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Volvo’s Polestar 2 to take on Tesla Model 3, Polestar 3 for Model X

Volvo’s electric performance brand has today announced plans to build a competitor to the upcoming Tesla Model 3 with its Polestar 2, and to also take on the electric SUV market with the Polestar 3...

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Volvo's Polestar moves production to China
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Volvo's Polestar moves production to China

Volvo’s performance arm Polestar has moved its production future to China, where it will build a state-of-the-art facility that will also act as a performance and customer centre. Polestar’s all-electric future has been boosted with today's announcement of the Polestar 1, one of three models set to be manufactured at the plant in Chengdu...


Polestar’s subscription ownership model ‘is the future’
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Polestar’s subscription ownership model ‘is the future’

Alongside its unveiling of the Polestar 1, its change in manufacturing locations to China and the announcement of upcoming Polestar 2 and 3 models, Volvo’s soon to be electric sub-brand also revealed details of a subscription model the company says is the future of automobile ownership...


Polestar 1 unveiled: 441kW, 1000Nm hybrid
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Polestar 1 unveiled: 441kW, 1000Nm hybrid

Volvo’s performance arm has today unveiled what it calls the very first vehicle of its new era of performance electric cars. Polestar says the launch of the Chinese-built Polestar 1 will lead the way to two other models, the creatively named Polestar 2 and 3, in the coming years. Australian buyers will be disappointed to know that for now, the Polestar 1 is left-hand-drive only...


Polestar teases new car ahead of October 17 reveal
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Polestar teases new car ahead of October 17 reveal

Polestar has begun teasing a new vehicle, which will be unveiled on October 17. The newly independent marque has been teasing its first solo branded vehicle on Instagram ahead of its launch in a few weeks time. Polestar has been posting numbered close-up photos of its new car on the social media website, although the individual images don't reveal too much about the new vehicle...


Polestar declares 'the end' to co-branding Volvo cars
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Polestar declares 'the end' to co-branding Volvo cars

Polestar has reminded the world that it will soon step out as an independent marque with a simple and slightly mysterious post on social media. The company didn't include any descriptive text with its Instagram post (above), leaving us to speculate the split between Polestar and Volvo is now complete...


2018 Volvo S60 Polestar, V60 Polestar revealed - UPDATE
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2018 Volvo S60 Polestar, V60 Polestar revealed - UPDATE

UPDATE: Volvo Cars Australia has now confirmed the updated 2018 Volvo S60 Polestar and V60 Polestar models will land here by either the end of 2017 or early in 2018, although the exact number of cars we'll get is still to be confirmed. August 28: Volvo's performance tuning spinoff Polestar has revealed the latest tweaks to its enhanced S60 and V60 models this week, a little over one year since their last major update...


Polestar's first car could be a unique plug-in hybrid coupe - report
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Polestar's first car could be a unique plug-in hybrid coupe - report

Last month, Volvo Cars announced Polestar, its tuning division, will be spun off into its own distinct brand for "electrified global high performance" cars. Although the newly liberated brand will still tune Volvo vehicles and market performance kits for them, it will also be "developing a fabulous portfolio of bespoke products"...


Polestar reveals 'optimised' 314kW plug-in XC60
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Polestar reveals 'optimised' 314kW plug-in XC60

Volvo Cars' electrified performance brand Polestar has introduced an "optimised" version of the new-generation 2018 XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid medium SUV, producing an eye-opening 314kW of power. Polestar's upgraded XC60 T8 matches the equally optimised XC90 T8 derivative despite being lighter and smaller. As we know, the Polestar-tuned XC90 T8 pack can be bought in Australia...


Volvo confirms Polestar will become separate electrified sports car brand
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Volvo confirms Polestar will become separate electrified sports car brand

Volvo has confirmed it will transform Polestar into a "new separately-branded electrified global high performance car company". The new Polestar division will be headed up by Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo Cars' senior vice president in charge of design. Its chief operating officer will be Jonathan Good, who is currently in charge of corporate communications at Volvo...


