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2019 S60 T8 Polestar Engineered Sells Out In Less Than An Hour

2019 S60 T8 Polestar Engineered Sells Out In Less Than An Hour

Forget SUVs - the fast four-door is still going strong!

Volvo introduced the third-generation S60 compact earlier this year, and with it, the limited, hot-to-trot Polestar Engineered edition. Thanks to its sultry aesthetic and potent powerplant, Volvo fans were eager to scoop it up - so much so, every available unit sold out in just 39 minutes.

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Pricing for the Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered is Far From What You'd Expect

Pricing for the Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered is Far From What You’d Expect

The S60 Polestar Engineered is a subscription-only car

The U.S.-built Volvo S60 was launched last week, and the automaker has already announced that the top-of-the-line hybrid version, the S60 T8 Polestar Engineered, will be available from June 28. But, there’s a catch – only 20 of these will be available, and only by subscription through Care by Volvo. Customers who have enrolled in Care by Volvo can make a monthly payment of $1100, before taxes and registration fees, for the S60 T8 Polestar Engineered. These monthly payments cover insurance, service, and maintenance of the car.

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Volvo Chooses to Electrify Current Range Over Creating New Models

Volvo Chooses to Electrify Current Range Over Creating New Models

Adding extra battery motivation is priority number one

As the all-electric segment continues to grow, Volvo is looking to grow with it, expanding its battery-powered offerings with several fresh models to be released over the next few years. However, rather than developing all-new vehicles, the Swedish brand will instead modify its current lineup with hybrid and all-electric iterations of existing nameplates.

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2018 Polestar 1

2018 Polestar 1

The performance division takes its first solo footsteps

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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Volvo To Sell Only Hybrids in 2019; Promises 5 EVs by 2021

Volvo To Sell Only Hybrids in 2019; Promises 5 EVs by 2021

Bye-bye gasoline- and diesel-only drivetrains!

Swedish automaker Volvo has just announced that every car it launches from 2019 onward will have an electric motor, in a move to gradually phase out and replace internal combustion engines with more efficient and environmentally friendly drivetrains. While this doesn’t mean that Volvo will give up on gasoline and diesel engines altogether, it will make it the first premium carmaker that puts an electric motor in each and every vehicle in its lineup. And on top of turning its current cars into hybrids, Volvo also plans to launch five all-electric vehicles between 2019 and 2021. Not many details are available, but Volvo says three will be Volvo models, while to will be high-performance Polestar versions.

The firm added that these five cars will be supplemented by a range of gasoline and diesel plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid options on all models, which confirms that the EVs will be built on the current scalable platforms, meaning they will carry familiar nameplates. Expect a hatchback, a sedan, and a crossover to be the first to gain all-electric drivetrains. “This is about the customer,” said Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo president and chief executive. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.”

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Volvo Considering Replacing Diesel Engines With Gas Hybrid Powertrains

Volvo Considering Replacing Diesel Engines With Gas Hybrid Powertrains

Is this the game-changing move that puts Volvo back on the map?

Has Volvo turned into one of the more progressive-thinking automakers in the world? While it may be a little premature for that, the Swedish automaker continues to make a strong case that it has left behind its old dormant ways in favor of a more aggressive approach towards future sustainability. Proof of that lies with the company’s new three-cylinder “T5” plug-in hybrid engine, which is one of the first of a new generation of high-efficiency gas hybrids that will hit the market when the new Volvo XC40 arrives. Volvo’s plan is to eventually use this engine on lower and middle tier models, and according to CEO Hakan Samuelsson, this new engine type could become popular enough in various formats to effectively replace diesel engines.

It’s a bold statement that fits into Volvo’s new-found bravado in the automotive industry. It also could turn into an accurate statement if emissions standards throughout the world become tougher, it would become more difficult for a lot of automakers to justify the use of diesel engines when a better alternative is already available. Samuelsson added that the T5 gas-hybrid engine “offers much lower CO2 levels but more or less the same performance in both horsepower and torque.” If the engine lives up to Volvo’s expectations, it could pave the way for the company to phase out diesel engines all together.

