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  • Volvo XC90
  • Year:
    2016
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    Eight-speed Geartronic automatic transmission
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    316 @ 5700
  • Torque @ RPM:
    295 @ 2200
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    48900
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The Volvo XC90 is one of the best-selling and most critically well-received models from the Swedish brand. Since its inception in 2002 the XC90 has been praised for its incredible build quality and its family-friendly design. Despite its many great features, very little has changed for the XC90 in the last 12 years, and the car is starting to show its age. The refresh in 2007 and the updates over the last few years have been merely stop gaps for this; the all-new second-generation Volvo XC90. The SUV was just redesigned for the 2016 model year and the Swedes updated it in every department. Brand-new styling, a completely reworked interior and state-of-the art convenience and safety features are here to help the XC90 give its competitors a run for their money.

The platform is also all-new and brings a hybrid drivetrain with it. A first for the XC90, which enters a new era that focuses on fuel economy more than anything else. Gone are the 4.4-liter V-8 and the 3.2-liter inline-six. This SUV is now a four-cylinder exclusive machine. Don’t worry though, power is still up there and the amount of technology is greater than ever before.

So let’s jump right into it, shall we?

Updated 12/08/2015: Volvo’s latest XC90 can now be ordered with Volvo’s integrated Apple® CarPlay experience which provides a seamless experience between the driver’s iPhone®, Sensus Connect and the car’s functions. Next to this customers can also opt for software update that includes Pandora, Yelp, and Find Parking. Customers interested in upgrading their cars with the CarPlay system will have to pay $300 and will have it installed at their retailers. Hit play to learn more about these new functions.

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Uber's Fatal Crash Caused Because Its Software Chose to Ignore the Cyclist in the Road

Uber’s Fatal Crash Caused Because Its Software Chose to Ignore the Cyclist in the Road

Is this evidence that AI will kill off the human race if given the opportunity?

At this point, you already know about Uber’s fatal crash, and you know that neither the vehicle (artificial intelligence) or the person behind the wheel applied the brakes. Well, a report coming out of The Information cites sources close to the matter, saying that the software identified the cyclist but chose to ignore it. Let me repeat that. The car’s sensors realized there was a pedestrian in the road, but made a decision not to react right away.

This sounds like a clear-cut case AI taking the chance kill (let’s not forget about that robot that said it wanted to kill the human race) but the truth is that Uber’s software was “tuned” to ignore false positives. So, what is a false positive? Think about a plastic bag in the road or somebody’s old beer can rolling around in the street. It happens, and we all ignore it too. Uber claims that it’s simply a case of tuning gone wrong, or in other words, Uber’s software was set to react less to certain objects in the road. So much for erring on the side of caution.

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Uber Had Disabled Volvo's Safety Systems in that XC90 That Fatally Hit a Pedestrian

Uber Had Disabled Volvo’s Safety Systems in that XC90 That Fatally Hit a Pedestrian

It’s apparently standard practice to disable standard safety systems to test their own...

According to Aptiv, the company that supplies Volvo’s radar and camera, Uber had disabled the standard collision avoidance system on the XC90 that plowed into that pedestrian. For now, everyone else is remaining largely silent with Uber declining to comment and Volvo saying the company can’t speculate on the cause of the incident. However, Intel’s Mobileye, Aptiv’s supplier of chips and sensors for collision-avoidance systems played a video of the incident, and its software was able to detect the pedestrian one second before impact even with the “second-hand” quality of the video.

This, of course, is a move by Aptiv and Intel to protect themselves and their client, Volvo, who was apparently - -if these reports are to be believed – free of fault as the systems were disabled during the incident. This notion certainly angles the blame at Uber’s technology, which could be a huge problem for the company as Arizona has already revoked its permission to test autonomous cars on public roads. And, it certainly goes to show that Uber has a lot of work to do and really has no business having driverless cars on the road. The question now is, whether or not the rest of Uber’s autonomous operations will be subject to interruption. After all, the company just got done boasting its autonomous truck fleet.

For what it’s worth, disabling standard safety equipment included with vehicles at purchase may be a normal practice in order to help facilitate testing Uber’s own self-driving system. Even if it is standard practice, it looks like that standard practice may change in the near future, don’t you think?

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Uber Bites Into Volvo Big Time; Orders 24,000 Models

Uber Bites Into Volvo Big Time; Orders 24,000 Models

The race to develop ride-sharing, self-driving vehicles just heated up

Volvo and Uber aren’t messing around with their partnership. The two companies initially signed a strategic agreement in 2016 that included Volvo supplying Uber with a fleet of XC90 SUVs. Now, Uber’s taking it to a whole new level by ordering 24,000 units from the Swedish automaker between 2019 and 2021. No mention was made on which Volvo models Uber is getting, but all units will come with autonomous driving technology.

