Volvo Cars adds performance, efficiency, convenience and a breath of fresh air to the premium car market.
Starting in 2013, Volvo Cars began to roll-out its new generation of mid-powered four-cylinder based powertrains. 2015 will see the addition of a full range of high and low power 4-cylinder variants.
“This marks the start of a new era for Volvo Cars. We are humbled by the high level of attention and positive response that we have received with the introduction of our new Volvo Cars developed powertrain program. 2015 will see us adding several new power stages to our Drive-E line-up, offering a broad range of both efficiency and performance-enhancing refinements to our engines. Now, a 4-cylinder Swedish heart will beat in all new Volvo models. 2015 also sees the introduction of Volvo Cars’ no-compromise Twin Engine technology in the all-new XC90,” said Michael Fleiss, Vice President Powertrain at Volvo Cars.
One of the Model Year highlights is the addition of class-leading petrol and diesel engines to the XC90 as a part of the Drive-E powertrain roll-out. The 190 hp diesel comes in at just 139 g/km and a frugal 5.3 l/100km, while the 254 hp petrol engine delivers 7.5 l/100km and 174 g/km, making them clear leaders in the segment and confirming Volvo Cars’ commitment to offer a no compromise combination of both performance and efficiency, as also demonstrated in the XC90 T8 Twin Engine variant.
2015 will see the addition of the S60 Cross Country, exemplifying rugged styling and capability. The V60 Cross Country was added to the portfolio late last year.
Best in class in fuel consumption
As the premium segment leader in CO2 versus bodyweight reduction in recent years*, Volvo Cars continues to deliver significant steps towards zero emissions with the introduction of some of the best performing powertrains in the industry.
The V40 D2 with a manual transmission starts at just 82 g/km - a best in class performance that exceeds most taxation band requirements across Europe. The S60 D2 manual, which leads in its class, starts at only 96 g/km. The same powertrain on a V60 starts at a highly competitive 98 g/km. Further improvements in fuel consumption and lowered emission levels can also be seen in the XC60 D4 AWD which has seen a 12 per cent reduction in emissions, and the D5 2.4 AWD automatic which is down to just 149 g/km.
Sensus - always on call
One of the most widely appreciated features related to the Sensus offer, Volvo On Call, allows Volvo drivers to communicate directly with their car via a smartphone application to lock, unlock, check fuel levels, pre-heat, pre-cool, locate and check mileage on the car. For 2015 Volvo On Call will be updated, adding a new graphical user interface and completely new functionality including predictive notifications, enhanced send to car capabilities, diagnostics views and smartwatch support for Android Wear, Apple Watch, iPad support and also voice control via Cortana for Windows Phone.
CleanZone: A breath of fresh air
Since the mid-1990s Volvo Cars has been developing innovative solutions to reduce the amount of outside air pollutants that can enter the cabin environment. Volvo Cars’ award-winning interior air quality control system offers world-class air filtering. Apart from filtering pollen and particles, incoming air is also filtered of carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and hydrocarbons. CleanZone, Volvo’s broader approach to interior air quality, interior emissions and odours provides a pollution-free interior unequalled by other car manufacturers.
Note to Editors
*For more information on the progress of premium car makers in reducing CO2 emissions versus weigh, please follow this link and see the graph at the end of the page: http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/car-and-van-makers-continue
Volvo Car Group in 2013/14
For the 2013 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 1,919 MSEK (66 MSEK in 2012). Revenue over the period amounted to 122,245 MSEK (124,547 MSEK), while net income amounted to 960 MSEK (-542 MSEK). Global retail sales for the year amounted to 427,840 (421,951) cars, an increase of 1.4 per cent compared to 2012. The operating profit was the result of cost control and strong sales and was further tangible proof of Volvo Car Group’s progress in implementing its transformation plan. For the full year 2014, global sales reached 465,866 cars, an increase of 8.9 per cent versus 2013. Full year financials for 2014 will be announced during the first quarter of 2015.
About Volvo Car Group
Volvo has been in operation since 1927. Today, Volvo Cars is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales of 465,866 in 2014 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) of China since 2010. It formed part of the Swedish Volvo Group until 1999, when the company was bought by Ford Motor Company of the US. In 2010, Volvo Cars was acquired by Geely Holding.
As of December 2014, Volvo Cars had over 25,000 employees worldwide. Volvo Cars head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars head office for China is located in Shanghai. The company’s main car production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium) and Chengdu (China), while engines are manufactured in Skövde (Sweden) and Zhangjiakou (China) and body components in Olofström (Sweden).