Volvo Will be Ready with their Second Electric Car By 2021

Volvo EV

An extensively build new platform is ready for Volvo’s second electric car.

A photograph of the same has been posted here so that you could get a better idea of its design and how the electric motor is mounted. The new model is expected to land in 2021 just in time multiple manufacturers are about to reveal their own EVs.

Just a day ago, we even came across a speculation that Apple wants to make their own electric cars that are fully autonomous by 2024. While the timing may seem rather narrow for such a huge task, it shouldn’t be such an issue especially if they could purchase an automobile company like Tesla and make use of all their available technology.

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The second electric car from Volvo’s stable is expected to be unveiled on the 2nd of March, 2021. The Swedish brand has been tight lipped about revealing more information about their upcoming electric car which will be constructed on the Compact Modular Architecture. It is shortly known as CMA on which the XC40 SUV has already been designed and it will be continued to be used on many of their future models.

The auto brand has already launched their Polestar 2 electric sedan which focuses on performance. An EV that delivers more power than every other offering in the industry makes it stand out and becomes a feather in the cap for Volvo. Besides, there aren’t many cars that promise an all-electric setup except for the few and segregating them into performance or efficiency further makes the buying choice easier for most.

A Very Good Car in the Making

In a press statement, Volvo’s head jokingly commented that they don’t plan to reveal anything earlier than planned. Instead, they are going to keep the interest factor high for the next few months before they reveal their secret EV in the making. He also said, “This is going to be a very good car that we are confident of. While we don’t want to reveal anything now, it shouldn’t hurt to have some teasers popping up now and then.”

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It is also being said that the upcoming EV will be a spiritual successor to the V40 but Volvo says it doesn’t have any such plans. When the 2021 Volvo EV is out and official specifications are revealed, we will have a much better idea. The upcoming model will also fall in the expensive side rather than the budget segment.

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Volvo Says They are Ready to Embrace Autonomous Driving with Revamped Interiors

Volvo’s head in a recent statement said that the brand is years ahead of their competitors.

While everyone is scrambling to build driver focused interiors, they have already moved to passenger focused design that is ready to embrace autonomous technology as soon as it is widely available.

The automobile industry is undergoing a change and even top players have realized it. While moving into hybrids and electric cars is just the beginning, the big revolution is all set on making autonomous driving common. The company that already pioneered electric cars, Tesla is also working on improving the self-driving technology. Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president of design at Volvo commented that going with autonomous driving is not just changing the car’s driving method but also how it looks and the comfort level passengers could experience.

“Volvo has been ahead in this regard as our designs are always driven by passengers and not by driver or technology. Offering highest level of performance is a must in every car but we put comfort in the forefront. The interior designs in all our upcoming models are more of a passenger lounge area. Our team has been studying passenger comfort areas, conducting research and acquire enough knowledge to be ready for the future of autonomous driving,” said Ingenlath.

Sharing further information with regards to their design approach, Robin Page from Volvo said that they have studios located in three different regions including U.S., China and Sweden. The diverse locations allow them to understand their market and custom make cars that are not only ready for the future but put their passengers in forefront. Each country has a different view of what they need and how the car should be.

“Europe despite their open mindedness to adopt newer technology, electric cars and self-driving, the people still want the driver experience to be put first. China on the other hand is quite different and is all about luxury besides offering state-of-the-art comfort for its rear passengers. Americans are keen on electric adoption. While they may seem different, the primary focus is on adopting newer technologies but more customized to each region’s expectations,” said Page.

Volvo Concept 26 is what the brand bets on and it looks quite promising already. Many of the features found in the concept car may go into the production version while some may not. It will be a revolutionary experience when it reaches stores with a reliable autonomous technology.

5 New Volvos Are Making Their Way into the Indian Automobile Market

Volvo is all set to strengthen and expand its existing range of automobiles in the Indian sub-continent by adding in a few more variants apart from launching a new car as well.

The Swedish carmakers are clearly on the offensive. After Volvo India launched the luxury sedan S90 which arrives at a delicious price, Volvo is looking forward to kicking things up by one notch. The sources, which are close to the manufacturer, have confirmed that there are new cars that are making their way out soon. Apart from the new variants, facelifts of many features and improvised performance versions of the existing cars are also on the way.