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The New Volvo XC60 Steers Clear of Trouble Automatically While Offering Increased Comfort and a Fresh Look

The New Volvo XC60 Steers Clear of Trouble Automatically While Offering Increased Comfort and a Fresh Look

It’s the way the XC60 was supposed to be

After nine long years on the market, Volvo is finally ready to usher in the second generation XC60 SUV, and it comes complete with added comfort, a couple of extra safety features, and a fresh interior look that pushes it well into the realm of being able to compete with other premium SUVs once again. The outside of the XC60 has also morphed into a sleeker and much more attractive offering with deep, strategically placed lines, a revised waistline, and an overall more attractive package.

The new exterior look starts off up front with the revised grille that still sports a chrome surround and the traditional Volvo emblem, but now has vertical slats that seem to float within the grille surround. The new headlight units are thinner and link to the grille, but feature a unique LED strip that runs horizontally across the center of the light before getting taller and wider in the outside corners. Appropriately, it’s called the “Thors Hammer” LED strip because it just seems to fit.

The lower portion of the fascia has been reformed to offer a sense of depth. The big changes to the sides include a belt line that swoops upward in the rear, reshaped rear quarter glass, a toned down side profiles, and some new wheels. Finally, sleeker and modern-looking taillights give the rear end a new look, while the lower fascia has been revised to include better placement of the exhaust outlets. All told, it’s an attractive exterior package, but what about the interior?

Inside, things get even juicier as a full update was in order, and boy did Volvo deliver. The seats now feature perforated center sections, while the center console is now taller, and doesn’t have that weird grade that the current model has, allowing for a central armrest up front. As such, the center console and center stack don’t appear to be one whole unit, and that ugly recessed infotainment display has been replaced by a much larger unit that protrudes from the dash just a bit. The whole dash has been redesign and is very pleasing to look at. The upper portion of the dash is wrapped in leather and gets contrasting stitching. The top pad creates a tiny overhang for the whole dash, including the instrument cluster and the new vent layout is much more attractive.

On the technology front, Volvo hasn’t said a whole lot, but considering this is a 2018 model and won’t launch for at least a few more months, that isn’t too surprising. However, the model you see here is sporting what appears to be a fully digital instrument cluster, with two primary gauges – one for speed and one that serves as a tachometer. The infotainment display serves not only as the centerpiece for navigation, communication, and audio pleasure, but also serves as the control for the integrated HVAC system – something that means fewer physical buttons and a cleaner overall appearance inside the cabin.

Volvo claims that the new XC60 is fully-loaded with new technology, but what that really means is that the City Safety system has been upgraded to include “Steer Assist.” This feature goes hand-in-hand with the new Oncoming Lane Mitigation system and will help steer the vehicle clear if oncoming traffic poses an immediate hazard, and the driver doesn’t react. It’s also integrated into the blind spot warning system and will help prevent accidental collisions with vehicles hidden off in your blind spot during lane changes.

On the drivetrain front, Volvo comes correct yet again, with power output increases across the board. At launch, you’ll be able to get the new XC60 with The gasoline powered T5 and T6 engines that now offer 254 horsepower and 320 horsepower, respectively. That’s an increase of 14 horsepower for the T5 and 18 horsepower for the T6. Volvo will also offer a couple of diesel powertrains (not likely to find their way into U.S. models, I’m sure) with the D4 engine offering up 190 horsepower and the D5 offering up 235 horsepower.

Finally, there’s the T8 Twin Engine hybrid that sits at the top of the range and delivers a cool 407 horsepower, which is enough to push the XC60 to the 62-mph mark in 5.3 seconds. Volvo hasn’t released torque figures for most of the engines, or any other performance-related information, but T6 carries on with the same 295 pound-feet of torque, so I suspect torque figures will remain the same for the other drivetrains as well. AWD should be available on certain trim levels as well.

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2017 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Inscription – Driven

2017 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Inscription – Driven

The humble brag of luxury SUVs

Volvo has been making the XC90 since 2002, and with great success. The first generation SUV sold well all over the globe. Even in the U.S., the XC90 sold roughly 35,000 examples annually before the crash of 2009. Updates late in the first-generation XC90’s life kept it kicking, though with only modest sales in America. That’s all changing with the second-generation XC90, which debuted for the 2015 model year. A highbrow design, an opulent interior, sophisticated powertrain options, and a matured sense of luxury all bring the XC90 into the modern times. Even with the 2017 model already two years old, the Volvo SUV continues to look like a futuristic concept.

To get a better feel for the Swede, I spent a week driving a 2017 XC90 fitted with the T6 AWD powertrain and decked out with the high-end Inscription trim line.

