Volvo going for vivid colour for 2018 XC40 compact SUV

Bright colours, new trim for newbie car Expected in South Africa in 2018 Going for fresh, creative, vehicles THE COLOURFUL NEW Volvo XC40, Volvo Cars’ first entry in the compact premium SUV segment, claims to have dozens of possible exterior and interior colour combinations with personalisation at its core. The cars are yet to be officially…

Volvo vows end of combustion-only cars by 2019

Radical promises from Swedish automaker No more Volvos with only combustion engine Tough targets set for next-decade cars STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Volvo Cars has announced that every new Volvo launched from 2019 will include an electric motor and so mark the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine. Electrification will from…

Volvo gets more ‘on-way-to-SA’ crash-protection awards

NEW YORK – Volvo Cars has once again been recognised by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for its contribution to improving traffic safety and reducing road deaths and serious injury globally. Per Lenhoff, a technical expert with Volvo Cars Safety Centre – claimed to be one of the most advanced test facilities in the…

Volvo cars taking XC90 assembly to India

Focus to be on Volvo SPA models More models to follow in time Volvo boss: ‘Pleased to sell in India’ STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Volvo Cars, an automotive brand that built its fortune on the promise of Swedish manufacturing excellence, is to follow many other automakers to India. The reason: “further growth in the fast-expanding premium car…

V90 Cross Country: Volvo’s most luxurious off-roader yet

Latest V90 is like no Volvo before it Go off-roading in luxury A pinnacle in 20 years of Cross Country JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country has reached South Africa as the latest chapter in the 20-year saga of what the automaker calls “the ultimate culmination of form, function and absolute…

UK school teens to get pre-learners’ driving instruction

Pre-licence training for 14- to 17-year-olds Volvo Car UK to provide 20 cars to support scheme Aim is  to reduce young drivers’ crash casualties GLASGOW, Scotland – Teens as young as 14 have just begun driving instruction as part of a Scottish national curriculum. In South Africa, unfortunately, schoolchildren of that age are being killed…

Volvo going all-electric – but Made in China

Three Chinese plants to build latest cars Volvo target a million electric cars by 2025 Chinese automaking ‘more sophisticated’ SHANGHAI, China – Volvo has announced at the 2017 auto show here that it will be assembling its first fully electric car in China. “The all-new model,” the automaker told The Corner in a media release,…

Nine years on, here comes new Volvo XC60

Nine years on, the new Volvo XC60 ‘Strong heritage, dynamic new SUV’ ‘Calming cabin, safe and confident ride’ GENEVA, Switzerland – Volvo Cars has revealed the “long-awaited” and all-new XC60 premium SUV at the 2017 Geneva auto show. The car, Volvo says, replaces the brand’s original XC60 introduced nine years earlier and proved itself by…

Multi-million km man shares his distance tips

Five-million kays in 50 years One mission, one motor oil Credit shared by 1966 Volvo P1800S JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Irvin “Irv” Gordon (76), holder of the world record for kilometres racked up  with a single car, has been in South Africa to record a video about people, their wheels and how to keep them running….

Driving lessons for schoolkids – at last

GLASGOW, Scotland – Scottish police and a Volvo dealer owned by a former British Touring Car champion are involved in providing a new class for the weekly school calendar. Driving instruction. (Anybody in the South African road safety industry listening?) IAM RoadSmart is one of a group that includes Police Scotland and Cleland’s Volvo which…

Volvo chooses First Family for autonocars

Family to go autonomous in Swedish traffic Ordinary folk finally get to play with tech Volvo: ‘We do things differently’ DETROIT, Michigan – Volvo Cars has revealed a new approach to developing autonomous cars (heretoforward to be called autonocars by Carman’s Corner) by introducing a family of four at the 2017 Detroit auto show – the Hains who…

Volvo 90 range goes Skype talk-and-drive

More work possible while on the move Volvo teams up with Skype Mobile and Ericsson System creates a conference room on wheels MALMO, Sweden – Volvo is adding Skype for Business to its new 90 Series and so claims to be the first automaker to launch such an in-car productivity tool. Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, Volvo Group’s vice-president…