Add Geneva to The List of Auto Shows That Volvo Is Not Attending
Volvo is continuing to step away from attending auto shows after announcing its intention to skip the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The move is seen as the latest sign that the Swedish automaker is ready to completely drop the auto show model in favor of hosting its own events anytime it has a new model to unveil. That’s now the plan with the new S60 sedan, which the company is unveiling later this month at the opening of its new production facility in Charleston, South Carolina.
Volvo Unveiled the V60 as the BMW 3-Series Touring, Mercedes C-Class Wagon, and Audi A4 Avant Trembled with Fear
What do you do when you have a new and gorgeous flagship vehicle? You shrink it to give the market a smaller and equally appealing product. That’s exactly what Volvo did with the V90 wagon earlier this year, and now it’s showcasing it at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. I’m talking about the new Volvo V60, which will take on the BMW 3 Series Touring, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon, and the Audi A4 Avant in Europe.
The Volvo V60 Comes Correct With Sexy Looks, High-End Tech, and a 390HP Hybrid Powertrain
If you looked up the word “renaissance” in the automotive dictionary, Volvo’s picture is probably sitting next to the definition. That’s been the story of the Swedish automaker ever since it was purchased by Geely in 2010, and if you need more proof of the company’s dramatic return to prominence, look no further than the recently unveiled V60. By Odin’s beard, it’s an absolute stunner.
2019 Volvo V60
After several years with slow sales and dated products, Volvo began to revive its vehicle lineup with a new architecture and a fresh design language. It started things off with the XC90 in 2014, but several models followed suit until 2017. The V60 remained the oldest car in the lineup to still feature the old design, but this just changed ahead of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, as Volvo unveiled a new compact station wagon. After struggling to compete against similar offerings from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi for nearly eight years, the V60 finally has what it takes to climb higher in the compact premium segment.
Essentially a shrunken V90 on the outside, the V60 boasts the same tech and safety packages as the larger Volvo models. This makes it the most advanced vehicle in its class, despite both the Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon still being relatively new. It also gained most of the V90’s drivetrain lineup, which includes both gasoline and diesel mills, as well as a hybrid. But unlike the V90, the V60 gets a second, less powerful hybrid drivetrain for customers looking for a more affordable electrified vehicle. But let’s find out more about that in the review below.
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Shots of the Volvo V60 Have Leaked Ahead of Geneva Debut
Unless someone had far too much time on his hands and decided to go on a Photoshop binge, what you’re looking at here appears to be the new Volvo V60. The Swedish automaker’s next-generation wagon is scheduled to hit the auto show scene in Geneva next month, but if these photos are accurate, we’re getting a good look at the wagon’s side and rear sections. Color me impressed. The new V60 looks like the kind of wagon you’d want people to see you driving.
2018 Volvo XC60
The Volvo XC60 has been around since 2008 and was updated for the 2014 model year. Nine years after its introduction to the market, Volvo decided it was time to usher in a new generation, and usher one in they did. The new-gen model comes complete with a new design inside and out, new safety systems that include steer assist and oncoming lane mitigation, and a new “CleanZone” climate control system that is said to remove harmful pollutants from the air outside of the cabin when the ventilation system is functioning. Volvo will offer the new XC60 with its T8 hybrid powertrain, the D4 and D5 diesel powertrains, and the T5 and T6 gasoline powertrains for a power range that stretches between 190 horsepower and as much as 407 horsepower. In the right configuration, this SUV can hit 62 mph in 5.3 seconds.
“The XC60 is an SUV not designed to look down on others but to drive. The exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials, and the very latest technology - all perfectly blended together. The XC60 provides a true Scandinavian experience which will make our customers feel special,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design at Volvo Car Group.
So, it all sounds pretty good, right? Well, let’s take a closer look at the new XC60 to see if it really lives up to all that hype.
Update 5/17/2017: Volvo has announced that the 2018 Volvo XC60 will start out at $41,500 for the entry-level T5 trim level. Check out the prices section below for full details.
