Following an intensive period of product development, Volvo Cars is delighted to receive the Global OEM Infotainment Solutions Award from Telematics Update in conjunction with the 14th Annual Telematics Conference held on June 3rd in Detroit.
This year’s awards received over 400 nominations, with Volvo Cars appearing in two separate categories: Global OEM Infotainment Solutions Award and Best Automotive Application Award.
“We are delighted to receive this award following several years of intensive work bringing our in-car infotainment systems up to a world class standard. The results of our consumer-focused innovations are plain to see with the introduction of our uniquely integrated applications – providing Volvo car drivers with an easy-to-use interface and a rewarding driving experience,” says Dr. Thomas M. Müller, Vice President Electrics/Electronics & E-propulsion engineering at Volvo Cars.
Global OEM Infotainment Solutions Award
The Global OEM Infotainment Solutions Award was presented to Volvo based on the development of the all-new connected infotainment solution Sensus Connect, available in every new Volvo from 2014.
Sensus Connect comes with several key customer benefits, including cloud-based integrated applications that can be easily updated without need for downloads or workshop visits, and robust, reliable mobile and secure Internet connection that protects both personal and car-related data.
Applications delivered by Sensus Connect include the world’s first in-car integration of the Pandora music streaming service in applicable markets, along with the first solution for finding and paying for parking from the car. Other services include location-based service finding, Glympse location sharing, Wikipedia POI information and Connected Service Booking, which will remind you and book at time for you when the car needs to be serviced, TuneIn, Rdio, Stitcher and more.
“Thanks to robust relationships with application developers and close partnerships with Volvo Cloud supplier Ericsson, our Navigation supplier, HERE (a Nokia company), and our telematics supplier Wireless Car, we have the best possible mix of solutions to deliver what is required from our growing customer base,” Dr. Müller added.
Volvo Car Group in 2013
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, the company expects to stay in black figures and predicts to record a global sales increase of a good 5 per cent.
About Volvo Car Group
Volvo has been in operation since 1927. Today, Volvo is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales of 427,000 in 2013 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 2013, Volvo Cars had over 23,000 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).