The new models that are in question are the XC90 R-Design, the updated variants of the V40 and the V40 Cross Country along with Polestar model, most probably the S60, which comes with high-performance specifications. The interesting highlight is that the Swedish automaker is looking at entering the largely untouched gas guzzler space with the new V90 Cross Country.

  1. Volvo XC90 R-Design

After the Excellence variant with all the top specifications was launched in the T8 plug-in hybrid guise, Volvo is going to add yet another model to the SUVs arsenal, the R-Design. This variant will be given a cosmetic soup-up for an extra sporty flair. The exteriors come with additions which include a front spoiler and a different black mesh front grille, black headlining, a bunch of silver accents that have been brushed, leather upholstery, along with 20-inch alloy wheels and wing mirrors with a silver matte finish. The interiors come with detailed R-Design specifications like sports seats, floor mats, illuminated tread plates, gear lever, and floor pedals along with an amazing remote control. The standard 7-seater XC-90 SUV Momentum comes at a price Rs. 70.96 lakh (ex-showroom price in Delhi) and Inscription variant comes at Rs. 82.90 lakh (ex-showroom lakh (ex-showroom price in Delhi).

  1. Volvo V40 and V40 Cross Country

Volvo’s most affordable facelifted variant of the V40 is making its way to India. The V40, along with its adventurous variant, the V40 Cross Country, will now be getting a new face which will include all the new trademark designs and traits of Volvo. These trademark components include the concave grille and the LED headlamps which have been nicknamed as ‘Thor’s Hammer’. However, there is no change to the engine options, which will remain the same. The interiors have been designed with trim elements such as milled aluminum, stealth aluminum, and black grid aluminum, apart from the new ‘City Weave’ upholstery. The car will also be arriving in a wide range of new color options, new designs of the wheels and the variant badges along with the new updated design of the Volvo badge at the rear side of the car.

  1. S60 Polestar

Oh Yeah! You got it right. The Polestar, which is the evil avatar of the S60, is on the list as well. Without any secondary doubts, the highlight of the S60 Polestar is the Drive-E motor with a 4-cylinder engine, which with a capacity of 2.0 liters generates a power of 367 hp and produces a torque of 467 Nm. The car can raise its speed from 0 kmph to 100 kmph in a time of just 4.7 seconds. The new variant will come with a host of details that are specific to the S60 Polestar that includes an entirely different set of bumpers, bigger wheels, and a gorgeous blue shade exclusive to the S60 Polestar.

  1. V90 Cross Country

Well, this is probably the favorite of many Volvo fans from the whole list of newbies. A unique launch of the whole lot is that of the V90 Cross Country wagon which is based on a platform that is similar to that of the S90 and the XC90 that comes with the same scalable product architecture (SPA). The V90 Cross Country features the same 2.0 liters capacity motor, which possibly is the D4 engine of the S90, develops a power of 190 PS and generates a torque of 400 Nm. The estate comes with an additional ground clearance of 65 mm along with an outer covering of matte-black finish in the V90 Cross Country avatar, which is probably a feature that is always welcomed in a country like India. The V90 CrossCountry will be borrowing the all-wheel drive system from the XC90 and will also feature the same 8-speed automatic gearbox.

While the facelifted versions of the V40 and the V40 CrossCountry range, the S60 Polestar, and the XC90 R-Design are expected to be out for sale in the next couple of months, the V90 is expected to mark its debut in the first half or latest by the mid of next year.

Volvo S90 Excellence Promises Immersive Luxury, Launched in China

The Volvo S90 Excellence has officially been launched in China.

The automobile manufacturer promised that people who opt for the car will be able to experience a whole new level of immersive luxury, made possible by premium components and a spacious build.

