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High-tech 3.2-liter in-line six-cylinder engine finds its way into new refined Volvo XC90

 

 

          Refined and more car like design

          Upgraded interior

          Sharper powertrain range with new, highly advanced 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine

          Focus on driver control including new Park Assist Camera

          World-class audio system with Dynaudio speakers and Dolby Pro Logic II

          50 percent of total sales in the USA

 

The new XC90 is intended to strengthen Volvo Cars’ position in a SUV market that received the first XC90 generation with standing ovations.

Continuing success


The Volvo XC90 is an enormous sales success for Volvo Cars. Its original production volume of 50,000 units was successively increased and in 2005, production of the XC90 in the Swedish
Torslanda factory approached 90,000 units. The new, enhanced Volvo XC90 will start production in spring 2006.

Alert response and high performance


The new straight six is designed to provide alert response and high performance in combination with excellent drive ability, key factors for the driving experience offered by an SUV. At the same time, this engine is very fuel-efficient. And to contribute to a high level of protective safety, the engine has been given extremely compact dimensions and is installed transversely in the engine compartment.

Exterior with slimmer, more exclusive lines


One of the aims of the design changes on the new XC90 was to create a more modern and elegant appearance. This was achieved through a number of modifications including a new grille with more chrome and bumpers with a greater degree of color coding. The tail lamps have been redesigned and

the reflectors in the bumper are recessed within chrome trim surroundings.
All versions of the XC90 now have color-coded side trim moldings and door handles.

The two new body colors, Electric Silver metallic and the XC90-unique Shadow Blue, provide added choice, as do the new Camulus 8 x 18 inch alloy wheels. These wheels are unique to the Volvo  XC90.

 

Interior with an elegant touch and wider range of choices


A number of changes have been made to give the interior a more exclusive aura. There are new color combinations and a wider range to choose between.
 

Upgraded RTI and world class audio system


What is more, the RTI (Road and Traffic Information) navigation system has been further developed. The new hard-disk-based system is faster and easier to use and provides more information than before. The most advanced audio system, Premium Sound, includes a digital class D amplifier from Alpine with

ICE Power technology from Bang & Olufsen Powerhouse, Dolby Pro Logic II Surround system and loudspeakers from Dynaudio – one of the world’s finest in the field. 

 

In the High Performance and Premium Sound systems, it is now possible to play CDs with music in MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) format. All the audio systems are equipped with an extra input (AUX) for connection of external equipment.

 

 An SUV offering unique levels of safety


The Volvo XC90 is a modern SUV, built like a passenger car with a monocoque body, effective deformation zones, a low centre of gravity and advanced systems to minimize the risk of personal injuries, irrespective of the situation and accident type. What is more, the XC90 was equipped with several advanced systems to prevent accidents from taking place.
 

Active Bi-Xenon Light – tracking headlights


In order to contribute to the best possible visibility when driving in the dark on twisting roads, Volvo Cars  is launching Active Bi-Xenon Light – tracking headlight beams that follow the curvature of the road. A microprocessor is used to measure and analyze a number of parameters and optimize the light

pattern to suit. The headlamps can be rotated up to 15 degrees in either direction, a total of 30 degrees, and can thus light up longer stretches of twisting road. To cut down on power consumption, the systemis automatically disabled in daylight. 

 

BLIS contributes to better driver control


The Volvo XC90 is also equipped with BLIS (Blind Spot Information System). Using cameras integrated into the door mirrors, BLIS registers whether another vehicle has entered the car’s offset rear blind spot. If so, a light comes on in the relevant mirror to alert the driver and help him or her make the right decision.

BLIS can thus help the driver gain better control over the driving situation. 

 

Park Assist Camera – an extra eye to the rear


In order to protect anyone standing behind the car and to aid parking, Volvo Cars is introducing the Park Assist Camera. This is an advanced system that not only gives the driver an extra eye to the rear, it also shows the planned track when reversing. A wide-angle camera shows the area behind the car. The

image is displayed in the RTI screen above the instrument panel.


High-tech 3.2-liter in-line six-cylinder engine finds its way into new refined Volvo XC90

          Refined and more car like design

          Upgraded interior

          Sharper powertrain range with new, highly advanced 3.2-litre six-cylinder engine

          Focus on driver control including new Park Assist Camera

          World-class audio system with Dynaudio speakers and Dolby Pro Logic II

          50 percent of total sales in the USA

 

     The new XC90 is intended to strengthen Volvo Cars’ position in a SUV market that received the first XC90 generation with standing ovations. Story


Volvo Car Corporation, Accessories - Wireless hands-free function in Volvo cars with Bluetooth® and a mobile telephone

• Automatic connection to the car’s loudspeaker system
• The system recognizes up to four different telephones
• Easy to switch between hands-free and telephone
• Voice dialing promotes traffic
safety

It is now possible to connect a Bluetooth-capable mobile telephone to a Volvo car’s audio and loud-speaker system – totally wirelessly. With the help of the new accessory Volvo Hands-free with Bluetooth®, a mobile telephone becomes an integrated hands-free system with voice dialing.

