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Volvo’s S90 May Get 600hp

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Although rumors of these cars have been going around for quite some time, Volvo USA has still yet to confirm that the Polestar S90 or V90 wagon will make it onto North American soil. I know customers on our shores would definitely like to get these cars in their hands, especially if the rumors of 600 plus horsepower makes it under the hood.

The rumors continue around the Polestar S90 and V90 power plant in that it may be a hybrid system combining electric power with a 2.0L four cylinder gas engine. Amazingly, the gas engine is said to be able to deliver 450hp while the rest of the power will be made up the electric motor. The gas engine is capable of this level of power delivery by combining both supercharging as well as an electrically assisted twin turbo system.


Volvo V60 Becomes Safety Car for WTCC

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Volvo has struck a deal with the WTCC and landed themselves the spot of being this year’s World Touring Car Championship’s safety car. The car of choice is the Volvo V60 Polestar wagon which gets a race tuned suspension, sport exhaust, and a tuned engine in stock form. In safety car trim, the V60 will get an additional full roll cage, communication system and rescue equipment.

The Polestar will be on duty for the formation laps of races, and make another appearance should there be any accidents on track. The tuned motor, six piston Brembo brakes, and grippy Michelin Pilot Sport tires help get the car around the track in a quick pace.

The V60 Polestar looks right at home on the track, and with Volvo’s long term commitment contract signed with the WTCC we should see even more high performance wagons come from Volvo. These definitely aren’t the tweed jacked professors’ wagon anymore.


Volvo XC90 Excellence Pricing Revealed

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What can you get for the price of Volvo’s new XC90 Excellence? Almost two base model XC90s! That’s right, the XC90 Excellence price tag is set at $105,895 USD, approximately $60,000 more than the base model. The model which the Excellence is based on is Volvo’s XC90 T8. The additional price tag for the Excellence will treat owners to a host of new luxury options.

One of the biggest changes for the Excellence are the Nappa leather wrapped recliner massage chairs in place of the rear 2 rows of seats. Passengers will be treated to a massage on the road, while body temperature is kept comfortable through in seat ventilation. While you’re relaxing in luxury, why not go all the way and enjoy the bottle of Crystal chilling in your personal bottle refrigerator.

With all that extra weight in luxury equipment, the XC90 Excellence will get a bit more oomph through it’s hybrid powertrain which pumps out a total of 400hp and 472lb/ft of torque. The gas engine is 2.0L turbo and supercharged, while an 87hp electric motor rounds out things on the power delivery side.


Volvo V90 Photo Leaked

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Volvo debuted their all new S90 luxury sedan to the world at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year and it was very well received. Thanks to a commonly shared platform with the XC90, Volvo is now also able to offer up a third variant to wear the “90” label in the form of the V90 wagon which will debut on February 18 (photo cred: teknikensvarld.se).

It isn’t surprising that Volvo is building another wagon given that the Swedish automaker is known for their iconic family haulers. However, gone is the image of a school teacher wearing a plaid jacket with elbow pads. Today’s V90 is a statement of luxury and utility packaged into one. With the North American market choosing SUVs over wagons, only time will tell how well the new V90 will do. But what we are seeing more and more today from automakers is a “crossover” wagon in the likes of Volvo’s Cross Country, Audi’s Allroad and Volkswagen’s Alltrack.

Given that most small SUV owners don’t take their cars offroad, and that wagons built on their shared platforms typically offer more space, here’s hoping that the wagon market picks up steam in the years to come.


Volvo’s Long Wheel Base S90 Spotted

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Over the past few months we have been sharing more and more details about Volvo’s all new S90. As recent as last month’s Detroit Auto Show, Volvo has been releasing images and specifications about this new flagship car.

What hasn’t yet made news, but was spotted during testing in China, is a long-wheelbase version of the S90. Like many of the flagship big sedans offered their competitors, Volvo’s S90L stretches out the wheel base of the already large standard S90 to create a larger interior cabin providing extra legroom for its passengers.

The S90L will join the XC90 Excellence, a luxury version of the crossover with a luxe rear passenger compartment set to be offered in a number of markets including China. It is unclear whether the S90L will repeat all the luxury features of the XC90 Excellence, such as a fold-out table that deploys from the rear console, storage bins, reclining rear seats, foot rests and media screens.

Volvo is putting a lot of effort into reviving their entrant into the large sedan space. From everything we’ve seen thus far the S90 will be a great contender against BMW, Mercedes, Lexus and Audi. What is still up in the air is whether the S90 long wheel base will make its way onto North American soil.


Meet The All-New 2017 Volvo S90

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Volvo debuted the all new S90 at the 2016 North American International Auto Show today and it was a spectacular hit. The Volvo S90 is set to replace the older S80 and will lead the way in helping Volvo redefine its design and stable moving forward. The Swedish car maker has taken aim at the premium large sedan market putting the BMW 5 series and new Mercedes-Benz E class right in its crosshairs.

