Polestar is Becoming its Own, Electric Sports Car Brand

Polestar has been making a name for itself on race tracks around the world by providing some of the closest and most exciting race finishes in recent history. Now, Volvo-owned Polestar is going to be competing with the real big boys in the automotive business- by becoming a manufacturer in its own right. That’s right-…

Classic Iron: 58 MPG Volvo LCP Coupe Concept

Did you know that Volvo built a radically styled, ultra-lightweight, super-safe, sporty coupe that got more than 58 miles per gallon? Did you know they built it way back in 1983? That’s right- Volvo was exploring advanced, fuel-saving technology more than thirty years ago. One LCP 2000 concept was even powered (in one instance) by…

Jumping Ship: Trading a Tesla for a Hybrid Volvo

Tesla has set the standard for futuristic, luxury performance cars with its all-electric Model S when it launched a few years ago. Making the move from a Model S to a seven-passenger Model X when your family outgrows the sedan, however, isn’t the no-brainer that Tesla would like it to be. At least, it wasn’t…

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…

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…

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…