For those unfamiliar, the XC90 (and most Volvos, for that matter) come standard in the Momentum trim. The XC90 is also available in the R-Design, the Inscription, and the range-topping Excellence trim. While the limo-like Excellence trim is absolutely stunning thanks to its reclining second row bucket seats and full-length center console, the Inscription trim provides all the luxury anyone without a chauffer could desire. Skipping the Excellence trim also keeps the XC90’s third-row seats.

So what’s it like to live with the 2017 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Inscription? Keep reading to find out.

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What Is Volvo Testing Here?

What Is Volvo Testing Here?

Is it a LWB XC90, a future pickup, or something else?

Volvo seems to be up to something interesting. Spotted in the wilds of some urban parking lot is this mutant of an XC90 test mule. Hoisted above its rear cargo area with a one-off support system is a steel pedestal presumably holding extra weight. But that’s not the biggest change. No, this experimental vehicle has a lengthened wheelbase. Its rear axle has been pushed rearward, requiring Volvo engineers to cut a larger wheel well into the XC90’s body. This begs the question: what is Volvo testing here?

We’ve heard nothing of Volvo testing some new type of SUV or even pickup truck, but that’s exactly what our minds conjure up. One theory is Volvo is making a long wheelbase version of the XC90 for China. That easily explains the rearward axle placement on this tester, but what about the weights on top? Perhaps Volvo is planning to offer an armored version of its XC90. Rather than installing armor into a test mule, Volvo engineers simply constructed a massive weight to increase the XC90’s center of gravity. Volvo wouldn’t be the first automaker to offer an armored version of a production vehicle. Mercedes and Audi both offer factory armament up-fits.

Another possibility – and one what pickup truck fans might like – is an XC90-based mid-size pickup. Close examination of the high-mounted load put its exactly between the rear doors and ahead of the rear axle. That’s right here heavy loads should go in a pickup. The XC90’s standard wheelbase measures 117.5 inches, but this long-wheelbase version likely has another 10 inches atop that. A 126.5-inch wheelbase would put it directly in line with other mid-size pickups, including the Honda Ridgeline at 125.3 inches, the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab at 125.9 inches, the global T6 Ford Ranger at 127 inches, and the Chevy Colorado Crew Cab Short Box at 128.3 inches.

Will Volvo enter the mid-size truck segment? Keep reading for more speculation.

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Volvo And Uber Strike Partnership To Develop Autonomous Vehicles

Volvo And Uber Strike Partnership To Develop Autonomous Vehicles

Deal benefits both companies both in the short and long term

Volvo Car Group and ride-sharing service Uber have signed up on a $300 million partnership to develop autonomous driving vehicles. It’s the latest partnership between a traditional automaker and a tech firm to accelerate the development of self-driving technology and at the rate these partnerships are being formed, it might be a good idea to start creating a chart to see who has partnered with who.

The Volvo-Uber deal allows both companies to pool their resources together and capitalize on the strengths of each other. For its part, Volvo will send over XC90 SUVs to Uber, which in turn will install its autonomous driving system that the company itself is developing for use in its ride-sharing service. Volvo will then use the vehicles with Uber’s self-driving tech for its own strategic purpose. The partnership covers hardware and software developments aimed at addressing important issues surrounding autonomous driving, particularly the safety and security of a system that is poised to redefine the entire auto industry moving forward. Both Volvo and Uber are also seen as 50/50 partners in this endeavor and whatever technology is developed for the purpose of this collaboration will be shared to the other party.

That said, the collaboration doesn’t both companies to one another, an important point considering how competitive the race to develop autonomous driving technology has become. For what it’s worth, Toyota has already made an investment in Uber. Likewise, Volvo and Uber are also part of a bigger lobbying group with Ford, Google, and Lyft to lobby for autonomous driving cars with lawmakers and regulators in the U.S.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 High-Tech Cars

TopSpeed’s Top 5 High-Tech Cars

The future is now!

In case you hadn’t noticed, the year is 2016, people, and it’s high time we get this whole technology thing kicked into high gear. Yeah, I know you can post cat videos and catch virtual pocket monsters, but I’m talking about real tech, stuff that can actually change the world in a profound way. Not that that video of Mr. Snowball chasing the laser pointer isn’t worthwhile, I’m just saying we can do better. Thankfully, there’s at least a few automakers out there pushing the limits of what’s possible on four wheels, and we’re all a whole lot better for it.

In this list, we’ve compiled the top five high-tech cars you can go buy right now. You know, with money. And while they might not be powered by trilithium extract or be made from carbonized uranium, these five vehicles represent the bleeding edge of transportation. Is your ride among them?

