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The global automotive industry stands on the brink of unprecedented change due to the impact of eight discrete megatrends, according to a ne...
The Volkswagen group 'emissions scandal' rumbled on this week as more skeletons were rattled out of closets. There's bound to be a few more...
Engines are expensive items for an automaker to develop and, after sharing some powertrains with former owner Ford, Volvo, under new Chinese owner Geely, developed its own Drive-E engine range. The engines, which are all built with a maximum capacity of two litres and four cylinders, offer lower weight, size and complexity, all resulting in lower emissions, lower fuel consumption and greater driveability.
Volkswagen Group stayed very much in the news this week. The company posted a set of results that were dragged down by provision made for costs associated with ‘dieselgate’. I suspect it won’t be the last set of disappointing results to come out of Wolfsburg.
In the second and final part of this month's management briefing, we take a look at the stand out concepts, production cars and trends seen at the 2015 Frankfurt IAA motor show.
Volvo Cars has finally seen its plans for a return to strong growth in the US realised. An 18% YoY rise in August to 5,870 registrations compares to a 10% drop in China to 5,574. A strong order bank for the new XC90 is one of the main reasons for the return to form in what had for decades been the brand's best global market.
As head of software development for VCC's V526 project, Ulrika Pettersson manages the input of suppliers to the new XC90's advanced infotainment system. With more variants of this big SUV still to come, her role is evolving.
Volvo Cars' technical director for the 90 Cluster models opens up about the development of the XC90. Plus, what's coming for two VCC architectures: SPA for medium and large vehicles, and the smaller Geely-Volvo CMA.
In 2015 the European car market totalled 14.2m new registrations, an increase of 9.3% over 2014 full year results; the highest since 2009. The market benefited from the last two months of double-digit growth with December setting the highest positive monthly change of the last three years at 1.16m units. Therefore, the last quarter volume increase was the highest of the year, standing at 10.2% more than in Q4 2014, representing 3.42m cars sold in total. The Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, SAAR, came in at 16.52m units.
Volvo Cars is aiming to sell 87,000 cars in the US in 2016 and cement its position as a player in high-end segments of the US car market.
Geely's Volvo Cars sold 503,127 vehicles in 2015, the first time it has sold over half a million cars in its 89-year history.
Volvo said at the Detroit show its new S90 flagship sedan would be launched with IntelliSafe Assist as standard. This includes adaptive cruise control and distance alert, and the advanced semi-autonomous drive feature, Pilot Assist.
The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show saw the world premieres of various cars, concepts and automotive technologies as listed below. The press preview days were 5 and 6 January.
Volvo said at the 2016 CES show in Las Vegas it is working with Microsoft to launch a wearable-enabled voice-control system. Owners will be able to talk to their car using Microsoft Band 2, allowing them to instruct their vehicle to perform tasks including setting the navigation, starting the heater, locking the doors, flashing the lights or sounding the horn via Volvo on Call, and the connected wearable device.
Volvo Cars has shown its new S90, a car it views as Volvo Cars’ "entry ticket to the premium sedan club".
Volvo Cars posted a 26% increase in retail sales for the month of November, selling 49,055 cars globally which it said represents a new all-time high result for a single month.
Volvo Cars is developing kangaroo detection technology to solve one of the most costly causes of traffic collisions in Australia.
Swedish mechanical components and sub-systems manufacturer, Leax Group is eyeing Iran for potential major new business following its recent visit to the country organised by Scandinavian automotive supplier association, FKG.
Volvo says it is currently evaluating how union representation will work in practice at its new plant in South Carolina.
Scandinavian automotive supplier body, FKG has launched a withering condemnation of Volkswagen's emissions scandal, branding it "destructive" for the industry.
Roller-bearing manufacturer, SKF says while the immediate crisis engulfing Volkswagen will eventually dissipate, the scandal could deeply affect the way the automaker undertakes its business in the future.
In a sign that vehicle makers may be reacting to the current uncertainties over prospects for diesel engined cars in the wake of the VW emissions scandal, Volvo Cars is putting renewed emphasis on its electrification plans.
A spokesman for Volvo Cars has confirmed to just-auto that production of the S60 has just ended at Torslanda. The D segment sedan has for some years been made at both Ghent and the suburban Gothenburg facility but all production outside China is now in Belgium.
Volvo Cars has revealed what it claimes is one of the industry's most advanced and easy-to-use interfaces to oversee how drivers will transfer control to a car's autonomous driving (AD) mode in forthcoming cars.
Volvo Cars and Autoliv have agreed to work together on the "ground-breaking" Drive Me project, claimed to be the world's first large-scale autonomous driving (AD) initiative.
Volvo Cars, controlled by China’s Geely Automobile Holdings, inaugurated its new CNY420m (US$66m) R&D in Shanghai this week. The Volvo Car (China) R&D Centre will develop a new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) to be shared by the next generation Volvo 40 and a forthcoming Geely compact model. It will be the first platform architecture to be shared by the two brands.
Polestar will operate as "a dynamic and independent enterprise under Volvo Cars' ownership, according to the automaker's president and chief executive Håkan Samuelsson. Polestar will have its own management team and will control its own product strategy, research and development, as well as marketing and sales, Samuelsson added.
Volvo and Geely will share a new modular platform, known as CMA, to develop a new hatchback and a new SUV amongst other cars.
Volvo Cars has taken control of its three joint venture operations in China for SEK2.2bn in order, it says, to "more accurately reflect its growing presence in the world's largest car market".
Volvo Car Group, a subsidiary of Geely, has reported an operating profit of SEK1,660m for the first half of 2015, compared to SEK968m for the same period in 2014.
With the UK media launch of Volvo's XC90 on this week, a lot of readers are going to be hearing about the car's very intuitive, iPad-like screen I've already complimented.
We all remember that video of the outgoing XC90 being rolled SEVEN times and no crushing of the roof. To me, it's been the gold standard of safe cars ever since.
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