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Volvo to test self-driving cars on Swedish roads

Volvo has been granted permission to test self-driving cars on Swedish roads, according to a new report from DI Digital. The publication says Volvo will be able to run autonomous mules on public roads around Gothenburg, its home town, provided they stay below 60km/h. They'll also need to have a human safety driver behind the wheel, with one hand on the steering wheel at all times...

Volvo Vera autonomous truck concept has no cab

The cabless Volvo Vera autonomous truck has been debuted, as the company continues development on self-driving heavy-haulers. Vera is designed to carry standard container and trailers over short distances within ports, factories and large logistics centres...

VFACTS August: Alfa Romeo, Infiniti and Volvo defy luxury slump

Three smaller challengers to the perennial German luxury leaders all grew in a cooling luxury market in August, with Alfa Romeo, Infiniti and Volvo all posting meaningful increases over their 2017 results. We'll start with Volvo, which shifted 689 cars and held a 0.7 per cent market share, for 83.7 per cent growth over the same month last year...

Volvo 360c concept unveiled

The Volvo 360c concept, unveiled overnight, shows what the Swedish automaker thinks a future autonomous electric car might look like. According to Volvo, the 360c concept "capitalises on the freedom in design" afforded by fully autonomous electric vehicles, as they would not need a steering column or reserve a large area for a combustion engine...

Volvo expands on 360c teaser

Volvo Car has continued the mysterious tease of the 360c, which now appears to be an autonomous concept car of some kind. Details about the Swedish show car are still hard to come by, but the futuristic lines and (what appear to be) sensors on show in the teaser would suggest self-driving or semi-autonomous systems will feature heavily...

Volvo teases ‘360c’ with soundbyte

Volvo has previewed its forthcoming ‘360c’ initiative with a short video posted to its global Facebook page. The video consists of a single synthesised piano note, followed by the text ‘360c’. Volvo has captioned the video; “This could be the sound of your future ride...

Volvo XC40 T3 launches in the UK, here in late-2019

The Volvo XC40 T3 is now on sale in the UK and Europe, marking the first time the Swedish brand has offered a three-cylinder engine in its line-up. Serving as a new entry point into the XC40 range, the T3 is powered by a 1.5-litre turbo three-pot petrol making 116kW of power (@5000rpm) and 265Nm of torque (@1850-3850rpm)...

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)...

Volvo S90, V90, XC90 get new 'T5' petrol engine in the UK

Volvo Car UK has added a new engine option for its 90 Series models in the form of the 186kW 'T5' petrol engine. Serving as a new entry point to the petrol-powered large car line-up, the T5 engine is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo unit with 350Nm of torque, mated as standard to an eight-speed automatic transmission...

Geely unveils new BMA modular architecture

Chinese car maker Geely, which also owns Volvo and Lynk & Co, has unveiled a new modular platform for Polo-class cars. Geely says BMA took four years to develop, and involved around 100 modular platform experts from 20 countries. Most of the work was reportedly done in the company's research and development centre in Hangzhou Bay...

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...