There is no word on bringing this exquisite Volvo car to the rest of world and Chinese buyers will be an exclusive lot who will be able to enjoy many of the perks it provides. The flagship model is constructed on top of the extensively large wheelbase already being used in the S90 L edition. An official launch event was held in Shanghai today to announce the car and highlight its features. During the expo, it’s best aspects were explained which includes a panoramic roof, adjustable footrest which rear passengers can alter as they need and fold-out work tables similar to the one found in airplanes.

While the standard model is more of a traditional car, the designers have taken a daring plunge in terms of design with the new Volvo S90 Excellence. The car’s front passenger seat has been removed and in its place, you will find a ‘Lounge Console’ the first of its kind that offers a premium experience on the go. It is similar to the setup found in limousines. The company didn’t confirm any release date for the S90 and its availability in other regions. However, they did confirm that there are plans to roll down the model in due time. The Excellence edition will be manufactured in a plant in China and sold within the region.

A slew of luxury features is part of the car including an immersive surround sound system, infotainment controls, neatly packed in storage areas, cup holders with coolers and touchscreen interfaces to allow rear seat passengers to control the content. It also includes a mini fridge that boasts of handmade crystal glass, exclusively handmade by the manufacturer Orrefors from Sweden.

The car will be powered by T4, T5 petrol engines and a T8 twin hybrid engine is also in the cards. Volvo has not announced the actual pricing for the model in China. It is expected to be somewhere around £60,000 when converted in UK pounds. Safety features in the Volvo S90 Excellence include pilot assist, semi-autonomous driving, large animal detection and driver assistance features. The system also supports Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity systems. The S90L and S90 Excellence will be displayed at the upcoming Guangzhou auto expo.

Five Things Every Car Lover Should Know About the Spanking New Volvo S90

Volvo is all set to take over the battle of the luxury cars to its arch rivals like BMW-5 series, Mercedes E-class, and the yet-to-come Jaguar XF, with its dashing new S90, that is prepped for a 2017 release.

The S90 is the second car from the Swedish carmaker since it was acquired by the Chinese automaker, Geely with the XC90 SUV being the first car to be launched by the automaker.

The S90 was unveiled at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, with the interior of the car currently displayed at Volvo’s Excellence Concept at the Volvo Shanghai outpost to honor the actual release of the automobile. The sculpture graphically illustrates the possible variations within the clunker’s interior design.

The S90 comes with some really fascinating features and is bound to become one of the spellbinding India-bound luxury limousines.

  1. The New Crown Jewel at Volvo

Succeeding the slow-selling and the aging S80, which till date was the biggest sedan from Volvo, the S90 is bigger, wider and longer than its predecessor. It is much more luxuriously assembled than the other models. It is equipped with a mobile working station which has a foldable work table, a big multimedia screen for video conferencing or to check e-mails, entertainment mode to watch TV and movies, a lounge-like function with a refrigerator for beverages, a heated foot support, and reclining seats.

  1. It is Long….Like Really Long

The new whopping S90 is longer than the S80 and its other rivals like the BMW 5-series, Mercedes E-class, and the Audi A6. The S90 is almost 18 feet long and 6.5 feet wide. However, it comes only second when compared to the upcoming Jaguar XF, which is even bigger at a massive 5,067 mm.

  1. Unsurprisingly Spacious

The S90 can seat 5 passengers. The large dimensions of S90 give the automobile extensive interior space. Additionally, it has focused more on the rear seat space by forgoing the front passenger seat, which provides unrestricted front visibility. Thus, the owners of the car who are chauffeur-driven will really appreciate the liberal amounts of legroom in the rear seat. The extra sense of space and light brings extremely calming effect.

  1. Luxurious Interiors

The entire interiors of the new S90 is a blend of the incredible Scandinavian materials which include blond leather, solid beeline walnut wood, and satin metal detailed with jewelry. The Design Team of Volvo Cars has installed a central control panel for functions like cup holders, which can be heated or cooled, and for massage functions, in the rear side of the car. The rear armrest is complete with crystal glasses that are hand-cut and manufactured by the famous Swedish glassmaker Orrefors, while the intense sound system from Bowers & Wilkens showcases the 20 speakers which have a power of 1,400 Watts.

