Volvo announced today that the C30 Electric is ready for delivery and that the first deliveries will be made this autumn. This is a fleet of ten experimental cars that are equipped with advanced measuring instruments. The selected users of this test fleet will drive the vehicles for a two year period to provide Volvo with the details of their driving experience. This is the next step in Volvo’s ongoing attempt for a production version of the Recharge Concept that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007.
The Volvo C30 Electric is powered by a lithium-ion battery that is charged from a regular mains power socket. A completely depleted battery takes about eight hours to recharge. With the batteries topped off, the Electric C30 can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in 11 seconds while the BEV’s top speed is up around 81 MPH. If the car is recharged using electricity from renewable sources, travel is virtually free from carbon dioxide emissions. The electrified C30 has a range of 94 miles and has no gears which means that the motor’s power is delivered seamlessly. And because of the electric motors, gobs of torque are available instantaneously.
The Volvo C30 Polestar concept is a car that comes with a lot of expectations from a lot of people. Granted, the hype won’t be settled until after we see it out on the road, but thanks to Autocar, we’re getting an early look on what people are saying about Volvo’s emphatic answer to the Ford Focus RS.
Ironically enough, both the C30 Polestar and the new Focus RS come with the same 2.5-liter Volvo T5 engine, although Volvo will be quick to point out that their version has been quasi-tweaked to beat anything and everything the Focus RS can offer, including a 0-60mph time of just 4.6 seconds.
Whether there’s truth to that will be answered as soon as the car is released. In the meantime, check out Autocar’s test run of the C30 Polestar to get a closer look at the car the Focus RS should begin worrying about.
Technically, this 2015 Volvo SC90 is just a concept, but if you ask us, we’d much rather see this beauty out and about on the streets.
Designed by Nouphone J. Bansasine at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center, the aggressive make-up of the coupe concept is as completely far-off from what we’ve come to expect from Volvo, which, of course, makes it all that more attractive. Can you just imagine a hot girl who, for the longest time, has settled for long-sleeved shirts and jeans to then just do away with them and come out in a sexy tank top and mini skirt. That’s what the SC90 concept is all about.
Unfortunately, the coupe is just a concept and as such, probably has a long shot in making it to the production line. Then again, there’s nothing against a running imagination, right? In the event that the 2015 SC90 does make it past the daydreaming stage, consider us as one of those people that would kill to get a shot at driving this car. Okay, we’re not really going to kill, but we’re completely down with clawing, scratching, and punching our way into the driver’s seat.
The Swedish automaker Volvo officially unveiled the S60 luxury sedan that will make its world debut in March at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Production will start early this summer at the Volvo Cars plant in Ghent, Belgium. "The all-new Volvo S60 is sculpted to move you. It looks and drives like no other Volvo before and the car’s technology will help you to be safer and more confident behind the wheel," according to Stephen Odell, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.
The new 2011 Volvo S60 will be available with a variety of diesel and gas burning power plants spanning the range from an economical 115 HP DRIVe version to a high performance T6 turbocharged mill producing a maximum output of 304 HP and 324.5 lb-ft of torque, the S60 can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed limited to 155 MPH. The 2011 S60 will be offered with a long list of safety technologies, including: City Safety, Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, Corner Traction Control for tighter cornering and Advanced Stability Control. After all it is a Volvo.
Updated 05/10/2010: Volvo today announced prices for the 2011 S60 Sport Sedan. It will go on sale in late 2010 at a price of $37,700. The all-new 2011 Volvo S60 beats a showroom equipped 2011 BMW 335i xDrive by a whopping $7,150, and a Mercedes-Benz C350 by an impressive $1,765.
In what could possible be one of the brand’s most embarrassing moments in its history, Volvo’s attempted demonstration of their 2011 Volvo S60 sedan’s new ’Collision Warning with Auto Brake’ system goes horribly wrong when the car’s new system fails to work, causing the S60 to ram head-first into the back of a parked truck - in front of a stunned audience including members of the media.
According to Volvo, the system works in such a way that it "automatically brakes the car if there is an imminent risk of a collision with a moving or stationary vehicle. The system starts by alerting the driver and preparing the braking system for emergency braking. If the driver does not respond despite the warning, the brakes are applied automatically."
