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Volvo's first EV will be built in China, exported to the world

Volvo has confirmed its first ever commercially available pure electric vehicle will be built in China. In a statement, Volvo said its first EV will go on sale in 2019, and will be made in China for both local and global consumption. The Volvo EV will be based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which will serve as the basis of the upcoming XC40 crossover, S40 sedan and V40 hatch or wagon, as well as the Lynk & Co 01 SUV and 03 sedan...

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 not interested in hydrogen

Hakan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo, has confirmed that the Swedish automaker isn't interested in hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Talking with Wards Auto at the recent Geneva motor show, Samuelsson said that "battery electrification is what we believe in". He went on to say: "With hydrogen you would require all new infrastructure once more, so I think there is a limit to what people will invest in...

Uber suspends autonomous driving project after crash - UPDATE

UPDATE: Uber appears to have rolled its autonomous XC90 back onto its wheels, with Reuters reporting the company's self-driving development project is now back in testing after police gave it the all-clear. As before, the company is understood to have resumed testing in Tempe, San Francisco and Pittsburgh...

Volvo XC90 recalled for missing airbag warning label

Volvo Australia has issued a recall for its 2017 XC90 Excellence and XC90 models with the seven-seat leather upholstery trim, for a missing airbag label on the passenger side sun visor. This means that, when the visor is folded down, the airbag warning label is not visible...

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country: Australian pricing and details revealed online - UPDATE

Update - Manufacturer's list pricing for the Volvo V90 Cross Country has been revealed online. See article for details Although not yet announced, initial pricing and specifications for the new 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country have surfaced online. The new off-road styled wagon will start from $99,900 before on-road costs, or $110,060 drive-away - the latter coming from Volvo's Australian online car configurator...

Audi A5, Hyundai Ioniq, Volvo S90 awarded five-star ANCAP safety ratings

The new Audi A5, Hyundai Ioniq and Volvo S90 have all been given five-star safety ratings by independent crash testing authority ANCAP this week. With the S90 already on sale here, the A5 and Ioniq have been awarded the top safety scores ahead of their launches Down Under, while the smaller Hyundai i20 - which is sold in New Zealand but not Australia - fell short of the full five stars, achieving only four...

Volvo autonomous cars 'won't make moral decisions' for occupants

The head of Volvo Cars has stated that its autonomous vehicles will not make ‘moral decisions’ on behalf of the driver or occupants in the car. Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars CEO, said at the 2017 Geneva motor show that the company would not allow the vehicle to choose between saving the driver or saving pedestrians or other road users in the event of an imminent accident...

2017 Volvo S90, V90 Cross Country and XC90 recalled for airbag fix

Swedish manufacturer Volvo has issued a recall for 524 vehicles across its S90, V90 Cross Country and XC90 model lines over concerns the curtain airbags may not deploy properly in the event of an accident. Due to a manufacturing fault, bolts holding the curtain airbag in place could have the bolt head detach, meaning the inflator may not be correctly secured...

Volvo remains committed to four-cylinder plan

The announcement a few years back that no Volvo would be sold with an engine larger than four cylinders caught some off guard – even the company’s CEO. In a frank interview with select media at the 2017 Geneva motor show, Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson suggested that the strategy to only have four-cylinder engines in its models was one he wasn’t entirely sold on even a couple of years ago...

Volvo XC40 key to brand’s growth plans: CEO

The small SUV craze won't be slowing anytime soon, and luxury brand Volvo is counting down the hours in anticipation of its new addition, the Volvo XC40. The all-new Volvo XC40 that is set to be unveiled within the next two months – likely at the Shanghai motor show in China, as the car will be built there, sharing parent company Geely’s small car platform – and Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson reckons the new small SUV will be vital as part of the company’s growth plans...