The New Volvo XC60 Steers Clear of Trouble Automatically While Offering Increased Comfort and a Fresh Look
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 V90
Discontinued in 1998 after only two years on the market, the V90 returned as Volvo’s flagship wagon in 2016. The new V90 is built on Volvo’s new Scaleable Production Architecture platform, which already underpins the XC90 SUV and the S90. As a result, the wagon also uses the same drivetrains as the S90, which in turn borrowed them from the XC90.
Likewise, the V90 features the same design language as the sedan and gets a similar interior, which makes it one of the most luxurious grocery getters on the market. Of course, the wagon received a redesigned rear end and a more practical interior with enhanced luggage space, but the sedan’s premium features and state-of-the-art technology are still there.
More good news comes from the availability department, as Volvo confirmed that the V90 will be sold in the United States too. Unveiled on North American soil at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the V90 became Volvo’s first wagon in the U.S. in many years. Although the brand still offers the V60 on these shores, the V90 comes in Cross Country spec with a more rugged, crossover-like appearance.
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2017 Volvo V40 Cross Country
Volvo has released a handful of teaser images of its refreshed V40 Cross Country ahead of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The updated V40, slotted for the 2017 model year, gets a new face, several interior improvements, upgraded in-dash technology, and new wheel and color options.
Introduced for the 2013 model year along side the standard V40, the current V40 Cross Country adds a higher level of versatility to Volvo’s five-passenger hatchback thanks to more ground clearance, dark body cladding, and of course,Volvo’s AWD system. Designed as a “softroader,” the V40 Cross Country is best suited for foul weather situations that include ice and snow, rather than rocks and deep mud. Still, the car can tackle dirt or gravel roads with more authority than the standard V40 hatch.
“The V40 is the best-selling Volvo model in Europe and the second-most popular Volvo model globally, making it a very important car for the company,” said Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service at Volvo. “With the updates for model year 2017 we make this already very successful model even more attractive to customers in the segment.”
Sadly Volvo has yet to confirm the suspicions of the V40 platform coming to the U.S. in 2017, though it’s still a possibility. We may learn more when Volvo hosts the V40’s official debut at Geneva. Offering the model in the State would give Volvo a chance to compete against the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and the Audi Q3. The luxury compact crossover segment is certainly growing, so the market viability is definitely there.
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2017 Volvo V40
The Volvo V40 came to be in 1995, as a wagon version of the then-new S40, which replaced the 440/460 series. The name was retired in 2004, when the second-generation wagon was renamed V50, but it returned in 2012. The new V40, however, was developed as a hatchback instead of a full-fledged wagon, and was aimed at the likes of the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3. Volvo also launched a Cross Country version with protective body panels, bigger wheels, and an increased ride height for crossover enthusiasts. Four years have passed since the modern, hatchback V40 arrived in dealerships and Volvo has prepared an updated iteration for the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
The update is far from comprehensive, but it adds new headlamps and front grille, new exterior colors, and new upholstery options for the interior. It also comes with improved apps and technology and a more efficient diesel powertrain.
“The V40 is the best-selling Volvo model in Europe and the second-most popular Volvo model globally, making it a very important car for the company. With the updates for model year 2017 we make this already very successful model even more attractive to customers in the segment,” said Bjorn Annwall, Volvo’s senior vice president.
As you may already know, the V40 is not yet available in the U.S. However, word has it that the hatch might cross the pond to North America around 2018, when the next-gen version arrives. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the model set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
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Volvo is quite busy these days. From working to revamp its lineup by 2018 and shifting its focus from EVs to plug-in hybrids, the Swedish automaker is elbows deep into reinventing itself. Heck, Volvo even said it wants to start selling cars online and limit its auto show attendance dramatically. But until the company’s marketing turns into a completely digital experience, the Swedes are still alive and kicking at auto shows the world over. Having showcased the unusual S60 Cross Country at the Detroit Auto Show, Volvo joined the Geneva Motor Show to introduce a brand-new hybrid plug-in.