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2016 Volvo XC90 T8 With Polestar Performance Optimisation Package

2016 Volvo XC90 T8 With Polestar Performance Optimisation Package

Hybrid SUV gets more power, retains impressive fuel economy

Unveiled for the 2015 model year, the second-generation XC90 is a significant departure from its dated predecessor. Built on the company’s brand-new Scalable Product Architecture platform, the SUV also debuted the brand’s new design language, new interior layout with added luxury features, and the four-cylinder-exclusive engine lineup. Like its forerunner, the second-gen XC90 comes with both gasoline and diesel engines, but also gained a hybrid drivetrain.

Having already received the highly efficient T8 version and the more luxurious Excellence model, the XC90 is set to gain some improvements in the performance department as well. These are scheduled to arrive via Volvo’s performance division, Polestar, but it turns out that the Swedish brand is in no hurry to pump significantly more oomph into the SUV. Instead, Volvo rolled out a Polestar Performance Optimisation Package, which improves performance without impacting fuel economy.

Launched just a week after the introduction of the S90 and V90 optimization, the package is now also available for the XC90 T8 hybrid. Volvo claims that the SUV is as fuel efficient as the standard model, despite the power increase. Like all Polestar Performance Optimisation packages, this one was also developed in collaboration with Polestar Racing driver and four-time Scandinavian Touring Car Championship winner Thed Bjork.

”It is amazing for me as a racing and development driver to be able to work with the same kind of technology and philosophy for the XC90 as with my S60 race car. While an SUV like the XC90 might be far from what we usually work with, the core of the optimisation is the very same thing. It is about creating driving pleasure and usable performance, something I definitely think we have achieved,” said Bjork, who drives a Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 race car.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volvo XC90 T8 With Polestar Performance Optimisation Package.

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TopSpeed's Top Automotive Picks For Moms

TopSpeed’s Top Automotive Picks For Moms

Some of the best four-wheeled options for those with the maternal instinct

It’s Mother’s Day, and we here at TopSpeed wanna show our love and gratitude to all those hardworking mamas out there. But you know, we’re not exactly big on the whole flowers and breakfast in bed thing, so instead, we’ve put together a list of our top seven automotive picks for moms. In this list, we look at a variety of price points and cover all the major family-oriented segments, including minivans, hatchbacks, compact crossovers, mid-size SUVs, full-size SUVs, wagons, and even something for moms with a craving for velocity. We also talk about features and what makes each pick stand out from the crowd when it comes to things moms might want.

What do you think of our picks? Are we missing a model? What’s your choice for the best mom-mobile? Let us know in the comments section. And don’t forget to call your mom!

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2016 Volvo XC90 T8

2016 Volvo XC90 T8

Since 2002, the XC90 has been praised for its marvelous build quality, family-friendly design and many great safety and convenience features. But while the SUV segment changed continuously, Volvo opted to keep its range-topping vehicle essentially unaltered for more than a decade, which resulted in the XC90 starting to show its age in recent years. I don’t know whether the Swedes did this in order to focus on the second-gen SUV, but if they did, I totally understand why they let the XC90 become one of the most dated vehicles on the market. The redesigned 2016 XC90 was updated in every department, gaining brand-new styling, a rebuilt, futuristic interior, the company’s latest in terms of convenience and safety features and a host of all-new engines.

In 2013, Derek Crabb, Volvo’s vice president of powertrain engineering, said the company’s upcoming smaller and more intelligent engines "will turn V-8s into dinosaurs," and it seems that statement has morphed into reality. Volvo ditched both the 4.4-liter V-8 and the 3.2-liter inline-six from under the XC90’s hood, replacing them with a range of gasoline and diesel four-cylinders. What’s more, the four-pot-exclusive SUV also received, for the first time in its lifetime, a hybrid drivetrain that pumps out 400 horsepower while claiming to return outstanding fuel economy.

Updated 04/12/2016: Volve dropped a very cool commercial for its latest XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV. Hit "play" to see what makes this XC90 special.

Keep reading for the full run-down on Volvo’s most advanced and powerful hybrid yet.

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Volvo Launches China's Most Advanced Autonomous Driving Experiment

Volvo Launches China’s Most Advanced Autonomous Driving Experiment

Volvo looks to push the integration of autonomous cars with its latest experiment

It seems like it has been a while since we’ve gotten any major news about autonomous vehicles, but all that is about to change. Volvo is planning to launch a new experiment in which people will test autonomous cars on public roads in everyday driving conditions. The interesting thing is that Volvo is looking to start this experiment in China.

Apparently, the experiment will involve up to 100 cars that will be supplied by Volvo, assuming negotiations go well with select cities in China. If everything works out, local drivers in select cities will be able to ride around in the autonomous cars while data is collected. For now, it is just a plan, but in the coming months, Volvo is hoping to negotiate to get the necessary permission, regulations, and infrastructure for the experiments to take place. China has already made some pretty impressive strides in autonomous technology, but Volvo’s President and Chief Executive of Volvo, Hakan Samuelsson, wants to encourage China to do more to speed up the implementation of regulations that will oversee autonomous cars.