The flagship Volvo debuted today decked out with loads of high-end luxury equipment. The doors, dash and center console are all beautifully adorned by leather and accented with wood and aluminum detailing. The interior is understated, but exudes tonnes of class really exemplifying the notion of less is more.

The S90 is equipped with a first in class IntelliSafe Assist system which combines Volvo’s Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving with Adaptive Cruise Control and Distance Alert. Standard equipment also includes Volvo’s City Safety collision avoidance system which has been upgraded and offers large animal detection – a first of its kind on the market. When the system detects the presence of a large animal it immediately initiates brake support to avoid a crash.

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Volvo’s C90 Coupe in Sight

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All is not lost for Volvo’s C90 coupe which first debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show as a concept vehicle. Since Volvo released news of the new S90, you know it wouldn’t be long before they rounded out their stable with their station wagon and coupe varieties.

If the Concept Coupe is any indication of where Volvo is taking their styling, the C90 will be very design forward while echoing back to the past for inspirations of soft flowing classic lines from the 60’s.

The new coupe will be based on Volvo’s XC90 cross over platform and will set its sights directly on competition in the likes of BMW’s 6-series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe. Volvo will likely feature it’s twin-charged 2.0L 4-cylinder powerplant. Packing 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, this engine is no slouch in propelling the C90.


Volvo Sets Sights on Luxury Sedan Market with the New S90

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Volvo’s S90 is a new entry in their lineup and will take direct aim at the premium large sedan market putting the BMW 5 series and Mercedes-Benz E class right in its crosshairs.

The released images from Volvo looks promising with the flagship sedan shown to be loaded with high-end luxury equipment. The S90 will be equipped with Volvo’s City Safety collision avoidance system which has been upgraded and offers large animal detection – a first of its kind on the market. When the system detects the presence of a large animal it immediately initiates brake support to avoid a crash.

Volvo’s new luxury sedan will also feature a semi-autonomous driving technology that keeps the car driving within its lanes by providing steering assistance at speeds up to 130 kph even if there is no car in front.

Along with the standard gas drivetrain, customers who are looking for the extra mileage can opt for the plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

In a statement released by Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson, “With $11 billion of investment over the past five years we have not only reimagined what Volvo Cars can be — we are now delivering on our promise of a resurgent and relevant Volvo Cars brand.”


Volvo’s Concept 26: Better Autonomous Driving

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While they had nothing new in terms of new vehicles or any concept vehicles to show, Volvo still had something to show us. In their booth was a white tarp covering something really small. They had fans blowing air under the tarp to keep it inflated to look bigger but it was obvious there was no vehicle under there. What they ended up unveiling was a concept interior that Volvo’s Monitoring and Concept Center was working on.

Tisha Johnson, Senior Design Director introduced us to what Volvo sees as the driver’s console of the future–one where autonomous driving will be the norm. In modern day vehicles with autonomous driving capability, the interiors are not quite optimized for non-driving activities. With the steering wheel in the way, and the small infotainment screens there is not much room to be productive.

Enter the Volvo Time Machine Concept. By holding down both shift paddles for a few seconds, the driver engages the autonomous driving mode, or rather, disengages from driving. The steering wheel retracts, the seat moves back and reclines and a 26″ screen unfolds on the passenger side of the dash. All the while the control tablet in the center console remains within reach.

Volvo is so confident in their non-existent autonomous driving system that they claim they will take on full liability when the vehicle is in this mode. This sounds great, but all this tells me is that there probably won’t be an autonomous driving capable Volvo for many years.

Something that will be available earlier is the child seat concept interior they showed off of the XC90. With this option, the front passenger seat is removed, replaced by a base that a child car seat can attach to. The front passenger airbag is also removed along with the seat. This seems like a great option for those with just 1 child that requires a child seat as it allows the parent to drive and check on their child. For a parent sitting in the back with their child they can now interact with them much more comfortably. Look for this to become an option in the XC90, and possibly other vehicles in Volvo’s line up.

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Volvo unveils the Concept XC Coupe


The Volvo Concept XC Coupe, inspired by the design of modern sports equipment and demonstrating the safety capabilities of Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), is a sophisticated and capable car for people with an active lifestyle. With the extensive use of high-strength boron steel and structures with new, ingenious decoupling, Volvo can make SPA cars more compact and safer at the same time.

The Concept XC Coupe shares design philosophies with the Volvo Concept Coupe, but has been made more aggressive thanks to its larger 21 inch wheels, more aggressive wheel arches, and taller roofline to give it a more capable look. The use of orange details and graphics, along with matte rubber mouldings add to the highly functional design. Traditional SUV elements such as side moldings and skid plates adds to its ruggedness.

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