A big part of that will depend on the T5 engine’s emissions and economy data, and while the company has yet to release the details of those figures, it did say it expects the engine to emit less than 95g/km in European testing. That number would not only bring tax benefits in a lot of countries, but it could also be used as the official Euro target for fleet-average emissions.

That said, Samuelsson resisted on making any bold proclamations since that scenario isn’t a certainty yet. But it could happen, and as a company, Volvo is preparing for all the possibilities.

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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.

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Volvo S90 Will Also Get A Hybrid Version

Volvo S90 Will Also Get A Hybrid Version

Volvo’s grand plans for the S90 in the midsize luxury segment might now include a three-cylinder engine that will be used as part of a hybrid engine. That’s the word coming out of Volvo’s senior vice-president of research and development Peter Mertens, who has suggested the possibility of using a three-cylinder engine on the S90. Such a setup would also include a hybrid powertrain and would be packaged to sit below the existing T8 hybrid variant.

Nothing has been confirmed on that front yet, but the possibility of it happening is opening new possibilities for the S90. Having two hybrid variants, for instance, would create a differentiation between the two, giving customers the opportunity to choose which of the two suits their preferences.

Volvo has already said that the 1.5-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine will be used across a variety of models that will be using Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture platform. That would include the 40 and 60 models. Now, it appears that these three-cylinder turbos would also be compatible with the company’s bigger platform, the Scalable Platform Architecture. That allows models like the S90 and its SUV counterpart, the XC90, to also tap into this engine — either as a stand-alone drivetrain (unlikely) or as part of a hybrid setup (likely).

Martens even confirmed that the company already has a handful of S90 prototypes that are powered by a three-cylinder hybrid drivetrain. That’s a pretty serious indication that the Swedish automaker really is intent on making the S90 as versatile as any model in its segment. If Volvo does decide to green light another hybrid variant for the S90, it would certainly add another layer to the company’s overarching plan of becoming a more prominent player in the market.

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2015 Volvo V60 Twin Engine Special Edition

2015 Volvo V60 Twin Engine Special Edition

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 Postpones Electric Models, Focuses On Plug-in Hybrids Instead

Volvo Postpones Electric Models, Focuses On Plug-in Hybrids Instead

Unsurprisingly, electric cars aren’t exactly selling like hotcakes in most markets, which is why Volvo has decided to postpone its all-electric model rollout, despite having the capabilities from a technology standpoint. At least this is what vice president of product strategy, Lex Kerssemakers, has recently told the folks from Autocar. Considering that the Swedish carmaker has already successfully launched two plug-in hybrid versions in the form of the Euro-only V60 and the second-generation XC90, it seems that its short- and medium-term plan will consist of other similar models.

"Our focus is the rollout of our plug-in hybrids,” he said. “Once there is a more sustainable business case behind full EV we can do it - our platform is scalable and fully flexible. But we must see how the EV business evolves and what pressures there are from fuel efficiency requirements and cities closing borders. With plug-in technology we have some answers now - good efficiency and the option of driving in and out of cities on electric power alone. For now, we can offer the best of both worlds." said Kerssemakers.

Because most car markets and global legislation are rather slow to adapt to the inclusion of full-electric vehicles, it seems that Volvo doesn’t want to jump head-first like other traditional carmakers – I’m looking at you, Renault! - and spend a lot of money in launching cars that need government incentives in order to sell well. With that in mind, if the Swedish carmaker keeps rolling out efficient plug-in hybrids, it can only mean good things in the interim.

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2014 Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid Polestar

2014 Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid Polestar

Famous for dropping more horsepower and torque in nearly every available Volvo model, ranging from the small C30 hatch to the V60 wagon, Polestar just added a new vehicle to its high-performance lineup. This time around, the Swedes got a hold of Volvo’s V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid wagon, turning it into a more powerful, yet still fuel efficient vehicle. Unlike other Polestar-tweaked Volvos, the hybrid wagon comes with minor, barely-noticeable exterior changes. On the flip-side, the powertrain updates are obvious enough to to make the package appealing to those in need of more horsepower and torque.

