A Spanish motorway played host to a convoy of self-driven cars on a 125-mile journey, in the first public test of such an endeavor. Each car was linked via a wireless connection, in groups – mimicking a manned vehicle as the group ‘lead’. Volvo, who developed this ‘road train’ is convinced that it will be widely available in the very near future – heralding a new age of ‘relaxed driving’; Volvo says drivers “can now work on their laptops, read a book or sit back and enjoy a relaxed lunch” while driving.Comments
Volvo’s Mean Green Hybrid Semi truck proved victorious in setting a new land speed record (subject to Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, or FIA recognition) at the Historic Wendover Airfield in Utah (just a short drive from the famous Bonneville Salt Flats) last month. The Swedish Viking Speed Records Team led by racing driver Boije Ovebrink set two land speed racing world records; piloting the Volvo Hybrid Semi Truck “Mean Green” to an average speed of 236.577 km/h (147.002 mph) through the Flying Kilometer (2/3 mile) and ran 153.252 km/h (95.245 mph) from a standstill over the same Kilometer.
Mean Green features a highly tuned Volvo D16 engine cranking out 1900 horsepower and an electric motor good for 200 horsepower and an amazing 885 lb-ft. of torque to bump the combined power total to nearly 5,000 lb-ft.Comments
Imagine the thrill of buying a new car and driving it home from the dealership for the first time. It’s fun and exciting to explore all the features and gadgets. But now, Volvo owners can experience something much more magical when they travel to Sweden and drive their new Volvo off the factory floor.
“We offer clients the ultimate new car ownership experience when they purchase their Volvo at Park Place through the Overseas Delivery program,” said Germaine Ambres, a sales associate with Park Place Volvo. “When our clients purchase a new Volvo, we fly them to Gothenburg, Sweden to pick up the car and then they have the option to travel through Europe in their brand new Volvo. Not only do our clients receive a free trip to Sweden, they also get a significant discount off the MSRP of the car when they purchase through the Overseas Delivery program.”
The buyer kicks off the adventure with two nights in Gothenburg, Sweden, the home of Volvo Cars. Upon delivery, the new owner can explore Europe at their own pace with Swedish vehicle registration and complimentary car insurance for up to 15 days.
“My five-year old daughter and I spent a magical four days in Gothenburg while picking up our new V50,” said Gerard Goh, a Park Place Volvo client. “The entire travel process was a breeze with limousine service to and from the airport. The Volvo factory tour was a real eye-opener to me, but the best moments were spent exploring the city.”
The Volvo Overseas Delivery program includes:
- Two round-trip tickets to Sweden through Scandinavian Airlines, including business lounge passes at any connecting flight.
- One night hotel stay, including full breakfast for new buyers or up to three nights for current Volvo owners.
- Transportation from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the Volvo Factory Delivery Center.
- Access to the Volvo Corporate Travel department who will book flights and assist in planning the itinerary. The travel department can also facilitate additional travel packages, European adventure opportunities, and flight/hotel upgrades.
- A traditional Swedish luncheon in Gothenburg Sweden in the Volvo executive dining room, when the buyer picks up their Volvo.
- VIP delivery at Volvo’s Factory Delivery Center.
- A Volvo factory tour or a visit to the Volvo Brand Experience Exhibit or the Volvo Museum.
- 15 days of complimentary European Car Insurance coverage, including Swedish temporary registration.
- Extensive complimentary home shipment services.
- For Stockholm travelers, a special Stockholm Card offers free admission to 75 museums and attractions, as well as sightseeing boats and other forms of transportation.
There are 11 delivery centers located throughout Europe. Buyers may choose to pick up their Volvo at the complimentary delivery center in Gothenburg, Sweden or choose from 10 other locations throughout Europe for an additional fee. Convenience is the cornerstone of the Overseas Delivery Program.
When the trip is over, Volvo will ship the car back home at no extra charge. U.S. Custom Duty, port clearance fees and inland transportation are all included in the purchase price.