  1. Powerful Diesel Engines

The car is expected to arrive with an In-line 4 cylinder, 2.0 liter, twin-turbo, 250hp ‘D4’ diesel engine which will be stationed under the hood. This should be most probably followed by an even more powerful In-line 4 cylinder, 2.0 liter, 316hp version of the engine badged as ‘D5’. The robust version will come with an all-wheel-drive.

Volvo has started to roll the ball towards booking the S90. The Swedish automaker is likely to price the S90 D4 with a T5 Momentum at $46,950 MSRP, while the more powerful D5 with T6 AWD Momentum at $52,950. Volvo aspires to offer a Rolls-Royce like feel to the S90 but at a more affordable price, extra protection, and voluminous luxury.

Volvo Partners With Uber To Test Self-Driving Cabs

Volvo is going to partner with Uber to test self-driving cabs in real road conditions and confirm how public EVs are embraced by commuters.

The cost to produce individual electric cars with self-driving cars could be really high. Tesla managed to pull it off by pricing their Model S sedan with an exorbitant price tag. The same cannot be done by every other manufacturer as it could alienate their buyers. Instead of skipping self-driving technology altogether, Volvo among other manufacturers have decided to implement it in the public transport system. Uber is an easy choice for companies to experiment their technology as they usually have a well-defined route and can be implemented with sensors among other equipment as required.

The new Volvo, Uber partnership is worth $300 million as they jointly invest the huge sum to bring next generation technology into the automobile industry. Volvo will be in charge of producing a scalable product architecture platform. The new platform will have enough space to integrate flat battery that can deliver the power required to enable autonomous driving. The automobile maker will be in-charge of building the vehicles and Uber will purchase those cars to use them for their huge customer base. Uber has a global presence which makes it easier for them to test the autonomous cars in any region.

It has also been confirmed that Volvo will sponsor 100 XC90 cars equipped with self-driving features to Uber. The cars will be tested in the streets of the Pittsburg. Those who like to try out the driverless car can find one using the Uber app and the vehicle will automatically find their pickup location. The idea might sound a bit intimidating where an empty car arrives to pick you up but soon it would be the preferred way to travel just like how computers became omnipresent.

Talking about the launch, Volvo and Uber said that the sole aim is to stop accidents caused by human errors. Statistics claim that over one million people die every year due to improper driving and autonomous cars which are error free could finally put an end to this issue. The companies believe that they are in the early stages of a longterm partnership which will bring the new feature to people around the globe, without having to shell out a fortune.

Volvo has more than 100 EVs equipped with self-driving technology ready to be tested in the roads of Sweden and London by the year 2018.

Volvo S90 and V90 Polestar Editions Aiming To Reach 600 Horsepower

New rumors from the stable of Volvo indicates that the Polestar models of the S90 and the V90 is in production.

The company’s research and development team confirmed that they are indeed going to expand the lineup.

Peter Mertens, the R&D chief confirmed the news. He said that both the S90 and the V90 will have its Polestar versions which may have the capacity to reach up to 600 horsepower. Volvo USA added that they are not planning to bring the model to the country even though Mertens expressed his interest to see them being sold in the U.S. According to sources, the new car will be powered by a hybrid powertrain which comes as a pleasant surprise.

The expected output is 600 horsepower which could even go higher based on the platform they choose and the tweaks made to the engine. The upcoming cars from Volvo will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with internal combustion technology. The powertrain can deliver up to 450 horsepower while the two additional electric engines will provide up to 150 horsepower to achieve the said output.

Inside sources confirmed that the electric motors are the same as the ones being used in the plug-in hybrid versions. The motor is capable of producing up to 87 horsepower and two of them will be used to so as to exert the maximum horsepower from the electric motors. The version to be used in the S90 and the V90 is tweaked to offer much higher performance than the existing models.

If the numbers are something to go by, the Polestar edition of the Volvo S90 and the V90 is going to be give a tough competition to the Mercedes AMG and the BMW M division models. All these companies are going to showcase their best performance so as to convince the buyers to go for their brand. The powertrain continues to be the same V8 on all these cars. However, it is the technology the engineers use to give an added boost to their respective models.