Polestar electric sports car mooted - report
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Polestar electric sports car mooted - report

Volvo's performance arm Polestar might be considering its own electric sports car, separate from any of its Swedish parent company's models. According to a report from UK publication Evo, Polestar could be eyeing off somewhat of a split from Volvo, while taking advantage of parent company Geely’s recent purchase of the iconic Lotus brand...


Volvo S60 Polestar's Nurburgring record kept secret for a year
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Volvo S60 Polestar's Nurburgring record kept secret for a year

Last year, the Volvo S60 Polestar managed to set a record for a four-door production car around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. In the hands of Cyan Racing, the racing team that was spun off from Polestar when the tuner was bought by Volvo two years ago, a road-legal Volvo S60 Polestar completed a lap of that famed long and winding road in seven minutes 51...


2017 Volvo S60, V60 Polestar pricing and specs
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2017 Volvo S60, V60 Polestar pricing and specs

Local pricing for the 2017 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar models have surfaced online this week, with the sporty mid-sized sedan and wagon twins starting at $89,990 and $92,990 before on-road costs respectively. This means the new Polestar models are a smidgen under $10,000 cheaper than the models they replace, despite offering more power and better performance, while commanding a $20,000 premium over the current T6 R-Design range topper ($69,990)...


Volvo and Polestar to power up with a range of electric and hybrid models
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Volvo and Polestar to power up with a range of electric and hybrid models

Volvo and its recently purchased tuning arm Polestar initially paired up to make powered-up petrolhead cars. But that won’t be the way the two companies combine in the future, CarAdvice can reveal. The Polestar arm as we currently know it, is set to be retired when the current-generation S60 and V60 Polestar models finish up within the next 18-24 months, and it is likely that the Polestar brand will then be applied to plug-in hybrid and electric models with a performance bent...


2016 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design: Long-term report one
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2016 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design: Long-term report one

Why go to IKEA when all the best bits can come to you? The 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design joins the CarAdvice family.


Volvo won’t feature on 2017 Australian Supercar Championship grid
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Volvo won’t feature on 2017 Australian Supercar Championship grid

The familiar cyan blue of Volvo’s Polestar performance division won’t be seen on the starting grid of the 2017 Australian Supercar Championship, with the Swedish company confirming it will not renew its current commitment when it expires at the end of this year...


2017 Volvo S60 Polestar, V60 Polestar in Australia later this year: Hero Swedes drop cylinders, boost power
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2017 Volvo S60 Polestar, V60 Polestar in Australia later this year: Hero Swedes drop cylinders, boost power

The 2017 Volvo S60 Polestar sedan and V60 Polestar wagon revealed today are the fastest road-going production Volvos in history. The Swedish company and its performance subsidiary have ditched the old car’s turbocharged six and replaced it with a ramped-up twin-charged 2.0-litre four from Volvo’s Drive-E family...


Volvo Polestar models could debut 336kW 'triple boost' engine - report
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Volvo Polestar models could debut 336kW 'triple boost' engine - report

A new report out of the UK this week suggests that the next generation of Volvo’s Polestar performance models could be packing the company’s new 336kW 'triple boost' four-cylinder petrol engine. Revealed as a concept in late 2014, the high-powered engine was pegged as the ultimate interpretation of Volvo’s plans to base its future powertrain offerings on variations of a four-cylinder design...


2016 Volvo S60, V60: Australia drops Polestars and prices, new T6 due soon
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2016 Volvo S60, V60: Australia drops Polestars and prices, new T6 due soon

The turbocharged six-cylinder Volvo S60 Polestar and V60 Polestar models that began life as an Australian experiment have now been wiped from the range as the Swedish carmaker prepares for its exclusively four-cylinder future. Around 40 examples of the Polestar models remain in local stock, Volvo has confirmed, with no more examples of the current design and powertrain package to follow...


Volvo Polestar performance PHEVs coming
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Volvo Polestar performance PHEVs coming

Volvo Cars is in the midst of dramatically expanding the influence of its now in-house Polestar performance division, with an array of new road cars driven by high-performance plug-in hybrid powertrains and all-wheel drive on the way.  We spoke recently with Volvo Cars CEO and board representative Hakan Samuelsson in Detroit, and the news for fans of hottedup Swedish sports cars was entirely positive...