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  • Google's Android-based infotainment in the Polestar 2

    "Hey Google, can I develop an app for my car's infotainment system?" Alongside the U.S. debut of the upcoming Polestar 2 electric car in San Francisco on Thursday, Google announced that it will open its operating system to third-party developers. DON'T MISS: FCA’s next-gen Uconnect system will be powered by Android, offer cloud services Don't look for Fortnite on the Polestar 2's 11.0-inch touchscreen, however, Android Lead Product Manager Haris Ramic told Motor Authority at the car's debut that initially Google will only look at what he called "media apps" appropriate for use in a car...

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    Polestar 2: 275-mile, 408-hp electric sport sedan makes debut

    New EV brand Polestar unveiled its second model, the Polestar 2, on Wednesday ahead of the formal debut at next week's 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. The car is a small sport sedan that Polestar is calling a Model 3 rival. That's a fair assessment as the Polestar 2 is confirmed with a...

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    Polestar 2's Android-based infotainment system teased, looks slick

    Following a round of teaser photos for the model itself, we now get a look at the Polestar 2's Android-based infotainment system. Polestar invited anyone to preview the infotainment system via a tweet on Wednesday. The tweet routes users to a smartphone application that previews what the...

  • Volvo to embed Google in future infotainment system
    Volvo's Android-powered infotainment system will debut in Polestar 2

    Earlier this year, Volvo announced its next-generation infotainment system will bake in Google and use the Android operating system. Now we know where we'll see the system first. Volvo research and development boss Henrik Green said in an interview at the 2018 LA Auto Show that the Polestar 2 would...

  • Polestar 1 pre-production prototypes under construction
    Polestar 1 reaches pre-production stage

    The well-documented development of the Polestar 1 continues with the announcement Thursday that the high-performance hybrid coupe is now in the pre-production stage. This is the stage where final testing and certification and registration processes take place. Polestar said the first batch of 34...

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    Polestar won't sell from traditional dealerships

    Polestar said on Thursday it would not sell its cars from traditional dealerships in North America. Instead, the Swedish offshoot of Volvo said it will operate franchised "galleries" called Polestar Spaces. The galleries will be located in city centers. Trained product experts–not salespeople...

  • 2019 Volvo S60

    Polestar may be its own independent brand now but the former motorsport and tuning company is still offering performance upgrades for its parent Volvo. Its latest upgrade is a software tune that sees the all-wheel-drive systems of popular Volvo models increase their rear bias. The software increases the amount and frequency of torque distributed to the rear wheels, improving the steering with enhanced turn-in and better control and engagement when cornering. The software also improves traction when accelerating off the line. When installed, the software is designed to function whenever the...

  • 2019 Volvo S60 Reveal in South Carolina
    Rare Swede: just 20 Volvo S60 T8 Polestar Engineered sedans pegged for US

    Volvo wasn't fibbing when it said the 2019 S60 T8 Polestar Engineered would be available in limited numbers. By limited, the Swedish luxury brand meant 20 cars—for all of the United States. Thus, the hottest of the S60 sedan variants will be quite a rarity, and drivers won't even be able to...

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    Polestar 1's carbon fiber structure detailed

    The Polestar 1 is an achingly beautiful coupe that will be the first stand-alone vehicle for the newly formed performance brand. On Monday Polestar released select details about the car's carbon-fiber structure, the first news about the structure since the car officially broke cover in October...

  • 2019 Volvo S60 T8 Twin Engine Polestar Engineered
    2019 Volvo S60 first with Polestar Engineered performance upgrade

    The redesigned 2019 Volvo S60 due to be revealed on June 20 will be the first of the Swedish automaker's cars to receive the new Polestar Engineered treatment. Recall, Polestar is now a standalone brand so will no longer be building dedicated performance offerings for Volvo like the current S60 and...

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    Polestar 1 dynamic debut set for 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed

    The first model from high-performance Swedish electric car brand Polestar is almost ready for delivery. The 600-horsepower coupe made its debut last fall, and we've since learned what markets it will each and how much it will cost. Now the Polestar 1 is on the verge of making its first run in front...

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    Polestar 1 finds most buyers in North America thus far

    The Polestar 1 has yet to make its North American debut, but that hasn't stopped locals to the continent from plopping down cash for the electrified, carbon-fiber-bodied sports coupe. Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath revealed on Thursday that North America is, in fact, the brand's biggest market...