Meanwhile, the top brands including Volvo are working on fully electrified versions of their models. Most of them are scheduled to get launched in 2018 or later which should give even time for the research and development team to perfect the technology before it is rolled out to the mainstream audience. Tesla will also be launching its Model 3 car in the same year.

Volvo Reveals 40 Series Entry Level Models After Days of Teaser Images

The new marketing trend is to make good use of social media websites and Volvo did a good job by releasing teaser images on Snapchat.

After days, the company has officially launched the concept for their 40 series entry level models.

The concept cars are named as 40.1 and 40.2 which we assume are tentative titles and will be renamed before official launch. They are set to be priced below the next gen 60 series and equipped with features that are fit for an entry level model. It is constructed on the popular CMA platform. The particular platform was conceived and designed by Volvo engineers in association with their parent company named Geely.

Volvo is set to launch the XC40 crossover and a brand new sedan. Both these concept cars are in their final stages after which the production version will be finalized. The CMA platform is specifically designed for smaller cars. It helps increase stability, center of gravity and promote best fuel efficiency. The versatile platform can not only readily accommodate petrol and gasoline engines but is also an apt fit for hybrid as well as electrified cars. The automobile manufacturer confirmed that they have some ambitious plans for the next few years. The idea is to create cars which can compete against luxury models from their immediate rivals.

“The brand has always been ahead of its competitors and we have set a new benchmark by creating a new vehicle architecture combined with an efficient powertrain. The innovation has helped us leap miles ahead of our competitors in the premium segment. With the development of the new battery electric powertrain, we are confident that a bright future awaits Volvo in the automobile segment,” said Peter Mertens, the company’s senior vice president in the research and development segment.

Volvo has confirmed that the brand will be ready with its fully electrified vehicle by 2019. Tesla, the pioneers in the field of EVs has already launched the Model 3 which goes on sale in 2018. When the world of automobiles shifts towards battery powered cars, Volvo will be ready to face the competition and deliver competent cars.

The CMA platform will play an integral role in helping them accomplish the feat. The base 40 series will be equipped with multiple safety features including city safety, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, pilot assist, cyclist detection among other similar features for easy driving.

Volvo Teases XC 40 Concept Car, Showcases New Hybrid Engine

Volvo is betting big on their XC 40 concept car and they have been teasing the model for many months now.

A new teaser has been released for the vehicle along with the launch of a new hybrid engine.

The brand confirmed that they are going to use the hybrid engine in all vehicles that are being constructed on theCMA modular platform. In the teaser image released by Volvo, the XC 40 was released one more time and the car resembled a lot of the XC coupe concept showcased by the brand some time ago. The signature taillight design associated with the manufacturer has been carried out with the XC 40 car. It is one seamless design which starts from the roof and continues to run down throughout the rear bumper. The roof spoiler in the new image appears much bigger than the earlier concept and the rear window is raked.

When creating new platforms with hybrid engines, all automobile manufacturers face a situation where they have to manage spacing for the battery without compromising on cargo area. Like most designers do, the team has opted to place the battery in the center of the concept model so that it occupies as less legroom as possible. Very little compromise has been made in terms of spacing if we go by the images. Volvo has released another video where it has been confirmed that the rear wheel is not being powered by the electric motors.

Based on the information revealed through the snapchat picture, it is possible that the new Volvo XC 40 will use only a front wheel drive system. The brand may offer buyers a choice to go for rear or all-wheel drive but there is no confirmation yet. Such options might be provided only if the new platform on which the concept is being built on supports it.

The XC 40 concept car is the first model from Volvo to utilize the CMA platform. The brand is taking an unconventional route by adopting a new platform for their flagship car. While most manufacturers will refrain from such experiments, Volvo is keen to make a mark and overcome competition with innovation. This concept is a good example which has already been received with great support from the buyer community. The wagon will compete against models from BMW, Audi and Mercedes. It is slated to get launched in 2018.

Volvo is Planning to Test 100 Autonomous Vehicles in UK

Volvo is seriously dedicated to making autonomous vehicles mainstream and as part of their campaign, they are planning to test 100 self-driving cars in London before 2018.

