Volvo Cars continues the roll out of its new Android-powered infotainment system with Google built in to the XC60, S90 and V90 models*, as part of a broader update of its model portfolio.
The system, developed with Google, rethinks the nature of car infotainment, and is defined by a user-friendly interface and unparalleled connectivity.
Volvo Car Group is the first company to team up with Google on integrating an infotainment system powered by Android with Google apps and services built in, and the fully electric XC40 Recharge became the first Volvo car to carry the system.
To give customers the same experience that they are used to on their phones, but adapted for hands-free interaction while driving, Volvo Cars also introduces the Digital Services package, which will be available for all Volvo cars with the Android-powered infotainment system with Google apps and services built in*.
The Digital Services package includes access to Google apps and services**, the Volvo On Call app and the wireless phone charger, as well as all data required to run the services***.
Google apps and services enhance the functionality of the Android-powered system by providing hands-free help from Google Assistant, best-in-class navigation through Google Maps, and a broad ecosystem of native in-car apps via Google Play.
With Google Assistant, drivers can use their voice to get things done while keeping their focus on the road. Drivers can do things such as control the temperature, set a destination, play music and podcasts, and send messages, all while keeping their hands on the wheel.
Music and media apps optimised and adapted for cars will be available through Google Play, while Google Maps will be able to provide up-to-date map and traffic data.
Apart from the new infotainment system, the XC60, S90 and V90 are also updated with the company’s latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), a modern, scalable active safety system that consists of an array of radars, cameras and ultrasonic sensors.
Other portfolio updates include new exterior colour and upholstery options, as well as a leather-free interior option for all models in the 60 series. The latter is also made available on the XC40 Recharge.
The model portfolio update comes as Volvo Cars announces that the fully electric XC40 Recharge will be available exclusively online, as part of the company’s recently announced new commercial strategy.
Under the new strategy, Volvo Cars aims to be a fully electric car company by 2030, with all electric cars to be available online only. It will invest heavily in its online sales channels, focusing on offering premium electric cars in a convenient and simple way.
The fully electric XC40 – and later, the newly presented C40 Recharge – will be available via the company’s flagship online store, volvocars.com, which in turn will be overhauled to present customers with a simplified buying process, transparent pricing and a wide selection of pre-configured electric cars aimed at shortening delivery times.
UK XC60, S90 and V90 pricing and specification details will be announced shortly.
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Volvo Car Group in 2020
For the 2020 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 8.5 BSEK (14.3 BSEK in 2019). Revenue over the period amounted to 262.8 BSEK (274.1 BSEK). For the full year of 2020, global sales reached 661,713 cars (705,452), a decline of 6.2 per cent compared to 2019.
About Volvo Car Group
Volvo Cars was founded in 1927. Today, it is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world, with sales of 661,713 cars in 2020 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of Zhejiang Geely Holding since 2010.
As of December 2020, Volvo Cars employed approximately 40,000 (41,500) full-time employees. Volvo Cars’ head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars’ head office for APAC 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).
Under its new company purpose, Volvo Cars aims to provide customers with the Freedom to Move in a personal, sustainable and safe way. This purpose is reflected in a number of business ambitions: for example, by the middle of this decade it aims for half of its global sales to be fully electric cars, to sell half of its global volume online and to establish five million direct consumer relationships. Volvo Cars is also committed to an ongoing reduction of its carbon footprint, with the ambition to be a climate-neutral company by 2040.