Polestar’s major achievement with the V60 D6 Plug-In Hybrid is that, although the wagon is slightly more powerful and quicker, mileage and CO2 emissions remain the same. That’s just about any driver’s dream and it says a lot about the company’s vast experience with Volvo engines. As expected, Polestar only touched the vehicle’s diesel engine, leaving the electric motor in its stock form. Read on to find out why the V60 D6 is the most powerful diesel model wearing a Volvo badge.

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2015 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid R-Design

2015 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid R-Design

The Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid sure made a name for itself in Europe last year, earning the distinction of being one of the best-selling hybrid-electrified vehicles on that side of the world. With the car’s success, it would’ve been a foregone conclusion to think that Volvo was going to take advantage of it. Well, how else do you describe the Swedish automaker’s decision to release the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid R-Design?

Essentially, the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid R-Design is a combination of two worlds for Volvo, one involving the car’s rather popular hybrid setup and another involving its, well, "sportier" R-Design side.

The latter doesn’t really move the needle for us, but the former sure does, enough for us to wonder whether this hybrid has a future in US soil. It’s unlikely at this point given how successful the model has been in Europe, but we’re still holding out hope.

After all, if Volvo has a mode this popular in Europe, wouldn’t it be a smart idea to send it across the Atlantic to see whether it has the make-up to equal its success in Europe?

Here’s to hoping Volvo shares our sentiments on that one.

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2012 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept

2012 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept

Volvo will come at the Detroit Auto Show with an innovative petrol plug-in hybrid: the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept that previews a production version vehicle set to be offered in both Europe and North America. The concept combines a 280 HP four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine driving the front wheels with an electric motor producing 70 HP.

The concept offered three modes of operation: Pure, Hybrid or Power, with the Hybrid one offering a fuel economy of over 100 mpg. This system will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds

"The technology in the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept is as ingenious as it is unique," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation. "You can make really green progress on the road without compromising on any of the luxury car’s renowned properties. No other manufacturer has succeeded in delivering fuel economy and electrical range on this level in a capable, spacious performance car with 350 horsepower on tap."

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2012 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

2012 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

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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Volvo remains tight-lipped on a possible electric car

Volvo remains tight-lipped on a possible electric car

We all know that the world’s oil resources isn’t going to last forever and that gas-guzzling vehicles would eventually fall by the wayside and be replaced by plug-in hybrids and electric cars.

So when car makers are slowly pushing for the development of these types of cars, you know that they’re fully aware of the future of the industry as well.

The latest car brand that’s being linked to producing an electric car is Volvo. The Swedish-based automaker has already gone on record as saying that they are in the middle of producing a plug-in hybrid. Now, it’s beginning to look like plug-ins aren’t the only thing that’s taking up Volvo’s time.

Rumors have come out that Volvo is in the infancy stage of producing an electric version of the Volvo C30 with a source, who knows his way around the industry, even saying that he is ‘reasonably confident’ that Volvo is doing more than just the standard research with regards to the future of an electric car in its line-up.

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Hybrid Volvo by 2012

Hybrid Volvo by 2012

Volvo is taking some big steps to go green. Volvo announced that by late 2012 the line-up will include a hybrid model and starting 2009 all models will include start-stop technology. The hybrids will be sold in Europe and the United States.

The start-stop technology, which turns off the engine at idle (like at stoplights,) will be introduced on Volvo’s smaller cars, such as the C30, S40 and V50. Later, start-stop will be spread to the rest of the lineup. This is a feature that is becoming available in the economy cars of Europe, but has yet to be introduced in the U.S.