Volvo Hands-free with Bluetooth® can be fitted in most late-model Volvo cars. The system consists of an electronic control module, a module with function buttons, a dedicated microphone located near the rear-view mirror, and the necessary wiring. The mobile telephone used must be Bluetooth-capable. Once a paired link has been set up with the car’s Bluetooth module, the telephone is recognized and connected automatically when the owner enters the car. Story


Volvo Models Best in Interior Air Quality According to New Study

      An independent survey carried out by the Ecology Center in Detroit shows that the interiors of Volvo’s cars emit lower levels of toxic substances than other car makes.

      The Ecology Center recently presented a study (Toxic at Any Speed: Chemicals in Cars & the Need for Safe Alternatives) of the toxic chemicals used in building car interiors. Flame retardant PBDE and phthalates, whose main use is as a softener in plastics, were included in the study. These chemical substances can migrate from plastics and textiles, particularly at high temperatures. The car’s occupants may thus be exposed to these substances, for instance through the respiratory system. Certain types of phthalates and flame retardants can for instance promote genetic mutations and can subject car occupants to health hazards. The survey reveals that the concentrations of PBDE in dust and on the windscreen are up to five times higher than in the homes of most people, and since many people today spend a lot of time in their cars, car interiors thus have a significant effect on human health.  For More


Volvo iPod Adapter - Volvo opens up to iPod users

Now it will be possible for iPod users to plug their entire music archive into their Volvo’s audio system. Together with supplier PhatNoise Inc and Apple, Volvo Cars has developed an adapter kit for installation in the Volvo S80 from model year 1999 on and in the S60, V70 and XC70 from model year 2001.

     iPod is the world's number one digital music player and allows music lovers to carry their entire music collection with them on the go.  Now with the Volvo iPod Adapter, they can play their music in their Volvo. 


Volvo Seats Get Top Scores in 2006 Thatcham Whiplash Tests

      Once again, Volvo has achieved top scores in the latest, 2006 model year new car whiplash ratings by the UK's Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre in Thatcham¹ which conducted the tests on behalf of the International Insurance Whiplash Prevention Group (IIWPG).

     In fact, Volvo was one of only two manufacturers to achieve top 'Good' scores for every model tested² thanks to its supportive seats which have a fixed head restraint position to ensure they are always in the correct position to offer the best support, and the Volvo Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) that moves the entire backrest to absorb the impact during a rear-end collision to help reduce the forces on the neck.  Story


JAGUAR LEADS JD POWER REPORT

     The latest report from JD Power concerns the customers' satisfaction with the sales experience in the dealership – SSI, Sales Satisfaction Index.

     The 2005 survey was fielded in September and is based on responses from 37,296 buyers and lessees of new vehicles in the US.

     Jaguar and Lexus shared number one last year but in the 2005 survey Jaguar manages to keep the first position with 889, while Lexus is now second with 888 points. Buick and Porsche share third place. Story


Volvo XC90 recommended by American Consumer Guide 2006 

Volvo XC90 has named Recommended in the Premium Midsize SUV category by the American Consumer Guide 2006.

     The yearly consumer guide announces cars and trucks which represent the best overall values in 16 model categories. The 2006 list has 45 vehicles ranked as Best Buys and the same amount of vehicles as Recommended.

     "We drive these vehicles as their owners would, on highway trips, in stop-and-go city driving, for weekend shopping," says Consumer Guide® Automotive Publisher Frank Peiler.

     "That helps us arrive at real world conclusions about them. We also take into account such factors as reliability records, fuel economy, and resale value before we announce a Best Buy or Recommended award." Respected for its experience and objectivity, Consumer Guide® Automotives staff test drives more than 200 new vehicles annually. It divides the automotive market into 16 classes based on vehicle type, size, and price. The segments cover the hundreds of cars, SUVs, minivans, and pickup trucks on sale in the U.S.

     From these, Consumer Guide® Automotive has selected 45 models as 2006 Best Buys--the publication's highest accolade. A Best Buy represents the finest balance of attributes within its class.

The Volvo XC90 was recommended by the Consumer Guide2006.


The all new Volvo C70 – both convertible and coupe!

     It’s ready to take its place in the sun – the all new Volvo C70.  Which also doubles as a coupe! Thanks to a unique three-piece retractable hardtop, customers of the second-generation Volvo C70 can enjoy life without compromise – whether the top is up or down.

