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Driverless cars: Levels of automation and the barrier of ‘human factors’

This story was first published in 2015. As we move closer to a future where autonomous driving technology is expected to feature more and more in new cars, we felt a revisit of the basics is in order. Click here for our most recent stories on autonomous driving...

Volvo XC40 EV to debut this year

Volvo is set to reveal an electric variant of its XC40 SUV later this year, the company has confirmed. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News Europe, at a safety event in Gothenburg, Sweden, Volvo officials indicated the EV will debut before the end of 2019, before hitting showrooms in global markets from 2020...

2018-19 Volvo S90, XC60 recalled

Volvo Car Australia has issued a recall for certain examples of the 2018 and 2019 model-year S90 and XC60, over concerns of a missing nut in the front seat rails. The Swedish marque reports if the nut is indeed missing, the seat structure and position may be unstable in the event of an accident, and could deform as a result...

Volvo puts drunk drivers on notice

Volvo will add sensors to detect drunk drivers and distracted drivers, announcing all vehicles on the SPA2 platform will be fitted with advanced driver monitoring technology from the early 2020s. Subaru already has a driver-monitoring camera in the Forester, designed to force owners who take their eyes off the road to pay attention, but Volvo is promising to take things a step further, by using the semi-autonomous systems in its vehicles to take control...

2019 World Car Awards: Top 3 finalists named

The World Car Awards countdown continues at the 2019 Geneva motor show, with the top three finalists in each category announced this week. A jury of 86 journalists narrowed down a pool of 40 new models to 10 finalists last month, now down to three, with the winner to be announced at the New York motor show in April...

Volvo to limit new cars to 180km/h from 2020

Volvo Cars will electronically limit its new vehicles to a top speed of 180km/h from 2020 onwards, as it pushes to make its vehicles safer. The company has a long-held goal of eliminating deaths and serious injuries in its new cars, but now recognises advances in technology and design aren't enough to achieve this target...

2020 Volvo XC90 facelift revealed, new mild hybrid drivetrains announced

The updated Volvo XC90 has been unveiled, and the exterior differences are difficult to spot. The grille insert is now concave and the highlights around the lower air intakes have been modified, but aside from that the only other differences relate to new alloy wheel designs and paint options...

2019 Volvo XC40 pricing and specs

Volvo Australia has revised the XC40 line-up for the 2019 model year, dropping the price of entry by $3000 while also switching up the powertrain options in the process. Now starting at $44,990 before on-road costs, the range kicks off with the T4 Momentum, which gets a lower-output version of the 2.0-litre turbo four that was offered in the outgoing T5 Momentum...

Polestar 2 teased ahead of February 27 reveal

Polestar, sub-brand of Volvo, has teased its second production model ahead of its reveal on February 27. The inventively-named Polestar 2, which is gunning straight for the Tesla Model 3, will be a pure EV with a driving range somewhere in the realm of 400km. Based on the teaser, the 2 will run with a slightly slimmer, edgier take on the taillight signature being developed on the S90 and S60 sedans across its bootlid...

CarAdvice podcast 139: Platform sharing explained

On this week's podcast, you're joined by Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Mike Costello. The team answer Gavin's question about what a platform actually is, and why brands share them. In car news, the Hyundai i30N Fastback will be debuting in Australia in March or April, and the 2020 Mazda CX-6 (or could it be a CX-3?) SUV has been previewed...

2018-19 Volvo XC60 recalled

Volvo Car Australia has issued a recall for the 2018 and 2019 model-year XC60 SUV over concerns the optional power tailgate mightn't operate as intended in cold weather conditions. The manufacturer reports the tailgate lifting arms may freeze "under certain conditions in cold climates", which could also lead to an unusual noise, loss of function, or even the complete separation of the tailgate lifting arms...