The cars will be launched in different phases so that the adoption is done at a gradual pace. Volvo in a press meet said that the biggest challenge they are facing at the moment is related to rules and regulations. There is no specific law to guide them when creating self-driving cars and it has been hindering progress. The brand aims to solve this issue by taking participation in extensive testing but limit it to 100 numbers so that they could understand how traffic is in London before moving to other major cities.

“Drive Me” project initiated by Volvo is playing a crucial role in helping them launch these cars in UK. The project is already successfully established in China and Sweden.They have confirmed to launch the XC90 crossovers which is already being tested in Sweden and Gothenberg. Instead of going for fully autonomous vehicles, Volvo has planned to start with semi-autonomous models for the London streets. It is expected to give them a fair idea of what to expect before going fully autonomous.

The autonomous test the brand has pioneered includes passengers comprising of families. In their official statement, the automobile manufacturer said that they have planned to get statistics from people of all age groups which is vital in preparing the law for self-driving cars when the time comes.

In an extensive research, Volvo has already said that they found at least 90 percentage of the accidents to be committed by human errors. If these cars are controlled by AI which has access to the road map, navigation system, the driving control and communication system, they will not just reduce accidents but are capable of totally stopping such collisions from taking place.

A new self-driving coalition for safer streets was recently formed comprising of Volvo, Ford, Uber, Google among other companies. The joint partnership will allow them to come up with legislative rules and regulations for autonomous vehicles. They are gearing up for a future, possibly by 2020 when majority of cars on the road will be driven by computers and not by humans.

Google is obviously a proactive partner in the group and has populated the Californian roads with its cars a couple of years ago, much earlier when compared to other automakers.

Google, Volvo and Uber Join Hands to Establish Autonomous Car Technology

The world is pushing itself towards a future where fully autonomous cars are going to be mainstream.

The recent partnership between Google, Volvo and Uber confirmed that there is no going back.

The team also includes Ford and Lyft with the primary goal to establish a specific set of rules for autonomous cars so that everyone could just follow it when they make cars of their own. There are plenty of confusion and distrust when it comes to allowing a vehicle to make its own decision. In order to overcome practical issues, the companies have come up with a community named the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets.

With a view to create federal standards for self-driving cars, Google, Volvo, Ford, Uber and Tryst will set laws which will be followed by every car that hits the road. With a universal law, it is easier to adhere to rules and regulations. It is also proposed that the idea will significantly reduce accidents and make it easier for every manufacturer to just manufacture the car but not worry about its functioning.

“When there is a single, clearly understood set of federal standards for the companies to follow, it is easier to understand and implement them. The coalition will be working closely with government policymakers and the people of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to propose rules for the new technology,” said David Strickland who previously worked in the NHTSA and is now an independent employee at a law firm.

California is the most wanted roads for almost every automobile manufacturer out there and a lot of autonomous vehicles are being tested there at the moment. The state has confirmed that they have strict regulations in place in order to oversee the newly launched autonomous vehicles.

Some of the rules include that there should be a steering wheel in the car and a person with valid license should be seated at all times. They should be able to control the car in case there is a state of emergency and it needs to be stopped. Google and many companies are not so delighted about this idea because it voids the concept of having a self-driven vehicle. They have made an appeal in court to allow them to test self-driving cars without people and without a steering wheel. Ford and Nissan has already launched models which are more like lounge on wheels than actual cars.

Volvo Promises to Sell at least 1 Million Electric Cars Before 2025

Volvo is keen to change the way people buy cars and has confirmed that they will sell at least 1 million electric cars from now before the end of 2025.

The number includes sales made in North America and the rest of the globe. According to their statement, Volvo will not only include fully electric cars but will also take sales of hybrid models into account. They are also planning to expand their lineup based on which there will be two different hybrid versions of every car in their existing line up.

Speaking about this new target, Hakan Samuelsson, head of Volvo said, “We know that it is clearly an ambitious target to go after, especially in a time when electric cars and hybrids are still in their early stages of adoption. While people are excited about EVs and support them, the pricing of gasoline has considerably gone down and they are still more powerful in terms of performance. Volvo is keen to take up this goal and make the shift into electrification for the betterment of the world.”