In fact, Samuelsson believes governments should step up and provide help to the auto industry in speeding up the process. In a recent press release, he said, “The sooner AD cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved. There are multiple benefits to AD cars, and that is why governments need to put in place the legislation to allow AD cars onto the streets as soon as possible. The car industry cannot do it all by itself. We need governmental help.”

It’s really no surprise to see Volvo stepping up and pushing the issue now. As you can probably recall, autonomous cars are a huge part of the brand’s commitment to nobody being seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by 2020. For now, autonomous cars are still a long way off, but if it keeps getting pushed as Volvo is doing now, eventually the laws and regulations will be put into place. Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen before the technology is ready.

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2016 Volvo XC90 Excellence

2016 Volvo XC90 Excellence

Since going under the control of China’s Geely, Volvo has been steadily making improvements. We already know all about the new XC90, but at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, Volvo showed off a super-luxurious version of the new SUV that it dubbed the XC90 Excellence. With its 2+2 seating and bottle chiller, this Swedish luxo-cruiser looks prepped to take on the likes of Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

From its debut in the 2003 model year through 2014, the XC90 remained nearly unchanged, as Volvo’s focus was mostly on making the model as safe as possible. For the 2016 model year, however, the SUV underwent a complete overhaul, making it more luxurious and dynamic than ever before.

Can this decked-out version of Volvo’s largest SUV really make it as a contender to the two stalwarts in the super-luxury segment?

Updated 03/25/2016: Volvo released pricing details for the XC90 Excellence when it debuted at the New York Auto Show. It will be produced in limited numbers, and will have a starting price of $104,900.

Continue reading my full review of the 2016 Volvo XC90 Excellence to find out.

For more information on the standard 2016 Volvo XC90, you can read our full review here.

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2017 Volvo XC90 Polestar

2017 Volvo XC90 Polestar

When the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 debuted in 2014, most of the world was in shock just from how awesome it looked. Volvo has always been about class, but it’s also prided itself in being more reserved than other automakers. And the new XC90, while reserved to some, is a pretty dramatic shift for Volvo. Its Thor’s hammer headlights and swoopy lines are new for the Swedish SUV, as is its insane, twin-engine, plug-in hybrid version. Despite its awesomeness, the XC90 was still lacking something: some love from Polestar.

Well, you may not have to wait much longer, as a report from Auto Express claims that Volvo has handed the D5 and T6 versions of the XC90 to its tuning and motorsports arm. Though there are no confirmed details to pass on yet, Volvo did tell Auto Express to look for a Polestar XC90 around 2016.

With the performance-oriented SUV reportedly only less than a year away, we went ahead and created a rendering of the XC90 Polestar, Volvo’s quickest and most powerful people hauler yet.

Updated 02/22/2016: Based on the recent spy shots and rumors, we created a rendering for the upcoming XC90 Polestar. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it.

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Honda Civic And Volvo XC90 Named Car And Truck Of The Year

Honda Civic And Volvo XC90 Named Car And Truck Of The Year

Earlier this month we named TopSpeed’s picks for car, truck, and performance car of the year. Following out strict criteria of judging things like overall improvement in design, safety, value and intended function (among other things,) we chose the Mazda MX-5 Miata as the car of the year, and the Nisan Titan XD as truck of the year. Following our points system, the Miata and Titan scored 32 points and 30 points, respectively. It was a relatively close battle, though, with the 2016 Honda Civic taking 20 points and the 2016 Volvo XC90 taking 24 points, earning them both a second place spot on our list in their respective segments. As it turns out, those second place picks have officially been named Car and Truck of the year, so you could say we judged the automotive market pretty well this year.

The North American Car of the Year and Truck of the Year is chosen by a group of 53 international automotive journalists. All 53 journalists are from the U.S. or Canada, and they carefully consider each model before naming the absolute best. Sometimes it can be difficult to get a small group of people to agree on something, so just imagine the conversations between this select group of people.

When it comes to deciding a winner for each category, the journalists take into consideration things like design, safety, performance, innovation, value, and even driver satisfaction. I’m sure it wasn’t a very easy choice to come to, but this year, the group chose the 2016 Honda Civic as the North American Car of the Year and the Volvo XC90 as the 2016 North American Truck of the Year.

