The year’s almost out, but I’m going to end it with a bang by bombing around Vermont in a sparkly brown 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country, hopefully kicking off 2018 the right way. What do you want to know about it?
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For the longest time, a small SUV has been a fashion statement. “You’re not worthless,” they shouted. “You’ve amounted to something.” “Your parents aren’t ashamed of you.” That’s because you moved to the suburbs, got a house, and the small SUV. The 2018 Volvo XC40 seems to be the first one made for the rest of your…
Volvo has delayed its Drive Me autonomous car pilot program by four years and will no longer be testing fully-autonomous cars at launch, after initial plans to get the robots rolling by the end of this year. This isn’t very surprising.
Good Lord, the Polestar 1 looks great. And rather than merely staying as Volvo’s performance arm, now Polestar is its own electric performance brand. You’ll be able to order one of its cars in 2019, but only if you live in one of its five initial launch markets.
When Volvo launched the new V90 and V90 Cross Country in US, the strategy was to offer Americans a Crossover-esque lifted version, while the “real” wagon had to be ordered. It turns out some dealers ordered V90s anyway, which means you can buy one without the wait. However, the option to order one directly from Sweden…
Volvo began its renaissance a few years ago, first with the big XC90 SUV and the big S90 sedan. They were followed by the midsize XC60, but the true test of the comeback would be the smaller 2018 Volvo XC40 crossover. But I have seen this entry-level luxury promised land, and it has been good.
Out of everything that I saw at this year’s 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, my favorite car was actually an SUV. I know, I’m surprised, too. But it was the 2019 Volvo XC40, a car you should really be paying attention to if you like very cleverly designed interiors filled with secret nooks and crannies for all your stuff.
More and more carmakers are turning to subscription services as an alternative way to get people into their cars. Cadillac has a program, as does Ford. And now Volvo does, too: Care by Volvo. And after reading through the official description, I’m really struggling to find a downside to it.
It looks like BMW is back in the billboard game because this billboard showing off the newest BMW M5 just showed up in Gothenburg, Sweden. Gothenburg is also known as Volvo’s headquarters.
Uber’s announcement on Monday that it’s set to purchase 24,000 autonomous cars from Volvo is a big deal—for one thing, it’s the first mass order of robotaxis, another sign of how confident the auto industry and Silicon Valley feels about self-driving technology. But for a company that considered driverless cars…
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If you’ve been looking for a car to bring to Radwood, consider this Volvo 850R that’s up for sale in Ashland, Oregon. This one was originally an automatic, but the seller swapped out the slushbox and put in a manual.
The bad news is that we’ve known Lotus was likely going to plunge into the crossover craze for a while now. This new patent rendering seems to show they’re getting pretty far along with the concept, but it shouldn’t be anything to worry about.
I’m here in Shanghai, marveling at all the bewildering makes of cars (what’s the one with the starfish badge? The horse head? The one that looks like the Starfleet insignia? More on that soon!) and scrutinizing the Polestar 1 in more detail. Here are the biggest questions I have and the best answers I got from the…
Polestar has been Volvo’s in-house performance brand since 1996, providing higher-performance versions of Volvo cars, much like Mercedes-Benz’s AMG or BMW’s M. You know how that works. Now, though, Volvo is spinning Polestar off into its own unique brand, with Polestar-badged cars that, while they may share some…
I have very high hopes for the newly standalone Polestar brand. Volvo has been hitting home run after home run as of late and I can only imagine Polestar will be like that, but better. Even the name of the upcoming Polestar car is cool: the Polestar 1. Damn!
Polestar, which has been getting pretty coy on Instagram as of late, is finally beginning to show some of its cards.