Over the past decade, auto manufacturers have been keen on electrifying the industry. Tesla was obviously the forerunners in the race as the brand took the plunge into the world of EVs. Even though, the Model S was an expensive model, it witnessed amazing sales in Europe and USA. People who cared about the environment and had the resources to buy the car went for it without second thoughts.

Volvo is working on a cheaper and easy to build version. In order to change their existing models into hybrids, the company is working on their compact modular architecture named CMA and the scalable product architecture SPA for bigger cars. Both these architectures will play an integral role as the main purpose of shifting to the model is to add hybrid engines or convert them into fully electric cars.

The SPA platform will be used for Volvo models including 60 and 90 series while the CMA will be used in the 40 series models. All future vehicles from the brand will sport hybrid powertrains while some of them will go fully electric. Other goals that Volvo has announced includes climate neutral options by 2025, reducing death and injury by 2020. All these can be made possible with the help of autonomous technology that takes control during dire situations when humans can no longer react.

Volvo is Bringing 100 Autonomous Cars to Test in China

Driving a car in the congested traffic conditions of a hugely populated country like China is an arduous task for people.

Making an autonomous car do the same is out of the question but Volvo is going to experiment so as to bring this technology to all parts of the world.

Besides, if the designers manage to make a car intelligent enough to navigate the bustling streets in China, they could easily bring it to any other country in the world where it is much less crowded. Volvo started testing their cars in the streets of Gothenburg located in Sweden. The company is now expanding their autonomous cars to China. The engineers are shortlisting the possible cities where they could test the technology after which they will start negotiating with the local government to let them in.

There are plenty of hurdles to cross including rules, regulations and infrastructure in order to successfully carry out this experiment. Volvo in a recent press conference said that there are numerous issues that people in the country are facing, with majority of them related to transport. By introducing autonomous technology, the company believes that they can make life easier for the residents.

Volvo is looking forward to the year 2020 which is when self-driving cars will take over the world and be the mainstream choice for customers. They are highly confident that by collecting data for the next four years, automobile manufacturers will be able to create cars that doesn’t indulge in any kind of accident. The new Volvo S90 is already equipped with pilot assist function which helps a driver maintain safe distance, accelerate or brake as required.

The autonomous car tech will also be further expanded in Sweden. At least 100 cars will be launched in the country based on their Drive Me program. The same program will be expanded to China once the cities are finalized. Volvo is taking a brand new direction and creating a challenge for themselves which might inspire other car companies to launch their services in the world.

At the moment, most self-driving models are being tested in the United States and Europe. There are regulations and human safety issues which deters the technology. But, it won’t be long before they overcome them all and make cars drive on their own while customers enjoy a relaxed ride. These cars will be driven by local drivers so that they could get an idea of how the new technology works.

Volvo Introducing In-Car Delivery to Make Holiday Shopping Easy

The online shopping trend is taking a new path with Volvo planning to introduce an in-car delivery service in their home country Sweden before rolling out the feature to the rest of the world.

In order to make life easy for holiday shoppers, Volvo has announced a program which will go live on Black Friday and Cyber Monday days. These two days are some of the most popular shopping time around the globe. Retailers have been giving some extraordinary discounts and this has pushed shoppers to buy goods, whether they need it or not. But, the problem is that when you buy so many items, it is impossible to load them all and come back home.

Volvo makes it possible by tying up with companies like Lekmer which sells toys and which focuses on grocery items. When you place an order on these shopping days in these websites, it is important to opt for the in-car delivery program. By agreeing to the conditions, a digital key will be generated. It will be valid only for a single use. The courier delivery person will be able to open the cargo area of the car, deliver the goods and lock it back.

As soon as the goods are delivered, the person who placed the order will automatically receive a notification. The service is expected to make shopping easier for people and also save time spent in travelling. The nearest delivery person can find the car and place it when you are in office rather than having to travel all the way to your home. Christmas is the busiest time of the year and Volvo opines this could change the way people buy items during the holiday season.