The 2016 Honda Civic was redesigned for the 2016 model year, and was underpinned by a whole new vehicle platform. Safety features included things like Honda Sensing and a list of semi-autonomous technologies like lane departure warning with lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and an automatic emergency braking system. It is also the first compact car in the world to include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as part of its infotainment system. It’s also the first Civic to take on Honda’s turbo engine technology. It should be noted that both the Sedan and Coupe variants of the Civic are built in either Indiana or Ontario, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

The Volvo XC90 was chosen as Truck of the Year by the same 53 automotive journalists. This year, it too is built on a whole new architecture and includes a whole new powertrain and semi-autonomous technology. Offering up configurations in the five- or seven-passenger variety, the XC90 is a trusted family hauler, and available with several engine configurations. At the low end, the XC90 offers up 250 horsepower, while a 316 horsepower turbocharged engine is also available. In hybrid form, the XC90 offers up and amazing 400 horsepower and 53 MPGe – the first seven-passenger plug-in hybrid vehicle. Like all Volvo models, the XC90 comes with Volvo’s amazing City Safety system that includes automatic emergency braking, pilot assist, and pedestrian protection. The XC90 was also on the IIHS’ Safety Pick+ list.

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2016 North American Car And Truck Of The Year Finalists Announced

2016 North American Car And Truck Of The Year Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2016 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year have been announced. All in all, six vehicles made the final cut, including three cars, two SUVs, and one pick-up. The first three will vie for the 2016 North American Car of the Year award, while the latter three will go head-to-head-to-head for the 2016 Truck/Utility of the Year award. Making up the finalists for the North American Car of the Year award are the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, 2016 Honda Civic, and the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Likewise, the three finalists for the North American Truck/Utility of the Year are the 2016 Honda Pilot, 2016 Volvo XC90, and the 2016 Nissan Titan XD.

The distinction of being named the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year is something that automaker’s take pretty seriously. Last year, the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford F-150 took home the awards in their respective categories. Not surprisingly, both Volkswagen and Ford spent a great deal of time touting the awards they received to the public. Expect more of the same from the eventual winners of the two categories, all of whom, it must be said, are part of some pretty competitive segments in the industry.

The Civic and the Malibu, in particular, are direct competitors so being named the car of the year will give the winner a huge amount of bragging rights over the rest of the segment. The same holds true, albeit to a lesser extent, for the Pilot and the XC90. Both are SUVs and while one is considered a premium SUV, the two models are still part of the ever growing SUV market in North America.

The final round of voting is scheduled to take place on January 4, 2016. The two winners will then be announced in a ceremony at the start of the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 11, 2016.

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2016 Volvo XC90

2016 Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 is one of the best-selling and most critically well-received models from the Swedish brand. Since its inception in 2002 the XC90 has been praised for its incredible build quality and its family-friendly design. Despite its many great features, very little has changed for the XC90 in the last 12 years, and the car is starting to show its age. The refresh in 2007 and the updates over the last few years have been merely stop gaps for this; the all-new second-generation Volvo XC90. The SUV was just redesigned for the 2016 model year and the Swedes updated it in every department. Brand-new styling, a completely reworked interior and state-of-the art convenience and safety features are here to help the XC90 give its competitors a run for their money.

The platform is also all-new and brings a hybrid drivetrain with it. A first for the XC90, which enters a new era that focuses on fuel economy more than anything else. Gone are the 4.4-liter V-8 and the 3.2-liter inline-six. This SUV is now a four-cylinder exclusive machine. Don’t worry though, power is still up there and the amount of technology is greater than ever before.

So let’s jump right into it, shall we?

Updated 12/08/2015: Volvo’s latest XC90 can now be ordered with Volvo’s integrated Apple® CarPlay experience which provides a seamless experience between the driver’s iPhone®, Sensus Connect and the car’s functions. Next to this customers can also opt for software update that includes Pandora, Yelp, and Find Parking. Customers interested in upgrading their cars with the CarPlay system will have to pay $300 and will have it installed at their retailers. Hit play to learn more about these new functions.

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10 Best Cars of 2014

10 Best Cars of 2014

With 2014 coming to an end in just a couple of weeks, we figure now is as good a time as any to reflect on the outgoing year and check out the best new cars of the past 12 months. Times of reflection on the past — or in this case, the very near past — are always food for thought, as they provide a more objective angle of approach toward a certain subject.

As the automotive industry is obviously a global entity, we decided to pick 10 of the best new cars that were launched in 2014 all over the globe, based on the impact that each has had in its segment, respectively.

Considering the name and overall editorial direction of TopSped.com, one may expect the following list to be filled to the brim with supercars, sports cars and hypercars, but that would not be very constructive, would it now?

Click past the jump to the 10 most important new vehicles of 2014 from our perspective, and in no specific order.

