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Volvo's new Care Key allows you to limit the top speed of your own car

Volvo is making a concerted play to reduce speeding deaths in Australia with the launch of its new Care Key, an inclusion on all models that will allow owners to electronically limit the top speed of their car. From model-year 2021, all Volvo cars will receive the Care Key as standard, giving Volvo owners the opportunity to pre-set their vehicles' maximum speed before handing the car over to younger family members or less-experienced drivers...

2021 Volvo new cars

2021 will be a year of electrification for Volvo, as the brand pledges to have only electric, hybrid and mild-hybrids by the second half of the year. Along with axing diesel engines completely from their lineup, Volvo is also introducing a more efficient 'B-Series' mild-hybrid range of petrol engines across the range...

Volvo's second electric vehicle confirmed for March 2021 reveal – report

Volvo has confirmed it will unveil its second electric vehicle (EV) on 2 March 2021, as reported by industry publication Automotive News. While few details of the upcoming EV have been released by the Swedish brand, it has confirmed the model will ride on the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) as the brand's first EV, the Volvo XC40 Recharge small SUV, and the Polestar 2 electric sedan, marketed under Volvo's spin-off performance brand...

These are Australia's safest used cars, according to accident data

With used car sales surging in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, key safety bodies are urging shoppers to consider the credentials of their secondhand purchases, with a new report ranking the best and worst models. Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) has released its latest 2020 Used Car Safety Ratings, based on data collected from 8 million vehicles involved in crashes across Australia and New Zealand...

Volvo invests over $100 million to make electric motors in-house

Volvo has announced it will invest almost AU$110 million to set up its own in-house manufacturing of motors for electric cars. The Swedish-born car maker, which is today owned by Chinese company Geely, says it will equip its existing powertrain plant in Skövde, Sweden, to assemble and eventually manufacture e-motors before the middle of the decade...

2015-17 Volvo V40, V40 Cross Country recalled over cooling fault

Volvo Car Australia has recalled 958 examples of its V40 and V40 Cross Country. The recall notice, filed with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), applies to (Model Year) MY2015-2017 examples of the V40 hatch and V40 Cross Country fitted with four-cylinder 'Drive-E' turbo-diesel engines...

Volvo Australia to electrify range: Hybrid and electric only from 2021, diesels axed

Entire Volvo range to be electrified from July 2021 Efficient, mild-hybrid, B-series petrols to replace current units Diesels to see the axe entirely More plug-in hybrid and pure-electric options on the cards The entire Volvo model line-up in Australia will be electrified from the second half of 2021, the company has today confirmed...

Volvo Car Australia announces new Managing Director

Volvo Car Australia will have a new boss come January, with the company today announcing Stephen Connor as its new Managing Director. From 1 January 2021, Stephen Connor will take over the top job from Nick Connor (no relation), who will relocate to Shanghai to serve as Volvo's Head of Asia Pacific...

Video: Volvo drops its cars from a crane to simulate 'extreme crashes'

Volvo is ensuring its cars are prepared for all crash conditions by dropping its vehicles 30 metres from a crane, in an effort to prepare them for extreme collisions. The scenario was used to simulate the results of extreme crashes – such as high-speed, single-vehicle collisions or truck and passenger vehicle collisions – in order to both improve in-car safety systems and help provide training for rescue crews...

Volvo recalls 2500 cars in Australia after a death linked to a faulty airbag in the US

After once boldly claiming no-one would die in a Volvo car in 2020, the Swedish car maker is recalling 54,000 vehicles in the US – and 2559 examples in Australia – after a death linked to a faulty airbag in North America. Although the defective airbag was not supplied by Takata, the conditions are eerily similar...

The best hidden symbols and Easter eggs on modern cars

Designing cars for a global marketplace can be a high-stakes business – so it’s not surprising automotive engineers like to explore the lighter side of the job whenever they can. One way for them to add some personality to their creations is through the addition of ‘Easter eggs' – hidden design or technology features included in cars as a little wink to those who find them...