Major cities in Sweden will receive the service in the next few days, while Volvo has plans to expand it to other countries in Europe as well. With such a short notice, it is not easy to bring the feature to the U.S., UK, among other countries. In their official statement, Volvo said that they are doing their best to make use of technology and change life for their customers.

“If technology could help customers and make their life easy, we will always find new ways to implement it. Not just in our cars but with other partners as well so as to make it widely appealing to our user community”, said a Volvo representative in an official statement.

Volvo Reveals New Compact Modular Architecture Platform Details: Electric Vehicle to Come in 2019

Volvo revealed more details on its new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform. The company also gave details of the range of upcoming cars to be manufactured under CMA and announced that its all-electric vehicle will be launched in 2019.  

Volvo’s CMA platform was being developed along with its bigger and larger Scalable Product Architecture platform under the aegis of its Chinese parent company, Geely. The CMA and the SPA platforms are expected to underpin the entire range of Volvo vehicles eventually. Both the platforms are intended to modernize the production process and confer technological advantages to the vehicles.

Usage of both these modular platforms would help Volvo streamline the assembling process and getting the economic advantage from economies of scale. The SPA platform has already found its way into the 2016 XC60 crossover and is also expected to be employed in the upcoming V90 wagon and S90 sedan.

Volvo announced that the first CMA-powered vehicles will be launched in 2017. It is rumored that XC40 crossover will be launched before V40 and S40 are manufactured. The CMA platform is designed for compatibility with both all-electric and hybrid drivetrains, just like its bigger sibling, the SPA platform.

The company announced that the first all-electric vehicle will be ready in 2019 and by 2020; it expects a 10th of its sales to be from this segment. The all-electric vehicle is estimated to have a 300-mile driving range per charge and would be mostly likely positioned to take on Tesla’s upcoming model Y.

The company would initially focus on plug-in hybrid vehicles beginning with the 2016 XC90 T8 which will combine two electric motors with a 2L twin charged 314 hp engines. Additionally, the company is making ambitious plans to eliminate injuries and fatalities in its new cars by 2020. Volvo is also committing fully to develop autonomous driving technology and says that it will accept liability if any of its vehicles causes an accident while in the autonomous driving mode.

Volvo is Planning an Electric SUV with 350 Miles Range to Beat Tesla Model X

Tesla has been enjoying grand success in the electric car segment and the icing on the cake is the fact that there are no other major players to compete with them. 

It gives a competitive edge like never before for the company, but not for long, according to the latest updates. While it is obvious that almost all major brands, like Toyota, Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz have plans of their own, a surprising announcement comes from an unexpected source. Volvo, the popular large vehicle brand which has very little share in the market confirmed their desire to beat the Tesla Model X on the road.

They are not going to simply take down the X in terms of design, interiors or features, but in terms of mileage. At present, it sounds like an extremely ambitious claim to make, but when Tesla first entered into the market, most others believed that they are betting on a technology not so favored by the buyers. The company proved people otherwise with the Model S and now it’s the Model X. Similarly, the Volvo SUV scheduled for a possible 2019 launch will deliver an extremely impressive 350 mile range on a single charge.

Five years is a long time to go and when Volvo launches their SUV in the market, it could probably be really crowded with vehicles from other top manufacturers. But, it’s good to see companies finally showing interest in the electric segment. Plug-in hybrids are good options, but they can never offer the mileage and reliability that a full electric car offers. Volkswagen’s diesel car fiasco and its inability to pass emission tests without rigging the car with a software program was the final push that the automobile industry needed to make the switch.

Makers have realized that it’s finally time to move on and adopt electric cars. Customers are ready to buy them if they offer good mileage and has a reasonable price tag. Tesla is working on an inexpensive model scheduled for 2020 launch. The upcoming sedan will have a great mileage and will be priced at $35,000 or maybe even lesser in order to attract a major share of the buyers. It’s going to be an interesting future to look forward, not only because of these EVs but also the budding concept of autonomous cars. Maybe, you can just tell your car where to go in the next five years and it will take you there.