Randy Reviews: 2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country

I’m a huge fan of the Volvo V60 Cross Country wagons. Despite having put several hundred (if not thousands) of miles on the cars over the last two years, though, I’ve never found the time to sit down and type out a solid review of the capable Swedish mid-sizer. Thankfully, my good friend, Randy Stern,…

Volvo Parent Company Buys Lotus Cars

Li Shufu, the Chinese billionaire who purchased Volvo from Ford and oversaw the company’s successful resurgence has just acquired another storied, troubled car brand to turn around: Lotus. Li’s Geely Holding Group announced, yesterday, that it will buy a 49.9 percent of Malaysian automaker Proton, as well as a 51 percent stake in Lotus Cars….

Volvo Gives Up on Diesels, Focusing on Electrics

Earlier this week, Volvo Cars’ CEO Håkan Samuelsson announced that the company’s current lineup of Drive-E diesel engines would be the last such engines produced by the Swedish car brand. Instead, he says, Volvo’s engineering focus has now switched to electric and electrified vehicles. Volvo is aggressively pushing development on its new “Modular Electrification Platform”…

Volvo Receives Award for Steel Innovation

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), honored the Volvo Car Corporation body structure team with its Automotive Excellence Award for its advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) innovations in the 2016 Volvo XC90. The award was presented today at the 16th annual Great Designs in Steel…

Volvo Polestar S60 Epic Monza Finish (w/ Video)

The last lap of the 2017 touring car race at Monza produced one of the closest finishes in the history of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Who came out ahead, though? Was it the Volvo Polestar Cyan Racing S60 or the Honda Castrol GTX Civic Si? Check out the exciting race highlight video, below,…

New Volvo XC60 to Chase Eclipse Across the US

Volvo will send a fleet of specially-equipped, all-new XC60 SUVs to a number of specially chosen locations across the US in an effort to provide live, streaming, 360-degree coverage of 2017’s solar eclipse as it crosses the US. It’s a huge undertaking for Volvo, and quite a bit more intense that typical corporate YouTube video!…

Volvo Q1 Profits Are Up 11% Over 2016

Volvo earnings rose from 3.1 billion Swedish Krona in 2016 to 3.5 billion in 2017. That’s nearly $396 million US and represents an 11% proft growth for the Chinese-owned Swedish brand. In addition, Volvo’s sales rose to 47.6 billion SK from 42 billion a year ago. Volvo also revealed that launch costs for the recently-launched…

Volvo + Autoliv Project Goes Live

Zenuity, the joint venture between Volvo Cars and Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV and SSE: ALIVsdb), began operations this week. Zenuity is a new entrant in the growing global market for autonomous driving software systems. It marks the first time a premium car maker has joined forces with a tier one supplier to develop leading advanced…

Volvo’s First Pure EV Will be Built in China

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, will build its first fully electric car in China, the company announced today at Auto Shanghai in China. The all new model will be based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) for smaller cars, and will be available for sale in 2019 and exported globally from China, Volvo said….

Koenigsegg Agera RS1 Debuts

The latest addition to Koenigsegg Automotive’s growing US-based family, the Agera RS on exhibition in New York was specifically named as RS1 by its owner, who has been intensively involved in the entire specification and build process. The RS1 is finished in Arctic White with highlights in a specially selected shade of blue on the…

2015 Volvo XC90 Lounge (w/ Video)

The ultra-luxury market continues to heat up with new entries from Mercedes-Maybach, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Bugatti, and others showing up all the time. Back in 2015, Volvo showed off its own take on the super-luxe limo with the Volvo XC90 Lounge Concept.The XC90 Volvo based the concept on still wasn’t available in the US- but it…

Inside Look: 2018 Volvo XC60 (w/ Video)

After bowing at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this year, the all-new 2018 Volvo XC60 made its US debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show last week, and the company is following up a strong showing for its latest offering with this in-depth product walk-around with Hans Nilsson. Hans is the senior project manager…