• New Volvo sponsorship announced today at the 2019 Triathlon Show
• Volvo to supply official vehicles for key triathlon events around the UK and to support the work of British Triathlon officials
• Volvo and British Triathlon share common values, including care for the environment, sustainability, a sense of adventure and empowering people to enjoy active lifestyles
Volvo Car UK is the new Official Vehicle Partner of British Triathlon. The sponsorship was revealed today at the 2019 Triathlon Show at London's ExCel exhibition centre, at the start of the new sporting season.
Volvo's support for British Triathlon will see its vehicles supporting major triathlon events around the country, including the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds and Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham, plus the hugely popular Accenture Mixed Team Challenge at London's Canary Wharf. Outside the main calendar, British Triathlon's team of coaches and officials will also be making use of Volvo cars for their official work.
The new partnership is founded on core values shared between Volvo and British Triathlon, including respect and care for the environment, sustainability and a sense of adventure. Both also share a focus on people, helping them to enjoy active lifestyles and explore new opportunities.
Volvo's model range is perfectly suited to the world of triathlon, not least with award-winning new SUVs and estate cars that are safe, spacious and engineered for rugged performance with environmental efficiency, whether navigating city streets or wide-open spaces. Beyond the cars, Volvo offers a comprehensive range of accessories specifically designed for people who enjoy sports and adventure, from bespoke and secure cycle carriers, spacious roof boxes, and hard-wearing load compartment and cabin mats that are ideal when carrying wet or dirty clothing and equipment. A range of towing gear is also available.
Supporting British Triathlon as Official Vehicle Partner will connect Volvo with one of the fastest-growing participation sports in the UK. This rapid growth in popularity extends beyond those who want to take part, to include the many thousands who enjoy watching the competition – both live and on screen.
The outstanding performances of Britain's finest elite competitors, including the double Olympic success of Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, ITU World Champion Vicky Holland and Paralympic silver medallist Lauren Steadman, have helped inspire thousands of people to get involved in the sport, at all levels. British Triathlon supports more than 3,000 members of the Great Britain Age-Group Team, who represent the nation at an amateur level, and has more than 31,000 members across the Home Nations. Its work extends from the GO TRI programme to attract greater participation at grass-roots level, to supporting elite athletes competing on the international stage, including the world's most successful paratriathlon team.
Andy Salmon, British Triathlon CEO, said: "We are delighted to announce Volvo as the Official Vehicle Partner of British Triathlon. It's a great move for us to work alongside a company that not only has a passion for promoting active lifestyles, but also has safety, quality and care for the environment at its heart; core values that resonate strongly with our sporting community. We look forward to working with Volvo and seeing its cars at our major events this summer."
Jon Wakefield, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "We are excited to become part of such a vibrant and popular sport that is capturing the imagination of so many people. There is a sense of adventure at the heart of Volvo that both embraces and respects the environment, in the same way that triathlon enables people to enjoy sport that connects them directly to the world around them. We are sure our involvement as Official Vehicle Partner will help British Triathlon both to organise great events and to inspire even more people to enjoy and take part in the sport."
Volvo Car Group in 2018
For the 2018 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 14,185 MSEK (14,061 MSEK in 2017). Revenue over the period amounted to 252,653 MSEK (208,646 MSEK). For the full year 2018, global sales reached a record 642,253 (571,577) cars, an increase of 12.4 per cent versus 2017. The results underline the comprehensive transformation of Volvo Cars' finances and operations in recent years, positioning the company for its next growth phase.
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 642,253 cars in 2018 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.
In 2018, Volvo Cars employed on average approximately 43,000 (39,500) full-time employees. 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), South Carolina (US), Chengdu and Daqing (China), while engines are manufactured in Skövde (Sweden) and Zhangjiakou (China), and body components in Olofström (Sweden).
About British Triathlon
British Triathlon is the Governing Body for the sport in Great Britain. It is responsible for raising the profile and delivering elite performance for Triathlon, Paratriathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain. Triathlon is a fast-growing, dynamic and modern Olympic and Paralympic sport, with talented world-class athletes, coaches and support staff, focused around delivering world-class success and inspiring participation.