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When its sitting idly by, the Volvo V60 isn’t exactly the type of car that titillates our senses. That’s not a knock on it; it’s just a prevailing thought in the industry.

But this particular V60 is different than pretty any other you’ve ever seen, or most likely, will ever see. Pop open the trunk and you’ll watch the magic happen.

The model is called the V60 "Pure Tension" Pavilion Concept, named aptly so because you can erect an actual pavilion just by opening its trunk. Confusing as that may sound, there’s some method to this head-scratcher of a concept .

Volvo Italy commissioned a contest called the Pure Volvo Pavilion Design Competition and this bad boy here, developed by Synthesis Design + Architecture, Buro Happold and Fabric Images, was chosen as the winner.

Using a standard V60, the winning crew installed a fully-functioning, energy-absorbing pavilion made from a flexible mesh structure that’s held in place by rods made from carbon fiber. Sounds pretty simple, right?

Well, there’s more. The aforementioned mesh structure is actually embedded with photovotaic cells that absorbs energy, natural and artificial, thus creating a unique setup wherein the pavilion itself can be used as an enormous charging station, and in some cases, as an actual pavilion that you can hold parties under.

Once you’re done with it, the whole contraption can be folded and stowed back inside the trunk of the V60, leaving little indication of the massive pavilion that was built into it.

It’s an odd setup, but one that shows the kind of innovation that makes the auto industry so special. If you want to learn more about the V60 "Pure Tension" Pavilion Concept, you can see it in Rome in a few month’s time make its debut.

Click past the jump to read about the Volvo V60 R-Design

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Last month, Heico Sportiv unveiled the V40 "Pirelli" edition and now the tuner is back with the unveiling of the most powerful V40 ever. The model is based on the Cross Country variant of the V40 and aims to be an alternative for cars like BMW M135i xDrive and Mercedes A45 AMG.

The new V40 HPC is based on the S80 HPC Concept ; instead of the “HPC” standing for "High Performance Concept" like on the concept version, this time the abbreviation stands for "Heico Performance Car."

The new V40 features both exterior and interior updates, but the most impressive job was made under the hood where the tuner offers two different levels of upgrades. After all the updates, the V40 can hit a top speed of 164 mph, making it the world’s fastest V40.

Click past the jump to read more about the Heico Sportiv Volvo V40 T5 HPC.

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Heico Sportiv and Pirelli started a close cooperation back in 2009 and this year, as a celebration of Pirelli’s centenary, the tuner created a special-edition Volvo V40 Pirelli. The car not only received updates to the exterior and interior, but also an extra 50 horsepower under the hood.

The V40 is a car that gets little attention, but somehow Heico Sportiv managed to completely change its look, making it more appealing and sportier. This doesn’t mean the tuner made tons of updates; instead, it opted to keep the exterior and interior updates to a minimum and updated only the essential parts of the V40.

The package seen here has been built on the V40 with a 1.6-liter engine, but according to the tuner, it can be applied to any model in the lineup.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volvo V40 "Pirelli" by Heico Sportiv.

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After first unveiling the concept version at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show , the Volvo S60 Polestar has finally made it to production. However, before you get too excited, you have to know that the new S60 Polestar will initially only be offered in the Australian market. Depending on the Australian reaction to the new model, Volvo will decide if other market will also get it or not.

When it comes to the exterior look, the production version remains pretty faithful to the concept, but unfortunately the concept’s amazing output didn’t make it to production. So, if you were hopping to see the same turbocharged, in-line six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 508 horsepower we have to tell you that you are going to be a little bit disappointed.

Even more bad news comes with the announcement that the S60 Polestar will be limited to only 100 units, so not even the Aussie market will get much of an opportunity to really enjoy it.

Updated 03/31/2014: Volvo unveiled a new video showing the new S60 Polestar in action in Arctic conditions. Behind the wheel you will see Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren. Enjoy!

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Volvo’s trio of R-Design models that we saw at the New York Auto Show are all interesting in their own right. No, you won’t see any radical changes nor will you see an interior cabin glittering in gold.

What you will see are subtle modifications and upgrades that makes the V60 look cleaner and more sophisticated while also improving the car’s handling capabilities and, for a little premium, performance credentials.

All that can be had with the V60 R-Design and the best part is, we don’t expect any significant financial repercussions that you’ll have to be responsible for should you decide to put money down on a Volvo.

Overall, the V60 R-Design fits right into what Volvo has become within the industry. It’s a reflection of a company that shuns the bombastic razzle dazzle in favor of something a little more functional with sprinkles of edginess mixed in between.

