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Polestar will increase the rear bias of your AWD Volvo

Polestar may be its own independent brand now but the former motorsport and tuning company is still offering performance upgrades for its parent Volvo. Its latest upgrade is a software tune that sees the all-wheel-drive systems of popular Volvo models increase their rear bias. The software increases the amount and frequency of torque distributed to the rear...

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Tariffs mean Volvo will source XC60s for US from Sweden instead of China

Volvo has started sourcing XC60 SUVs for sale in the United States from Sweden instead of China to avoid new tariffs introduced this month by President Donald Trump's administration on certain Chinese-made goods. The information was confirmed by Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson in an interview with Reuters published Thursday. “We will of course...

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Polestar 2 electric sedan to feature 350-mile range, 405 horsepower

The Tesla Model 3 will see a direct rival from Volvo Cars' newly minted Polestar brand, and the first details about the electric car have come out. Speaking to Autocar, Polestar COO Jonathan Goodman said the second Polestar model, fittingly called Polestar 2, will boast up to a 350-mile range, up to 405 horsepower, and start around $40,000. Goodman noted...

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Volvo launching M brand, but this one stands for "mobility"

Volvo Car Group announced on Wednesday it is launching a new brand, and it's called M. Not to be confused with BMW's legendary M division, Volvo's M brand simply stands for "mobility." M's mission will be to provide "on-demand access" to cars and services through a smartphone application. However, M bills itself as different from many other mobility...

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XC40 to be first electric Volvo

Volvo's first electric car due in 2019 will be a version of the XC40 compact crossover SUV, the Swedish brand's former design boss Thomas Ingenlath revealed to Autocar in an interview published last week. Ingenlath, who currently heads the Polestar electric performance brand, said Volvo plans to launch electric versions of existing models rather than...

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Volvo’s Netflix-like subscription plan is finally delivering cars

Volvo announced its car-subscription plan, Care by Volvo, last year, but the service has been held up, frustrating some customers. Now it appears that hold-up has been regulatory in nature. Those issues have mostly been ironed out and subscribers are finally able to take delivery of cars through the service, Volvo said on Wednesday. Speaking to The Car...

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Self-driving Volvo XC90 coming in 2021

Volvo's self-driving car plans will reach a milestone come 2021. The Swedish luxury brand told The Car Connection in a Wednesday report that it will sell a Level 4 self-driving crossover SUV in 2021. The brand's Senior Vice President Henrik Green said the next-generation Volvo XC90 will offer the advanced self-driving technology as a "four-figure" premium...

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Volvo has created self-docking boat tech

Anyone can drive a boat. Out on the open sea, you throttle up and keep the bow pointed along a given heading. Hopefully, you'll arrive at your destination with enough time left for a dock-side drink and congenial chitchat with your fellow water lovers. The hard part of the journey, however, occurs when you have to dock that thing. This is where real...

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Polestar 1’s carbon fiber structure detailed

The Polestar 1 is an achingly beautiful coupe that will be the first stand-alone vehicle for the newly formed performance brand. On Monday Polestar released select details about the car's carbon-fiber structure, the first news about the structure since the car officially broke cover in October 2017. Carbon fiber is light-weight reinforced polymer that is...

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Volvo invests in Silicon Valley lidar company for autonomous driving technology

Volvo and the Silicon Valley-based Luminar have announced a new partnership that gives the Swedish brand access to the company's lidar sensing platform for continued self-driving car development. Neither company commented on just how much Volvo Cars Tech Fund invested in the company, but it's the newly established fund's first investment. Luminar will now...

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