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  • Volvo to embed Google in future infotainment system

    Volvo's always had a watchful eye toward safety but now the automaker's wondering if being a Big Brother to drivers isn't a bad thing. CEO Hakan Samuelsson told Motor Authority on Wednesday that his company may not only be responsible to monitor the safety of its cars, but also to monitor the people who drive them. Today, that means limiting the top speed of all Volvos to 112 mph beginning with the 2021 model year. Tomorrow, it could mean more. On Wednesday, Samuelsson announced sweeping changes at the Swedish automaker as part of its Vision 2020 plan that will include an in-vehicle...

  • Volvo in-car camera system
    Volvo knows best: In-car cameras can slow or stop suspected drunk or distracted drivers

    Volvo will install in-car cameras aimed at drivers to recognize impaired or distracted driving—and potentially stop it—CEO Hakan Samuelsson announced in Sweden on Wednesday. The in-car cameras will be installed on new models built on the automaker's newest platform, called SPA 2. Those...

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    Volvo to limit top speed on vehicles to 112 mph

    Beginning with 2021 model-year vehicles, Volvo will impose an electronic speed limiter of 112 mph on all its vehicles. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Volvo announced the decision on Monday, and Motor Authority reached out to Volvo spin-off Polestar to learn if the decision will also apply to the...

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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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    2020 Volvo XC90 bows with minor changes, updated powertrains globally

    Volvo has ever-so-slightly freshened its largest SUV. The 2020 Volvo XC90 debuted on Friday with minor tweaks to the exterior and interior. For global markets outside of the United States, the XC90 also gets new electrified powertrains. Motor Authority confirmed with Volvo spokesperson Russell Datz...

  • 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country
    First drive review: The 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country is Swedish perfection on wheels

    The sun bathes Lulea, Sweden with light for less than eight hours during the middle of the winter. It rises over the Gulf of Bothnia and its small, frigid islands and sets behind the charming and colorful town scattered with red, yellow and white buildings. As pretty as this small city near the...

  • Polestar 2 Android-based infotainment system teaser image

    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 Android-based infotainment will look like and how it will operate. In early 2018, Volvo and Polestar announced it had ditched planned upgrades to its in-house Sensus infotainment system and instead decided to build its new infotainment system around Google and the tech company's Android operating system...

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    Volvo V40 hatch will likely be replaced by a crossover

    Volvo's handsome V40 compact hatchback sold overseas won't get a repeat. That's according to the Swedish brand's European boss, Lex Kerssemakers, who has revealed that Volvo will replace the V40 with a high-riding model of some sort. “We need to do something more creative, which is why we...

  • Volvo in-car camera monitors
    Eyes on you: Volvo to offer in-car cameras to monitor drivers

    Volvo is prepared to install optional in-car cameras to track drivers come 2020. The brand told Car in a Monday report that the cameras will open up a host of new technology benefits, though it recognizes consumer fears over privacy. Atif Rafiq, Volvo’s chief digital officer, said Volvo will...

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    2019 Volvo S60 preview

    Volvo has a redesigned S60 on its hands, and the small luxury sedan has the distinction of being the first Volvo made here in the United States. Production takes place at a new plant in Charleston, South Carolina, which from 2021 will also be responsible for a redesigned XC90. Volvo didn't pull any...

  • 2019 Volvo V60, Tarragona, Spain, June 2018
    2019 Volvo V60: Svelte Swedish wagon slips in under $40,000

    Volvo's redesigned V60 wagon arrives in showrooms in early 2019 priced from $39,895, including destination. The base sticker nets you a 2019 V60 T5, a model that comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 delivering 250 horsepower to the front wheels. Should you want all-wheel drive, you'll need...

  • 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...

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    Volvo and its Silicon Valley-based partner Luminar announced a breakthrough lidar system that should help both companies make Level 4 self-driving cars a reality sooner. Lidar is the essential component that many automakers and technology companies have employed to give a self-driving car sight. The technology allows the self-driving car to see the world around it, and until now, lidar only gave the vehicles a view about 130 feet away. Luminar's new system has upped the figure to 820 feet. The extra distance will give a self-driving car the ability to see 7.5 seconds ahead of itself. What's...

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    Care by Volvo subscription program proves more popular than expected

    Care by Volvo jumped off the starting line with a hiccup, but the subscription program has become more popular than executives first expected. Automotive News (subscription required) reported Monday that within four months of the program's launch, Volvo ran out of the entire number of subscriptions...

  • Dolph Lundgren in Volvo construction ad
    Dolph Lundgren pumps up Volvo construction equipment

    The Volvo commercial vehicles unit has returned with another cheeky advertisement, and this time, Dolph Lundgren is ready to whip some excavators into shape. Lundgren, best known as Soviet boxer Ivan Drago from "Rocky IV," was cast to play a tough drill instructor of sorts. His victims are a group...

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    Volvo certified vehicle program now includes unlimited mileage warranty

    Volvo announced its revised Certified by Volvo pre-owned vehicle program on Thursday, and it has a new offer to attract buyers. Each certified pre-owned Volvo will come with an unlimited mileage warranty. While it's not a lifetime warranty, Volvo said it can customize the warranty to a buyer's...

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    Volvo will jointly develop self-driving car with Chinese tech giant Baidu

    Volvo hit the accelerator Thursday on the further integration of the automotive and tech industries by announcing plans to jointly develop a self-driving car with Chinese internet services giant Baidu. The plan is to mass produce the cars in China for sale to fleets as well as individuals. Timing...

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    Volvo will use Nvidia AI chip in next-gen SPA2 platform

    Volvo is the latest automaker to announce plans to integrate Nvidia's powerful Drive AGX chips in its cars. Volvo said Wednesday that Nvidia's Drive AGX Xavier chip will be the basis of the core computer that features in the next-generation SPA modular platform, which has been dubbed SPA2 and...

  • 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country

    Volvo has a redesigned V60 wagon on sale soon, and just like its predecessor the handsome load lugger has spawned a more rugged V60 Cross Country variant. It isn't due until the 2020 model year, meaning the first examples won't hit the road until some time next year, and the only variant at launch will be a T5 AWD. Mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants will be added at a later date. The T5 AWD will sport a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 delivering 250 horsepower to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic. Volvo's Cross Country models follow the familiar soft-roader route: a raised...

  • 2019 Volvo V60 R-Design
    Volvo V60 wagon sharpened with R-Design and R-Design Pro upgrades

    Volvo's newest V60 wagon is one handsome load lugger. It's a great alternative to the XC60 if you loathe the idea of driving a crossover SUV but still want the added cargo space, and now it can look downright sporty thanks to the addition of an R-Design package. Buyers in some markets will also be...

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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...

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    Volvo self-driving cars to test on roads in Sweden

    Volvo has scored a win with the Swedish Transportation Agency (Transportstyrelsen). The company has been granted permission to test its self-driving cars in the country on public roads, DI Digital reported Friday. The government documents stated that Volvo may operate self-driving cars on public...

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    Volvo Trucks reveals Vera self-driving electric semi concept

    Volvo Trucks, the world's number two in heavy-duty trucks, on Wednesday gave its vision of the future of goods transportation. The company, which is a separate entity to Volvo Cars, rolled out a fully self-driving, electric semi concept. It's called Vera, and it's been designed as a replacement for...

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    Volvo IPO put on hold due to trade war concerns

    A plan to turn Volvo Cars into a publicly traded company by the end of the year has been put on hold due to concerns the stock price could be hurt by the escalating trade war primarily between the United States and China but also between the U.S. and Europe, the Financial Times reported Sunday...

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