To learn more information about the Overseas Delivery program, call Germaine Ambres with Park Place Volvo at 214.956.5521. Park Place Volvo is located at the intersection of Inwood Road and Lemmon Avenue, near Love Field in Dallas.Comments
This month marks the 85th Anniversary of Volvo. In honor of this celebration, MotorTrend magazine identified its favorite 8.5 Volvo models produced over the last eight and a half decades. The top 8.5 picks were:
953-1958 Volvo TP21 “Sugga” (shown top left)
1957-1970 Volvo Amazon
1961-1972 Volvo P1800
1974-1993 Volvo 240 (and Turbo)
1995-1997 Volvo 850 T5-R
1998-2006 Volvo S80
2006 -Current Volvo C30
2011 – Current Volvo S60
1975-1980 Volvo 66
Read more on the history of Volvo and specifics on each model in the full article on MotorTrend.comComments
The Car Pro Show pro and host, Jerry Reynolds, took some time this week to review the 2012 Volvo XC70.Comments
Park Place Volvo has been named a 2011 recipient of the Volvo President’s Club Award. The Volvo President’s Club, in its eighth year, acknowledges outstanding performances of the top 10 percent of U.S. Volvo retailers. Park Place is one of only 35 Volvo dealerships nationwide, and the only dealership in Texas, to receive the prestigious award.
“We are truly honored to earn this distinction,” said Rob Schweizer, Park Place Volvo General Manager. “Park Place prides itself on being ‘Experts in Excellence’ and that means incorporating strict standards in every area of our business. But, more importantly, it means that every member of our team is committed to performing at their very best day in and day out.”
In addition to the Volvo President’s Club Award trophy, Park Place Volvo members were treated to a Volvo-sponsored celebration party at House of Blues in Dallas.
“Volvo finished 2011 as the fastest growing luxury brand, with U.S. sales up 25 percent,” said John Maloney, president & CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. “Park Place Volvo truly helped us achieve this with their continued customer focus. We will accomplish great things in 2012 with the dedication and leadership of dealerships like Park Place.”
Volvo Cars of North America provides marketing, sales, service, technology and training to Volvo automobile retailers in the U.S. and Canada. For more information on the entire Volvo product lineup please refer to the Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, media website at: http://www.volvocars-pr.com/.
Left-to-right: Park Place Volvo General Manager Rob Schweizer; Tom Radgoski, Regional Sales & Marketing Manager, Volvo USA; John Kendig, Volvo USA Regional Vice President; Neil Grossman, President, Park Place Volvo; and John Niesman, Market Manager, Texas/Delta, Volvo USAComments
Volvo has been known for safety for years. They have kept safety at the forefront of design and have done so in an innovative way – using ever-changing technology to keep drivers and their passengers safe. Now, Volvo has taken safety to the next level – offering protection to those outside of the vehicle via the “Pedestrian Detection System” – which is, in essence – a pedestrian detection system – and now, a pedestrian airbag of sorts.
The Volvo Pedestrian Detection system, which scans the road using sensors and a camera and automatically stops the vehicle when a person is in its path, debuted two years ago on the new S60. Now, Volvo is adding another layer of protection by introducing an airbag that inflates when sensors in the front bumper detect physical contact with a pedestrian. This causes a section of the hood to rise and a U-shaped airbag to inflate, covering about a third of the windshield and the bottom of the car’s A pillars and cushioning the blow for anyone unlucky enough to get hit and tossed onto the hood.
This week, at the Geneva Auto Show, the Swedish car maker is unveiling this new safety innovation, sported on a five-door hatchback – she Volvo S40. It’s sporty, and safe – wielding this new technology as well as a hip panoramic glass roof and front grill to add to the aesthetics of it all.Comments
Apparently, new plug-in hybrids like the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt utilize heavy and cluky electrical cords to properly charge the car. But Chicago Tribune writer Kristin Varela seems to like the ideas Volvo is showing with their version of this innovation.
Currently, the XC60 plug-in hybrid is designed to plug into a standard outlet, which makes operation and charging a bit easier. Ms. Varela would like to see more options, however – for cord storage.
Park Place Volvo in Dallas held a special holiday party this season – in which the members brought bears to donate to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. This morning – we delivered the children over 100+ teddy bears.
Pictured from left to right: Jody Monroe – Office Manager, Malcolm R. Gage Jr. – Finance Director, Marc Young – Internet Sales Consultant, Rob Schweizer – General Manager, Mindie Pearson – GM Administrative AssistantComments
It’s the wedding of the century (or centuries…) and you can live the honeymoon of a lifetime with a trip to Edward and Bella’s Rio de Janiero. Starting November 1st, you can play online at Volvo’s Journey to the Wedding microsite.
Plus, you could take home the actual 325hp Volvo S60 T6 R-Design from “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1.”
While you’re there, be sure to visit “Edward’s Volvos” for a three-Volvo feature of his favorite shiny new Volvo models.Comments