     “We’ve succeeded in creating an attractive convertible which, at the mere touch of a button, converts into an equally elegant coupe. The customer gets two cars in one. Both with space for four adults,” says Volvo Cars President and CEO Hans-Olov Olsson. Story


Volvo XC90 V8 – power and pleasure also in extreme winter conditions 

      The new V8 model reinforces the Volvo XC90’s position as one of the most successful SUV models in the premium segment – and the new XC90 V8 is comfortable in all driving conditions, no matter if we are talking about hot deserts or the extreme winter above the Polar Circle.

     The entirely new power train combines power and pleasure with a stable and predictable behavior also in the toughest conditions


Volvo cars aims for environmental leadership in the premium segment 

Environmental care has top priority

• Volvo aims to be one of the environmental leaders in the premium segment
• Innovative technology makes Volvo cars Clean Inside and Out

      Environmental leadership means setting priorities. Volvo has a tradition of environmental care, of providing environmental alternatives today and of dedication to future commitments. This holistic approach gives Volvo Cars an excellent position in the quest for environmental leadership in the future.


Volvo V50 Awarded Prestigious Golden Steering-Wheel Trophy

     The Volvo V50 has been awarded the “Goldenes Lenkrad” (Golden Steering-wheel), a trophy instituted by the German paper “Bild am Sonntag”. This is the second time a Volvo has been awarded the prestigious award

     “This is a great honor and most rewarding for us”, said a proud Hans-Olov Olsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation at the prize giving ceremony in Berlin.


Volvo seat is benchmark for Whiplash Protection

     All Volvo's car models tested by the International Insurance Whiplash Prevention Group (IIWPG) were found in the best class. Volvo Car Corporation was the only manufacturer to have their entire range achieves the best class rating. 

     "We are very pleased that the Volvo cars have performed in line with our expectations", says Ingrid Skogsmo, Safety Director at Volvo Car Corporation." Tests only show a sliver of what happens in real life. However, this is one of several results that confirm Volvo has the right approach to help reduce neck injuries in rear impacts."


LAND ROVER LR3 WINS PRESTIGIOUS 2005 MOTOR TREND SUV OF THE YEAR

     The all-new LR3 was named Motor Trend’s 2005 Sport/Utility of the Year. Motor Trend editor-in-chief, Angus MacKenzie, presented this prestigious award to Mike O'Driscoll, president, Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover, at the California International Auto Show in Anaheim, California.

    Criteria for the award included a series of comprehensive evaluations and grueling tests—including street, track, and off-road—administered to each of the seven entrants. In addition to LR3, contenders included Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape Hybrid, Ford Freestyle, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Infiniti QX56 and Nissan Pathfinder.


All new Volvo S40 sees stars as it aces NHTSA side impact crash test; Sales up over 29 Percent month-to-date

     The crunch of steel and shattering glass can be one of the most horrific memories of an automobile accident. Unless, of course, the accident isn't really an accident; but instead a highly structured test being conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That was exactly the case recently when NHTSA completed its side impact protection test of the all-new Volvo S40 sport sedan.

     The results: 5 stars for the driver; 5 stars for the passenger. The highest rating the U.S. Government organization grants to passenger vehicles.


New Volvo S40 Earned Top Results in 4 Crash-Tests

    The all-new Volvo S40 combines everything today's car buyer is looking for: Not only exceptional value, vibrant design, style and exhilarating driving characteristics, but also class-leading safety.


Volvo Cars 'Best Manufacturer' in New British Insurance Car Security Awards

Volvo Cars - "Best Manufacturer"
Volvo C70: 2nd in 'Convertible/Roadster' class
All-new Volvo S40 and V50, plus S40/V40 Classic: 2nd in "Family car" class


Long Anticipated – Now Available: Jaguar /Land Rover Military Sales Program

     Overseas service life offers experiences and benefits that most people back home can’t even imagine, such as the Jaguar/ Land Rover Military Sales program. It is a professional organization with international networks and local outlets in Germany, Iceland, Spain and UK. 

All Jaguar/Land Rover Military Sales dealerships are close-by US-Military bases in the respective countries


Volvo US Military Sales offers convenience delivery

    If a US Military customer buys a Volvo at an authorized Volvo US Military agent close-by his base abroad, he can chose between four delivery options:

1.   Factory delivery in Sweden free of charge.

2.   Direct shipment to an US Volvo dealer at customer’s choice free of charge.

3.   Delivery to the Volvo Military agent close-by the base abroad, including 3 years Volvo Home Shipment to an US Volvo dealer at customer’s choice.

4.   Delivery to more than 50 official overseas delivery centers.

      The offer is valid when buying a Volvo from an authorized Volvo US Military agent abroad.



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