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SAN DIEGO, Calif., November 20, 2007 - This year, specialty, high-end holiday catalogs may find new competition for that ‘gift of a lifetime.' Volvo Cars of North America and The Costco Auto Program are offering Costco members two custom-created purchase options that promise a unique vehicle buying experience on Volvo's popular XC90 premium sports utility vehicle...just in time for the holidays.


As if owning a premium SUV like the XC90 wasn't enough, from November 26th through December 31st, 2007, Costco Wholesale's 38 million members will have a unique opportunity to purchase the XC90 and take advantage of unheard of savings. Low, prearranged prices on this vehicle are only the start, as Volvo Cars of North America and Costco Auto combine forces to discount the vehicle an additional $1,000 off Volvo's Employee Pricing on Domestic Delivery, plus offer a $500 Costco Cash Card upon completion of a satisfaction survey.  For a truly special gift, members can also choose to take delivery of their XC90 at the Volvo plant in Gothenburg, Sweden - then travel by air to London, Paris or Rome with a companion, compliments of Costco Auto Program and Volvo. The trip includes luxurious accommodations in the city of their choice for three days. Also available are custom-created add-ons to personalize the vacation at unheard of savings.  The European Travel Package also includes the opportunity to earn the $500 Costco Cash Card.


Although European Delivery has been available for some time, this year marks the first time that the manufacturer has partnered with a premier auto buying program to create a custom European travel package for XC90 buyers. And with a four- to five-month window for purchase of the XC90 and completion of the trip segment, this holiday package is worth serious consideration.


The Costco Auto Program has long been setting the standards for auto buying programs. Their hand-picked network of dealerships deliver an exceptional auto-buying experience to Costco members and have garnered industry attention for the volume of new vehicle sales they generate each year.  More than 200,000 members purchased their vehicles using the program last year, earning the program member satisfaction scores in the high 90 percentile.  The program also boasts a Member Advocate Group - a specialized team of service providers that are there to offer support to the member at any time throughout the buying process - even after the vehicle has been purchased or leased.


This exclusive Volvo Holiday Promotion is only available to Costco members. To learn more go to, type in "XC90" in the search box.  You can also call the Costco Auto Program at 1-800-479-5746, or visit, and follow the links to ‘Volvo Holiday Promotion.'  


About the Volvo XC90

Volvo's XC90 is available in two versions: 3.2 and V8. Available with front- or all-wheel drive, the 3.2 is the entry-level model and carries a 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine rated for 235 horsepower. The XC90 V8 generates 311-hp from a 4.4-liter V8 and provides strong acceleration, reaching 60 mph in only 7.6 seconds. All-wheel drive is standard with the V8. The 3.2 comes with five-passenger seating (with the third-row seat optional), while the V8 comes with seven-passenger seating. The XC90 is a premium SUV, providing all major safety and convenience features on the base model, with the exception of optional rear parking sensors. Leather upholstery is standard on the V8 model, and optional on the 3.2. Premium manufacturer options include a rear entertainment system with dual screens, a DVD-based navigation system, a Dolby Pro Logic II surround-sound audio system and an interior air quality system.


About Costco Auto Program, Inc.

The Costco Auto Program is managed by Affinity Development Group (ADG), headquartered in San Diego, CA. This premier auto buying service has industry recognition and consistently ranks as the top member program available today, with more than 2,400 hand-selected dealers located throughout the United States offering Costco-sized savings on new, Factory Certified Pre-Owned vehicles and RVs.


About Volvo Cars of North America:

Volvo Cars of North America, LLC (VCNA), based in Irvine, Calif., is a subsidiary of Volvo Car Corporation of Gothenburg, Sweden. VCNA provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to Volvo automobile retailers in the United States, and oversees Volvo operations in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.  Volvo has been building cars with safety in mind for 80 years.


Press Contact:

Joey Large, AVP Marketing

Costco Auto Program

10251 Vista Sorrento Parkway, Suite 300

San Diego, CA 92121 

Telephone:  858.777.5182

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