Customer Demand Could Force Polestar to Increase Production of Polestar 1
Do you want to see a good example of a car model that’s been positively received by the public? Take a look at the Polestar 1. The first ever stand-alone offering from Polestar, Volvo’s new high-performance brand, has yet to be produced, but it’s already receiving significant interest from the public. The overwhelming interest in the 600-horsepower plug-in hybrid coupé is now forcing Polestar executives to reconsider its initial plan to build 500 units of the sports coupé per year over the course of three years.
Polestar 2 to Launch in 2020, Not to Kill Tesla, but to Compete with it
Polestar’s status as a standalone brand may still be fresh in a lot of people’s eyes, but that hasn’t stopped the company from already making big plans for the future. According to reports, that “future” will now include a pair of new models, including the Tesla Model 3-rivaling Polestar 2 saloon and the Polestar 3 SUV. Both models are expected to debut in the coming years, though the Polestar 2 will arrive sooner in 2020 than the Polestar 3, which is set for a 2022 debut.
Polestar 1 Order Books Open Next Year; Dealerships to Follow
Polestar is now one step closer to bringing the 600-horsepower plug-in hybrid Polestar 1 to the road. A few months after accepting registrations of interest in the car, Volvo’s new performance subsidiary is now preparing to officially open the order books for the sports coupe sometime in early 2018.
Polestar Production Plant Underway in China
Polestar is taking a big step in its reinvention as an independent automaker with the announcement of a new production facility in China. Called the Polestar Production Center, the state-of-the-art facility is expected to be completed sometime in the middle of 2018. It’s already being billed as the most eco-friendly car plant in China and one of the most efficient ones in the world. Once its up-and-running, the facility will become the production home of the automaker’s line-up of vehicles, including the 600-horsepower Polestar 1 coupé.
2019 Polestar 1 Convertible
The debut of the Polestar 1 turned a lot of heads for the right reasons. It was as impressive a first offering for Volvo’s newly-minted performance stand-alone brand, and like most cars with a lot of anticipation surrounding them, the thought of different body styles for the Polestar 1 has begun to take shape. We’ve already seen renders for a shooting brake-style Polestar 1, but what I’m really looking forward to seeing - if it ends up getting here - is a convertible version. There’s no guarantee that Polestar is going to appease our calls for one, but I think it’s a good idea, in large part because we haven’t seen a convertible from the Swedish automaker since the C70 ended production in 2013.
Ok, so it’s only been four years, but a lot has happened in those four years, especially as it pertains to Volvo. Back then, the company had only been a few years into being under Geely ownership, so it was still in the process of reinventing itself. Fast forward to 2017 and Volvo is in much better shape now to the point that its former performance division, Polestar, has been turned into a stand-alone performance brand with one model - the Polestar One - that’s already on the way. There’s no guarantee that a convertible will follow after because the company has already laid out plans for its second (a Tesla Model 3 rival) and third (an electric SUV) models. Fingers crossed we see one in the future, though, because the way the Polestar 1 looks right now, it would be very interesting to see if it somehow lost its hardtop and got a soft one instead.
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Pops’ Rants: Volvo Shamelessly Reheated an Old Concept to Revive Polestar
As much as I’m in love with the 1950s and 1960s when it comes to car designs, the automotive industry is living a golden era as we speak. The variety is incredible, there are plenty of attractive offers at dealerships, and nearly every car, no matter how affordable, packs a ton of tech that makes life behind the steering wheel easier. But this golden era also comes with a lot of bullshit, ranging from fancy and unnecessary PR talk to bragging about performance figures that aren’t that great. And of course, trying to justify overpriced special-edition model with extra features that are either barely noticeable or useless. Which brings me to the latest car that’s getting everyone excited: the Polestar 1.
A while back Volvo decided that Polestar should also make its own cars besides tuning what’s already available in dealerships. Polestar delivered and announced the 1. I mean the Polestar 1, because the "1" nameplate doesn’t make much sense by itself. Everyone got excited! Oh my God, pretty coupe, powerful hybrid drivetrain, shut up and take my money! Well no, the Polestar 1 doesn’t deserve all the attention. And it doesn’t deserve your hard-earned money. Let me explain.
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The Polestar 1: A Repurposed Volvo Concept from 2013
It hasn’t been a month since Polestar quit being a performance tuner for Volvo and branched off as its own “performance car company.” Now, this is good news for a number of reasons, with the most important being that the company can make its own cars, completely independent of anything Volvo is offering. But, that’s also where the problem arises, as the companies first stand-alone car is expensive and lazy, at best. Word that Polestar was on its own filled me joy. Just thinking about what Polestar, without limitations, could do with its new-found independence was enough to give any self-respecting man a stiffy. Yet, three weeks later and Polestar gives us the biggest disappointment since Michael Jordan’s second comeback.
Of course, auto show season is on the horizon, so I can understand the want to rush the first model out the door in time for SEMA or even the L.A. Auto Show, but this thing is pretty much a two-door Volvo S90. In fact, it’s almost like Volvo was planning a two-door S90, decided to scrap the idea, and the polestar engineer in the next studio over dug through the trash and found the disc with the AutoCAD file on it. Oh, wait… they did…..Volvo called it the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe…
So, what did Polestar do to make this car their own? Well, let’s go take a look.
Polestar 1: Expensive and Seemingly Difficult to Obtain
The Polestar 1 sports coupe is getting plenty of headlines, and justifiably so. As the first model to be offered under the newly-minted sub-brand, the 1 has captivated the industry, largely due to how good the 2+2 gran tourer looks at first glance. Now it appears that the 1 isn’t just a looker; it’s also going to be a thorn in the side of bank accounts as it’s been reported that the coupe will cost in the neighborhood of €130,000 to €150,000. Do the math, and that converts to around $154,000 to $178,000. Welp.
Adding to the curiosity is the purchase process behind the 1. Apparently, owning the sports coupe isn’t as simple as buying it outright. According to Volvo spokesman Johan Meissner, all Polestar cars, including the 1 sports coupe, “will be offered on a comprehensive subscription basis that will cover depreciation, insurance, and routine maintenance.” In simplest terms, Polestar could be utilizing Volvo’s “Care by Volvo” subscription service instead of simply selling the 1 sports coupe outright. Meissner did add that for “competitor comparative reasons,” the indicative target price of the 1 would sit in the aforementioned price range. At this point, there’s still no specific roadmap on how Polestar plans to sell the 1, but based on the word on the street, it looks like would-be customers will have to at least subscribe to Care by Volvo to get the inside track on going home with one.
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2018 Polestar 1
Originally named Flash Engineering and rebranded in 2005, Polestar is Volvo’s go-to when it comes to performance applications. Now, however, Polestar has broken away from the mothership, seeking its own destiny as a “standalone electric performance brand.” The Polestar 1 is the company’s first effort in that role, promising huge hybrid power, stylish GT car looks, a classy interior, and even a new take on modern car ownership models. It’s an ambitious undertaking and, if successful, it will undoubtedly shake things up across the industry. However, the question remains – will Polestar have what it takes to fend for itself?
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