open arms. “The app will show you the location of your car on a high-definition map, and then provide directions how to reach it. You can even ask your car to hoot and flash for five seconds to identify itself and guide you to its location,” says Maruszewski.

    Volvo On Call is entirely free of charge for five years. Thereafter, it can be extended for a fee.

    The model year 2020 version of the XC90 will be available on dealer showroom floors from mid-August 2019. Maruszewski says that there is already considerable customer interest in the new model. “The XC90 has already won over 120 awards globally, including the 2016 SA Car of the Year. In its latest incarnation, it’s most definitely the finest SUV that Volvo has ever created. You get the generous interior space and flexible capability combined with the agility and handling of a much smaller and lower car. The adrenaline rush that is key to true driving pleasure is delivered by powertrains that offer an unrivalled combination of power and clean operation. And since the XC90 carries the Volvo badge, world-class safety is standard. It’s an unbeatable combination,” he concludes.

    VOLVO CARS REPORTS 7.1 PER CENT GLOBAL SALES GROWTH IN JULY

    Volvo Car South Africa has unveiled a refreshed version of its best-selling XC90

    VOLVO CARS REPORTS 7.1 PER CENT GLOBAL SALES GROWTH IN JULY

    02 Aug 2019

    Volvo Cars global sales continued to grow at a steady pace in July, up 7.1 per cent compared with the same period last year.

    Total sales during the month reached 54,546 cars, as all the regions of China, US and Europe reported a growth in volumes.

    In the January to July period Volvo’s total sales reached 395,372 up 7.3 per cent compared with the same period last year.

    The volume growth in July was on the back of continued strong demand for Volvo’s award winning SUVs led by the XC60, followed by the XC40 and the XC90. The company’s latest models the V60 Estate, the US-made S60 sedan and the V60 Cross Country also contributed to the volumes.

    Volvo’s sales in Europe reached 25,518 cars in the month, up 4.8 per cent compared with the same period last year. The XC40 was the top selling model in the region during the month, followed by the XC60.

    Sales in China grew 24.9 per cent compared with the same period last year, to reach 12,639 cars. The growth was led by strong demand for the locally produced XC60 and the S90. The XC40, which started local production recently, also contributed to the volume growth.

    US sales reached 8,795 cars during the month, up 2.0 per cent compared with the same period last year. The XC90 was the top selling car in the region during the month, followed by the XC60 and the XC40.



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