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Three U.S. Finalists and Four International Finalists Will Convene on August 6 at Secret Location for On-the-Ground Race to Uncover Buried Volvo SUV


Event part of Volvo’s promotional tie-in to Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest; visit




(IRVINE, Calif.) July 26, 2006 — Look what the tide’s washed in, maties! Volvo Car Corporation today announced the seven international finalists in its global, multi-media treasure hunt for a pirate-themed Volvo XC90 V8 that has been buried somewhere in the world. The seven wanna-be pirates, including two women and five men, were the first among their respective nations to complete a fun, yet challenging online treasure hunt Volvo launched on June 12 and concluding four weeks later.


Hailing from such locales as Newnan, Georgia and Trieben, Austria, the finalists –– three Americans and one each from Japan, United Kingdom, Spain and Austria –– will be flown to an undisclosed location on August 6. Once there, they will compete in a historic race, frantically deciphering clues that will lead them closer exact location of the buried Volvo. The first to dig it up keeps it.


The wildly popular hunt, a multi-media campaign developed as a part of Volvo’s sponsorship of the Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, has elicited participation from more than 52,000 online contestants in the U.S. alone. The finalists are:

  • Jenny Buckalew, 35, Newnan, Ga.
  • David Hutz, 30, Herndon, Va.
  • James Hutz, 57, Carefree, Ariz.
  • Karl Lloyd, 33, Surrey, England
  • Susanne Kalintsch, 44, Trieben, Austria
  • Akihiro Horibe, 36, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Jose Luis Dmoniguez Monge, 31, Valladolid, Spain


The format for the final leg of the competition will be reminiscent of reality TV shows like Survivor and The Amazing Race, with contestants participating in a series of mental and physical challenges over two days that will either eliminate them from the competition or advance them closer to the buried vehicle. The victor and results of final hunt will be released to the public on August 11, followed by a series of Webisodes documenting the hunt premiering online at on August 24.


“This already is one of the more unique film promotional tie-ins conducted by an auto manufacturer,” said Anne Bélec, president and chief executive officer of Volvo Cars of North America. “We had participants blogging, sharing clues, writing online poems and becoming deeply engaged in the process. We had more than 52,000 participants in the U.S. alone, each of which had to come into a Volvo retailer to pick up a treasure map to begin play, with 25 percent of them opting in for more information about Volvo cars while they played. It’s been a wildly entertaining campaign and we’re looking forward to seeing who actually finds the Volvo we buried.”


The buried one-of-a-kind, Volvo XC90 is valued at approximately $82,000 and features a variety of elements inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, including menacing graphics from the film, black leather seats, custom painted 20 inch wheels and more.


Volvo’s promotion of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest grew out of the partnership with Disney for the worldwide Volvo Ocean Race. The Volvo ship bears the name of the same boat in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, “The Black Pearl.” The Ocean Race began in Vigo, Spain on Nov. 12, 2005 and ended in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 17, 2006.


About Volvo Cars of North America

Volvo has been building cars with Safety in mind for over 75 years. The current 2006 model line-up of Volvo Cars includes: the award-winning new S40 and its wagon counterpart the all-new V50; the award-winning XC90; the sporty S60 sedan – including the award-winning performance sedan – S60 R and the performance wagon version – V70 R; the S80 luxury sedan; the versatile V70 wagon and rugged XC70 (Cross Country); and the soon-to-be released new Volvo C70, the convertible with the innovative retractable hardtop.


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Alex Seitz

Haberman & Associates



Roger Ormisher

Volvo Cars of North America


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