Named the V60 D5 Twin Engine (Volvo talk for hybrid), the new wagon is essentially a less-powerful version of the already familiar V60 diesel-hybrid. In short, the Swedish are broadening their Twin Engine product range, a trend that’s likely to expand. Although showcased as a special edition with limited availability, the V60 D5 Twin Engine will also receive a regular version to be sold alongside the D6 hybrid.
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Volvo has made a lot of promises recently about concepts that will blow us away. The first two versions have done exactly that, and now, ahead of the third one’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show, we’re getting a few hints at what’s in store for concept number three.
The concept has been billed as the Concept Estate and follows in the work of the Swedish company’s first two concept offerings, the Concept Coupe and the Concept XC Coupe. Not much in the way of details yet except for a handful of teaser photos unveiled by a Swedish company called Stutterheim.
If you’re not familiar with the brand, Stutterheim is actually a Swedish raincoat maker that’s been tasked by Volvo to develop the car cover the Concept Estate will be, shall we say, hiding from before it makes its worldwide debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Seems to explain why these photos were first seen in the website of Stutterheim; after all, the company is also probably showing off its new Estate Svart car cover, a design that was co-created by Volvo’s design time that makes use of "hand-stitched seams on a rubberized cotton fabric in the best quality."
As far as the Concept Estate is concerned, there are a few details peaking out from under that Estate Svart car cover, including the same prominent grille we first saw from the other two concepts. There also appears to be a tailgate-mounted spoiler, a dual exhaust system ,and five-spoke alloy wheels, which are all hardly surprising given the efforts Volvo put to show the world that it’s ready to come out and fight for attention.
More details of the Concept Estate are expected to drop when Geneva opens its doors.
Update 02/26/2014: The leaky faucet over at Volvo has officially turned on, and images of the Volvo Concept Estate have made their way online, thanks to the folks over at Jalopnik. You can see the images after the jump.
Click past the jump to read about the Volvo Concept Coupe and the Volvo Concept XC Coupe
Volvo’s rise back to relevancy has caught the auto industry’s attention. At the Geneva Motor Show, the Swedish automaker is prepared to take it to another level with the upcoming release of its third and final concept car.
But before that, Volvo’s also introducing its new Ocean Race lineup for the V40, V40 Cross Country, V60 and XC60. Each model will be given the "Ocean Race" nomenclature and will come with an assortment of colors, including Ocean Blue II, Bright Silver, Black Sapphire and Crystal White.
In addition, each of the Ocean Race models also stand to receive either black or blonde leather upholstery with matching orange stitching, as well as "Volvo Ocean Race" branded sill plates. The same stitching is also be found on the door panels and floor mats, with the latter also carrying a special rubber tag attached. And in case there’s any confusion on the uniqueness of these models, the V60 and XC60’s load cover will be decorated with a Volvo Ocean Race map and logo.
For their part, the V70 and XC70 Ocean Race editions have their own unique offerings, including high-gloss black accents, a special set of 17- or 18-inch Portunus-style alloy wheels, and a lowered suspension that’s exclusive to the V70. Likewise, both models come with black leather seats, cream contrast stitching and sport pedals.
The Volvo Ocean Race Editions will make their debuts at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show before going into production this spring.
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Note: Volvo Concept XC Coupe pictured here.
As time grows short before the Geneva Auto Show, automakers keep announcing their plans for showcased vehicles. In this case, Volvo has only issued a press release about the third and final member of a trio of concept vehicles commissioned by Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo’s Senior Vice President of Design. Included in the trio are the Concept Coupe that bowed at the Frankfort Auto Show and the Concept XC Coupe which won hearts at Detroit.
The new concept vehicle is still surrounded in secrecy, as the Swedish automaker hasn’t released a single picture of it. We’re left only to guess at what the class the vehicle will fall into and what it might look like. The only real detail that Volvo revealed is that this new concept will feature the Drive-E Powertrain.