Find out more about the Volvo V60 R-Design after the jump

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Until Volvo finally unveils the revised XC60 we’ll just have to deal with minor updates. The 2013 New York Auto Show brought just that to the current lineup in the form of a new XC60 R-Design that adds a renewed and sporty appearance, a dynamic driving-focused chassis and a powerful engine.

For the exterior, the new R-Design package adds a frameless Tech Matte Black grille with high-gloss black stripes, a silk metal diagonal and a refined R-Designed emblem. For the interior, the new XC60 R-Design gets new sports seats wrapped in a combination of black nubuck textile and perforated leather, and features an embroidered "R" logo.

The new R-Design models have been specially designed for "performance-minded individuals with a passion for exquisite details." Volvo also hopes that with its latest addition to the lineup will steal attention from customers currently driving other car makes today.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Volvo XC60 R-Design.

Swedish automaker, Volvo , has introduced a new lineup of R-Design-badged models at the New York Auto Show.

One of them, the S60 R-Design, is a pleasant surprise.

Volvos don’t usually have the kind of presence that its European counterparts command in an auto show as big as New York. But it’s doing its part to ensure that people still remember that they have something to offer that can impress a lot of people.

The S60 R-Design carries its share of improved dynamics over the standard S60 model. Some you’ll notice right off the bat, others you’ll notice only after you take it out for a spin.

In any case, the entire program is certainly worth looking into, at least if you’re in the market for an affordable luxury car with some added components that can drive up its appeal.

In the end, the S60 R-Design is a step up from the standard S60, and at this point, that’s as good as anything when it comes to Volvo.

Find out more about the Volvo S60 R-Design after the jump

Volvo XC90

The first-generation Volvo XC90 was unveiled back in 2003 and for many years it has been Volvo’s best-sold SUV. However, in the past few years things have changed and XC90 sales have dropped significantly. The reason is quite simple: the XC90 feels aged when compared to many of its competitors. Because of its lagging behind, Volvo has started to test the second-generation XC90 and today we have caught the first mule playing out in the snow in Northern Sweden.

You will likely notice that the mule looks basically identical to the current XC70 and that’s because it is almost identical. You have to remember that this is just a mule that Volvo uses to test technologies that will be used in the next XC90, like the SPA platform and probably one of the new VEA engines. Also, if you take a closer look at the photos, you will notice this mule is a lot wider than the current XC70. Additionally, the fuel cap has an odd placement directly above the right wheel — a clear indication that the wheelbase is significantly longer than in the current model. The rear doors also look to be nearly two inches longer than normal.

The second-gen XC90 will be built on a new, flexible platform that is developed independently by Volvo and bears the name “SPA” (Scalable Product Architecture). This change will make the next XC90 longer than the current generation and, of course, roomier on the inside.

Under the hood, the crossover will get a lineup of turbocharged four-cylinder engines combined with newly developed eight-gear automatic transmission. The current V-6 and V-8 engines will be dropped.

Expect the new XC90 to be launched sometime in 2015, so if you want the new model, you will have to wait for another two years.

Volvo unveiled the S60 Polestar Concept at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and it caught everyone’s attention, thanks to its impressive 508-horsepower output and its announced top speed of more than 186 mph. So it’s no surprise that Jay Leno decided to review the concept.

In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, he had invited Hans Baathm, Managing Director at PoleStar Performance, who explains the idea and the technology behind the S60 Polestar Concept.

The S60 Polestar is powered by an inline six-cylinder engine that is tuned to deliver an un-Volvo-like 508 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque. With the extra 208 horsepower, the S60 Polestar will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 186 mph.

Watch the video to see if Jay Leno will take the S60 Polestar over the BMW M3.

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Volvo XC90

After weeping at the disappointing sales last year, Volvo ’s new CEO has confirmed at the Detroit Motor Show that they will announce nine new models in less than 12 months to grab lost market share in luxury vehicles.

Out of the nine, eight new cars are merely significant updates to the current lineup of Volvos and the ninth model is confirmed to be the successor to the Volvo XC90 .

Speculated to go on sale in the late 2014, the new XC90 (may have a different name later) will sit on a new "Scaleable Platform Architecture,” which is set to underpin bigger, more appointed vehicles in the future. So, people looking for SUV practicality you’re in luck, provided you have the patience to wait for a couple of years for additional models to roll out.

Volvo is also looking to develop a new architecture for their smaller vehicles - 40 series and 50 series - with their new parents, Geely, since they’re currently relying on Ford’s architecture and are planning to cut ties with Ford soon.

We’ll post more information and details as it rolls in.

Source: Autocar

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