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2016 Volvo XC90 Configurator Goes Live

2016 Volvo XC90 Configurator Goes Live

The 2016 Volvo XC90 is a beautiful SUV, a testament to Volvo finally getting its design direction in order. I haven’t been this excited about a Volvo vehicle in quite some time, so when the Swedish automaker launched the online configurator for the new XC90, I knew I had to jump to the Volvo site as quickly as I could.

The first thing I noticed about the XC90’s configurator was its more detailed template compared to the Lexus RC configurator I recently went on. Each configurator is unique so I was just happy that I had a lot to work with. The first thing I did was to get the T6 AWD R-Design trim in favor of the Momentum and Inscription trims, knowing full well that I could only get the cosmetic goodies I wanted on this trim.

As soon as I selected the XC90 R-Design, I quickly took a peek at the available packages (Vision Package, Climate Package, and Convenience Package) and decided to just get all of them. All three packages add up to just $5,550 so it’s not like I’d be burning too much of my fake dollars to get them.

I then decided to give it my virtual XC90 a Bursting Blue Metallic body finish because my first two color choices — Magic Blue Metallic and Twilight Bronze Metallic — were only available for the Inscription trim of the XC90. Tough sledding, but I still liked the color I got. I finished off my exterior dress-up with a set of Matte Black Tech 22-inch, double-spoke, alloy wheels.

The only downside in getting the R-Design trim is the limited choice of interior trim options. Actually, there’s no choice because the R-Design only comes with a Charcoal Nubuck & Nappa Leather in Charcoal trim. I almost considered starting over from scratch but ultimately decided to keep what I had in and just added carbon-fiber inlays on the cabin to jazz it up.

All in all, my Volvo XC90 reached $61,725. It’s a lot more than the $48,900 base price of the T6 AWD Momentum, but with all the options and packages I got, paying the extra $12,000 was worth it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Volvo XC90.

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2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design

2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design

Volvo turned a lot of heads in August 2014 when it revealed the new XC90. Who knew the Swedish automaker — known more for safe, boxy cars — had the creative juices to develop a luxury SUV that has garnered a lot of praise. Not long after the debut of the XC90, Volvo followed that up with the debut of the XC90 R-Design.

The XC90 R-Design is an XC90 dressed up in a nice tuxedo. Ok, the bowtie might be a little too much but you get the point. It has a bagful of extra options for the SUV’s exterior, interior, and wheels. There are just the right amount of modifications to get noticed without going overboard.

The Volvo XC90 R-Design should begin production in May 2015 with deliveries to follow sometime in the latter part of the year.

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

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2015 Volvo XC90 First Edition

2015 Volvo XC90 First Edition

The Volvo XC90, first introduced in 2003, was a mega-hit, gaining MotorTrend’s SUV of the Year in 2003, and the North American Car of the Year award. Even Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson has famously owned three of the previous-gen XC90’s and has praised them for being incredibly practical and pleasant to drive. Those are some big shoes to fill for this second-gen XC90, but it seems Volvo is up to the task.

The second generation XC90 will debut in 2015 and is said to be brimming with the latest and greatest automotive technology. To celebrate the year Volvo was founded, the first 1,927 buyers who order their crossover online will get what’s called the First Edition XC90. These few lucky buyers will get a fully loaded XC90, with many exclusive items that won’t be found on the standard model.

If you want one of these First Edition Swede’s you’re gonna have to hurry. Alain Visser, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales says, “Those who want to be among the first ones to own the best SUV in the world have to act fast. The huge interest in the all-new XC90 indicates that the First Edition will sell out quickly.” Whoever gets one of these First Edition models will get to own a very special version of quite possibly the best all around SUVs on the market.

Updated 09/05/2014: The new XC90 is already a smashing success, as all 1,927 XC90 First Edition units were sold in just 47 hours. The model was released Wednesday, September 1, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. CET and in no time it was gone, with an average of 7 cars sold every minute.

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Video: Volvo Wastes No Time in Showcasing 2016 XC90's Safety

Video: Volvo Wastes No Time in Showcasing 2016 XC90’s Safety

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Volvo’s recently released 2016 XC90 has the industry abuzz about the all-new crossover’s elegant design and futuristic interior. While the ink is still wet on the XC90’s debut headlines, Volvo has dropped an important piece to its latest vehicle’s puzzle. This Volvo-originated testing shows the new crossover getting subjected to the worst kinds of treatment.

The first battery of testing involves the common frontal offset crash at 40 mph. As the vehicle hits the barrier, the crumple zones do their job in defecting the majority of the crash’s energy away from the passenger compartment. It doesn’t even look like the side door was even scratched. Not even the windshield shows signs of damage.

The side impact test comes next, as the XC90 gets slammed with a dummy car at 35 mph. The simulated T-bone crash shows the side doors getting pushed inward, however the dual side-airbag system prevented the test dummy from ever hitting the door panel or window.