Diesel hybrids will appear first in the larger sedans, crossovers and SUVs. Volvo’s hybrids will be able to operate on battery power alone at low speeds. Similar to Toyota’s second generation Hybrid Synergy Drive system found on the Highlander, the front wheels are driven by a variant of Volvo’s five-cylinder turbodiesel, while the rear wheels get a separate electric motor.

Although Volvo has only been offering V8 engines for a few years, it is studying whether to stop using them in favor of turbocharged six-cylinder engines on its high-end models.

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New range of plug-in hybrids from Volvo and Saab

New range of plug-in hybrids from Volvo and Saab

Swedish nationals Saab and Volvo have joined forces with Vattenfall, battery technology consortium ETC and a government environment agency to bring out a new range of plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The eco-friendly notion will span the next two years and a hybrid powertrain as well as an electrical charging infrastructure will subsequently be developed. As many as 10 cars will begin their testing schedule within this period, claims Auto Motor and Sport magazine.

Every automaker thrives to do their bit to save the environment by making use of technology and this move by the Swedish duo is no different. Saab presented its 9-X BioHybrid concept car only last week, showcasing its capabilities in this field. Volvo’s ReCharge Concept stands up to put forth the company’s interest and ability in the same area. As hybrid sales begin to open up, manufacturers are hard at work producing hybrid avatars of their star cars. Volvo and Saab see opportunities in this market and a lot remains to be seen on how much advantage they take and prosper in this high-potential field.

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2007 Volvo C30 Flexifuel STCC

2007 Volvo C30 Flexifuel STCC

Volvo Car Corporation has decided to develop a completely new racing car and to continue its work with bioethanol (E85) and Green Racing in the STCC (Swedish Touring Car Championship) for three more years.

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2008 Volvo ReCharge

2008 Volvo ReCharge

Volvo Cars is introducing the Volvo ReCharge Concept, a plug-in hybrid with individual electric wheel motors and batteries that can be recharged via a regular electrical outlet for maximum environmental benefit. Recharging allows the car to be driven about 100 kilometres on battery power alone before the car’s four-cylinder Flexifuel engine is needed to power the car and recharge the battery. Volvo ReCharge Concept makes its debut in a specially designed Volvo C30 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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200 hp Flexifuel engine for the Volvo models

200 hp Flexifuel engine for the Volvo models

Starting first half of 2008 Volvo will offer a five-cylinder 2.5-litre turbocharged Flexifuel engine with a power output of 200 hp for the V70 and S80. This means that a total of five models: C30, S40, V50, V70 and S80 - will be available with one or two Flexifuel engines.

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Volvo C30 Hybrid Concept on the way

Volvo C30 Hybrid Concept on the way

According to AutoBild, Volvo is working on a hybrid version for the compact Volvo C30. The concept car will be unveiled in the autumn of 2007, in Shanghai.
The Volvo C30 Hybrid Concept will be powered by a diesel engine combined with a plug-in battery that will allow the car to run 45 miles before the diesel engine will be used.

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Volvo is expanding its range of bioethanol-powered FlexiFuel cars

Volvo is expanding its range of bioethanol-powered FlexiFuel cars

Volvo Cars is launching FlexiFuel models powered by renewable bioethanol on several European markets this autumn. The green model range is also being extended and even Volvo’s new C30 will be offered with eco-optimised FlexiFuel power.
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“Interest in ethanol as a vehicle fuel is growing in Europe,” says Gerry Keaney, Senior Vice President Market, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Cars. “We are therefore expanding our range with additional models on a total of 9 markets. (...)

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World's first CO2-free automotive plant combats greenhouse effect

World’s first CO2-free automotive plant combats greenhouse effect

Volvo Trucks’ plant in Tuve, Sweden, will become the world’s first CO2-free automotive plant. Five large wind power plants and a new biofuel plant generating electricity and heat will eliminate the emission of carbon dioxide, the leading contributor to the greenhouse effect. Volvo has also developed an environmentally-friendly hybrid technology that uses electricity and a diesel engine to power its vehicles. The technology is designed to reduce fuel consumption, carbon dioxide emissions and (...)

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