The two concepts already in the public eye share many similarities – even riding of a modified version of the same platform architecture. It is probably safe to assume the third concept coming to the Geneva Show will sport many of the same cues and features.
Looking at the Concept Coupe and the Concept XC Coupe, its clear the two share the same design ethos. Futuristic lighting elements adornments, the same concave grille design, and many of the same interior features are common between the two. Rest assured that once the last of Volvo’s concepts hits the Geneva stage on March 4th, TopSpeed will bring you all the details.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volvo Concept XC Coupe.
Volvo is one of those automakers that rarely makes a splash in the auto scene. Unless it comes out with a concept - a feat in itself - it’s usually content with just sitting out of the spotlight and producing cars that are known for their fuel efficiency and safety.
That being said, we still have to give due attention to the automaker, especially when it decided to roll out a bevy of new models for nearly its entire product line.
One of these models is the new S80, the Swedish automaker’s luxury sedan. Previous versions didn’t really inspire a whole lot of interest from the market, but that doesn’t mean that the new S80 doesn’t come with some interesting new features about it that could make it a safe choice for a luxury model.
We certainly see some merits on the new S80. Sure, there are some things we don’t like about it too, but with a brand like Volvo, the case is always the customer taking what he can get.
Updated 08/02/2013: Volvo announced today that the 2014 S80 luxury sedan starts at $39,900. Click past the jump to see all of the pricing details.
Find out more about the 2013 Volvo S80 after the jump
It was expected that once Volvo dropped the new-generation V40 onto the market, all the other models in the lineup would follow suit. The first model sent back to the design board was the S60, but only for a minor facelift. The model made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, next to a few other updated Volvo models.
The current S60 was unveiled in 2010, and this is the first update offered for it, even though Volvo opted to only update the exterior and the interior look.
The 2014 S60 receives a new front fascia with more focused and determined-looking headlamps, a wider grille, daylight running lights and new taillights with LED light. For the interior Volvo adds in new upholstery colors, new wood inlays, a new headliner, and the silk metal frames around the air vents and light controls.
Updated 08/02/2013: Volvo revealed its entire 2014 lineup, including the S60 luxury sedan. See all of the details after the jump.
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With just a few days before the car’s official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Volvo has finally decided to reveal the official details on the new generation V40. The new V40 will be replacing two existing models - the S40 and the V50 - and will compete with models like the Audi A3 and the BMW 1-Series.
"The all-new V40 is the first new model that is fully developed according to our human-centric, Designed Around You strategy. Charged with an outstanding set of high-tech features it definitely will give our toughest competitors a headache," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation.
The new five-door hatchback’s engine line-up starts with the brand’s very first diesel engine that boasts CO2 emissions of 94g/km. The lineup then extends to the turbocharged T5 petrol engine with 254 HP and an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds.
UPDATE 02/28/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images for the Volvo V40.
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Volvo has officially unveiled its next hybrid vehicle for the mass market at the Geneva Motor Show. The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will introduce several new technological innovations that Volvo Car has been developing. Development of the V60 Hybrid has taken place at the same time as the full electric C30 model and with production of that ready to begin, the V60 is not far behind.
This new model will be capable of driving 32 miles on full electric power and produce only 49g/km of carbon dioxide emissions. This car features a unique system of a diesel engine powering the car in some situations and the electric motor kicking in for others. Multiple driving modes can be selected by the driver depending of he would rather use full electric power or the two in conjunction – this differs from many hybrids because the car will usually make the decision when to use electric power. In order to develop these technologies quickly and efficiently Volvo formed a partnership with the Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall in 2007 and has been working on plug in technology ever since.
"In order to get true car enthusiasts to think green, you have to offer them the opportunity to drive with low carbon dioxide emissions without taking away the adrenaline rush that promotes genuine driving pleasure. The V60 Plug-inHybrid has all the traditional properties of a genuine sports wagon. What we’ve done is to spice it up with spearhead technology," says Stefan Jacoby.
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