Lastly the rollover crash test simulates just that — a dreaded rollover where the vehicle spends time bouncing down the road on its roof. The test shows the side-curtain airbags deploying as the roof structure stays in place. It’s hard to tell for sure, but it seems all the occupants could simply open the doors and walk away from this crash.

While it hasn’t been official tested by the IIHS or NHTSA, it appears the all-new Volvo XC90 will pass with flying colors. It’s amazing how far crashworthiness of vehicles has come since Volvo became the first automaker to include seat belts in all its vehicles back in 1959.

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Spy Shots: Pre-Production 2015 Volvo XC90 Caught Testing

We have been following the development of the all-new Volvo XC90 for quite some time. Last year we brought spy shots of the 2015 Volvo XC90 mule, and now we have a true pre-production model.

It may be covered in heavy camouflage but one look at the rear lights and it’s immediately obvious this is a Volvo. This prototype looks to be sized similarly to the previous car, and will include room for seven passengers.

The 2015 XC90 will be built on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture platform. The SPA platform has been designed to be extremely safe and employs a massive amount of ultra-high-strength steel in the main safety shell of the vehicle. The 2015 XC90 will be the first model to utilize the new platform, but it will become the core of every product Volvo sells from the S60 up.

Thanks to the SPA construction, Volvo expects the 2015 XC90 to be the safest SUV ever sold to the public.

Volvo is expected to drop all the engines in the current-gen XC90 in favor of more fuel-efficient, four-cylinder powertrains. All the engines will be turbocharged, and Volvo is developing both gasoline and diesel engines. No word on if the oil-burner will hit U.S. shores.

We are not entirely sure if American buyers will responsive to a three-row SUV without at least a six-cylinder engine, but only time will tell.

Expect the new Volvo XC90 to be put on sale in early 2015.

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Spy Shots: Volvo XC90 Mule Caught Testing for the First Time

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.

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2013 Volvo XC90

2013 Volvo XC90

Volvo has brought onto the market the XC90 SUV back in 2003 and since then no major updates have been made. But for the 2013 model year the company has announced "the most significantly updated XC90 since its launch a decade ago."

For the 2013 model year the XC90 has received a bold new look along with an enhanced roster of standard features inside and out. Exterior changes include new body-color bumpers, side skirts and wheel arches and of course new LED daytime running lights for the R-Design models. The list of updates continues with a new bumper bar, silk matte mirrors and 18-inch "Thalia" alloy wheels. The interior gets sanded silver aluminum inlays, white instrumentation lighting and a leather strap on the tailgate.

No changes have been made under the hood though, as the American version gets the usual 3.2-liter in-line six-cylinder engine that delivers 240 HP and 236 lb.-ft. of torque.

The 2013 Volvo XC90 ha already been put on sale with pricing starting at $39,500.

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Volvo XC90 Taxi by Gatebil

Volvo XC90 Taxi by Gatebil

Some of you folks know that everytime you are in a hurry you need a taxi and a fast one to take you there in time. What if you get an 800 hp taxi? Then you will be where you want in no time! The new taxi is the creation of Gatebil, a tuning event organizer, and is based on the Volvo XC90 SUV. The new car received a completely new body kit consisting in a new front bumper, new side sills and a re-designed rear bumper. The vehicle stands also on a new set of 20 inch alloy wheels! Of course, one fact is for sure, we will never have the chance to take this cab because the tuner uses it only at the tuning festivals!

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2009 Volvo S80 and XC90 Executive Edition

2009 Volvo S80 and XC90 Executive Edition

Volvo’s most exclusive cars guarantee discreet Scandinavian luxury designed to appeal to all one’s senses. For model year 2009 the aura is reinforced still further through a unique combination of massage and ventilation functions in the front seats along with a range of enhanced materials and trim details.

The engine alternatives in the Volvo S80 and XC90 Executive encompass a wide range of powerful and energy-efficient power-plants that provide a high-class driving experience. There is a powerful V8 engine, the swift T6 turbo and Volvo’s high-efficiency in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with a displacement of 3.2 litres. There is also the very latest generation of D5 diesel engines offering a superb alternative for customers looking for diesel power under the bonnet.

What is more, model year 2009 of the Volvo S80 Executive is now also available with Volvo’s new 2.5-litre turbocharged Flexifuel engine that can run on either bioethanol or petrol or any combination of the two. All the engines are extremely compact and are installed transversely for optimum safety and maximum passenger space. All the engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission engineered to handle the massive power available in these cars. The Volvo S80 Executive is also available with Volvo’s AWD (All-Wheel Drive) featuring Instant Traction for extra comfort, driving pleasure and safety. The Volvo XC90 Executive features four-wheel drive as standard.

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