While previous tests of the system showed that it actually does work, Volvo - or at least that particular S60 sedan - chose a wrong time to mess up a demonstration that was supposed to reinforce the long-held notion that the Swedish car brand builds one of the safest cars in the world.
If you asked people in-the-know as to which car brand spends the most time figuring out the safety standards of their vehicles, Volvo is right up there at the top of the list. Thanks in large part to the Swedish company’s famed Safety Centre, Volvo has been able to take advantage of the benefits of having one of the most advanced safety testing sites in the world.
So it’s fitting that Volvo is commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Safety Centre by releasing a video that goes into detail on the extensive tests done inside the facility. Since being inaugurated by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden back in 2000, Volvo’s Safety Centre has done over 3,000 full-scale tests and has done so by using a number of highly-sophisticated instruments.
We can keep talking about it, but it would be better for all to just watch how Volvo does its safety tests inside their Safety Centre.
Volvo announced today that the new five-cylinder 2-liter turbodiesel engine that launched in the new S60 luxury sedan will be available for the entire line-up for the 2011 model year.
For the Volvo S80, V70, XC70, and XC60 models, the new engine delivers a total of 163 HP and 400 Nm of torque. For the S80, V70, XC70, and XC60the engine can go up to 205 HP and 420 Nm of torque. For all models, the engine can be mated to either a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox.
The C30, S40, V50 and C70 models will get two versions of the engine: one developing 177 hp and 400 Nm of torque and one developing 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque.
The great thing about this new engine is that it will provide better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. Isn’t that everyone’s goal nowadays? Just how much savings are we talking about. Hit the jump and check out the chart provided by Volvo.
Obscenely long name nothwithstanding, the Polestar Performance Volvo C30 Performance Concept Prototype is one tasty vehicle, not just because it’s been tuned up to appease the inner race car driver in all of us, but because the finished product is actually better than any of us expected given that it is, after all, a Volvo.
To make sure that we get to know the prototype racer to a tee, the folks from Volvo, together with their counterparts from Polestar Performance, have released a walk-through video of the souped-up C30. This video describes every painstaking detail of the Volvo courtesy of Derek Crabb, Volvo’s vice president of powertrain engineering and the executive director of motorsports engineering, and Christian Dahl, managing director of Polestar.
Needless to say, both men offer some pretty insightful takes on the car, most of which should give Volvo enthusiasts a taste of what it would feel like to sit behind the wheel of the tuned-up C30.
Heico Sportiv specializes in tuning Volvo cars and has done so since 1997, so it isn;t surprising that they have unveiled a new customization program for the new Volvo C30. The new kit is based on accentuating the car’s design and improving driving dynamics and performance although, in Yoda terms, exhaustive in components, it is not.
The new components are simple in number. They are made in reinforced polyurethane plastic and consist of a new rear skirt with exhaust system. The exhaust is made up of 120x74 mm diameter stainless steel end pipes that are matte-polished.
The tuner is also offering an individually calibrated combination of rear valence and exhaust system – including an additional muffler and unique sound guarantee from five cylinders for the high end engines T5/D5.
Compared to previous tuned up models of the Volvo C30 by Heico Sportiv, this one is a tad on the lazy side. Not much is done to the original automobile leaving an image of an unfinished model.
Volvo and Polestar performance have teamed up for the past fifteen years and created some fine cars to race out on the track including the Volvo C30 that was last seen winning the Swedish Touring Car Championship, but it seems that these partners-in-crime have decided that it was time to go to the streets. Polestar Performance announced it will unveil the C30 Concept Prototype at the Gothenburg Motor show that will be held from April 22-25. With the Volvo C30 Polestar Concept Prototype, Polestar aimed to build further on the strong driving characteristics of the standard C30 and at the same time illustrate the link between the racing cars and the Polestar Performance products. The team tackled this assignment with a renewed excitement that one can only get from building a street car with a racing design that is not held up to specific racing regulations.
The C30 Polestar Performance Concept Prototype is powered by a 2.5-liter T5 engine featuring a larger intercooler and a KKK 26 turbocharger. The output has been raised to an impressive 405 HP and 510 NM of torque.