Volvo V90 Crowned Scottish Car of the Year and Estate Car of the Year 2016
The V90 was praised for its practicality, high-quality interior and stylish good looks. It's innovative technology, which includes the ground-breaking Sensus touch screen infotainment system also contributed to the V90 winning the coveted Car of the Year title.
The V90 is built on advanced technology, from the D5 diesel engine benefiting from PowerPulse, a system that uses compressed air to boost responsiveness at low revs, to Pilot Assist, the semi-autonomous drive technology fitted as standard which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking up to 80mph.
A host of advanced safety equipment comes as standard with the V90, including two world firsts: Large Animal Detection and Run-off Road Mitigation. Large Animal Detection helps to prevent collisions with animals such as deer, by scanning the area in front of the car and automatically applying brakes if you fail to react in time. Run-off Road Mitigation is designed to stop the car inadvertently leaving the road by applying the steering if the car gets too close to the edge of the carriageway.
Volvo Car UK Wins Two Motor Trade Awards
Volvo Car UK walked away with two of Motor Trader’s most sought-after accolades at its annual industry awards evening last night (Wednesday, 13 July).
The brand’s iconic all-new XC90 was named New Car of the Year, while the coveted Carmaker of the Year Award was awarded to the marque after nomination by the Motor Trader judges.
The Volvo XC90 was recognised by the judges as one of the most significant new model launches of 2015, which enabled the brand to re-engage with its customers. The car replaced the outgoing XC90, which had retained its popularity over its 13-year lifespan, but the judges felt the new model meant Volvo was able to reassert its place in the premium SUV sector, as well as marking a major step in the brand’s transformation.
The vehicle received excellent reviews from the motoring press, with Motor Trader itself describing it as “an excellent all-rounder bristling with style, technology and attitude. If Audi, BMW and Land Rover thought they had the premium SUV market to themselves, then they’re in for a rude awakening.”
The judges highlighted the XC90’s world-renowned safety, comfort and practicality credentials, and how it had moved the game on in terms of connectivity and its range of powerful yet efficient engines.
S90 & V90 R-Design models Revealed
Volvo Cars has revealed performance-inspired R-Design models of the new S90 sedan and V90 estate.
Central to the S90 and V90 R-Design is an advanced sport chassis that delivers an energetic, road-hugging drive.
“R-Design delivers an edge to our elegant estate and sedan models in our 90 Series, with a winning combination of a sportier, more responsive drive with clearly visible performance styling,” said Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President Marketing Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Cars.
Sporting a new front-end design with spoiler-integrated fog lights, the R-Design models come with a unique grille and piano black trim on both front and rear. A new 5-spoke matt black diamond-cut wheel adds to the performance feel.
A wide range of styling cues are included on the inside – from unique deco trim, pedals and mats, to the sporty contour seats and special steering wheel, including a high level interior illumination package that radiates attention to detail.
Order books are now open for the S90 and V90 R-Design models.
XC90 Autocar Game Changer
Commenting on the award, Autocar's editorial director, Jim Holder, said: "The XC90 has transformed the standing of Volvo in the most striking fashion, combining practicality, comfort and cutting-edge technology in a hugely desirable package."
That cutting-edge technology includes the nine-inch Sensus touch screen control system. This is no ordinary touch screen, however: not only does it include pinch, zoom and swipe functionality – unlike many rival systems – it even works when you're wearing gloves. It provides access to the internet and a range of cloud-based apps and internet radio stations, too.
The Drive-E powertrains also showcase the future of Volvo's engines. The XC90's four-cylinder, 2.0-litre units use sophisticated fuelling and boosting technologies to combine efficiency with power. The D5 diesel engine benefits from an innovative solution to increase responsiveness at low revs. Called PowerPulse, it uses compressed air to spool up the turbocharger when it would otherwise be inactive, which helps give the XC90 impressively strong performance from a standing start. The T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric hybrid, on the other hand, combines a total of 407 hp with CO2 emissions of just 49 g/km. It can also travel for up to 27 miles in zero-emission electric-only mode.
Naturally, safety is at the forefront of any Volvo, and the XC90 includes two world-first safety aids: automatic emergency braking at a junction, which will apply the brakes for you if you inadvertently turn into the path of an oncoming vehicle, and run-off road protection, which includes a collapsible section in the front seats to reduce the likelihood of spinal injuries if the car leaves the road.
Nick Connor, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: "We're delighted that the XC90 has been recognised as such a transformative model by Autocar. We're immensely proud of the car and what it heralds for Volvo – both in terms of our new-found style and desirability, but also that it is the first in an entirely new product range due in the next few years. Volvo is on a roll at the moment, and this honour for the XC90 is yet more proof that our transformation is well on track".
NEW VOLVO CONCEPT SHOWROOM IN PROGRESS
Our new Volvo Retailer being built at Hillington, will showcase the new Scandinavian-inspired Showroom. The state-of-the-art facility is set to open in Autumn 2017.
Once completed, customers can expect to find a stylish new-look showroom, which will include a lounge-style waiting area, complete with complimentary refreshments.
The new design will be purpose-built to match the specifications of the new Volvo Retail Experience – part of a corporate makeover for the Swedish manufacturer – and will have the capacity to display 10 cars in the showroom, and a further 50 used cars on the forecourt. It’s an experience that blends Volvo's unique Swedish design philosophy- cool on the outside, warm on the inside - integrating Sales and Aftersales around our Volvo customers.
NEW WORKSHOP SYSTEM
The new Workshop Experience will also be introduced in the new Showroom design, with transparent glass windows surrounding the Workshop, turning the spotlight onto the usually hidden 'back of house'.