  • Polestar 1

    The 600-horsepower Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid coupe has been priced from $155,000. Polestar made the announcement on Wednesday at the 2018 Beijing auto show where the Polestar 1 is being shown to a Chinese audience for the first time. The car will also be made in China at Polestar's plant under construction in the city of Chengdu. (It's where Polestar parent Volvo also has its own Chinese plants.) Instead of buying the car outright, interested parties will have the option to acquire a Polestar 1 via subscription, though pricing details for this option will be announced at a later date...

  • Polestar 1 undergoes cold-weather testing in northern Sweden
    Polestar 1's torque vectoring honed at the Arctic Circle

    Polestar's been conducting extensive tests of prototypes for its Polestar 1 since the high-performance luxury coupe was shown last fall. This has included long stints at one of the coldest places on the planet. Polestar engineers took prototypes north of the Arctic Circle during the winter, where...

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    Polestar 1 pre-orders start with $2,500 deposit

    The order books are open for the Polestar 1, a 600-horsepower, carbon fiber-bodied plug-in hybrid coupe that will be built in very limited numbers. Previously, interested parties could only signal their intention to purchase a Polestar 1 by registering their details on Polestar's website. According...

  • Artist's impression of Polestar's headquarters under construction in Torslanda, Sweden
    Polestar's new headquarters will be a translucent cube

    Polestar was only spun off from Volvo last October but the performance brand for electric cars already has a plant under construction in China and now a headquarters being readied in Sweden. Expected to be completed in September 2018, Polestar's headquarters will resemble a cube carved out of snow...

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    Polestar 1 production totals may increase beyond 1,500

    Following Polestar's split from Volvo to become a standalone brand, the division showed its first production model: the Polestar 1. At its debut, the brand said it planned for just 500 units a year over a three-year period. But with mounting demand, Polestar is reportedly looking into increasing...

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    Polestar 2 coming in 2019 followed by Polestar 3 in 2022

    Volvo last October spun off its Polestar performance arm into a standalone brand for high-performance electric cars and revealed the first model in the form of the plug-in hybrid Polestar 1. But Polestar isn’t taking the slow road to success. The brand is already constructing its own plant in...

  • Polestar 1

    The United States will be among the first countries to be offered the new Polestar 1 when the plug-in hybrid coupe starts deliveries in 2019. The others will include Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany and China. Polestar says the countries were selected in part due to the level of interest surrounding the Polestar 1. Since the car’s reveal in October, potential customers have been able to register their interest via Polestar’s website. Actual orders won’t be booked until early 2018, however. Polestar will offer its cars via a subscription model similar to Volvo’s...

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    Polestar 1's difficult assembly process will lead to low production numbers

    Polestar, now its own brand within Volvo Cars Group, unveiled its first production car this past October, the Polestar 1. Although the car possesses a stunning design and impressive performance specs, it won't be a mass-market vehicle, thanks to difficult production processes. The brand plans for...

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    Report: Polestar’s 4th car to be a convertible

    Volvo in October spun off its Polestar performance arm into a standalone brand for high-performance electric cars, and revealed the first model from the brand: the Polestar 1. But Polestar isn’t taking the slow road to success. The brand wants a 4-car lineup by as early as 2020, a...

  • Artist’s impression of the Polestar plant under construction in Chengdu, China
    Polestar starts construction of plant in China

    Polestar, formerly Volvo's in-house tuner, will forge ahead as a standalone brand within Volvo Cars Group. On Monday, the brand announced it broke ground on its first manufacturing facility in Chengdu, China. It will be the assembly plant for all future Polestar models. Volvo already has a plant in...

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    Polestar 1 was originally a flagship Volvo coupe

    Former Volvo tuner Polestar on Tuesday unveiled its first car, the aptly named Polestar 1, but if you’re thinking you've seen the design before, it’s because you have. Yes, the Polestar 1 is just a slightly massaged version of Volvo’s Concept Coupe which was presented at the 2013...

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    Polestars to be made in China, rival Teslas

    Volvo in-house tuner Polestar has been morphed into a standalone brand for high-performance electrified cars and on Tuesday we saw its first model, aptly named the Polestar 1, unveiled to the world in Shanghai. The Chinese metropolis is a fitting location for the debut of Polestar’s first car...

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