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Polestar 1 Prototype starts production

Polestar, Volvo’s performance arm, has started prototype production of its upcoming Polestar 1 model. Construction of the first batch of 34 road-going verification prototype (VP) took place in Gothenburg, Sweden...

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2019 Volvo AWD cars can be upgraded to deliver more torque to rear wheels
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2019 Volvo AWD cars can be upgraded to deliver more torque to rear wheels

Volvo has announced a new software upgrade, developed by its Polestar division, which increases the torque distribution to the rear wheels of all-wheel drive vehicles built on the company's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) or Compact Modular Architecture (CMA)...


Polestar 1 will be "thrilling" - chief test driver
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Polestar 1 will be "thrilling" - chief test driver

Polestar's chief test driver, Joakim Rydholm, says the upcoming Polestar 1 sports car is "exciting", "engaging" and "thrilling". After driving the plug-in hybrid coupe at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Rydholm, had high praise – though we reckon his comments may be a little biased...


Polestar 2 to offer 560km range - report
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Polestar 2 to offer 560km range - report

The upcoming Polestar 2 electric vehicle will offer over 560 kilometres of range and start around $53,500 in the UK – according to a new report. Speaking with the UK's Autocar, Polestar's chief operating officer, Jonathan Goodman, confirmed the details at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, indicating the Swedish rival to the Tesla Model 3 will be no lightweight in terms of range and performance...


Polestar 1: Carbon-fibre construction detailed
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Polestar 1: Carbon-fibre construction detailed

Swedish performance brand Polestar has released new details about its upcoming 1 hybrid sports car, this time regarding the new model's extensive use of lightweight carbon-fibre in its construction. The company says the use of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) for most body parts contributes to a weight saving of 230 kilograms...


2019 Volvo S60 teased ahead of June 20 reveal
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2019 Volvo S60 teased ahead of June 20 reveal

Volvo Cars has teased the all-new S60, which will be revealed next week as part of inauguration proceedings for the company's new US factory. In a new video posted to the company's Facebook page, the brief teaser shows a quick top-down shot, then reveals the new S60's face – complete with a Polestar Engineered badge on the grille...


2019 Volvo S60 to debut Polestar Engineered package
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2019 Volvo S60 to debut Polestar Engineered package

The Polestar Engineered upgrade package for the Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrids has been detailed, ahead of the S60's formal debut next week. The Polestar package has a revised engine control unit, which bumps the output of the US-spec plug-in hybrid drivetrain to 309kW of power and 670Nm of torque...


Polestar 1: Hybrid Swede put through its paces - Video
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Polestar 1: Hybrid Swede put through its paces - Video

Having spun Polestar off into its own electric-focused performance brand, Volvo wowed the world with the Polestar 1.  With 441kW and 1000Nm on tap from a hotted-up version of the T8 twin-engine plug-in hybrid powertrain used in the XC90 and S90, the car is thoroughly modern under the skin...


CarAdvice podcast 75: Solar cars drive down the centre for World Solar Challenge
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CarAdvice podcast 75: Solar cars drive down the centre for World Solar Challenge

Mandy Turner and Paul Maric are on the panel this week, as they bring you the latest car news. It includes Polestar 1 being unveiled, GM CEO sharing her concerns over China’s planned petrol and diesel car ban. Also, Lexus NX and CT200h pricing and specs have been released, the Volkswagen Scirocco was put into retirement this week, and the Volkswagen Amarok V6 sets a record at WTAC...


Volvo’s Polestar 2 to take on Tesla Model 3, Polestar 3 for Model X
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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. Having unveiled its 2+2 high powered hybrid coupe in the form of the Polestar 1, the sub-brand of the Chinese-owned Swedish company said it will produce full-electric competitors to the Model 3 and X at its newly-built Chinese production facility in Chengdu from 2019...


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...